Well Happy 4th of July, I hope this finds most of you living the good life and enjoying time with your family. While we should always try to show our family how important they are to us, we especially need to take time on the big holidays to show them how much they mean to us. Without them we would not be able to do what we do on a daily basis. So make sure you are spending time with your family today and enjoying some non fire service activities, even dedicated fire service members take a break.
For me this day is gonna be filled with a big family cookout as ALL of my family, uncles, cousins, brothers, sisters, grandparents, family friends that might as well be family, great aunts, great uncles, etc. are going to our favorite party spot “BillyLand” Home of my “Uncle” Bill Green. it is gonna be great swimming, food, and beer. Then we are gonna come back home and light a few noisemakers for the kids.
For those of you on shift I hope you take it easy, and try to enjoy the day. However it is important to remain vigilant even the simple flash and bang none projectile brands of fireworks can cause issues like in this video below….[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBx0828qijc]
So while we should be celebrating the birth of America the greatest nation on the planet we still have to be ready for the fires, burns, and other holiday related incidents. We may relax but when on shift we can never let our guard down.
Lastly some sad news we have had another LODD here in Virginia, and a very close call. John L. Echternach, Jr. of Franklin County Public Safety sadly passed away on July 2nd 2012 from injuries received in the line of duty. http://www.firefighterclosecalls.com/news/fullstory/newsid/166019
The close call happened in Spotsylvania County. While operating at a structure fire, a firefighter was trapped under a collapsed burning roof. He issued a MAYDAY and was rescued. He received burns to the left side of his body and thankfully was released from VCU Medical Center yesterday. Also a member of the Rescue Team received burns to himself while attempting the rescue. http://www.firefighterclosecalls.com/news/fullstory/newsid/166062
This one hits a little close to home as I know the guy who was trapped VERY well, and my brother is friends with the other member injured while rescuing him. I am glad they are both ok, and I hope this motivates everyone to train harder and become better at what we do because ANYTHING can happen, even when you’re doing everything right (which these guys were doing).
While the firefighter who was trapped has been released from the hospital he is going to have a long road to recovery, and will more than likely have out-of-pocket costs during this. Thankfully some people have already stepped up to offset some of these costs.
Legends Sports Grille in Fredericksburg Va http://www.superpages.com/bp/Fredericksburg-VA/Legends-Sports-Grille-L0501870416.htm will donate 10% of all sales for Sunday July 8th 2012. So if you are looking to help out head there and eat a meal.
Also some Richmond Firefighters have set up an account through the Richmond Firefighters Credit Union http://rfdcreditunion.com/news/ to raise donations. The Account is under the name “Spotsylvania Firefighters”, so if you feel like it you can contact the credit union and give some money for a great cause to assist a brother getting back on his feet.
Well that is all for now….
As usual thanks for reading, spread the word, and STAY SAFE!