This from Barry McRoy:
This article was on our local news. The little girl wants fire dept patches. She has cancer and her dad is a firefighter. Maybe you can post it.
Barry, Fire Chief, Colleton County Fire-Rescue
Excerpts from livenews5.com:
Mileena Painter, a 12-year-old girl from Riverside in St. Clair County (AL) was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia this past August. She is now home bound and not able to go to traditional school. For one of her school projects she has decided to collect firefighter patches from around the world.
“She started school on August 8th and went to half a day of 6th grade and was diagnosed on the 9th and she is home bound,” says Rachelle Painter, Mileena’s mom. “She can’t go to traditional school with her classmates. So she wanted to do a different type of project and since dad is a firefighter (at the Riverside Fire Department) and mom is a paramedic she thought this would be kind of fun.”
“What I think I feel good about is that some people don’t appreciate firefighters and paramedics like they should and that’s one of the reasons I wanted to do it too is because some people don’t appreciate them,” says Mileena. “And when they say they are fighting with me it makes me feel good and it makes me not want to cry.”
“So we have gotten T-shirts she is going to wear to chemo,” adds her mom. “She likes them nice and big because they have to access her port in chemotherapy. So those are good things to wear while she is getting chemotherapy and she can kinda feel the brotherhood of the firefighters.”
“The neatest thing that I think that we get when we receive the patches is the prayers that come with them,” says Rachelle. “The majority of them are sending letters or cards telling her that they are in it with her, they are fighting for her and they are praying for her. And that to me means more than the patch does.”
Mileena plans on keeping the patches and sewing them together into a quilt. She wants to then use the quilt as a way to share her story and her testimony with other people.
“Mileena has about two more years of chemotherapy to go thought so as far as I’m concerned they can keep sending those patches for the next two years and we can make lots of quilts,” says Rachelle.
“I want to thank all of my brothers and sisters in the fire service both in Illinois and in Alabama and also the Red Knights Organization that has really helped us out with a lot of this,” adds Kevin Painter. “It is a firefighters motorcycle club that goes all over the world. And some of the patches we have received are from chapters in different parts of the world. I would also like to thank our church family, God and our savior Jesus Christ who has walked us through this journey since August.”
If you would like to send firefighter patches, t-shirts, cards or letters, mail them to Mileena Painter PO Box 7 Riverside, Al 35135.
On Friday, May 26, 2017, the San Antonio Fire Department laid to rest FF/EMT Scott Deem, L35-A, who was killed in the line of duty while performing search and rescue operations at a 4-Alarm commercial structure fire. Two other firefighters were injured in the blaze; one was released from the hospital and the other remains in stable, but critical condition.
Scott leaved behind a wife and two children with a third on the way.
Fire departments from across central Texas and firefighters from as far away as Canada came to pay their respects .
A complete gallery can be found on my website
Three Alarm Structure Fire
An Oakman Branch family was displaced after their home was destroyed in a late afternoon house fire, Friday evening 09-January. At 16:38, a caller reported the back of the home at 11138 Augusta Highway was ablaze. Colleton County (SC) Firefighters arrived to the rural community near I-95 eleven minutes later to find the 4,800 square foot, two-story house fully involved. A second alarm was issued shortly after arrival and a portion of the roof collapsed within two minutes of Engine 26 arriving on the scene. Firefighters used a truck mounted deck gun, deployed a ground monitor, a 2-1/2 handline, and multiple 1-3/4 handlines to combat the fire. A tender shuttle was established for water supply since no fire hydrants were in the area.
A third alarm was issued for additional tenders and personnel approximately ten minutes after arrival. The main structure collapsed nine minutes later. The fire was contained within 35 minutes and was under control approximately an hour later. Firefighters remained on the scene for six hours performing overhaul. Nine of Fire-Rescue’s 3,000-gallon tenders shuttled water for four hours.
The home owner advised he started a fire in the home’s fireplace. It was the first time they had used the fireplace since the home was constructed 15 years prior. Approximately 15 minutes later he saw flames through a window on the rear of the home. Upon investigating he found the back of the house and roof were on fire. He was able to evacuate everyone from the home safely and notify 9-1-1. No one was injured during the incident and the American Red Cross is assisting the family. Off-duty personnel were called in to back fill some stations.
Engine 13, Engine 17, Engine 19, Engine 26, Tender 5, Tender 6, Tender 7, Tender 9, Tender 18, Tender 19, Tender 26, Tender 27, Tender 32, Rescue 1, Medic 18, Medic 26, Battalion 1, Car 12, Car 118, Car 105, Car 107 responded. Battalion Chief Ben Heape served as incident commander.
Barry W. McRoy, Fire Chief, Colleton County Fire-Rescue
I was one of two photographers requested by the Hartford, Ct. FD to take pictures of the funeral of Firefighter Kevin Bell who died while operating at a 2nd alarm fire at 598 Blue Hills Ave. on 10/7/14. While these pictures are not of the fire they are the reality of what can and does happen to members while operating at fires. It was an honor to take the pictures while at the same time it is an uncomfortable experience.
Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Services responded to a power outage with wires down yesterday morning in Chevy Chase. The incident area was cordoned off due to the live wires arcing & catching fire. I took these apparatus shots of Truck 706 and Engine 706 staging outside of the hot zone. As you can see the tillered trucks have to navigate some narrow and winding streets here in Chevy Chase Village and the surrounding neighborhoods.