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VA Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service and Benefit for injured VA Firefighter

A lot of things have been going on in the past few weeks, and a lot of things are coming up right around the corner. Two big events are on the horizon for us here in Virginia and if your close to here you should make every effort to try to attend.

Virginia Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service

On Saturday June 2nd 2012 at the Richmond International Raceway the Virginia Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service will be held at 12 noon. This year 6 firefighters will be honored and remembered in the ceremony.

The fallen firefighters to be honored are Firefighter David Palmer

of Roanoke Fire & EMS, Lieutenant William Brady of Norfolk

Fire & Rescue, Battalion Chief Bobby Slayton of Roanoke Fire &

EMS, Captain James Blanchard of James City Fire Department,

Firefighter Jeffery Alan Cocke of Altavista Fire Department, and

Firefighter Horace “Teddy” Pendergrass of Fairfax County Fire &


I am gonna try to attend, but will be cutting time close due to a previous commitment. However if you are to far away or are unable to make it the event will be streamed live over the internet Thanks to the Virginia Beach Fire Department Multimedia Production Division here is the link: http://www.vbfdtv.com/live_broadcast_page.html

Hope to see you there.

Benefit for Injured VA Firefighter

Last week Charles City County Volunteer Fire Captain and Providence Forge Volunteer Rescue Squad member Mike Buchanan was injured when the tanker he was driving to a reported structure fire rolled over. Details of the incident are here: http://www.firefighterclosecalls.com/news/fullstory/newsid/163759

Mike is still in the ICU at VCU Medical Center in a coma. This one hits close to home because I actually know Mike. We are not best friends but I ran several calls with him during my Part Time days with New Kent County Fire and Rescue. A lot of times on the weekends Mike was the only ALS provider around and would run calls county-wide all day. Well now Mike is fighting for his life and like any time when major medical expenses occur him and his family need your help.

A Benefit Concert has been organized to raise money to help pay for the various expenses associated with the care, and hopeful recovery for Mike. Here is the link to the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/209804229141337/212160815572345/?notif_t=plan_mall_activity

The event information:

PLACE: Rockahock Campground DATE: Saturday, June 9, 2012 TIME: 1pm-midnight ADMISSION:  13yo & Up = $10                         6-12yo      = $5 … 5 & under = FREE   All donations are welcome!  Lots of food & raffles too!
If you can not make it to the concert then please make a donation either via the Facebook page or the Caring Bridge Page here: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/michaelbuchanan
At the very least lets include Mike in your prayers, your thoughts, and use this as a reminder to all of us that this job is dangerous and we should cherish everyday we have doing it and with our loved ones. Lets also use this as a reminder to go over some vehicle safety and safe driving procedures because even when you do everything right (which it appears Mike did) bad things can happen, and we need to be prepared for that.
So please try to attend or support these to events that are right around the corner.
As usual thanks for reading, spread the word, and STAY SAFE!

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