2012 a busy year for First Responders

When thinking of firefighters, medical personnel or a law enforcement officers, the picture of a major natural disaster or horrific fire may enter into one’s mind, but this isn’t all they do. Everyday public safety personnel perform not only major acts of rescue or protection, but many acts of service and heroic service that may never be known. All of their work is done at great risk to their own lives,the sacrifice of family time, missed meals, dealing with the elements with little or no sleep and, for the most part, never receiving a thank you for their efforts. Below is a brief review of just a few of the thousands of acts of service they performed in 2012.

Jan. 11 - Chesterfield County Health Department was evacuated due to smoke in the building; the cause was discovered as the HVAC. Crews that were dispatched included Airport, Dale, Centralia, Chester, Bensley and Dutch Gap fire stations along with county police.

Feb. 4 - In the early morning hours, three residents of a 1926 historic home in the 4600 block of Centralia Road were displaced after fire damaged the house. Crews from Chester, Centralia and Dutch Gap fire stations along with county police were dispatched. Adjacent to the home, the Grymes house and Circle Oaks, circa 1840, both historic registered homes, crews had to protect the homes from damage as they quickly extinguished the fire.

March 17 - Three people were injured when several vehicles collided in the intersection of Hopkins and Kingsland roads. Crews from Centralia and Dutch Gap fire stations along with county police responded to the crash.

April 14 - Two county firefighters barely escaped death as a roof collapsed on them, trapping them during a raging apartment fire in the 5100 block of Vinter Drive in the Vinings apartment complex. One resident and a firefighter suffered minor injuries from the fire and were transported to a hospital. Over 30 residents were displaced. Damage estimates were placed at over $1 million. Crews from Dale, Airport, Manchester, Bensley and Buford fire stations along with a fire unit from Richmond and County Fire Chief Edward Loy Senter, Chesterfield County Fire Chief and  three battalion chiefs, a tactical safety officer, county police and two fire marshals were also on scene.

May 24 - A  building collapse with one person trapped was reported in the 200 block of E. Hundred Road. Coworkers removed the trapped victim while First Responders were on the way. Medical personnel provided aid to the injured worker and transported him to a hospital. Fire and medical personnel along with the fire department technical rescue team and county police responded.

Aug. 15 - The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm Warning for Chesterfield and the Tri-Cities as the atmosphere became thick and violent. The situation quickly esculated to a tornado warning was issued at 3:24 p.m. The dangerous storm cell passed through the area and left downed trees, damaged structures but  reports of a tornado touchdown or injuries were reported. The tornado warning expired at 4 p.m.

Oct. 17 - A kitchen fire was reported at East Run and Mason Run roads in Mason Woods Subdivision. Fire and medical personnel from Bensley, Dale and Airport fire stations were dispatched. Crews arrived on the scene to find smoke billowing from the home. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire.

Nov. 24 - Firefighters and county police were dispatched to 5702 Jefferson Davis Highway for a brush fire. A large column of smoke could be seen billowing from the woods behind the a shopping complex that includes a Food Lion grocery store. Firefighters from Bensley and Dale fire stations responded.

Dec. 13 - Crews were dispatched to a Hopkins and Kingsland roads for a vehicle collision that injured twelve people. Five of those injured had been trapped, officials said. Two of the injured suffered life-threatening injuries and ten were seriously injured.One driver was later charged.

Dec. 15 - Five adults and six children were homeless after a house fire in the 6300 block of Barrister Road. All residents escaped, one rooster and one cat perished and one cat still missing.


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