If you didn’t get to join us either in person or on the Internet a week ago for the Memorial Service at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial you may not have seen the video above. It is the closing montage looking back at the weekend that the CrossCreek TV folks put together on the fly from inside their production truck. It was played at the end of the service last Sunday morning.
For the second year, the McRee family from Alabama and their entire crew did a masterful job of letting the world see and honor those we have lost. The combination of Spruce, Patrick and Chris’ experience in the fire service (daddy Spruce got his start, like Dave, at Oxon Hill VFD) and their TV production skills from years broadcasting sporting events for the networks resulted in a telecast that the CrossCreek crew should be proud of. Much of the crew put in their bids immediately after last year’s event to return to Emmitsburg.
In addition, on-campus technical support, editing and the TV studio came, once again, from more broadcast professionals at the United States Fire Administration’s PREPnet. USFA has a group of people headed by Jeff Elliott who really know television and how to use it to communicate.
There are more videos that were part of the telecasts. Just click here to see them.
Brierfield (AL) FRD Chief Spruce McRee, who directed the telecasts from Emmitsburg, seen back in the day as a member of Oxon Hill VFD’s Company 42 (Prince George’s County, MD). Spruce is in the back row, far right, wearing a yellow coat. We figured Spruce left Oxon Hill about a month before I joined in 1974.