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Friday, April 17, 2009

Arkansas Firefighter Memorial

Arkansas Firefighter Memorial

The statue, which stands 16 feet tall, is worth $301,170. It has been paid for through hundreds of small donations. However, the memorial site needs more money in order to operate. The memorial plaza will cost $683,020. The statue weighs around 6,000 pounds.

Some of the money raised has been through the purchase of Vehicle License plates.

This memorial is a traveling memorial and will end at the state capitol in Little Rock where it will be permanently placed.

To date, 94 Arkansas Firefighters have lost their lives in the line of duty.

Thank you, Andrew, for sharing these special pictures...

Arkansas Firefighter Memorial

Arkansas Firefighter Memorial

Arkansas Firefighter Memorial

Arkansas Firefighter Memorial

Arkansas Firefighter Memorial

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Junior Jenkins

Birmingham Fire & Rescue

Tarrant City Councilman and retired Birmingham Firefighter Junior Jenkins passed away this afternoon. Mr. Jenkins was also the father of Chief Billy Hewitt's wife, Sharon. Please keep this family in your thoughts and prayers as they go through this difficult time.

The funeral arrangements are:

Ridout’s Trussville Chapel
1500 Gadsden Hwy
Birmingham, AL‎
(205) 833-1444‎
Friday, April 17, 2009
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Funeral Service
Ridout’s Trussville Chapel
Saturday, April 18, 2009
11:00 a.m.

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Firefighter Grant Program Applications

Shelby: Applications Now Available for Firefighter Grant Program

WASHINGTON, DC Wednesday, April 15, 2009 -- U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the application period for the fiscal year 2009 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Program is now open.

“The Assistance to Firefighters Grants program provides critical funding to fire departments across Alabama,” said Shelby. “These grants help firefighters purchase equipment and vehicles that allow them to continue efforts to ensure the safety of our citizens and our communities. I strongly encourage fire departments that seek federal assistance to complete an application to the Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program before the deadline of Wednesday, May 20, 2009.”

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) AFG program funds projects to purchase new equipment, improve firefighter health and safety programs, and improve the effectiveness of firefighting and emergency response operations. The AFG Program assists rural, urban, and suburban fire departments throughout the United States. Non fire-based Emergency Medical Service organizations may also apply for grants.

FEMA will accept applications through May 20, 2009 at 5:00 pm EDT. For more information or to obtain an application for the AFG Program visit www.firegrantsupport.com. Fire departments that have questions regarding the AFG Program should contact the DHS Help Desk at 1-866-274-0960 or send an email to firegrants@dhs.gov

1st Annual Cody Renfroe Event

1st Annual Cody Renfroe "Celebration of a Life" RoD RuN "Vintage, Street Rods, Hot Rods, & Motorcycles"

The Crossville Fire Department will hold its 1st Annual Cody Renfroe Celebration of a Life and Rod Run. Below are the details from Crossville Fire.

If you're proud of it, this is the place to bring it!

10:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.
Hwy 68 Crossville City Park, Crossville Alabama

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This car show is in memory of Cody Renfroe, a Crossville Volunteer Firefighter, who gave his life on 10-29-08 doing what he loved most, "Firefighting". Cody had a great love for old hot rods and car shows. Please join us in honoring Cody and the Crossville Volunteer Fire Department.

$10 Entry Fee
Door Prizes, Trophies, 50/50 Pot
Great Food & Entertainment

There will also be a dedication of the new Crossville Fire truck and open house of the new fire department!

Come join a great event!

Donations and money raised to benefit the Crossville Fire Department

Contact Info:
Stanice or Rickey Gray: (256) 667-4164, (256) 302-3637/ (256) 659-8352
Kevin Renfroe: (256) 927-2404, (256) 557-0879

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

19 y/o Earns Medic License

Christopher Kizziah - Rural Metro Ambulance

Youth shifts career onto fast track to snag paramedic license at 19
Monday, April 13, 2009
News staff writer

At an age when many people are still trying to decide what to do with their lives, 19-year-old Christopher Kizziah is in the business of saving them.

When Kizziah was 16, he got his GED and began studying at Jefferson State Community College to be a paramedic.

In December, at age 18, Kizziah passed the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians exam on his first attempt. In 2007, the national registry reported that in Alabama only 38 percent pass the exam on the first try.

People in the emergency medical services field say few paramedics are as young as Kizziah.

Read the entire Birmingham News story

2nd Annual Heroes and Hooks Fishing Tournament

Lake Guntersville

2nd Annual Heroes and Hooks Fishing Tournament

Date: June 4-5, 2009
Time: Safe Daylight to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Lake Guntersville
Eligibility: Police & Fire
Entry fee: $80 per boat (includes big fish)

Hook-ups are available at the hotel
Blast off will be from Covenant Cove

Discounted rooms available at Covenant Cove
For reservations call (256) 582-3056

All boats must have all the safety equipment required and approved by the U.S.C.G.
Only fish 15 inches or longer will be weighed in.
Five fish limit per boat.
2 Dead fish allowed with 8 oz. penalty each.
Any boat late for weigh-in will be penalized 1 lb for every minute late.

According to the number of boats entered, the top three places and big fish will be paid based on an 80% payback scale. Additional prizes will be given away by a drawing.

You must be a firefighter or police officer to compete.

A state fishing license will be required for each competitor.

For more information contact:
Jeff Hilton (205) 451-5103    jhilton06@windstream.net
Jadd Buchanan (205) 541-7382    jaddbuchanan@hotmail.com

Monday, April 13, 2009

Officer Claude "Doug" Bates

Tuscaloosa Police Department

An off-duty Tuscaloosa police officer was killed Sunday when he lost control of his motorcycle on Alabama Highway 60 near Akron. Officer Claude "Doug" Bates, of Northport, was taken to DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa where he died.

Arrangements for Officer Bates will be posted when available.

God rest his soul and comfort his family. He will be missed.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter!

Easter - 2009

I hope you all had a Happy Easter!

A special thank you to all the men and women who protected their cities and towns while we celebrated with our families. You aren't forgotten.