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Bravest Edge Finest in Emotional Game
The FDNY (the Bravest) recently squared off against the NYPD (the Finest) in the 38th annual FDNY/NYPD hockey game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, NY. Prior to the game, both teams stood at center ice and watched a video tribute to their colleagues who died on 9/11. While many of the younger players weren’t active members 10 years ago, FDNY coach Joe Byrne makes sure they never forget what happened that day. “He doesn't talk about it a lot,” said FDNY’s Jim Becker, the game’s MVP. “But he’s helped us understand what 9/11 was about.”
The FDNY earned its third straight win in the series, with a 6-5 overtime victory. Proceeds from the game went to help loved ones of FDNY and NYPD members killed in the line of duty. The FDNY Hockey Team is a not-for-profit organization comprised of FDNY firefighters and officers who donate their time and efforts to raise funds for several charities each year. Past charities include the UFA Widows and Children’s Fund, the Thomas Elsasser Memorial Scholarship Fund, the New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial and the Teddy Bears That Care Program. The FDNY Hockey team competes in charity events and tournaments worldwide, including the upcoming World Police and Fire Games in New York City this August.
Woman on Top
The Bay St. Louis Fire Department has a new chief. Pam San Fillippo is now part of a select few. She's one of only 25 female fire chiefs in the entire nation, and the only female fire chief in Mississippi. San Fillippo is no stranger to the halls of the Bay St. Louis Fire Department. She has worked at the department for the past 25 years and has served as assistant chief for the past nine years. “To get a unanimous vote from the council is really big and it means a lot to know that you have the councils support,” she said. The chief said protecting and maintaining the city's class five fire rating to keep insurance rates low for residents, will be one of her top priorities. Making sure firefighters are well trained and keeping equipment up-to-date will help her reach that goal. Chief San Fillippo will oversee 35 full and part-time firefighters at two fire stations. “This kind of work is done by a team of people, it’s never done by one person,” said San Fillippo. “It just doesn't work that way. And it takes everybody in the department at every level to do that.”
Saving a human life is always the first priority when a fire occurs, but pets can also be saved if firefighters have the right equipment: pet oxygen masks. Invisible Fence Brand knows this can happen and is stepping up to save the lives of cherished family members – pets. That’s why during the month of April, more than 1,300 pet oxygen masks were donated to more than 20 fire departments in the U.S. to celebrate Project Breathe month. Project Breathe was established with the goal of equipping every fire station in America and Canada with pet oxygen masks. These masks allow firefighters to give oxygen to pets who are suffering from smoke inhalation when they are rescued from fires. The masks often save pets’ lives. Invisible FenceBrand has been quietly equipping fire stations all over the U.S. and Canada with pet oxygen masks for years. By the end of April, the number of pet oxygen masks donated through Project Breathe will total more than 10,000. A reported 50+ pets have been saved by the donated masks so far, including two pets saved on April 1 in Willoughby, OH.
“We’re making these donations simply to save pets,” said Randy Boyd, Invisible Fence President and CEO. “To lose a pet in midst of a house fire would be devastating. In many cases, pets can be saved if firefighters have the right equipment. Project Breathe makes it possible for pets to stay alive after suffering smoke inhalation.”