Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Boston Firefighter Dies After Shift

Boston Firefighter Dies After Shift - In The Line Of Duty:

"Boston Firefighter David A. Middleton died of an apparent heart attack at his home May 28 after returning from a shift, according to Chief William Meyer.

The 38-year-old member of Engine 51 in the Brighton section of the city went on back to back calls spanning from the night of May 27 into the morning of May 28.

Meyer said Middleton reportedly told other firefighter he wasn't feeling well during the second fire, but completed on the job.

Middleton returned home a approximately 8 a.m. and was found dead by fellow firefighters hours later.

'He was a good guy, he was a well liked by everyone,' Meyer said. 'He was in good shape and was great at his job. He will be missed.'

Middleton was a 10-year veteran and the father of two children."

Smoke Inhalation

For those who haven't seen this video yet....very funny.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Georgia Department Mourns Firefighter

Georgia Department Mourns Firefighter - In The Line Of Duty:

"On a day when the nation paused to commemorate those who fell in military service, Fulton County Fire Station No. 8 mourned the death of firefighter Felix Roberts, who also died in the line of duty.

Roberts, 41, tried to save a man inside a burning home Monday morning and became the first firefighter killed in the county department's 29-year history.

The resident also died in the blaze, and two other firefighters were injured."

Update on Firefighter, George Copland - Windsor Fire & Rescue

Update as of the 24th of May from Rick Marr

I saw George today, May 23, 2007. George was very happy. He found out the other day he was moving to Detroit for physiotherapy. George stated he is moving Thursday, May 24, 2007. He is going to DMC Rehabilitating Institute of Michigan. It is located at 261 Mack Boulevard, Detroit Michigan 48201.


When George gets settled in I will find out the exact mailing address for his room and a phone number.

Stay tuned and be excited for George. I know he is excited. They are going to work on him 4 hours a day. Right now he was only able to get physiotherapy for 1 hour per day. This is a changing time for George and he needs a lot of support.

I am sure George is having mixed emotions about leaving because he made a lot of friends at Hotel Dieu and will never forget them. He knows he has to move on now and focus on getting better.

We are with you George.

Richard Marr"

Sunday, May 27, 2007

NASCAR Superstitions Part 11

Unlucky 13

If you were driving 3,400 pounds of metal at 200 miles per hour, just inches away from other drivers trying to nudge you out of the way, you’d want some good luck, too. You’d probably avoid black cats and walk around ladders, and you most likely wouldn’t want anything to do with the number 13.

You wouldn’t be alone. Many drivers consider 13 unlucky when it comes to car numbers, pole positions, and the day of the month. Nobody was more scared of number 13 than 1962 and 1963 cup champion Joe Weatherly. When he qualified for position 13 at Bristol in 1962, he insisted that it be changed to 12a. And he refused to enter the 13th Southern 500 in Darlington until the name was changed to the “12th Renewal of the Southern 500.”

Friday, May 25, 2007

N.Y. Deputy Chief Dies of Heart Attack

N.Y. Deputy Chief Dies of Heart Attack - In The Line Of Duty:

"The United States Fire Administration has reported that Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. Deputy Chief and Fire Police Captain Joseph Piazzi died of a heart attack May 16.

Piazzi, 76, had responded to several incidents of downed power lines and trees due to storms throughout day before returning home to assist a neighbor with cleanup.

The department had been dispatched to another call and he was preparing to respond when he began to experience chest pains and called 9-1-1 at approximately 7:30 p.m.

The department was dispatched to his residence where he was found unresponsive.

Piazzi was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead."

An Intelligent Conversation

Here's an example of an everyday intelligent conversation in the fire hall.

NASCAR Superstitions

OK.... This is for all those folks out there who thought the movie "Ricky Bobbie" deserved a Oscar and was a true story and ranked up there with the likes of "Ben Hur" and "Saving Private Ryan"

These are a few of the superstitions of some Nascar drivers. I'll be issuing more as the days go, remember the old adage: "Keep the shiny side up and the dirty side down". I believe I heard that one from a group of guys sitting in the parking lot of #4 station talking on their CB's while they pretended they were big rig drivers.

Nutty but true
It’s true. Peanuts are a long-standing taboo for NASCAR drivers. The origin of the superstition is up for debate. One story has some of Junior Johnson’s teammates chomping peanuts in the shop right before an engine blew. The logical conclusion? Blame the peanuts. Another theory is that peanut shells were sprinkled on five cars before a race in the 1930s, and all five cars crashed.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Mongo As A Kid

This is one very funny video... it kind of reminds me of Mongo when he was a kid.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

California Captain Collapses and Dies

California Captain Collapses and Dies - In The Line Of Duty:

"The Redding, Calif. Fire Department is mourning the loss of a dedicated fire captain.

Captain Ed Andrews, 53, died yesterday during training.

Battalion Chief Shane Lauderdale said Andrews was training for the upcoming summer fire season when he collapsed. He said fellow firefighters and EMS personnel immediately began CPR, and continued as he was transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Andrews had been with the department since 1984, and was promoted to captain in 1994."

Mississippi Firefighter Dies on the Job

Mississippi Firefighter Dies on the Job - In The Line Of Duty:

"Family, friends and coworkers are mourning the death of Desoto County's first black paramedic tonight.

It was two days of strenuous physical activity that took a fatal toll on Jeffrey Jeans.

Emergency Management Director Bobby Storey says it all started Thursday.

Jeans cut the sprawling lawn at the Eudora firehouse, then tested engine hose well into the evening.

Friday he picked up an engine that was being repaired in Memphis and put all the heavy hose back on the truck.

It appears all the work was more than his body could take.

Jeans' co-workers say he told them he felt hot Friday night before going into the kitchen. That's where they found him a short time later, lying on the floor in cardiac arrest.

Jeans was a 25-year-veteran of DeSoto County emergency services, starting as a volunteer back in 1982."

Monday, May 14, 2007

Kansas Firefighter Dies in Crash of Personal Vehicle

Kansas Firefighter Dies in Crash of Personal Vehicle - In The Line Of Duty:

"ROSE HILL, KAN. -- An aspiring volunteer firefighter died Friday night while responding to a house fire in his personal vehicle.

When Brandon Daley, 19, a member of Rose Hill Volunteer Fire Company, missed the first due engine, he decided not to wait for the next truck, said Lt. Tim Linot, of Butler County Fire District #3.

At the entrance to the gated community where the fire was located, Daley lost control of his pickup truck. He was ejected as it overturned several times.

He was rushed to Kansas Medical Center where he died a short time later of injuries sustained in the crash."

'I feel wonderful'

I received this from Dispatch this morning. You can read the entire Windsor Star column by clicking on the link below.

'I feel wonderful':

"'I feel wonderful'
Injured firefighter George Copeland makes first public appearance since accident
Sonja Puzic, Windsor Star
Published: Saturday, May 12, 2007

'How are you doing dispatch?'

The familiar voice of injured firefighter George Copeland, speaking on a two-way radio from his hospital bed, boomed across Windsor Fire and Rescue airwaves about three weeks ago, bringing his colleagues to their feet.

That emotional greeting was more than just a boost for the fire department. It was a prelude to a major milestone in Copeland's slow but determined recovery."

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Latest Update On George

May 07, 2007:

I visited George on Monday, May 7, 2007. George was in a wheel chair. He said it felt good to have normal clothes on. George does not need the Tracheotomy. They removed it and stated it feels much better without it. He is exercising his right arm to make it stronger. He will be moving from ICU to a normal room shortly. He is trying to go for treatment in Detroit at a place on John R and Mac rd. He says hi to everyone. His biggest challenge right now is to get going on therapy in Detroit.

Richard Marr

Friday, May 11, 2007

Hilary's Surprise!

Recent Promotions

Ok... some new "older" guys got to go up the ladder of success.. and they are:

Recent Promotions and Awards:

Effective 0800 hrs. on Sunday, January 27, 2007:
Captain David Stroud promoted to District Chief, Fire Rescue
Firefighter Kelly Gault promoted to Captain, Fire Rescue

Effective 0800 hrs. on Sunday, January 14, 2007:
Captain Ron Trofin promoted to District Chief, Fire Rescue

Congrats, Fellas... keep everybody safe.

Why Some Women Never Marry

Have you ever wondered why some women never get married and have no desire to? Maybe it's because they ran across these guys.

Ya know, it just kinda bothers me that the guy pictured at right somewhat resembles Doug Horstead a little too much don't you think? And the little guy in the photo below this one? Squint your eyes a little and you'd swear you were looking at Tommy Lebert, right????? Uh huh; and the guy with the red shorts??? I don't even want to mention Don Bennett!

North Carolina Firefighter Collapses Day After Response

North Carolina Firefighter Collapses Day After Response - In The Line Of Duty:

"ANGIER, N.C.-- A volunteer from the Angier & Black River Fire Department in North Carolina collapsed and died the afternoon of May 9, after battling a house fire the previous day.

Ottis Earl Stephenson, 61 -- a 21-year veteran of the department -- was at his day job as a security officer at the Museum of National Science in Railiegh, N.C. during the time of his death.

Chief Frankie Hobson said the house fire Stephenson responded to occurred at approximately 7:21 p.m. on May 8."

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Maine Firefighter Killed in Tanker Rollover

Maine Firefighter Killed in Tanker Rollover - In The Line Of Duty:

"SPRINGFIELD, Maine-- A volunteer firefighter answering a call for assistance at a Prentiss sawmill was killed instantly when the firetruck he was driving overturned on Route 169 at about noon Monday.

Firefighter Peter Beebe-Lawson, 50, of Springfield was coming out of a fairly sharp curve on his way to the fire when he apparently lost control of the 3,500-gallon Freightliner tanker truck at about 11:45 a.m., Trooper Jarod Stedman said."

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Retirees Breakfast May 1

Sorry for the delay but here are a few pics of the breakfast thanks to Gary "Glitter" Spratt... : )
OK... just for fun... find the "old guys"... who is who? This is kind of like "Find Waldo" only better.. for e.g the "old guys" here would be Joe Maisonnville, Sam Hyslop, Bob Gignac, Ken Kimmerly...

Go ahead...Find the "Old Guys" : )

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

A Brit Speaks Out

All I have to say about this fellow is I hope he doesnt get "bumped" off for his opinion... quite humorous but serious at the same time.

Go to this link:

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

George Copeland Fundraiser

I apologize for the formatting for the addresses and phone numbers below but no matter what I attempt to do they don't want to cooperate.


Hosted by Windsor West Indian Association

SAT. MAY 12TH 2007



519 945 0213

Oval: $25.00 Per Person Advanced tickets only!




Copeland's Martial Arts Carol Browne Windsor Fire and Rescue Station #1
519-973-1578 519-739-0657 519-258-7291
2557 Dougall Ave Unit 5 815 Goyeau Street


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