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Oct/Nov, 2017

1ST Responder Newspaper - MA



Fiery Vehicle Crash in DC Claims One Life


DCFR Presents Injured Firefighter with Unique Gift Washington, DC - Firefighter Dane Smothers Jr., who was critically injured at the scene of a second-alarm fire on August 2nd, was paid a visit by brother and sister firefighters on Tuesday, September 26th, and presented with a very unique gift. Members of Platoon 2 from his company, Engine 3, along with Firefighter Donna Tideback of Engine 18, presented Smothers with a quilt containing a complete patch collection from all DC fire units and organizations. This priceless piece of pride was handsewed by Firefighter Tideback. Firefighter Smothers has been in an in-patient rehabilitation center since September 8th, following his treatment at the Medstar Washington Hospital Center. The Smothers family thanks everyone for their continued prayers and support, and ask that

JUMP TO FILE #100917109 all continue with their prayers as he continues to heal. The family also thanks the staff at Medstar Washington Hospital Center, who saved Dane's life, as well as DC Firefighters Local 36 and the DC Firefighters Burn Foundation Family Service Team. who provided constant support during the period Smothers was hospitalized at Medstar. They also express their deep appreciation to all the members of the Department who came to visit and wish Dane a speedy recovery, as well as the fire companies that provided daily meals during the time he was hospitalized. - DC FIRE AND EMS



Washington, DC - A fiery vehicle crash in the Florida Avenue market area left one person dead and another seriously injured early Saturday morning, August 5th. A Box Alarm was sounded at 3:17 A.M. for the report of a car on fire in a gas station at 6th Street and Florida Avenue NE. Units arrived to find a fully involved auto on the station grounds. Firefighters quickly knocked down the flames engulfing the ve-

JUMP TO FILE #082417106 hicle and activated the emergency fuel cutoff switch for the nearby gas pumps. Sadly, a search of the burned out vehicle revealed one fatality. A second occupant, the driver, had been pulled out by bystanders and was transported with serious injuries. Prior to ending in flames, the

car had struck a large light stanchion and a parked vehicle, overturning it. This was the second vehicle crash with fire in recent days that resulted in a fatality. On Wednesday, August 2nd, firefighters were faced with another vehicle engulfed in fire in the unit block of Irving Street NW, after striking a light pole. One person died in that incident. - DC FIRE AND EMS

“The Ripple Effect” Chaplain’s Corner Didymus McHugh

I have heard so much about the ripple effect, how what we do has impacts that we could never imagine. Well, how about what we do impacts so many people, and people that we will never meet, or know about? A friend of mine passed away and we thought about what he did and who we had to coordinate with for his memorial. He served in the Navy, retired after serving in a fire department for 25 years, retired from being an instructor at the local fire academy for 25-30 years, he was a life member of a firefighter’s motorcycle club, a founding member of an ambulance corp., he served on a CISM team, he worked with AA and also with his local church. When you think of it, just belonging to one organization impacts many people. My friend had to have taught thousands of firefighters and developed friendships with so many of them. Those firefighters may have taught other firefighters, taught fire prevention to people including children, saved lives

through EMS or pulled people out of buildings. Through a fire instructor, just teaching one class can have an immense impact that they will never know. How many people are alive because someone responded as an EMT? If that person died in a car crash, from a gunshot, or of a medical issue, how many people would not have been born because the family’s blood line could have ended there? We do not really realize the impact of our words or actions. In the Bible, because of the life that Abraham lived, he was told that he would have more children than the stars in the sky. Or how about Joseph? He was sold as a slave by his brothers, BUT later he ended up saving Egypt from a great famine. Jesus only did ministry for three years on Earth, but how many people today are following his teachings from 2,017 years ago? How many people are you going to impact? Who can you inspire, just by speaking words of encouragement to them? What lessons can people learn from you? My friend taught that you need at least four hugs a day to continue a happy and healthy life. He also taught that it is alright to cry. “It is through our tears that we are able to go on. You cannot have a rainbow without the rain and you need the tears to help

you heal.” Just one of us can help and effect so many. We throw one stone into the pond of life and the ripple of our existence will propel lives, like a wave effecting a boat. The words that we speak can put wind into someone’s sails and keep them moving on. The love that we share, in our service to our neighbor and fellow man, can impact a family, community, country. Al, Thank you for being in our lives. You have helped so many people and touched so many people's lives. You were there for me as I was laying on my deathbed. You loved your family and friends. You served as an instructor and took care of so many. Now you have been called home by our Heavenly Chief. You have reported for your new assignment, working in the heavenly station as our guardian. You have been told “Well done good and faithful servant”. We will see you again someday. May the LORD bless you and keep you; May the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; May the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace and until we meet again, may the Lord hold you in the hollow of His hand. Stay safe, Brother Didymus McHugh

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1st Responder Mid Atlantic October November Edition  

1st Responder Mid Atlantic October November Edition