On September 8, 2020 the communities of Ashland, Talent, Phoenix and Medford, Oregon were ravaged by the ALMEDA FIRE. The blaze destroyed over 3000 buildings including Jackson County Fire District No. 5 Station Three, damaged Fire District Headquarters, fire apparatus, vehicles and firefighting equipment. The tragic loss included 50% reduction in funding, affecting employees and volunteers. Your donation help maintain fire protection in an area devastated by a conflagration, still in the midst of a dangerous fire season. REBUILD JCFD5. #SO STRONG.https://youtu.be/TRCUj1QPIlg
Nina began her career with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. She served at Cal Fire Alma Helitack Base in Los Gatos, California as an engine and Helitack crew member. She later worked for Scotts Valley Fire District as a Firefighter medic, performing fire suppression, structure protection, wildland, hazmat and EMS services. While working on a fully involved structure fire she was retrieving equipment from on top of an engine when the Engineer jumped into the vehicle and drove off to refill with water, unaware that she was on top. Wearing full turnouts and an air pack, she was thrown backwards onto a hose bed divider, breaking her 2nd cervical vertebrae, ruptured four disks in her neck and four disks in her lower back. She was slammed around the hose bed, hanging on for her life, as the engine traveled over a rural road, several miles of interstate, and another rural road before arriving at the closet hydrant. This resulted in lifelong spinal and nerve damage, neurological central tremors, severe debilitating migraines, adverse chronic aspiration, swallowing and breathing issues. These resulted in the end of her Firefighting career. Since the injury, she suffers from frequent debilitating migraine headaches with vomiting; degenerative spinal disease; head tremors; and chronic pain. Her progressive neurological disease has now caused her to only be able to speak in little more than a whisper, due to the progressive loss of her voice. This is a condition called Spasmodic Dysphonia, which is an adverse result of the tremors caused by the initial injury. Only three doctors in our state specialize in this vocal disorder, compelling us to seek diagnosis and treatment at Mayo Clinic and the Barrow Neurological Center in Phoenix (both a 2-hour drive from our home). She also must see a spinal specialist in Phoenix. The out-of-pocket expenses related to the diagnosis and treatment for this rare disorder have been overwhelming. The most recent clinical procedural photo is one that is easier to show. The other procedures have been too graphic, and not pleasant to show. None the less, Nina loves this great country! She loves and supports all of her fellow First Responders and misses their camaraderie. “BE SAFE OUT THERE!” “ MAY THE LORD KEEP AND BLESS YOU, MAKE HIS FACE TO SHINE UPON YOU, MAY THE LORD BE GRACIOUS UNTO YOU AND GIVE YOU HIS PEACE. “AMEN “ Thank you one for your courage and bravery. For your sacrifice, every day. And for putting your life on the line for others. For being a source of hope to others in hopeless situations. Thank you for all that you do…you are my HEROES!!! Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends...” John 15:13
Earlier this year, Bellmore Fire Commissioner Robert "Bob" Taylor was diagnosed with a rare condition called Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. CJD is a terminal, degenerative brain disease with no cure and affects less than 1,000 people per year. Bob joined the Bellmore Fire Department as a junior firefighter at the age of 14 and has spent the past 35 years as a member of the Fire Department. He is a two time Ex-Chief and is currently the Chairman of the Board of Fire Commissioners. After 35 years of serving the Bellmore community, his family needs your support in return. Our goal is to raise money to offset his mounting medical bills and to provide scholarships for his two youngest sons, ages 8 and 9, in Bob's eventual absence. Thank you for helping support our friend and his amazing family during this difficult time.
We are the Glasgow’s! We adopted twin boys at birth and are now fighting for custody. I am a firefighter EMT in our city and have been for 5 years. The struggle of the ups and downs of adoption have been very emotional. We are going to fight for them until the end and not give up! We are financially drained and are humbly asking for donations to continue the fight for our family. Our boys are our everything and we can’t imagine life without them. Financially we have exhausted every resource and avenue we have and your help would be tremendously appreciated!
Lt. Richard A. Petras served 26 years with the Cleveland, Ohio Fire Department before passing due to COVID-19. He was a hero and an inspiration. He never neglected his duties and never backed down even knowing the risks that were in front of him. As a pay it forward, I am hosting this campaign to raise money for a plaque, in his name, to deliver to the department that he worked at. Rest in Peace hero.
The last interaction I had with my son before his passing was me closing his eyes and promising him that I would protect his family. Unfortunately, the past four years have been extremely difficult for my daughter-in-law Tammy and her children due to the financial hardships that they are incurring. In November after 17 hearings, the judge of the NJ Workmen's Compensation Court awarded Tammy full compensation for Scott's line-of-duty-death. The insurer has appealed and the appeal is being delayed by COVID-19. Any funds raised for this campaign will be to support Tammy's family who is currently in debt for over $70,000 due to the untimely passing of her husband. E. Scott Danielson, 49, of Andover Borough, Director of Communications and 9-1-1 Warren County Department of Public Safety, died suddenly while serving his community as an EMT on an automobile accident response in Byram Township on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016. He served for more than 35 years with the Lakeland Emergency Squad and was the immediate past chief. Professionally, Scott was recognized as an expert in public safety communications and had managed the Warren County 9-1-1 Center for more than 10 years. He joined the center when it opened decades ago and rose through the ranks. He was also a member of the county Hazardous Materials Response Team. He had previously served the Sussex-Morris Regional, Bernardsville, Morris County and N.J. State Police communications centers. Scott was serving his third term on the Andover Borough Council, serving the town also as emergency management and 9-1-1 coordinator. He had been a firefighter on the Andover Borough Fire Department and a deputy district warden with the N.J. Forest Fire Service. Scott graduated from Lenape Valley Regional High School and attended Sussex County Community College, studying criminal justice and EMS. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout with BSA Troop #276 and Explorer Post #231 in Byram. He graduated from the Sussex County Police Academy as a special officer with Byram P.D. and completed the intense certified public manager program through Rutgers, earning his CPM EMT credentials. Scott leaves his loving family, his wife, Tammy Lynn (Sweller); son, Aaron, a fire Lieutenant at Joint Base MDL and his wife, Kelly and son Austin Scott, of Berlin, NJ; and daughters, Amanda Lynn, Alycia Marie. He was the son of Eskil "Skip" and Judy Danielson, of Byram, and son-in-law of Donna Sweller, of Newton. Scott is also survived by brother, Kevin, and his wife, Cindy, of Hackettstown, and brother, Eric of Andover Township. He also leaves nephews Kyle, Patrick, Matthew and Ryan. Eight family members are currently first responders. Thank you all for the support and stay safe.
We are the Cardwell Fire Department, a self-funded volunteer fire department in a small town of about 700 residents. We cover about 40 square miles. Our department funding comes from firefighters fundraising with a little help from the city, which does not have much funding. We are raising funds for new equipment due to the fact that most of our equipment is well out of date. Our main goal is to build a new fire shed so our trucks will not be exposed to the elements.
Massapequa Fire Department has always gone above and beyond to protect the residents of Massapequa since their inception. They were integral in rescuing multiple residents 8 years ago during superstorm Sandy, as well as keeping residents safe from the multiple live powerlines that were downed from fallen trees. Most recently, they have put themselves in harms way on the front line to help battle the COVID-19 pandemic. Their sacrifcie should not go unnoticed. I am raising funds as a thank you to the members of the Massapequa Fire Department to show our gratidude for all of their hard work and sacrifice. All food will be purchased from Phil's II in Massapequa Park.