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Terry Fund Road Trip!
The Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund will be donating a piece of steel from the World Trade Center to the San Diego Fire Museum. The steel will travel from Baltimore, MD, (where it will be on display at our very own Firehouse Expo) all the way to San Diego, CA with motorcycle escorts. The Terry Fund is looking for volunteers to help along the way. If you want to be part of the motorcycle escort team, or if you want to volunteer at any of the stops along the way, contact the Terry Fund at http://terryfund.org/. Stops will be made in Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Texas and Arizona. The Fund will be selling shirts along the way to help defray the cost of the 3,100 mile trip. Ferrara Fire Apparatus donated a new pumper for the trip.
The Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund was established in memory of Terry Farrell, a decorated member of Rescue 4/FDNY and Chief of the Dix Hills, NY, Volunteer Fire Department. Terry, along with 342 of his brothers, perished on September 11, 2001 in the World Trade Center attack.
We Have a Winner
The U.S. Forest Service has announced the winners of the 2011 Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl Poster Contest. Vaibhavi Patankar, 8, won the fourth-grade category and then took top honors. She received roundtrip airfare and accommodations for four to Washington, D.C., and will go home with a trophy and a $100 U.S. Savings Bond. Patankar’s winning artistry is a poster within a poster, depicting Smokey Bear standing next to a poster of forest animals that has been set on fire with a match.
Students were asked to demonstrate through original 11x17-inch artwork their understanding of fire prevention and basic environmental conservation principles. Students were also asked to use in their drawings Smokey’s motto – “Only YOU Can Prevent Wildfires” – or Woodsy’s motto – “Lend a Hand – Care for the Land.”
The mission of the U.S. Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world.
Last Call for Medal of Valor Nominations
The 2010–2011 Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor nomination period ends on July 31. The highest national award for valor by a public safety officer, this medal is awarded annually by the President or Vice President of the United States to public safety officers who have exhibited exceptional courage, regardless of personal safety, in the attempt to save or protect human life.
To receive the Medal of Valor, public safety officers must be nominated by the chief executive officer of their employing agencies; recommended by the bipartisan Medal of Valor Review Board; and cited by the Attorney General. Those interested in nominating an officer must submit their application through the online Medal of Valor Application System.
For questions about the award or how to nominate a public safety officer, contact the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Tip of the Hat
Lt. Terry Barber of St. Petersburg, FL, Fire & Rescue has received the Hats Off Award, one of St. Petersburg’s highest honors. Lt. Barber was acknowledged for coming to the aid of an individual suffering a heart attack. This award is given for “going above and beyond” the call of duty, according to District Chief Michael Domante.
Part of Lt. Barber’s job as a Deputy Fire Marshal is to assist with construction meetings, in downtown St. Petersburg, that assure the life-safety code is addressed during the building’s planning phase. He was attending an afternoon meeting when an architect suffered a heart attack and stopped breathing. After quickly assessing the situation, Lt. Barber determined the individual was in full cardiac arrest. He began basic life support procedures (BLS) consisting of one person CPR and rescue breaths until St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue paramedics arrived.