A December to Remember

North Division Explosion Victims RememberedI’m not big on forwarding for the sake of forwarding; or just regurgitating information in an effort to build traffic to a web site.

However, my good friend Billy Goldfeder sent out a broadcast yesterday that deserves sharing. His efforts were followed up by a newsletter distribution from the USFA Coffee Break that highlighted similar events.

These stories and Billy’s comments remind us of our obligation to be better story tellers, for prosperity’s sake — and for safety’s sake. It also reminds us that we have an obligation to those we love, those who are making the real sacrifices every time we leave home to go do what we love. Those we are obligated to do everything in our mind and power to go home to after every call.

May we never forget all those lost in these Decembers to Remember.

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This is from today’s USFA Coffee Break eNewsletter:

  

Tomorrow marks the 10th anniversary of the cold storage warehouse fire in Worcester, Massachusetts, where six firefighters died searching for reported victims.

In honor of the Worcester firefighters, and all other men and women who have lost their lives in the line of duty, the National Fire Academy today offers a new Coffee Break Training special feature: Coffee Break Training – Special Blend.  Throughout the year, on the anniversary of multiple firefighter fatality events, we will publish a special Coffee Break Training to recognize their sacrifices and provide tips to prevent a reoccurence of the tragedy.

So tomorrow, to honor those six firefighters, why not take the tips from this Special Blend and make some improvements in your community that will make all first responders safer?  The Special Blend can be found at http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/downloads/pdf/coffee-break/sb_2009_1203.pdf 

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And here’s an excerpt from Billy’s e-mail reminding us to remember all of our brothers lost in Decembers past. Maybe because one of these events happened in my own home town is the reason I feel compelled to share these stories.

Each December, there are some very significant dates for the fire service, worthy of note and well worth discussion with Firefighters-especially your younger ones. For example, every Firefighter should well familiar with the multi LODD loss in Buffalo (NY) when 5 BFD Ladder 5 Firefighters (and 2 civilians) were killed in a propane explosion in December 1983. And that’s just one example.

(TIGER: I can remember that night like it was yesterday. I was in my sister’s apartment in North Buffalo, probably 3 miles or better from the blast site, when it shook the house. I remember making a smart-alec comment about stuff falling off the walls, but it wasn’t for quite a while that we learned what caused that uncommon disruption.)

As we now approach December 2009, we remember that 10 YEARS AGO (December of 1999), there were also 2 very significant multi-LODD fires that we must remember.

 

The first is the Worcester Cold Storage fire that occurred on December 3, 1999. The second, discussed below, is the loss of 3 Firefighters in Keokuk, Iowa.

 

 Read all the info at: http://firefighterclosecalls.com/fullstory.php?97100

 

The above information-and plenty from many other resources and websites as well-provides each of us with an opportunity to share:

-so younger Firefighters understand our history.

-so we all are reminded of the losses.

-so we learn from the lessons learned.

-and so we can honor the WFD and KFD members who gave their lives in the Line of Duty.

 

Take Care-BE CAREFUL.

 

PLEASE READ AND PRINT OFF ALL OF THE ABOVE TO POST IN THE FIREHOUSE & PASS IT ON (Also available on our home page with photos)

 

BillyG

The Secret List 12-1-09 / 0001 Hours

www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com

3 Comments

  • chiefreason says:

    Tiger:
    Ten years ago, I went to a fire summit just after the Worcester tragedy and the local union was selling hats and shirts to raise money for the families of the victims. I still have the hat.
    Just recently, I got to see my friend, Chief Mark Wessel from Keokuk IA FD and he is looking very fit. More importantly, he has a great attitude as he continues to travel to tell the story of December 22, 1999.
    What is interesting to point out is that at Keokuk's memorial for their 3 fallen firefighters, an honor guard from Worcester was there. THAT is brotherhood.

  • chiefreason says:

    Tiger:
    Ten years ago, I went to a fire summit just after the Worcester tragedy and the local union was selling hats and shirts to raise money for the families of the victims. I still have the hat.
    Just recently, I got to see my friend, Chief Mark Wessel from Keokuk IA FD and he is looking very fit. More importantly, he has a great attitude as he continues to travel to tell the story of December 22, 1999.
    What is interesting to point out is that at Keokuk's memorial for their 3 fallen firefighters, an honor guard from Worcester was there. THAT is brotherhood.

  • chiefreason says:

    Tiger:
    Ten years ago, I went to a fire summit just after the Worcester tragedy and the local union was selling hats and shirts to raise money for the families of the victims. I still have the hat.
    Just recently, I got to see my friend, Chief Mark Wessel from Keokuk IA FD and he is looking very fit. More importantly, he has a great attitude as he continues to travel to tell the story of December 22, 1999.
    What is interesting to point out is that at Keokuk's memorial for their 3 fallen firefighters, an honor guard from Worcester was there. THAT is brotherhood.

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