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    Default Patches And Letters For Matt.

    Some of you may have seen this plea elsewhere at Firehouse.com, but I am trying to cover all of the bases for my friend and fellow firefighter, Matt Olson.
    So far, it has been slow, but seems to be picking up steam.
    I know many vollie departments like mine don't have patches but have their gear embroidered with their shield. However; I know many still sew on the department patch. I would gladly take a letter or a patch or both. I spoke with my sister, who is an award winning quilter yesterday. We discussed a few ideas and agreed that the quilt will look great. But I need patches.
    If any of you can help, my info is here. This is not a hoax. I don't even collect patches. I am doing it for Matt so I can see the look on his face when I can give him a quilt filled with patches from brother/sister firefighters, both volunteer and career from all over the U.S.
    Here is my plea:
    I am calling upon my many friends here to show their support for one of my firefighters.
    Volunteer Firefighter Matt Olson has been diagnosed with Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis. With this type of MS, there are no periods of remission. It is also characterized by gradual progression. There may be periods of leveling off of disease activity and there will be good/bad days. This type also attacks the spinal cord but will migrate to the brain.
    Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis affects 10 to 15 percent of all MS patients.
    I was chief of department when Matt got on. He came to us from another department, so I asked that chief about Matt. He told me that Matt was a real ďcowboyĒ and to keep an eye on him.
    Well, I kept an eye on Matt and what I saw was someone totally committed to our cause, someone who would hump hose, overhaul and clean up when we got back into quarters. He helped out at every fundraiser that we held. He made all of the meetings and was in the top ten for training hours every year.
    We took a couple of road trips together and if you didnít know how to take him, you might think that he was opinionated. He was one of our work horses.
    Thatís why it is so emotional for me to see how this disease is taking that away from him. His motor skills are rapidly disappearing. He needs to steady himself against something when he stands, his gait is very slow and stiff and it is going to worsen.
    I know that it is killing him that he canít be more active, but he is going to remain with us, because the support is what he needs.
    In February, 2006, we will stage a benefit for Matt; not so much to raise money, though he will need it, but more to let him know that we love him, support him and will be with him always. He loves being a firefighter and in my mind, he always will be.
    What I am asking you to do is to send me your words of encouragement and hope, so I can pass them to Matt. It would mean a lot to us.
    And if youíre interested in helping in any other way, you can let me know that, too.
    You can email me at rockysroom@winco.net.
    Thank you.
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    Got two more patches today.
    Wren, Mississippi
    San Antonia, Texas
    This is gonna be one, cool quilt.
    I was talking to my sister in Florida.
    She is an award-winning quilter and she is going to do this one.
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    Default Patches

    Chief,
    I am trying to scrounge on from my dept. We wear the old school dress uniforms and don't put our dept patches on them, but our station uniforms have them. At a minimuw I will cut the patch off one of my shirts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FFCLTE32
    Chief,
    I am trying to scrounge on from my dept. At a minimuw I will cut the patch off one of my shirts.
    Regards,
    LT-Eng32ine IACOJ member
    You might like to know that a couple of brothers have done just that.
    I'll take 'em with the shirt still attached!
    Thanks for your help.
    It is greatly appreciated.
    My goal is 100 patches by Christmas.
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    I sent a patch...
    The silence in this forum is deafening...
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    I'm going now to cut one off one of my uniform shirts. It'll be on its way very soon.




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    Chief,

    I need the address please.




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    Can't find any patches... gonna 'accidently' ruin one of my shirts and will send asap. Need your address though

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    Got a couple more patches today.
    ROOKIELZ sent me one from Canada and I got a fire and EMS patch from Buckley, IL Fire and Rescue Department.
    Thanks a bunch.
    Let's go to the Tote Board:
    Ohio 2
    Maryland 1
    Illinois 9
    New York 1
    Iowa 1
    Michigan 1
    Canada 2
    Mississippi 2
    Texas 2
    New Joisey 2
    Massachusetts 1
    I would like to get that 100 patches by Christmas. I'll need at least half that for a decent size quilt.
    Matt's benefit is February 11th. That's why I would like the letters and patches by Christmas. My sister will have 5 weeks to make the quilt and I am putting a scrapbook of your letters, pictures and even your stamps into an album for Matt. If that doesn't re-energize him, I don't know what will.
    We're getting there. We will get there.
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    Default I've got one

    Chief,
    Email with the address you want me to send it to, shirt and all!!!!
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    Got a pleasant surprise today.
    Eddie sent me TWELVE patches from Ann Arbor. That will kick start the Tote Board.
    Got the coolest patch from Las Vegas, NV today. Can't beat a royal flush.
    And my good friend from Galesburg FD sent their patch as well.
    14 patches today!
    Today's Tote Board:
    Ohio 2
    Maryland 1
    Illinois 10
    New York 1
    Iowa 1
    Michigan 5
    Saskatchewan, Canada 1
    Alberta, Canada 1
    Mississippi 2
    Texas 2
    New Joisey 2
    Massachusetts 1
    Nevada 1
    Pennsylvania 2
    Indiana 1
    Florida 4
    Air Force 1
    Keep 'em coming. As this rate, the quilt will be huge.
    Thanks so much to everyone for the patches. And I am getting some great letters of support too.
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    My patches went out today. You should have them soon.




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    Quote Originally Posted by fireman4949
    My patches went out today. You should have them soon.

    Kevin
    Thanks, Kevin.
    I look forward to getting them.
    The quilter-my sister-is living in Florida.
    Am getting a very good representation from Florida.
    Stan; where are you?
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    Chief, Mailed it out this am. When its done ru going to give us a look at it????
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    Quote Originally Posted by FFCLTE32
    Chief, Mailed it out this am. When its done ru going to give us a look at it????
    Absolutely.
    Picture will be posted in the original thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiefReason
    Thanks, Kevin.
    I look forward to getting them.
    The quilter-my sister-is living in Florida.
    Am getting a very good representation from Florida.
    Stan; where are you?
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    Got two more patches today.
    Festus, MO sent a very nice department patch and my buddy, weruj1-you're a good man, Josh, sent me another one. I want to thank my good friend from the Monmouth FD for sending me the old and the new. I appreciate it very much, Pat.
    trainer got to see what I had so far last night at the Truth in Taxation hearing. What did you think, Larry?
    That brings the Tote Board up to:
    Ohio 3
    Maryland 1
    Illinois 12
    New York 1
    Iowa 1
    Michigan 5
    Saskatchewan, Canada 1
    Alberta, Canada 1
    Mississippi 2
    Texas 2
    New Joisey 2
    Massachusetts 1
    Nevada 1
    Pennsylvania 2
    Indiana 1
    Florida 4
    Air Force 1
    Alabama 1
    Virginia 1
    Missouri 1
    So, Missouri is on the board. Lots of other states to hear from.
    Thanks everyone.
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    email me your address, and ill see if i can grab some from local departments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 275fbvfd
    email me your address, and ill see if i can grab some from local departments.
    sorry forgot my email

    fbvfd275@yahoo.com

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    Got a total of 11 patches today from my friends at Tallahassee, FL(thanks so much Kevin), Sackville, Nova Scotia, Canada(Lewis: I'm forever grateful) and Springfield, Virginia(Miriam; thank you, thank you).
    So, if I add those to the Tote Board, it looks something like this:
    Ohio 2
    Maryland 2
    Illinois 11
    New York 1
    Iowa 1
    Michigan 5
    Saskatchewan, Canada 1
    Alberta, Canada 1
    Nova Scotia, Canada 5
    British Columbia, Canada 2
    Mississippi 2
    Texas 2
    New Joisey 2
    Massachusetts 1
    Nevada 1
    Pennsylvania 2
    Indiana 1
    Florida 5
    Air Force 1
    Alabama 1
    Virginia 2
    California 1
    North Carolina 1
    That's 53 patches. A little over 1/2 way there with 15 days before Christmas; the "unofficial" cut off date. Sis needs a couple of weeks to make it. I bought some material for it today. Matt's benefit is February 11th, so it will be here before we know it.
    Thanks for the great response so far. And the letters that some of you have been sending are powerful and will definitely lift Matt's spirits higher than you can ever imagine. We were talking just the other day and he wishes that he had the health that he had at the start of this summer, just 6 short months ago. It's hard for him, but we met Tuesday with the officers and though Matt may need to go "inactive", he will remain on the fire department.
    Thank you all again.
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    This is such a positive experience. Brothers and sisters are sending me stuff and they don't post on here; they read. They see a chance to help and they send it. Many envelopes that I get have a return address, no note or anything. It's powerful. I am taken by it. It will take Matt, too. It will lift him and drive him. It's overwhelming. Thank you all.
    Today was a very good day. I heard from Vermont twice, Texas, Illinois(thanks, Shawn) and Connecticut.
    For those of you watching the Tote Board, here it is:
    Ohio 2
    Maryland 2
    Illinois 12
    New York 1
    Iowa 1
    Michigan 5
    Saskatchewan, Canada 1
    Alberta, Canada 1
    Nova Scotia, Canada 5
    British Columbia, Canada 2
    Mississippi 2
    Texas 6
    New Joisey 2
    Massachusetts 1
    Nevada 1
    Pennsylvania 2
    Indiana 1
    Florida 5
    Air Force 1
    Alabama 1
    Virginia 2
    California 1
    North Carolina 1
    Connecticut 1
    Vermont 7
    It is going to be an absolutely awesome quilt.
    Thanks, everyone.
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    C'mon Canada; send those patches!!!
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    Tell 'em, ROOK.
    Got a pleasant surprise yesterday from my buddy in Connecticut. He sent me a half dozen patches, a CD with action photos of his department and a very nice letter of support for Matt. Just an awesome response. Thanks, Rich.
    So, the Tote Board says:
    Ohio 2
    Maryland 2
    Illinois 12
    New York 6
    Iowa 1
    Michigan 5
    Saskatchewan, Canada 1
    Alberta, Canada 1
    Nova Scotia, Canada 5
    British Columbia, Canada 2
    Mississippi 2
    Texas 6
    New Joisey 2
    Massachusetts 1
    Nevada 1
    Pennsylvania 2
    Indiana 1
    Florida 5
    Air Force 1
    Alabama 1
    Virginia 2
    California 1
    North Carolina 1
    Connecticut 2
    Vermont 7
    My sister said that I would only need four yards of material. She has no idea how many patches are coming!
    I can't wait to hear from her after she gets them.
    Thanks so much everyone. The spirit of the brotherhood is strong.
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    Got a couple very cool patches from Del Rio, TX yesterday.
    An FH.com member contacted their friend and as a result, the friend sent patches and a very nice letter.
    Love that spirit.
    I know that there are more patches coming. I am holding off sending them for quilting, but Sis needs time to make it, so please send what you got and if I get any after the deadline, I will have them done up in some way that will send a positive message to Matt.
    Thanks everyone and the Tote Board:
    Ohio 2
    Maryland 2
    Illinois 12
    New York 6
    Iowa 1
    Michigan 5
    Saskatchewan, Canada 1
    Alberta, Canada 1
    Nova Scotia, Canada 5
    British Columbia, Canada 2
    Mississippi 2
    Texas 8
    New Joisey 2
    Massachusetts 1
    Nevada 1
    Pennsylvania 2
    Indiana 1
    Florida 5
    Air Force 1
    Alabama 1
    Virginia 2
    California 1
    North Carolina 1
    Connecticut 2
    Vermont 7
    Missouri 1
    Texas just took over 2nd place and is snapping at the heels of Illinois.
    Flatlanders; send those patches.
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