Forums, Typing, an Injured Firefighter and a Dead Firefighter
When I think of these forums, and the "spirited debates" one of the things I think of is how so many people get the time to post as much as they do. That leads to typing, and makes me think of dispatchers. These folks have to be quite handy with this skill.
Thinking of dispatchers caused me to think of one at my county's Public Safety Communications center. On the 30th, a young lady was working at Communications when the box was struck for the apartment fire at 7109 Donnell Place. First due companies found fire extending greatly from the terrace apartment up balconies and into the upper floors. The second alarm was quickly struck and then followed by a third alarm. When evacuation tones were sounded Firefighter Tim Ormerod, assigned to Company 27 (Morningside) somehow became separated from others and was briefly missing. While he was quickly found, he was found without his facepiece on and not breathing. Quickly removed, intubated and taken to MedStar, he was immediately listed in critical condition. Thankfully he improved, and is now in serious condition, still intubated.
The young lady working at Communications is his fiance.
On 28 May, Boston Firefighter David Middleton died of a heart attack after his shift. He had ten years in the job.
He is survived by two children.
He was 38 years old.
Life is too, too short, and some of us will never realize this. Post what you like, whenever you like; its your perogative and I have nothing against it. But, sometimes, if you think about it, is the time spent arguing with faceless identities really worth it?
If you want to type something, type a letter to a injured brother and his coworkers in Maryland, a grieving department in Boston, a gracious department in Minneapolis, a saddened department in Georgia or the next department that has a line of duty death. We know it will happen. It is only a matter of time.
What do you want to do with yours?