This just hasn’t been my week. I was suppose to have these show notes out Sunday night (Monday at the latest) — Wouldn’t you know everything else had to come up (Don’t you just LOVE Murphy!!). On top of that this week was suppose to have a link to a couple videos which
I’m still trying to get uploaded to youtube after tweaking them in iMovies (I think I may finally got that figured out – but not saying confirmed yet). For now I’ll just have to go ahead and post this with out the movies and add the in later (otherwise I may never get this out). Finally have been able to upload.
As mentioned on the show (which you can listen to here, though I warn you I think I was maybe going a little to fast – thanks to Sgt John Broyles of 1-Union-801: The Webcast for reminding me to “calm dow” in the chat room)….. Let’s see where’d that train go, just got derailed….. Ohhhh yes….. Earlier in the morning (Sunday September 15) I attended the Arizona Stair Climb Event in Tucson, AZ. I’ve heard of these stairclimbs before (mostly through posts put out by Rhett Fleitz (FireCritic) – and David Statter (Statter911). This is the first time that there has been one close enough for me to be able to attend. The climb itself was only for the firefighters (If I am not mistaken, A group from the US Marshalls also climbed – infact were the first group to finish the climb). The firefighters climbed a total of 110 steps to commemorate the 110 of the World Trade Center. I was told that the building being used had 16 floors and the firefighters climbed a total of 7 times – this would actually make it 112 so there were 2 floors eliminated within the climb somehow. I also learned that on the last round the firefighters from each group all went together and ended together as a group – coming out to ring the symbolic bell together.
Here’s the post on the Arizona Stair Climb Event (including a facebook link with photos, and a couple links to you-tube videos).
We should take a moment to also remember the many other heroes who lost their lives that fateful day. Such as:
- The members of flight 93 (without their unified acts of bravery many more lives would have indeed been lost)
- The 8 EMTs who lost their lives responding that day (http://emsblogs.com/blog/2011/09/always-remember-2/)
I spoke, very briefly on the Patriots Day Event done On September 11 at Rattlesnake Ridge Elementary. The kids (as well as teachers, parents and guests; including Firefighters from I believe it would be station 34 – though I recall the number of the truck being 342) gathered in front of the school. The kids recited the pledge of allegiance as well as the preamble of the declaration, then everyone observed a moment of silence to remember those that died on 9/11 and others who have died in LODD deaths, as well as to think of and honor those who serve us today. A couple of the 5th graders read from papers they had wrote about what 9/11 means to them. Principal Cindy Lewis left the kids (and all guests) with this thought: That we should always honor those in fire & Police, etc – past & present – by thanking those who serve today.
I don’t know that I actually put this on the show or not, but here is a great definition of a Hero:
“A Hero is a normal every day person, doing what needs to be done, in extraordinary circumstances” They aren’t wearing capes or have super-powers….. They are Moms & Dads, Brothers & Sisters, Aunts & Uncles, Friends and so forth. They look just like anyone else, and they put their pants on with the same ‘one leg at a time method’ that we all do. They simply do what needs to be done with out regards to receiving anything in return. This could be said to be describing Firefighters, Police Officers, and Paramedic/EMTs They often find themselves trying to save life & property in extraordinary (dangerous/difficult) situations, without benefit of super-powers or “magical” capes.
Lastly I read from my Firefghter/Paramedic Safety Series: D is for Danger