Scuttlebutt 12/13

LVFR Honors Fallen Firefighters Las Vegas Fire & Rescue (LVFR) Engineer John Banks created the sculpture at the center of Firefighters Memorial Park located at 1668 Redwood Street, just one block west of Fire Station 6. The sculpture, which features...

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“I was really excited to have as my sponsor,” said Bell. “I have always supported our men and women in uniform and I couldn’t be more proud to have the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, and Hero Energy Shot all together on my car. Starting October 1, Hero Energy Shot will be donating 10 cents from every bottle sold via for 12 months with the goal of selling one million bottles in order to raise $100,000 for NFFF.”

“For more than a decade has answered the call to support the fundraising efforts of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation,” said James A. Witmer, Chairman of Witmer Public Safety Group, Inc. “We have continued to deepen our relationship and support as the company itself continues to grow. This unique partnership with Hero Energy Shot and our sponsorship of T.J. Bell’s No. 40 Chevrolet Camaro reflects a new level in our efforts on behalf of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.”



Firefighter Receives Prestigious Air Force Award

Senior Master Sergeant Timothy Nicholson was one of 10 airmen from the 167th Airlift Wing, Martinsburg, WV, who received one of the Air National Guard’s most prestigious awards for actions during an in-flight incident while overseas. Nicholson, who is also a lieutenant in the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, and his crew received the 2013 Earl T. Ricks Award for Outstanding Airmanship for their actions during an emergency incident on April 19, 2013.

The crew’s quick thinking and exemplary teamwork allowed all of its members to return safely to base after their C-5 Galaxy aircraft suffered multiple bird strikes during takeoff that severely damaged two of its engines. While airborne, the crew quickly assessed the situation and was able to land and safely evacuate the aircraft.

The Earl T. Ricks award, a national award for Air National Guard personnel, was established in 1954 in honor of Maj. Gen. Earl T. Ricks who served as chief of the Air Force Division, National Guard Bureau.


This Month in Fire History


December 1, 1958, Chicago, IL

Our Lady of the Angels school fire kills 95


December 2, 1913, Boston, MA

Arcadia Hotel fire kills 28


December 5, 1876, Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn Theater fire kills 295


December 7, 1946, Atlanta, GA

Winecoff Hotel fire kills 119


December 16, 1835, New York, NY

Great New York fire destroys New York Stock Exchange


December 18, 1964, Fountaintown, IN

Nursing home fire kills 20


December 20, 1970, Tucson, AZ

Pioneer Hotel fire kills 28


December 22, 1910, Chicago, IL

Stockyard cold storage fire kills 21 firefighters


December 30, 1903, Chicago, IL

Iroquois Theater fire kills 602


Courtesy of NFPA


For details on fires that occurred 100 years ago this month, turn to Paul Hashagen’s “Rekindles” on page XXX.