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Honor Flight Story Presented to the Media
Story and photos submitted by Capt. Don Delucia, PIO. Posted on November 2nd , 2011
A well attended media event was held today at Fire Rescue Headquarters as a precursor to an Honor Flight trip that is occurring this coming weekend (Nov 5). Eighty Four veterans and 83 guardians (escorts) who are all firefighters will be going to Washington D.C. to visit the WWII Memorial as well as the Iwo Jima memorial.  Nine of these vets including Chief Jerauld's father attended today's event as well as their firefighter guardians.  Of the 83 guardians flying up with the vets, all are firefighters.  Seventeen of them work for PBCFR.  Martin County Fire held a boot drive and raised over $60,000 to fund the trip.  Besides PBCFR firefighters, others are coming from Palm Beach Fire, Miami-Dade County Fire, Stuart Fire, Tequesta Fire and Martin County Fire.  All three television networks and the Palm Beach Post attended the event.  Good PR for all firefighters and a good honor recognition for our vets.
Habitat for Humanity Build
Story and photos submitted by Jack Norris. Posted on November 2nd , 2011

The overnight showers ended just in time for the workday to start. Members of Palm Beach County Fire Rescue  showed up at the soggy jobsite to install siding on a house being built by Habitat for Humanity.  This team build was the second trip back to the address on 119 N F street where many of the same people showed up to put the roof on the 4 bedroom home just a few weeks ago.

"It's good to come back to see what's been done since we were here last." noted Art Barry who spent his Saturday helping to provide affordable to area residents.

The on duty engine crew from station 91 brought out breakfast to the volunteers. They also stayed for awhile to help layout the measurements for the hardy panel siding being put up which went very fast. "The work went so fast because we were working on the ground." Juan Bailey. "And the rain stayed away for most of the day too, that really helped us accomplish our goals." He added.  

Habitat for Humanity is building several homes in Lake Worth. No experience is needed to help out just a willingness to help. Call 433 3351 to find out about the many ways you can get involved.

PBCFR Airport Medic Receives Recognition
Posted on November 2nd , 2011
Lamar McThay, FF/PM Battalion 8, received recognition from the City of Deerfield Beach for rendering aid to a 13 yr old girl who was attacked by a pit bull. He and four others were involved is rescuing the young girl from the attack and caring for her until City firefighters and medics arrived.  The Sun-Sentinel article tells the story.
The 2011 "Memorial Trilogy" Completed
Submitted by Captain Steen Eriksson. Posted on November 2nd , 2011
PBCFR Honor Guard and Pipe & Drum were in Emmitsburg Maryland on October 16th for the 30th annual National Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service to pay tribute to the 72 firefighters killed in the line of duty in 2010. An additional 17 firefighters who died in previous years were also honored.
 
The number of LODDs differs from that of the IAFF Memorial, due to the criteria used by The United States Fire Administration to determine what is considered line-of-duty. Additionally, the USFA includes volunteer firefighters considering that nearly 80 percent of fire departments in the US are volunteer.
 
The cooperative effort between Local 2928 and PBCFR Administration provided the opportunity for Palm Beach County Fire Rescue to be represented at the three primary memorial services that take place in September and October each year. It is important to do this because we made a collective promise to "Never Forget".
 
The "Memorial Trilogy" - IAFF Fallen Firefighter Memorial in Colorado Springs, Co., Florida Fallen Firefighter Memorial in Ocala, Fl., and the National Fallen Firefighter Memorial in Emmitsburg, Md.
West Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Breakfast
Story and photos submitted by Capt. Don Delucia, PIO. Posted on October 25th , 2011
The West Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards breakfast on October 20 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. This year, they honored a West Palm Beach Fire Lieutenant for his outstanding service to his department and community and they also honored PBCFR Station 23 for their contributions to the communities they serve. Commissioners Vanna and Burdick praised Chief Jerauld and all the crew members from St. 23 for being this year's award recipients. Guest speaker at the breakfast was former Florida Senator George LeMieux. Representatives were also there from the West Palm Beach Century Village Community. After the breakfast, the on-duty crews put on an extrication demo in the Convention Center parking lot. Channel 12 and Channel 5 covered the event.
Read for the Record
Story by District Captain Craig Prusansky; Photos by District Chief Gary Burroughs and District Captain Craig Prusansky. Posted on October 20th , 2011

On October 6. 2011, crews from Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue Battalion 7 ("The Glades" -- covering the cities of Belle Glade, Pahokee, South Bay, and the surrounding unincorporated areas) participated in a nationwide reading campaign titled "Read for the Record."  These firefighters joined over two million people nationwide as well as other County fire stations in reading the book "Llama llama red pajama" by Anna Dewdney to local school children at several locations throughout the Battalion. 

The crews also treated the children to a display of their apparatus and firefighting equipment.

The Read for the Record campaign was started to demand that all children receive the quality early education they deserve.

Station 45/C Extrication Demo
Story and photos by Lt. Tony Faso. Posted on October 20th , 2011
On Wednesday October 5, 2011, crews from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Battalion 4 "C" shift performed an extrication demo in front of hundreds of spectators including teenagers, teachers, administration and other guests at American Heritage School in Delray Beach. The school Home Coming Night was around the corner and that was a perfect time to teach teenagers about the consequences of drinking and driving. The demo involved a 2 car motor vehicle accident by a teenager who was driving under the influence and t-boned another car carrying 4 teenagers. There was a total of 7 patients injured. The passengers sustained severe injuries from the accident and one was a simulated ejection that unfortunately died of their injuries. The cars were donated by a local junk yard and were on display in the middle of the school football field. Students were selected to participate as patients and were painted with bruises and fake blood. District Chief Richard Ellis narrated the incident from start to finish while the crews performed their arrival, size-up, rapid triage, extrication, quick immobilization of patients and simulating transport. A radio TAC channel was broad casted over the stadium speakers to allow the spectators to hear radio transmissions from the fire rescue crews. The spectators were given a surprise with the arrival of the Trauma Hawk that landed on the field to transport patients. When the demo was complete, the field was opened up to allow for the spectators to view the fire department equipment, apparatus, medical gear and a up close tour of the Trauma Hawk. The most common response from many teenagers about the demo was that it was an "eye opener" for them.
 
Thank you to BC Blake, DC Ellis, CP4 J. Teems, Captain Borroto, Capt Delucia, LZ crew E44, Trauma Hawk flight crew and the Health Care District Staff for supporting this event. A special thanks to Station 45/C Captain Chris Hoch and your crew for the hard work, professionalism, and dedication you demonstrated.
Family Fun Day at Roger Dean Stadium
Posted on October 17th , 2011

Rescue 16 attended Family Fun Day a Roger Dean stadium.

Crew:
Lt Carlson
PM Morrow
PM Simpson 

Florida Firefighter Memorial-Ocala
Story submitted by Captain Steen Eriksson. Posted on October 17th , 2011
On Friday, October 7, 2011, the Florida Fallen Firefighter Memorial took place on the campus of the Florida State Fire College in Ocala. Florida CFO Jeff Atwater was the keynote speaker.
 
Members of PBCFR Honor Guard and Pipes and Drum Corps were there to honor and show respect to those who have died in the line of duty. There were no LODD in the 2010 calendar year, but seven firefighters from previous years were memorialized.
 
An important note to mention is that the services of PBCFR's Video Manager Jack Norris were requested by the Florida State Fire College to record and produce the official video of the ceremony.
American Flag Donated to Fire Rescue
Story and photos submitted by Capt. Don Delucia, PIO. Posted on October 14th , 2011
An American flag was recently donated to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue by the Village of Wellington.  The flag was delivered by Vice-Mayor Matt Willhite and Special Events Coordinator, Nichole Evangelista of Wellington.  This flag was one of four that were draped over the exterior column of the World Trade Center steel that was transported to the Village of Wellington from New York City. The steel is the focal piece of Wellington's Patriot Memorial. The memorial is a tribute to the all the lives lost on 9/11.  Chief Steve Jerauld is currently making arrangements to put the flag on display at Fire Rescue Headquarters.
Literacy Day
Posted on October 14th , 2011

A letter and photos from Elizabeth Lauren:

We had a terrific Literacy Day Thursday!  We would like to thank Firefighters from station 55 for coming out to read Llama Llama Red Pajama to our classrooms.  We enjoyed seeing the staff and children dressed in red or in their pjs, it was so much fun!  Literacy day was a huge success and we cannot wait until next year! 


Please enjoy the photos below and have a great week-

Liz

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