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Fire & Life Safety September 6, 2018

When I first became the pastor of the church that I have led since 2005, a trusted friend and co-laborer said to me, “You might be a preacher, but you are no pastor yet.” I did not completely understand that vote of confidence, but after these 13-plus years, I... Read more
A house fire in Engine 11’s first due caused a family of four to have to be rescued from a second-floor roof with ground ladders. The normal way out of any house or building is through a doorway. The problem here was that the family could not get downstairs... Read more
This is one of the most difficult subjects that I have written about, but I believe that I need to try to tackle this. I dealt with suicide as a firefighter, and I deal with it as a pastor too. Suicide is a major issue in America. Statistics from... Read more
As I sit watching the news footage of the tornado that hit Old Towne Petersburg, Pocahontas Island, and then the Wal- Mart in Colonial Heights, I thought I would share my remembrance of that day: Aug. 6, 1993. There are some firefighters who will read this story and not... Read more
Last week, a fire in a mansion claimed the life of a 13-year veteran firefighter in Maryland. The fire was caused by a lightning strike in the early hours of the morning. From what I understand, the family got out of the home safely before the arrival of fire... Read more
How many of us board a boat with the expectation that the boat will sink before we get home safely? I would say no one, including some captains. A storm in Branson, Mo., caught an amphibious craft loaded with tourists, seemingly unawares. The tragic result of this boating accident... Read more
Two fires in two different localities recently caused 14 people to be displaced. The causes of these fires are common and warrant further discussion. As I sift through the information that has been reported, there are plenty of lessons to be learned. The first fire occurred in Vinton. A... Read more
Hot and humid days are the norm for this area. If proper measures are not taken to properly hydrate, then dehydration-related problems could lead to heat-related illnesses, including heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke, with the latter potentially fatal. It is important to prevent dehydration, but to also... Read more
Fighting a fire is hot under any condition, but it is a bit tougher when the temperature and the humidity are high. There have been many single-family dwelling fires in the region over the last few weeks. Of all the fires that have occurred, I only know the cause... Read more


Fire & Life Safety July 2, 2018

In South Africa, traffic lights are called robots. In Chester, they seem to be suggestions, rather than absolutes. In two days, I have watched more people run red lights than seemingly normal. This morning, I watched a school bus for the handicapped run a red light. There were two... Read more