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Rev Robert A Crutchfield's Blog (36)

Christmas Message 2009

Many people think of how brave first responders as being brave, and this is one of our most common qualities. At the same time I also often remind people how generous responders are.

Today is an excellent illustration of this. While everyone else is unwrapping presents, and hugging grandma, we stand watch. We sacrifice part of our holiday so others can have carefree enjoyment of theirs. So long as we do so they will never completely understand what we have done for them. We being who… Continue

Added by Rev Robert A Crutchfield on December 25, 2009 at 10:38am — 1 Comment

Katy, Texas Commercial building fire June 29th.

Yesterday a local fire photographer sent me some great pictures of the guys from my fire department at the above incident. You can see them on his website here, I was totally bumed that I wasn't on this run. I felt like a caged tiger knowing guys, and gals that I served with and cared about were fighting a fire this size, and I wasn't there. It was in the hottest part of the day, in what has been a historically hot Houston summer. Anyway the pictures are so cool I had… Continue

Added by Rev Robert A Crutchfield on July 9, 2009 at 4:36pm — 1 Comment

Swine Flu and Schools

According to the last numbers I have 11 schools in our metro area, and 466 schools nationwide have been closed because of probable or confirmed swine flu cases. This includes one school in my own school district about 5miles away.

Growing problem, working parents who are scrambling to find child care for the next week or two. They also have to figure out how to pay the cost of this care, especially in the current economy. I thought of setting up what I call "day shelters." However if… Continue

Added by Rev Robert A Crutchfield on May 2, 2009 at 6:21pm — No Comments

Flooding in the Houston Area

We are currently experiencing widespread flooding in the Houston Area. According to the last report I saw 20 major road locations are closed due to high water. Houston Fire had to rescue two of their medics and a patient after one of their ambulances became stranded in a a high water intersection just before daybreak.

Katy ISD (my local School District) has canceled classes for the day as have several near by districts here on the western side of our metro area. Several others are… Continue

Added by Rev Robert A Crutchfield on April 28, 2009 at 9:41am — 5 Comments

Overcome Evil With Good

I originally wrote this article while serving as Chaplain-General at the Order of St. Isidore of Seville. As first responders we certainly see our share of evil. In fact far too often it gets directed toward us. I hope this article will in some small way help you to handle the evil that you encounter in a way that is consistent with your faith in Christ.

Chaplain Crutchfield

Overcome Evil With Good

By Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield

Overcome evil with good. A… Continue

Added by Rev Robert A Crutchfield on February 26, 2009 at 11:23am — No Comments

Praying at the Mayor

Last night at our Mayor's invitation I was able to give the invocation at city council meeting here in Katy. It was my first appearance as fire department chaplain at something other than a department event. It went well in fact the C.E.O. of our local chamber of commerce commented to me after the meeting about what a good invocation I gave. The Mayor was grateful thanking me profusely many times.

It also gave me a chance to congratulate our city's new chief of police. I hadn't seen… Continue

Added by Rev Robert A Crutchfield on February 10, 2009 at 5:19pm — 2 Comments

Shiny New Engines and Training Stuff

I showed up early for our weekly drill last night and I'm glad I did ! First of all a salesman from the Pierce Dealer was there and brought one of their new pumper models to show off. This particular engine was a pumper about 32 feet long. It was equipped for both water and foam. The panel was oriented like a side mount panel, by high like atop mount panel. The cockpit was like something out of the space shuttle. One of my favorite features there was the ability to independantly control the… Continue

Added by Rev Robert A Crutchfield on January 16, 2009 at 5:07pm — No Comments

Christmas: Sitrep 1 and Final

My first Christmas as an official member of the Fire Service went pretty well. It all started a couple of Thursdays ago when I rode escort while Santa Claus made a tour of several local subdivisions.I was aboard one of our booster trucks, Santa was aboard Engine 5 which is a retired engine used for parades and such. We are fortunate that with fuel prices and such we can still afford to carry on this tradition for our community.While Santa makes his rounds throwing candy to the kids along the… Continue

Added by Rev Robert A Crutchfield on December 27, 2008 at 5:07pm — No Comments

Happy Thanksgiving !!!

I pray each of our members will have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving.

As many of you know we added a new grandson to our family recently, the turkey is in the oven and almost done, my sister-in-law, niece and nephew are on the way to share Thanksgiving dinner with us. My chaplaincy ministry is going better than ever. We have many things to be thankful for this day. Not that everything is perfect. Last year was full of its challenges, and I'm sure next year will be too, still today… Continue

Added by Rev Robert A Crutchfield on November 27, 2008 at 11:13am — No Comments

Major Tunnel Damaged by Ike Still Closed

Washburn Tunnel is a mjor traffic artery near where I grew up. In fact to get from my old house to my old high school you have to veer right along part of the north traffic circle of the tunnel. I though you might be interested in this story from our local ABC Affiliate on bringing the tunnel back from the storm,

Among other things 10 million gallons of water have been pumped out of the tunnel. All of… Continue

Added by Rev Robert A Crutchfield on October 18, 2008 at 6:48pm — 3 Comments

Now I'm in BIG Trouble ! LOL

Up until now I have mostly been in contact with my department by cell phone, becuased I had not been issued a pager.

Wellllll, shortly after I arrived for our weekly drill last night one of our captains called me over to his P.O.V. handed me a brand new Minitor V pager ! Now they can reach me way too easily 24/7. Most of you probably wear simular pagers so you know just what I mean. Of course you also know I'm kidding I welcome any step no matter how small that brings me closer into the… Continue

Added by Rev Robert A Crutchfield on October 10, 2008 at 6:35pm — No Comments

Update from me: Ike etc.

According to one figure I saw this morning about 35,000 customers are still without electrical power 2.5 weeks after Hurricane Ike came ashore south of here. So the recovery effort is very much still with us and will be for some time. The house where I grew up still only has partial power, so my mother is still staying with my sister and her family. My mom loves my sister my brother-in-law and my nephews but like many displaced by Ike she would much rather be home.

On better news I… Continue

Added by Rev Robert A Crutchfield on October 1, 2008 at 4:31pm — No Comments

Hurricane Ike: Sitrep 11

I responded to a multi-vehicle accident earlier tonight. Two people were transported to the hospital. The worst of the two had a broken leg. Our department responded with a command car,an ambulance, and one of our engines. Officers from three different departments showed up to assist with traffic control, do the accident investigation etc. I bring this up because it reminds us that even in the midst of the historically bad disaster that Ike is, the smaller day to day emergencies still take… Continue

Added by Rev Robert A Crutchfield on September 18, 2008 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Hurricane Ike: Sitrep 10

60% of Southeast Texas is without power ! The good news 9,500 utility crews from throughout the U.S. and Canada have arrived to turn the lights on ! The local YMCA is allowing non members to use its facilities to take showers, and charge cell phones. One feeding location in Baytown to our east has served over 1,500 meals today. My hat is off for the Red Cross and North Carolina Baptist Men for that one. Bolivar Peninsula is accessible only by boat or helicopter.

Several local… Continue

Added by Rev Robert A Crutchfield on September 17, 2008 at 6:41pm — No Comments

Hurricane Ike: Sitrep 9

66% of electricity customers in southeast Texas are still without power. Supplies such as gasoline, diesel (for generators etc.) food water and ice are becoming scarce even in the few stores able to pen. Frustration is building all around. Whole communities such as Galveston, and Bolliver Peninsula have been declared unfit for human habitation. Over 1,500 historical buildings in Galveston alone have been damaged. Several people have died from carbon monoxide poisoning, and dozens more injured… Continue

Added by Rev Robert A Crutchfield on September 16, 2008 at 6:43pm — 1 Comment

Hurricane Ike: Sitrep 8

Channel 11 the CBS affiliate in Houston was knocked off the air for a bit last night. They had already lost electrical power, and then their back up generator failed. They are very near our central business district, and even nearer two of our larger bayous. Both bayous were near bank full at the time. So much for journalists not becoming part of the story. LOL

Due to this morning's rain I was a little over three hours late for work at my other job. Still I got there, and we are back… Continue

Added by Rev Robert A Crutchfield on September 14, 2008 at 8:28pm — No Comments

Hurrican Ike:Sitrep 7

We just received over two and a half inches of rain in a two hour period here at my place. That makes our two day total about 7 inches. Today's rain come snot from Ike directly but from a cool front moving through our area. This is very unusual. Normally weather immediately after a hurricane is usually clear, hot and humid. Obviously those still without power will welcome the relief from the heat. Unfortunately several mor einches of rain will make a bad situation worse for those experiencing… Continue

Added by Rev Robert A Crutchfield on September 14, 2008 at 8:22am — 1 Comment

Hurricane Ike:Sitrep 6

Vast areas to the southeast of me are flooded. Nothing near that bad around here. The biggest remaining problem around me is most people are still without power. I told my wife earlier we must be truly blessed. The last 24 hours have been as if Hell opened up around us, and yet we are fine.

I have family of one sort or the other in several parts of town. So you can see things through the eyes of at least one family here's the run down of where we stand.

My daughter and… Continue

Added by Rev Robert A Crutchfield on September 13, 2008 at 7:41pm — 1 Comment

Hurricane Ike Sitrep 5

Its just before 7pm now. Winds have increased to 32mph here with gusts to 39. So the gusts are already over tropical storm force. They're blowing the trees around pretty good already.

Greens Bayou in Eastern Harris County is out of banks already do to storm surge + rising tides. I grew up near there and know the area well. A motel near the bayou has already have to move guests to their second floor. If Allison in 2001 is any indication that may not be good enough. A block or so down… Continue

Added by Rev Robert A Crutchfield on September 12, 2008 at 6:43pm — No Comments

Hurricane Ike: Sitrep 4

Its almost 5pm here in Katy. The wind speed is about the same as last time, although that won't hold for much longer. The clouds are thickening. The outer bands of Ike are at or near the coast so things are just now barely beginning. the weather is expected to rapidly deteriorate over the next hour or two. Flooding along the coast has already begun to occur. The entire town of Surfside Beach is reported to be under water. Exxon-Mobil's Baytown refinery ( our contry's largest refiner of… Continue

Added by Rev Robert A Crutchfield on September 12, 2008 at 4:52pm — 1 Comment

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