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    Benjamin, may you rest in eternal peace.......

    WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) - A Polk County firefighter and
    emergency medical technician who was working overtime was killed
    Monday when the ambulance he was riding in crashed into a tree.
    Benjamin Matthew Lang, a firefighter with Polk County since
    2001, died at the scene of the crash on County Road 542, Polk
    County Fire Chief Doug Lewis said.
    Lang, 22, was riding in the back of the ambulance and helping a
    paramedic as they were taking a patient to Winter Haven Hospital,
    officials said.
    The ambulance driver lost control on a rain-slicked road and the
    vehicle slid into the grass, overturned and crashed into a large
    tree, officials said.
    The driver, the patient and the paramedic were taken to area
    hospitals, but their conditions weren't known late Monday. Their
    names were not released pending notification of family members.
    The ambulance had its emergency lights and siren on, but
    officials said they didn't know how fast the ambulance was going
    when it crashed, The Ledger of Lakeland reported.
    Lang has family in Polk County and lived in Winter Haven, the
    sheriff's office said. He recently assisted with Hurricane Charley
    relief efforts.
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    Information from: The Ledger, http://www.theledger.com

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    Have y'all become desensitized to LODD postings?
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    My thoughts and prayers go out the immediate and extended firehouse families of Benjamin Lang. May he rest in peace and may those who mourn him find the strength they need to get through this difficult time.
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    My thoughts and prayer's are w/ him and his families, both fire and immediate.

    R.I.P

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    Polk County (as was other counties) was devestated by Hurrican Charley. They lost several fire stations and apparatus. Most of them are back up and running, but there was a time when it was very difficult for them. Then this happens. It was a very sad state for these weary soles who had been working 48 hours shifts from August 13 through August 22. Strangely enough, on the very day (August 22) that the fire department went back to "normal operations" they are struck with another tragedy less than 12 hours after winding down.

    I was part of a task force that went to Polk County. Members of my department staffed a station for them for 3 days and then we were deployed to another station that we staffed for an additional 5 days. We worked side by side with these folks. The stations we were in were in the same area that our fallen brother worked in. Who knows, we may have worked beside him and never known it.

    Four memebers of my department made the 2 hour trip back to Polk County, this time to pay our respects, instead of working with them to recover from disaster. However, instead of attending the funeral, we opted to staff engines for them so their members could attend Firefighter Lang's "last call." We felt this was a much better tribute to him and his department. Several other cities provided the same service.

    Our hearts and prayers continue to go out to our fallen brother's family and them members of his extended family...Polk County Fire Department and Polk County EMS. May God be with them as they struggle to understand how they can be hit with so many devatstating tragedies in less than 10 days. May he keep their spirits high and guide them in their efforts to continue serving the public. In the words of one of their own...."We had just begun to be able to breathe and now this happens.Wat did we do to p**s off God?"

    God bless the members of this department and watch over them.
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    Rest in Peace, Brother........

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    My sincerest sympathy to the Polk County firefighters and the family of Benjamin Lang. May you find the strength to get through this difficult time.

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