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Prince George's County firefighter falls out of responding engine. Chapel Oaks volunteer was heading to house fire.

Read details of January 21, 2008 incident

A 20-year-old volunteer firefighter is in stable condition and being evaluated at the trauma unit at Prince George’s Hospital Center after falling out of a responding fire engine this afternoon. Prince George’s County Fire/Rescue Department Battalion Chief Denise Dickens tells STATter911.com the firefighter tumbled from the rig at Addison Road and 60th Avenue around  2:00 PM as Engine 838 from Chapel Oaks VFD responded to a report of a house fire in Temple Hills, Maryland.

Dickens says a reserve PGFD engine was being used at the Chapel Oaks Station. She could not say if the firefighter was wearing a seatbelt or which model engine was in use.

As STATter911.com reported after a similar incident on January 21, 2008, the department has had issues with the door latches on older model Seagrave engines used as department reserve units. In that case a volunteer with Bladensburg VFD fell out of a 1989 PGFD Seagrave on Route 450 at Edmonston Road. It was determined that the firefighter was not wearing a seatbelt and that there had been other incidents where doors have popped open on that model engine. Here is part of the statement from PGFD Chief Spokesman Mark Brady after the 2008 incident:

1989 Seagrave involved in January, 2008 incident where firefighter fell off rig.

On this particular unit and the majority of our similar units the interior door latches are designed to open the door when the lever is pulled upward. There is a stop on the lever to prevent the lever from going down. However, if lever is overpowered in the down position it will break the stop and permit the door to open from the inside by pulling the lever up or pushing it down. The unit was inspected this morning and found that both rear cab doors would open by pushing the lever down. This situation will be corrected prior to it going back in service.

We could not find any issue with the seat belts. They are operating normal.

Following a similar incident with Fire/EMS Station 807, the Safety Office conducted a survey to determine if there were any other vehicles with a similar issue. Those units were identified and corrected at that time. Apparently, it does not take a lot of effort to over ride the lever stop in the down position and any unit that is found to have this condition is repaired as soon as possible by Apparatus Maintenance.

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  • http://firecritic.com Fire Critic

    Seatbelts…

    Hoping for a speedy recovery for the young firefighter.

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  • Chester Artur

    Wear a seatbelt next time, clown. I don’t feel sorry for you and it’s unfortunate that worker’s compensation will probably pay your hospital bill.

  • Pipeman

    F.U. Arthur. Accidents, whether preventalble or not, happen. Maybe next time it will be you, lets see how your opinion changes.

  • Anonymous

    Right, wrong or indifferent, you will be hard pressed to find firefighters in PG County wearing seatbelts. Its kind of hard to get dressed going down the road with a seatbelt on.

    Fact is, PG County knows these particular wagons are dangerous, and have continued to leave them in service while attempting to “fix” them. They know the fixes they perform will fail yet they continue to do it.

    I do blame the firefighter for not having his seat belt on, its a chance that firefighters take, and he lost. I blame the officer and the driver also. Its a change they take by not enforcing the rule prior to leaving, and they lost. I blame EVERY firefighter has checked off that piece or rode in that bucket for not placing the piece out of service.

    But I also blame Chief Jones and Apparatus Maintenance for blatantly leaving a piece of equipment in service that THEY know is a life safety hazard. At what point will someone above be held responsible?

  • WillMega06

    The culture will continue to injure and kill us unless we change.

  • Mike Ward

    To Anon 8:40 pm

    It remains sad, and amazing, to me that a county with such a vivid history of fatal apparatus accidents and significant near-misses that firefighters are still responding unbelted.

    The “kids” should review the “Sandy Lee Story” where a career firefighter fell and was run over by Truck 22’s rear duals. Massive, life-threatening trauma on the front ramp of the station.

    NTIS still has the video package:
    Sandy Lee’s Story
    National Fire Academy
    Firefighter Sandy Lee gives a gripping personal account of
    her experiences following an accident in which she fell off an
    apparatus en route to an incident.
    Order no.: AVA17305VNB1CGL, 46 min. VHS, 1988

    I seem to remember a pledge (and SOP) that the officer was responsible for making sure all of the team was seated and belted before a rig responds.

    So, what happens to Engine 838’s officer and driver?

    Not wearing a seat belt trumps the issue of running a reserve rig with a history of defective door latches.

    Failure to apply the lessons learned from events that created death, disability, injury and loss disrepects the sacrifice of our brothers and sisters.

    And is stupid.

  • uk-fb-buff

    Up until a company officer is held Accountable by Terminating them for their crew members failure to wear a seat belt before donning the proper PPE for the incident and responding,this issue will continue.

    This incident was nother Failure by PGFD Management to enforce it’s own rules regarding seat belt use,which came in to being after the Sandy Lee incident.

  • Joe Motil

    I hope the young man recovers from his injuries and learns a valuable lesson from this incident, not wear it as a badge of honor amongst his pals. Notice I said “young man” and not “Brother”. He has not earned the moniker “Brother” in my fire service by doing something this stupid, ie: no seatbelts. Notice as well, I said “incident”, as this was NOT an accident. This was a conscious choice by this fire co. member to NOT wear a seatbelt. The elcected officer of the volunteer fire co. and the driver should recieve admonishment as well, and thank GOD this member was not killed. But, we all know different about PGFD vollies, he will probably strut around like a peacock showing off his battle scars to all his fire co. member buddies. Maybe you guys can call Ricky Riley down in Clearwater and tell him how cool you are for falling, not off, but out, for GOD sakes OUT of a fire truck. Young PGFD vollies=wannabe clowns

    Proud IAFF member for 25 years

  • Gil

    The real question is why was 38 running a house fire in Temple Hills?

  • TAWANNA BUSSEY-SMITH

    Chester, this is my nephew….would he have been a clown if he was on his way to your rescue? he doesn’t get paid and has been doing this since he was 16 years old. he has 3 little girls who i’m sure believes he a HERO and not a clown.

  • Wagon Driver

    Al these people keep saying: The driver and officer are to blame too! Bulls*&t! I am a wagon driver and we are suspose to all be adults! Everyone that gets on knows the SOP’s and I am not going to babysit them! So when the doors are closed and the officer says go I go.

  • Anonymous

    It’s always easier for those who can’t look a real fireman in the face to throw stones.

    Hope for a speedy recover, the rest will work itself out.

  • Glad I’m Retired

    Amen Wagon Driver, this is a tough profession/hobby/career or whatever you want to call it. If you are old enough to make the decision to get on a rig then you are also old enough to make a conscious decision to wear a seatbelt or not. Stop trying to blame everyone on that rig and hold the one person accountable for their actions.

    Gil, you’re so right. Why was 838 running to Temple Hills? Has PG gotten so bad that staffing is pulled from the northside to go to a southside house fire? Maybe removing the staffing from co. 17 and co. 5, and closing down co. 6 wasn’t such a good idea. Glad I’m retired. Understaffed first alarm units was one thing but pulling apparatus/staffing from a company that would normally run Temple Hills on the 3rd alarm building fire is just plain out of control.

    • dave statter

      38 running the first alarm on a 29 box was among the first questions I asked. No one knew why.

      Statter

  • Steve in NJ

    My prayers to the young man who was injured. I find myself sadly amused by the hypocrisy of all these “veterans” critical of the seatbelt issue here. Let me lend you a stone to throw.

    • dave statter

      Steve,

      My sincere prayers for the young man too.

      But some rhetorical questions for some of you about this issue:

      Is it ever okay to point out a safety issue like a seatbelt and ask why wasn’t it worn?

      Does it really make you less of an aggressive firefighter to wear one?

      Why would you defend someone for not wearing one?

      Is it okay to point out a pattern of safety issues and wonder how they are being addressed by a department?

      What did Einstein say about insanity?

      Just some questions to ponder.

      Statter

  • Mike Ward

    TAWANNA BUSSEY-SMITH:

    Thanks for posting and I hope he quickly recovers from his road-rash.

    Perhaps you can clarify something. “Firefighter Close Calls” states that the person who fell out of Engine 838 was a red hat (probationary member) who has not been cleared for stuctural firefighting. In fact, the person who fell out of the rig was not wearing fire gear.

    Are we talking about the same person?

    STEVE IN NJ:

    When I did a 50 year survey of line-of-duty deaths in the Washington DC area (1950 – 2000), PGFD ranked first.

    A significant percentage of their on-duty deaths were from apparatus-related incidents in the 1960s – 1980s.

    Some of the comments posted in the 2008 Bladensburg incident reveal an approach to emergency response that is reckless and ignores the department’s hard-learned lessons.

    In another urban county, the firefighter’s medical expenses beyond state worker compensation would NOT be covered by the county because he was not wearing a seat belt.

    Tough love to change thoughtless and reckless behavior.

  • mark

    Well Tawanna, the “hero” didn’t do diddly squat to mitigate the incident he was responding to, did he?

    And just in case you didn’t know, personal safety is the first thing taught, because if we get injured on the way to or at the job, we just created way more problems than when the tones dropped.

    So yes, he was a clown. And I would consider him that if he was responding to my incident, because he violated the first rule of firefighters.

  • Anonymous

    Are you all serious? Youre asking why 38 was running a box in 29s area? Where have you all been?

    It takes a crash, and a medical or two and they are due. Its a straight shot down Southern Ave for them.

    Better yet, WHO CARES? Seriously? The guy falls from a fire truck and your question is why they were on the box?

    People amaze me.

  • Anonymous

    If the man has 3 kids, he should be kicked in the ass for not wearing a seat belt.

    Our business is amazing. Anybody else goes to work, does something and gets hurt or killed and that’s it…they’re stupid. Us? We’re heroes.

  • DJ

    Hey Joe Motil,
    Glad you’re such a proud IAFF member. However, 38 has career personnel assigned around the clock. More likely than not the individual driving and riding the seat were career IAFF brothers of yours.

    Still feel the same way?

  • Anonymous

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
    Albert Einstein

    There is your answer Dave. Oh sorry, that was rhetorical.

  • Anonymous

    Its all about accountability and enforcing the rules. PGFD, volunteer association, and Jones are so happy to have volunteers that they let them do whatever and they are not held accountable for their actions or inactions. Funny how every time this happens, its a volunteer firefighter.

  • Anonymous

    It was a most unfortunate situation where a Firefighter fell off Responding Apparatus. One can only Hope and pray this young
    man will make a full recovery without any Life Long Injuries. The questions commented here are real and Legitimate. mr. Statter posed a question why was E838 running on 1st Alarm 29 Box to a structure Fire in Temple Hills? This should/must be answered in a priority manner. As far as whynot was the Firefighter not wearing a Seat belt? Each of us knows the Law
    Governing the wearing of a Seat Beltin our personal vehicles. Doesnot it seem rather Hypocritical for Public Safety Service to promote the use of wearing Seat Belts, when Firefighters donot even adhere to PGFD/SOP’s for Safety. In past commentes there has been criticism of “Safety Sallies” being on the scene. The OIC on Apparatus has the responsibility to make sure
    Saffing on Apparatus is fully dressed in Turnout Gear, and properly seated on Apparatus wearing Seat Belt, before the Apparatus leaves the Station. It doesnot take any measured length of time to be prepared when Responding. It should be/must be the Duty/Responsibility of the Firefighter to ensure his/her Turnout Gear is always in good wearable condition. If it needs to be Repaired/Replaced, The Station Officer has the Responsibilty to take care of this critical
    priority. The Station Officer can/must periodically conduct In Service Training to inspect and make sure Turnout Gear is wearable in good condition. It is also important that Station Officer conduct Safety Training which includes proper caring/wearing of Turnout Gear. The issue here and one can only hope Mr. Statter can/will follow up in finding out why E838 was running a call in Temple Hills. If E838 was on a move up Transfer to a specific Station that could be why. One realizes the Single Pull System which does work, it seems something doesn’t appear why Chapel Oaks was running into Temple Hills from their 1st due area.

    Thank you

  • Frank Roy

    As a retired volunteer F/F, and taking many runs on the rear seats I was always buckled in even in full ppe. That is always the first, get your gear on outside of them truck, when you sit in the seat get the pack on and seat belt in. As a driver and operator it was very hard to advise the rest of the crew to buckle in, even when the Safety Officer was in the radio seat. Some F/F just don’t think it can happen to them. Accidents happen all the time, just read the fire mags. Smarten up brothers and sisters if you fall out of a truck then everyone’s life is on the line especially the involved at the call. For every one take the 1 second it takes to BUCKLE UP.

  • Safety

    NO EXCUSE FOR THIS PERIOD !!!

  • Chester Arthur

    To his aunt:

    Yes, he is a still a clown.

    • MJ

      Chester,
      You are a complete JERK. Proud IAFF member and your great department hires all the clowns and rejects from around the area such as yourself. This is someones life that could have been lost. If you have such a problem with vollies, then you should have got hired by another department that wasnt one of the largest combination systems out there. You sorry sack of Sh*t.

  • northchief

    I talked to a PG firefighter ontime who told me they dress on the run so they don’t get beat into thier first due by another company. Sadly, I,m afarid this attitude is prevalent among not only PGFD but other departments. I guess in 200 years we still havent gotten past the days of getting first water and using thugs to guard hydrants for thier own companies. Some of the comments hit the nail on the head, the only one to blame is the individual himself, but we all know that the attitude of the members around you influences behivior in young rookies, you do what the older guys do, not what the book says. I bypassed using the SCBA when I was a rookie because the older guys were saying hurry up, you don’t need that damm thing. Sometimes our stupid testosterone fueled pride is what kills us.

  • Steve in NJ

    Dave,

    Thanks for the questions to ponder. Just so you know, I am certainly not advocating any blatently unsafe practice like not using seatbelts. My point is that you don’t have to be a genius to note the obvious fact that this kid was not properly secured in the seat on the apparatus. Anyone who has done this job long enough has engaged in “unsafe” practices. The only difference between us and this kid is his number came up and ours never did. So, just because I’ve been lucky all this time and he wasn’t I refuse to castrate this kid.

    Tell you what, I wonder how many of the “seatbelt advocates” here can look in the mirror and say that they train every single shift, aren’t overweight, don’t smoke, regularly work out in the gym, always drive the speed limit, wear their SCBA every time they get off the rig, and never enter a burning building without a RIT standing by? My point? Get it yet?

    -Steve

    • dave statter

      Steve,

      While I replied to you, I wasn’t really picking on one of my very loyal readers. These are more general comments meant for the whole class.

      In my short tenure as a firefighter (6 years) at least three people fell off the rigs. One just before I joined who went through the windsheild of the rescue squad that was hit by a tractor-trailer. He walked away.

      Another was a drunk junior member who fell out of a bucket of the ladder truck on the highway. He was in a coma for the better part of a week.

      The third was a firefighter sitting on the diamond plate next to the tillerman (often there would be one hanging on each side) and fell onto the highway and busted up his head.

      Obviously we didn’t wear seat belts (I can recall using the one in the tiller seat every once in a while).

      But I would hope we would have progressed in thirty years. As Mike Ward pointed out, isn’t this an insult to Sandy Lee’s efforts to prevent someone from going through the life altering trauma and pain she has endured?

      Those who look at the stats say the lives of as many as 10 firefighters a year could be saved by buckling up.

      My question is why does this even need to be a discussion?

      Can anyone really make the case you are less of a firefighter because you buckle up?

      Give this injured firefighter all of the love and support you can muster. Wish him a speedy recovery. But don’t defend the indefensible. Don’t put up smoke screens about safety nannies and all of these other issues.

      You can debate all day about the risk versus benefit of fighting a fire in an abandoned house or whether it is safer to wear your mask during roof operations. But again, does there really need to be a debate on seatbelts?

      We are talking something very simple here.

      Statter

  • Flash

    To Chester Arthur. If there is a clown it is you! You sit behind your little computer and run your mouth knowing you do not have to show your face. You’re whet we call a Coward in our county!!!!!!!! So face up to it. You are not a F/F brother you’re just a cowardly clown!!!!!!!!!

  • Backstep

    Do you buckle your kids in on the school bus????..Do you wear a seat belt when you ride a bus???…or how about on the metro. Fix the faulty door latch design and you don’t have this problem. Poor fleet maintenance and management are dangerous. Fireman getting dressed going to a fire is not.

  • bucket rider

    you all are so safety prone it makes me and the rest of the firefighters who actually love there job sick. You take a look at any metropolitan areas in the US esp the east coast and take a look at just how many fire departments try to enforce the whole concept of seat belts. It just don’t work, it may in your podunk towns in PA. This wagon should of been out of service after the 2008 incident. Yet this screwed up county and its budgeted issues via a jackass fire chief and county exec are to damn stupid to worry about replacing apparatus. I feel sorry for this fellow brother. It’s happened twice, in the same wagon and yet it still stays in service. It’s not the probie or the officer to blame it’s the county and there tactics to band aid fix an over aged piece of apparatus.

  • retired chief

    I think it is time for all city councils, fire boards, commissioners, etc to enact resolutions, statutes, ordinances, or whatever to state that any one that is hurt while in violation of any department rule, sop, etc is NOT covered by workers comp. Further any lost time will be charged to your vacation or sick account, no more free lost time. I am tired of hearing it is the chiefs fault, the administration, the capt or lt. etc. If you ride a fire truck, engine, wagon, whatever and do not use your seatbelt you are stupid, period. At my dept we did not have any stupid people. If you worked for me it was a top level violation and could result in termination. Guess what, no one ever fell out of one of my fire vehicles, ever. And they made a lot of runs, about 25000 per year from 11 stations in 180 sq miles. So I know what I am talking about.

  • Jim

    I didn’t read anywhere that it said he was NOT wearing his seatbelt. The report said it didn’t know if he was or not. Fire’s are dangerous to. Should we not go inside a burning building. Sometimes you have to do what you need to do and getting dressed out or reaching a map while responding is part of the job. Chief and critics don’t mind it until they need to point the finger. We’ve all bent the rules. (Case in point- see above “retired chief says” comment). So easy to throw somebody under the bus (no pun intended) when its not them.

  • Jim

    A men “Bucket Rider”! Well put.

  • ARE YOU IN (Go Skins)

    I didn’t have a chance to read all of the comments to this story however, I wanted to add my 2 cents in, if you will! But, before I do, VF/F Hawkins Is doing SWELL, he was up and walking (with the assistance of a cane) and looking forward to his discharge from the hospital when I left him today.

    OK My 2 cents Right, Wrong…

    1st, I ask, when was the last time you wore a seatbelt in full PPE? (I’m thinking of taking a poll from DC 10 Engine back-step or maybe 16 Engine heck I might as well survey FDNY Recuse 1 while I am at it to see who wears a seatbelt on a box…

    2nd, why blame the young fella for something beyond he’s control? (yep back to the seatbelt thingy… Point taken, but We’re in reality) But had the county taken out service after the first incident we wouldn’t be having this conversation, now would we???

    Side note: It’s still in service as front line piece (What’s wrong with this picture)!!!

    3rd, let’s let’s focus on his recovery and his return to running calls, as he so loves to do like the rest of us!!!

  • Joe Motil

    Watched quite a number of PGFD volley “rock and roll” videos on you tube, and didn’t see any career guys in any of them. What I did see, were a lot of really young faces, most with shaved heads and foul mouths, driving like maniacs. In and out of their respective lanes at top speed with little regard for controlled intersections. Loads of laughing and carrying on, yelling obscenities at other drivers, plenty of one handed driving and plenty of Q siren use for dramatic effect. You may pull tours of duty at the firehouse like career guys, but you’re NOT. You may buy apparatus with low hose beds and pack your hose like career departments, but you’re NOT. You may walk around with you coats half open and your helmet cocked to one side to look cool, but you DON’T. You are HOBBYISTS!!!! Most of what I saw was one big game to you vollunteer fire co. members. Keep posting the Rock Vids guys….eventually they will come back to bite your a$$ when you screw up by acting like the fools you do.

  • KIa

    Before you all comment on my cousins accident it does not say he did not have his seat belt on they do not know re read the article it says that the 2008 accident the victim did not wear a seat belt and no this does not make him a clown

  • Thomas Corbin

    Well we run 4000 calls a year, PPE must be donned before boarding, seat belts must be on, so for all the nay sayers your wrong. Unless your 400 lbs and can’t fit in the seat to begin with. 99.9% pretty sure you can’t fall out of a truck with one one. The press release would have clearly said he was wearing one if he was, no chief wants this bad PR.

    I will leave you with this… personal responsibility, on behalf of everyone in that truck. So much that manufacturers are now specing alarms if your ass is in a seat without a belt. I can honestly say if it happened here, we would support the brother during his physical and emotional recovery, but before he reported for active duty, he would be facing suspension.

  • Flash

    To Joe Motil, Sounds like you spend all of your time looking at videos. So I guess thats all you do during your shift. Sounds like you could learn alot from the Vollies!! You should pay more attention to yourself and what you do instead of looking like a FOOL on this board!!

  • Mr. Knowitall

    Did anyone notice that the Engine being utilized by Co. 838 is the same Engine that Company 809 was using when their firefighter fell out? And, to add to this, it was the exact same seat/door as well. Both times it has been Engine 222 (not really a reserve, just never used by 22) and both times the firefighter was riding behind the OIC of this unit.

  • http://wwwltrainingdivision.com/seatbeltpledge.asp Burt Clark

    Please take the National Fire Service Seat Belt Pledge
    http://www.trainingdivision.com/seatbeltpledge.asp it may save your life. Use this video to get Firefighters to buckle up
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-8PBx7isoM Embrace Life.
    Do you have the courage to wear your seat belt? Do you have the courage to make all your brother and sister firefighters wear their seat belt?
    Buckle Up! That is a order we can all live with.

  • Flash

    To Burt Clark Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!

  • pat from maine

    hey pipeman!! cool name……not! not putting your seatbelt on is not an accident! I feel the same as arthur,the kid is an idiot and its just another black eye for all of us!

  • me

    To the person that said the same engine is still in service. Who’s fault is that? All it takes is the OIC or the Vol. cheif to place it out of service(unsafe).

    Was it a faulty door lever or operator error?

  • SDFDGunny

    A perspective from the West side. In San Diego we have lettle to no rigs that don’t have seatbelt and door alarms (PIerce and KME). This is a direct result of firefighter NOT having butts in the seats and belted.
    Waaaayyy too many of us get killed from flipping trucks or, as in this case, falling out of one. As one person posted above if you fell out you have a 99.9999% chance that you didn’t have yer butt belted in.
    Out here we don’t move until we’re all seated and ready to fly. Heck we even had one of our Capts fall out of a truck (not belted in) and after the humiliation we heaped upon him, the dept enacted policy.
    The fires always be there, whether we take about 2 min to make sure we’re ready.

  • anonymous

    When the firefighter from co. 7 fell outta the rig (E-363 89′ seagrave) he WAS wearing his seatbelt. When the safety officers investigated they found the seatbelt and door handle were faulty. My point is that maybe the guy did have his seatbelt on and like the member from co. 7 it failed also.

  • Anonymous

    The guy should have had on his seatbelt

    The door should have been properly fixed long ago

    There are good volunteers and not so good ones

    There are good 1619s and not so good ones

    End of Story

    The rest of these comments are pure buffoonery

    Im a PG Volunteer and a Fireman in the district no matter what department your from if we spent as much time working together as we do bashing each other you would be amazed how far we can go in the fire serivce.

  • TAWANNA BUSSEY-SMITH

    I THANK ALL OF YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF MY NEPHEW. HE’S DOING FINE, BUT EMOTIONALLY I DON’T KNOW IF HE’LL BE OKAY.

    MY NEPHEW IS FEELING UPSET BECAUSE OF SOME OF YOU THAT ARE PASSING JUDGMENT ON HIM.

    FIGHTING FIRES IS SOMETHINING THAT HE WANTED TO DO EVERY SINCE HE WAS A CHILD. WHILE THE OTHER KIDS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD WERE AT THE BASKETBALL COURTS, HE WAS HANGING AROUND RIVERDALE FIRE STATION.

    I FEEL THAT IF ALL OF YOU WHO MADE NEGATIVE COMMENTS FELT THIS WAY ABOUT “VOLLIES” YOU SHOULD HAVE USED THE EACH ONE TEACH ONE METHOD. TAKE A VOLUNTEER UNDER YOUR WING AND TAEACH THEM WHAT YOU KNOW.

    HE TOLD ME WHILE LAYING IN HIS HOSPITAL BED IT’S NOT MY FAULT.

    I THOUGHT FIRE FIGHTER WERE ABOUT BROTHERHOOD. DID YOU ALL CALL THE FIREMEN WHO RAN BACK INTO THE TWIN TOWERS TO SAVE MORE PEOPLE CLOWNS? WHO YOU SHOULD HAVE CALLED CLOWNS WERE THE FIREMAN WHO WAS COOKING IN THE NUDE, OR BETTER YET THE FIREMAN THAT SHOT THE FIREWORKS FROM HIS BEHIND……

    I DO APPRECIATE ALL OF THE FIREMEN AND EMTs THAT VISITED HIM WHILE HE WAS IN THE HOSPITAL AND THE MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH THAT HELPED HIM AFTER HE FELL.

    IF YOU WANT TO VENT ON THE SITUATION DON’T DO IT AT MY NEPHEWS EXPENSE. GO TO THE COUNTY AND VENT TO THEM ABOUT WHY THE RIG WAS STILL IN SERVICE, VENT TO THEM FOR BETTER TRAINING, VENT TO THE ABOUT CLOSING STATIONS, BUT DON’T BLAME MY NEPHEW FOR DOING SOMETHING THAT HE LOVES…WITH ALL OF THE NEGATIVITY SURROUNDING THIS ACCIDENT HE’S CONSIDERING NOT RETURNING,BUT WHATEVER HAPPENS I JUST WANT HIM TO KNOW THAT WE ARE BEHIND HIM 150% AND WE LOVE HIM.

    YES HE MADE THE NEWS, BUT AT LEAST IT WASN’T FOR A HOMICIDE OR DRUG RELATED INCIDENTS, THAT WE SEE EVERYDAY. THIS IS A 20 YEAR OLD STAYING CLEAN AND OUT OF TROUBLE…CAN HE AT LEAST HAVE CREDIT FOR THAT???????????