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April 2008 Blog Posts (14)

Don't Hang Up

Investigators are looking into the cause of a fire that killed a 54-year-old woman early Friday morning.

Smoke was reported at the Buckingham Gardens complex at South Ironton Street and Kentucky Avenue just before 2 a.m. Firefighters arrived six minutes later.

While extinguishing flames in the bedroom firefighters found a 54-year-old woman dead in her bed. Her identity has not been released, but neighbors said she was wheelchair-bound.

"It sounds like she lived… Continue

Added by Sean Toomey on April 28, 2008 at 3:58am — No Comments

The Denver Drill

The Denver Drill is based on the 1992 death of Engineer Mark Langvardt of the Denver Fire Department in Colorado. While working a commercial structure fire, Langvardt reportedly became separated from his crew when a floor collapsed, trapping him in a small storage room on the second floor. The room measured approximately six by eleven feet, but cabinets and equipment along the walls reduced the room to an aisle only twenty-eight inches wide. At the end of the aisle was an exterior window with a… Continue

Added by Sean Toomey on April 28, 2008 at 3:57am — No Comments

I Wish You Could

I Wish You Could

See the sadness of a business man as his livelihood goes up in flames, or that family returning home, only too find their house and belongings damaged or lost for good.

Know what it is like too search a burning bedroom for trapped children, flames rolling above your head, your palms and knees burning as you crawl, the floor sagging under your weight as the kitchen below you burns.

Comprehend a wife's horror at 3a.m. as I check her husband of 40… Continue

Added by Sean Toomey on April 28, 2008 at 3:55am — No Comments


The Tragedy:

A young mother progresses steadily down the empty freeway, the calm night made the ever creeping dotted lines of the pavement somewhat hypnotic, she briefly glares into the rearview mirror just long enough to catch of glimpse of her son, sleeping peacefully in the back seat. A subtle grin draws peacefully across her face.

Before she had finished fixing the smile on her lips the serenity of the midnight road was abruptly shattered, a beam of light was careening towards the… Continue

Added by Sean Toomey on April 28, 2008 at 3:53am — No Comments

My Hero

As children everyone has a hero, someone whom they not only look up too but someone who they aspire to be, or even mimic (to some extent). This hero is superhuman to us all; he or she is an indestructible model of perfection that will always be by your side. This is the perspective in which I saw my father, a great and powerful force who could never be harmed, never touched by evils hands. However in one instant I was forced to question just how indestructible my dad actually was.

I was… Continue

Added by Sean Toomey on April 28, 2008 at 3:52am — No Comments

My Passion

It's funny I have spent a great deal of time in my life panning over who I am and what I want to become. In fact the only consistency therein this process was the idea that I am certain I want nothing more from this life than to leave it knowing that I have made a difference in just one person’s life. However it is clear to me now that the answer to this question is inevitable, and has been in my heart since the day I was born on January 10th, 1988. Before I continue I want to be clear. I do… Continue

Added by Sean Toomey on April 28, 2008 at 3:51am — No Comments

Topic Suggestions Wanted

I'm looking for topic ideas for my main CROSS AND THE BADGE blog at our website Instead of trying to make an educated guess at what those of you on the frontlines might find interesting, I decided to ask.

So the question is what kinds of topics would you like to see covered from a cahplin's perspective ? If you can be as specific as possible that would be helpful, but all suggestions are welcome and appreciated. By helping me with this you really only… Continue

Added by Rev Robert A Crutchfield on April 24, 2008 at 12:01pm — No Comments

Not so Quiet anymore.......

Well, I've been a firefighter for five years now, I've seen my share of fatalities in fires, wrecks, and medical calls. But last Sunday reminded me just how fast a life can be taken. On Sunday at 8:30 p.m. we werecalled to a house fire with reported victims trapped. I was the first arriving truck on scene, as i put my truck in pump gear and handed my Captain his helmet, a man came running up saying that there was two children trapped and that a woman had already been pulled out through a… Continue

Added by Joshua S. Ashley on April 17, 2008 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Going back to school!

I just applied online to the local college. The fire commission has agreed to pay for me to go to EMT school! Classes start August 20th. I'm excited to be going, but the thing that sucks is that classes are Tuesday and Thursday nights. Our fire meetings are on Thursday nights. I will still get credit for training; but I like being at the dept. Oh well, the class only lasts a semester.

Added by Really living is optional on April 14, 2008 at 5:17pm — No Comments


A lot of folks can't understand how we came to have an oil shortage here in our country. ~~~ Well, there's a very simple answer.


Nobody bothered to check the oil.


We just didn't know we were getting low.


The reason for that is purely geographical.


Our OIL is located in






Coastal Florida




Added by Fyre Walker on April 10, 2008 at 4:29pm — No Comments

New Patch

I got a neat surprise in the mail yesterday. The people at Firehouse Magazine sent me a patch honoring the 186 firefighters who fell in the line of duty in 2006. It amy seem like a simple thing, but I will treasure it for a log time. It will be a grest reminder of those of you I serve risk everyday.

Added by Rev Robert A Crutchfield on April 10, 2008 at 10:38am — No Comments

Made the paper's online photo gallery

A first responder helps one of the crash victims.

My last blog post was about possibly being able to participate in the 'Last Dance' reenactment at the local high school. I did get the oppourtunity and it was great. I didn't make the actual paper but was in the online photo gallery of the event. I wanna encourage anyone who gets the chance to participate in this to do so; it is great, and really has the potential to make an impact on someone's… Continue

Added by Really living is optional on April 9, 2008 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Crisis Intervention

One of the areas I'm doing a lot of study in right now is mental health crisis intervention with first responders etc. The most common methods for doing this are C.I.S.M. (critical incident Stress Management) Psychological First Aid, and Comprehensive Acute Traumatic Stress Management.

I would be extremely grateful to anyone who would be willing to share with me their real world experience with any of these methods. Are there other methods that have worked for you in dealing with the… Continue

Added by Rev Robert A Crutchfield on April 5, 2008 at 10:09pm — No Comments

Last Dance

For those unfamiliar with it 'Last Dance' is a demonstration put on by high schools with the goal of preventing drinking and driving on prom night. They set up 2 or 3 vehicles and occupy them with student 'victims'. One of which will be playing the part of a drunk driver. Other organizations involved include the city police department, state police, city fire department, local hospital, air evac, and funeral home. Two 'victims' will be dead and one will be airlifted. There… Continue

Added by Really living is optional on April 2, 2008 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

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