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Sunday, November 22, 2015
Hey,A major crash following fire apparatus being struck but a tractor trailer has closed all lanes of I-85 north just north of the McKenney exit early this morning in Dinwiddie County, Virginia. The apparatus was literally cut in half. PHOTO LINK BELOW.Initial reports are that Firefighters responded to a separate crash involving a semi. While crews were working that wreck, about 27 minutes after they were called to to the accident scene, a fire truck and sheriff’s office cruiser were struckINITIAL reports are that the semi driver is in critical condition has been airlifted to an area hospital but that Firefighters have non-life threatening injuries.We'll post more as it becomes available. KTIYP's. This is one of several apparatus struck this weekend as the nasty weather starts to arrive. FOR FREE TRAINING ON FIREFIGHTER HIGHWAY SURVIVAL, GO TO:http://learning.respondersafety.com/PHOTOS FROM THIS MORNINGS INCIDENT:http://wtvr.com/2015/11/22/i-85-closed-near-mckenney-exit/Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.BillyGThe Secret List 11/22/2015-0700 Hourswww.FireFighterCloseCalls.com
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Detroit Fire Boat Captain Dies on Duty - MEDICAL The Secret List www.FireFighterCloseCalls.comIt's with great sadness to report another Detroit Firefighter has been lost in the line of duty. Captain Walter Szelag of Fireboat 1 passed away this afternoon from an apparent heart attack. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and members of the City Of Detroit Fire Department through this very difficult time.Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.BillyGThe Secret List 11/19/2015-1100 Hourswww.FireFighterCloseCalls.com
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Detroit Firefighter Dies In Quarters The Secret List www.FireFighterCloseCalls.comA Detroit firefighter was found dead at his firehouse early this morning.It’s not yet clear what caused the death of Sgt. Vince Smith, but firefighters said they found him dead in his sleep shortly before 0730 hours at Engine 48’s firehouse in southwest Detroit where he was on duty. The company had no runs last evening.Our condolences to all those affected.Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.BillyGThe Secret List 11/19/2015-1100 Hourswww.FireFighterCloseCalls.com
Monday, November 16, 2015
Hey-As a followup to this mornings Secret List-check out this entire, in depth article from yesterdays issue of New York Magazine...it's well worth your time.http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/11/patrick-hardison-face-transplant.htmlThanks to KennyF for the heads (and face!) up.Take Care. Be Careful. Pass it On.BillyGThe Secret List 11/16/2015-0930 Hourswww.FireFighterCloseCalls.com On Twitter?@TheSecretList@BillyGoldfeder
Monday, November 16, 2015
NJ DEPUTY CHIEF DIES FROM MEDICAL EMERGENCY
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We regret to pass on to you that Protection Fire Company #1
of Keasbey, NJ Deputy Chief Thomas J. Kolarick has died in the Line of Duty. On
November 11, 2015 Deputy Chief Kolarick succumbed to a medical emergency
sustained while responding to an incident on September 17, 2015.
Deputy Chief Kolarick joined Protection Fire Company #1 on August 12, 1974.
During his service with the Department he served in many roles including Fire
Chief and President.
Funeral Services will be held Today- Monday November 16, 2015 at Mitruska
Funeral Home at 10:00am. A funeral mass will be held at 10:30 am at Our Lady of
Peace Catholic Church located at 630 Amboy Ave, Edison, NJ 08837. Our
condolences to all those affected. RIP.
RESPONDING FIRE APPARATUS STRIKES CIVILIAN-CRITICAL
A San Antonio Fire Department truck hit a man as it was responding to a fire on
the Northwest Side yesterday (Sunday). It happened around 12:30 a.m. on
the 3900 block of NW Loop 410 near East Crestline Drive.
The man wearing dark clothing stepped into the path of an oncoming fire truck
that was running with its lights and sirens. The driver of the ladder
truck didn't see the man at first but then tried to avoid him but was unable to
avoid hitting him. EMS transported the man to University Hospital in
critical condition. KTIYP's.
FIREFIGHTER CRITICALLY BURNED DURING VICTIM SEARCH
RECEIVES A FACE TRANSPLANT
(Be sure to click the below
link to watch this story)
Being a Firefighter meant everything to Fire Captain Pat
Hardison, but when an accident during a rescue mission left his face severely
burned, he thought he would never be the same again. “It was terrible,”
Hardison, 41, told “ABC Nightline." “I mean, I left home one day a normal
dad, leaving to go to work, just a blonde-haired, blue-eyed-- that had
everything going, I thought, and just like that everything changed
But 14 years later, Hardison got the call to come to NYU Langone Medical
Center in New York City, where a surgical team, led by renown reconstructive
surgeon Dr. Eduardo Rodriguez, who is the chair of the hospital’s Wyss
Department of Plastic Surgery, would prepare him for the most extensive face
transplant ever performed.
It was a procedure so extreme and so risky that his doctors warned him he only
had a 50-50 chance of surviving it. But it was a risk he was willing to take
for the chance to get his life back and feel normal again. “I prayed daily that
there would be a miracle to help me get through this, and you know, it’s all in
God’s timing,” Hardison said.
In 2001, Captain Hardison and his second wife Chrissi were
raising their three children in his hometown of Senatobia, Mississippi. At 27,
he was a charming, successful salesman who ran the family tire business, but
his real passion was working with the local volunteer fire department where he
was a Captain.
“It was my way of life, that was what I did,” he said. “I didn’t do it to make
a living, I did it because I loved it... at this department it’s different.
It’s not like a fire department that volunteers, we’re a brotherhood.”
It was a brotherhood made up of the kind of men willing to rush headlong into a
burning home, which is exactly what Captain Hardison did on Sept. 5, 2001. “It
was just a normal day,” he said. “Just like every other fire... we went in
looking for a lady.”
Captain Hardison and his fellow firefighters got the call to respond to a house
fire, and when they arrived, he entered the building with three other
firefighters. He doesn’t remember much of what happened next, except the
ceiling collapsing around him.
“[My mask] was melting to my face,” Captain Hardison said.
“My hose [was] already melted.” He pulled the mask off, held his breath
and closed his eyes, which doctors say saved his throat and lungs from smoke
inhalation damage and from losing his vision. He doesn’t remember exactly how
he managed to escape the inferno but by the time he got out, he was
“There was nothing left of his face to tell you who he was,”
said Bricky Cole, one of Hardison’s friends and another volunteer firefighter
on-scene that day.
His friends rushed to save Hardison’s life, but they didn’t realize who they
were working on until he was being loaded into an ambulance.
“He pulled me down over his face… and said, ‘you got to take
care of Chrissi and the kids,’ and my world shut down,” said Cole. “You never
think it’s going to happen to you or yours. We closed the door on that
ambulance and I figured it was the last time I would ever see him alive.”
Captain Hardison spent the next 63 days at the hospital recovering from the
burns that took his scalp, ears, eyelids, nose and lips. His entire face was
gone. When he got home, Hardison said his three children, Alison who was 6,
Dalton who was 3 and Averi who was 2 years old at the time, were terrified of
HERE IS HIS ENTIRE STORY:
We wish Fire Captain Hardison the best!
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
The Secret List 11/16/2015-0700 Hours
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