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ARSON FIRE DESTROYS JILLY’S RESTAURANT IN PIKESVILLE

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Pikesville, MD - Just before 4:00 A.M. on Wednesday, October 28th, Baltimore County Fire Dispatch alerted units for a reported building fire across from 1101 Reisterstown Road in downtown Pikesville.  - See full story on page 12

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CHESTERFIELD FIRE AND EMS

Eight Left Homeless After Chesterfield Apartment Fire Chesterfield, VA - Chesterfield fire and EMS crews were toned out on November 13th around 1:05 P.M. for the report of an apartment fire in the 4000 block of Hailey Crescent Drive. Officials stated that upon arrival smoke was showing in the breezeway of the apartment stairwell. Firefighters performed an aggressive search and discovered fire on the third floor. The sprinkler system contained the fire to the room of origin and firefighters extinguished the remaining flames. No injuries were reported. Eight occupants who were displaced were assisted by apartment management and family. The fire is under investigation.

CHESTERFIELD FIRE AND EMS

14 Displaced After Massive Chesterfield Fire Chesterfield, VA - Tones sounded on October 6th alerting fire and EMS crews to an apartment fire at 12600 Ben Fry Drive. The call came in at 2:30 P.M. Responding to the blaze were Engines 1 ,3, 15, 21, 14 and 17, along with Trucks 12 and 3, TSO, Medics 14 and 17, Battalions 1 and 2, Shift Commander, Air Utility and PED1 (PIO). Upon arrival fire was observed on the 'Charlie' side spreading up to the attic. The residents who were home self-evacuated while firefighters were on the way. One apartment building was affected. "Seven adults and seven children were displaced," said Lt. Kenny Mitchell of Chesterfield Fire and EMS. "The Red Cross provided assistance." Lt. Mitchell said early indications show that the fire started on the outside first floor meter box, but is still under investigation.


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VBFD PHOTOGRAPHER RAY SMITH

Capt. Glenn Burnett 2016, Master FF Mark Hundley 2010, Master FF Mitchell Riley 2018, Roger Phelps, Capt. Edward “Woody” Landgrover 2020, John Allen, Capt. Harold Hill 2019, Capt. Scott Prentice 2011 and Capt. Gary Umphlett 2002.

Virginia Beach FD Awards 2020 Firefighter of the Year to Edward “Woody” Landgrover Virginia Beach, VA – The Virginia Beach Fire Department held its annual award ceremony on November 4, 2020, where members and citizens were recognized for their outstanding service to the community and citizens of Virginia Beach. Representatives from STIHL presented the Firefighter of the Year award to Captain Edward “Woody” Landgrover. "It's our honor to once again sponsor the 'Firefighter of the Year' award and present Captain Edward Landgrover with a $500 STIHL product certificate in recognition for his service and dedication," said Roger Phelps, STIHL Inc. corporate communications manager. Captain Landgrover is a 22year veteran of the Virginia Beach Fire Department and has served as

JUMP TO FILE #112020104 a Captain for over 10 years. The last four years he has been assigned to the Harry E. Diezel Fire Training Center as the lead Captain for the incumbent firefighters. STIHL also presented the department training center with two STIHL MS 462 RC-M Rescue chainsaws. “We recognize the vital role that the training center has in preparing firefighters for a variety of situations,” said John Allen, STIHL Inc. product manager. “We are pleased that we can provide the latest in rescue saw technology to assist in this training.” - VBFD

CHESTERFIELD FIRE AND EMS

Chesterfield Responds to Box Truck Crash with Entrapment

Chesterfield, VA - On October 7th at around 3:00 P.M., Fire and EMS crews were dispatched to the 7600 block of Woodpecker Road for a single motor vehicle accident with possible entrapments. Scene assessment found two occupants trapped in the cab of a box truck on its side and into a tree. Engines 8 and 12, Truck 12, Battalion 2, Heavy Rescue 3, multiple EMS transport units and Chesterfield PD responded. Patient assessment and vehicle stablization were performed and the trapped victims were safely extricated. The victims were transported to the hospital. Their conditions have not been released. The crash is under investigation.

IN SERVICE If you have photos you would like to see in our In Service feature please upload them on our website, www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com.

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STIHL Firefighter of the Year presentation by Fire Chief David Hutcheson to Capt. Edward “Woody” Landgrover 2020 and STIHL Certificate Presentation by Roger Phelps and John Allen.

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Lake Jackson Vol. Fire Department operates this 2013 Rosenbauer 1500/750, designated E507.


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Texas: Frazier Lee Holbert, 57 Rank: Career Incident Date: September 9, 2020 Death Date: September 13, 2020 Fire Department: Carrollton Fire Rescue Initial Summary: On September 9, 2020, at approximately 3:00 am, Fire Captain Frazier Holbert went to bed at the fire station after returning from an emergency call. Soon thereafter, he suffered a stroke. Fellow firefighters later found Holbert unresponsive and transported him to a local hospital. He was subsequently transported to another hospital where he passed away on September 13, 2020. California: Charles Morton, 39 Rank: Wildland Part-Time Incident Date: September 17, 2020 Death Date: September 17, 2020 Fire Department: San Bernardino National Forest, Big Bear Hotshots Initial Summary: Firefighter Charles Morton, Squad Boss on the Big Bear Interagency Hotshot Crew, died during interagency fire suppression activities on the El Dorado Fire in the San Bernardino National Forest in California on September 17, 2020. The Big Bear Hotshots are local to the San Bernardino National Forest.

West Virginia: Richard "Rick" Todd, 58 Rank: Chief Incident Date: September 1, 2020 Death Date: September 23, 2020 Fire Department: Salem Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: While on duty, Fire Chief Richard “Rick” Todd responded to an EMS call where an individual had a known case of COVID-19. Fire Chief Todd subsequently contracted the virus and passed away on Wednesday, September 23, 2020. Illinois: Dylan Cunningham, 29 Rank: Firefighter/Paramedic Incident Date: September 30, 2020 Death Date: September 30, 2020 Fire Department: South Holland Fire Department Initial Summary: On Wednesday, September 30,

2020, Firefighter/Paramedic Dylan Cunningham was participating in a dive training exercise at the Haigh Quarry in Kankakee, IL, when he was found by fellow firefighters in distress. He was immediately taken to the Amita St. Mary’s Hospital in Kankakee and later transported to the Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL where he passed away a short time later. The cause of his death has not yet been determined and the incident is under investigation.

California: Jason Cortez, 42 Rank: Firefighter/Paramedic Incident Date: October 7, 2020 Death Date: October 7, 2020 Fire Department: San Francisco Fire Department Initial Summary: On Wednesday, October 7, 2020, Firefighter/Paramedic Jason Cortez was participating in a drill at the Mission District Training Facility when he was injured. Paramedics started immediate care and transported him to the San Francisco General Hospital Trauma Center where he succumbed to his injuries just before 1100hrs. An investigation into this accident is underway and the cause of his death has not yet been determined. Pennsylvania: Edward "Gary" Minnick, 65 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: October 1, 2020 Death Date: October 1, 2020 Fire Department: Colmar Volunteer Fire Company Initial Summary: On Thursday, October 1, 2020, Firefighter Edward “Gary” Minnick was responding to an oil leak at a gas station. While in the utility truck at the fire department, he suffered a medical emergency and paramedics immediately performed life saving measures. All resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful and he passed away from an apparent heart attack.


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HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM ALL OF US AT MID-ATLANTIC RESCUE!


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DRILLS/TRAINING

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2021…Let’s start it off on the right foot! FORK & HOSE CO. a Food Blog by A.J. Fusco

CHESTERFIELD FIRE AND EMS

In October, the Chesterfield Fire & EMS Technical Rescue Team, as well as Truck Companies 7 (Clover Hill) and 9 (Buford), completed a training drill on the topic of heavy vehicle stabilization and extrication. Fire officials said this discipline specifically deals with collisions involving large vehicles such as tractor-trailers, dump trucks, and cement mixers. Officials say that in Chesterfield County these types of vehicles travel the roadways everyday. If a crash and/or entrapment does occur, Chesterfield Technical Rescue will be ready. The fastest method involves using a heavy wrecker, called a rotator, to lift the large truck. The rotator for this drill was provided by Eagle Towing of Midlothian, VA. Additionally, Eagle Towing provided the site and vehicles for this specialized training.

PATCH OF THE MONTH

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There is absolutely no reason to go into what 2020 was like, we were all there. Instead, let’s look into 2021 with some optimism, hope and culinary adventure. January usually brings on plenty of resolutions and self promises, most often revolving around health and wellness. This is absolutely a good thing, and something I myself tend to partake in. But where I think we fall flat on those commitments is our diet. This is by no means a reference to “diets” like South Beach, Paleo, Keto or any of the other numerous ones out there. I am referring simply to what we are eating and how it will affect the resolutions and promises we made to

ourselves. Healthy food is connected to all sorts of negative connotations, whether it be “expensive” or “lacking in flavor”. Many of these are not true, and sometimes quite the opposite. Fresh produce for instance is almost always cheaper than the canned variety. And while flavor is highly subjective, many healthy recipes contain tons of flavor, usually in the form of good fats, fresh herbs and spices. It would be easy to say just throw some chicken on the grill or toss up a kale salad. These are obviously healthy for you and by all means if that’s what you enjoy, go for it. But sometimes I think the key to sustaining healthier eating habits lie in the more adventurous recipes. The ones that take what we would normally consider unhealthy, but delicious all the same, and flip it upside down using more nutritious ingredients and different techniques. When we make these recipes, it breaks up the monotony

of the “grilled chicken, sweet potato and broccoli” meals. These new and unexpected recipes keep us and our palates excited for more, hence the sustainable aspect of it all. I challenge you in 2021 to try and think outside of the box when it comes to your cooking. Think of foods that you may not make as often as you would like or should. Think…cauliflower. Yes, cauliflower gets a bad rap sometimes. But it is the perfect blank canvas for flavors and textures. And it just so happens to make a great alternative to mashed potatoes. When combined with sweet roasted garlic and some plain Greek yogurt, the cauliflower turns into a creamy dish that will make you forget about potatoes. This recipe has tons of flavor, nutrients and will certainly turn you into a believer that healthy food can be delicious. Here’s to a Happy and Healthy New Year!

ROASTED GARLIC CAULIFLOWER MASH Serves 4

Ingredients:

1 Medium Head Cauliflower 1 Head Garlic 1 Sprig Rosemary ½ Cup Plain Greek Yogurt ½ Cup EVOO Salt, to taste Procedure:

-Preheat oven to 375° F

-Cut the top off the whole head of garlic, place in foil. Drizzle with EVOO and wrap tight. Roast in the oven for 45 minutes or until soft and brown. -While the garlic roasts, cut the cauliflower into small pieces and place in a pot with a steamer basket.  Pick and finely chop the rosemary, add to the cauliflower. Steam cauliflower for 20 minutes or until tender. -Put the cauliflower in a food processor with

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yogurt. Squeeze out the roasted garlic into the cauliflower. Add a pinch of salt and buzz until combined.  With

motor running add EVOO until smooth and creamy. Taste and adjust seasoning. AJ FUSCO


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MVA with Overturn and Entrapment in Pikesville Pikesville, MD - Shortly before 11:00 P.M. on October 8th, Baltimore County westside units were alerted for an MVA (Rescue Box 212) with a vehicle reported to have flipped over the guardrail at the intersection of Park Heights Ave. and Brooks Robinson JUMP TO FILE# Dr., with an occupant 100920100 trapped. First-arriving Baltimore County FD Engine 2 confirmed the incident was as reported, with the car landing in a wooded area. Upon arrival, the crew from Pikesville Vol. Fire Co. Tower 323 worked with Engine 2 firefighters to extricate the patient, who was transported by Owings Mills Vol. Fire Co. Ambulance 315 to an area hospital. - MICHAEL SCHWARTZBERG

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Arson Fire Destroys Jilly’s Restaurant in Pikesville Pikesville, MD - Just before 4:00 A.M. on Wednesday, October 28th, Baltimore County Fire Dispatch alerted units for a reported building fire across from 1101 Reisterstown Road in downJUMP TO FILE# town Pikesville.  Pikesville Vol- 110120114 unteer Fire Company Tower 323 and Baltimore County Fire Department Engine 2 (Pikesville career station) arrived simultaneously; the Tower's officer reported heavy fire showing from a commercial building and passed command to the officer on Engine  2.  Faced with heavy fire from multiple sides of the Jilly's restaurant, a two-story building, Engine 2's officer quickly called for a second-alarm.  As Tower 323 set-up for aerial operations in a parking lot across the street and the crew began laddering the building, arriving engines laid multiple hoselines and established a water supply, including PVFC's Engine 321, which took a hydrant at the 7-11 store at Reisterstown Rd. and Sudbrook Lane. BCoFD Truck 18 (Randallstown career station) and Baltimore City Fire Department Truck 27 also placed ladder pipes in service, and Battalion Chief Rob Kemp ordered defensive operations due to heavy fire conditions and a threat of the building collapsing.  The structure began collapsing about 40 minutes into the fire, and shortly thereafter additional engines were dispatched on a third-alarm.  Baltimore County Police fire investigators, the Maryland State Fire Marshal's office agents from the  Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and a Howard County Fire Marshal’s office accelerant detection dog investigated the fire and determined that the fire was intentionally set, concluding  that several outdoor heaters were set on fire and tipped against the restaurant’s side wall, causing the paneling to quickly catch fire and spread.  A 40-year-old man who lives near the restaurant was arrested and charged with second degree arson. The fire was brought under control in about three hours. The building was a total loss. No injuries were reported. 

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Two-Alarm Building Fire in Northwest Baltimore Baltimore, MD - Shortly after 8:00 A.M. on Sunday, October 18th, Baltimore City Fire Department units were dispatched to a reported fire in a commercial building at West Belvedere Avenue and Reisterstown Road (Fire Box 46-41). First-arriving units reported fire showing on sides 'Alpha' and 'Bravo' of a three-story commercial building at the corner and initiated an aggressive attack.  Firefighters encountered fire in several areas of the structure, and command requested a

JUMP TO FILE #101820101 Working Fire Dispatch approximately 15 minutes into the call, followed by a special call for an additional truck company and then a second-alarm. The fire was brought under control in just under two hours and is being investigated by BCFD's Fire Investigation Bureau.   - MICHAEL SCHWARTZBERG

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Baltimore City once ran this 1989 Sutphen 1500/300/100' as Aerial Tower 102 in the department's once unique color scheme.

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MEMORIES

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Truck 23 in Baltimore ran with this 1978 Seagrave 100' TractorDrawn Aerial.

Lunchtime Crash with Fire and Serious Injuries in Pikesville Pikesville, MD - Shortly before 1:00 P.M. on Thursday, October 22nd, Baltimore County Engine and Medic 2 from the Baltimore County Fire Department's Station 2 (Pikesville) were alerted for a motor vehicle collision with reported fire in the 1700 block of Reisterstown Road, near the Pomona Square shopping center. While units were enroute, the assignment was upgraded to Rescue Box 2-10 with reports of someone

JUMP TO FILE #102220108 trapped in a vehicle. Battalion Chief 2 and Station 2 units arrived on the scene of a collision between a Chevrolet SUV and an Audi sedan, with fire in the engine compartment of the Audi. Firefighters confirmed no one was trapped, and requested a second medic unit.  Crews from Pikesville Volunteer

Fire Company Squad 322 assisted with extinguishing the fire and patient care. EMS transported two victims to area hospitals, one with serious injuries.  Southbound lanes of Reisterstown Road between the Beltway and Naylors Lane were closed for several hours while the  Baltimore County Police Department Crash Team investigated the collision.   - MICHAEL SCHWARTZBERG

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The Baltimore City Fire Department recently placed this 2020 Pierce Enforcer 1500-GPM/500-GWT apparatus into service as Squad 54, serving communities in Northeast Baltimore.


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This DVD is approximately 47 minutes in length and it covers a four-day New Year’s weekend in 2011-12. Within that time there was a total of 53 incidents. The fires took place in the districts of Hollywood, West Hollywood, North Hollywood, Burbank, Studio City, Sun Valley and Sherman Oaks.

Pretty much all of the fires involved autos, with and sometimes without extensions, to structures above. Most of the fires started in carports and some were in garages. All are spectacular, with many fully involved vehicles. That is the aim of arsonists! Some of the complexes are large with a whole line of cars in the carports, making for a horrific sight of burning. Firefighters are kept rather busy stretching handlines and raising aerials for ventilation. Each incident covered with a location, date, type of situation and which fire station is the first due in the district (ex. LAFD FS 27). Many expensive autos were destroyed. In the end there was an arsonist arrested. There was also a fire in an abandoned two-story church, but I do not think that it was attributed to the arsonist. There is no narration, just the information given on the screen at the start of each incident, however the viewer can hear verbal exchanges among the firefighters in the course of their operations.

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Hagerstown Fire (Washington County) Engine 5 Humat Valve.

Mount Airy Fire Company operates this 2005 Ford F 350 200/250 as Brush 15.

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Firefighters remove the injured hiker via stokes basket to the awaiting medic unit.

Trail Rescue Conducted in Parkville Parkville, MD - Shortly after 12:00 P.M. on Saturday, November 21st, units were alerted for Rescue Box 10-2, reporting that a woman had fallen on a trail at Double Rock Park in Parkville and was injured. Units from Baltimore County FD stations 8, 10, 11 (ATV 11), 16, 17 (USAR 17) and Lutherville Vol. FD Squad 303 were alerted, along

JUMP TO FILE #112120100 with Battalion Chief 1 and EMS 6. First-arriving BCoFD Engine 10 confirmed the report to 911 and assigned Truck 8's crew to initiate a stokes basket operation, along with firefighters from Squad 303. Com-

mand canceled the USAR and ATV units, as the patient was accessible via a trail not far from the parking lot. Firefighters treated the woman for a broken leg on the scene and she was transported via Medic 16 to Franklin Square Hospital. - MICHAEL SCHWARTZBERG

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Firefighters Respond to Tractor-Trailer Fire at Pikesville McDonald's Pikesville, MD - Shortly before 4:00 P.M. on Friday, December 4th, Baltimore County Fire Department Engine 2 was dispatched to a reported vehicle fire at the McDonald's in the 1700 block of Reisterstown Road in Pikesville (Box 2-10). While enroute, Fire Dispatch advised that it was a tractortrailer on fire and added Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company Engine 321 to the call, followed by additional equipment. Engine 2 arrived and confirmed that a tractor-trailer in the McDonald's parking lot was on fire, laid a supply line and stretched an attack line. Crews from Engines 2 and 321 and Baltimore County Fire Dept. Engine 19 and PVFC Tower 323 knocked down the fire in the truck within 30 minutes.

Independent Hose Co. of Frederick operates this 2010 Seagrave 1500/750.

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WORKING FACES

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Car Crashes Into DC Building with Resident Inside Washington, DC - A DC resident is lucky to be alive after a vehicle crashed into the room he was inside at a Southeast apartment building on Wednesday evening, December 9th. DC’s bravest were dispatched at 6:08 P.M. for the report of a car into a building in the 1200 block of Alabama Avenue SE. First arriving units confirmed an SUV had punched a hole through the wall of a ground floor apartment.

JUMP TO FILE #121120106 Firefighters removed the occupant from the apartment, who was subsequently transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the vehicle was assessed by EMS, but declined further medical treatment. Residents were evacuated while members of the Cave-in Task Force

conducted a primary structural assessment. A building inspector was also requested to the scene. It was determined that the building would be safe for occupants to return to once some shoring was completed in the damaged area. This mission was accomplished by personnel from the Cave-in Task Force. - DC FIRE AND EMS

DC FIRE AND EMS

DC's Bravest congratulate Armed Fire Investigation Technician Scott Ford and Blondie, his new K-9 partner. On December 11th, this dynamic duo graduated from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms National Canine Division Accelerant Detection Class #132. Investigator Ford and Blondie are one-of-two such teams in our fire investigation unit. These dogs can play a key role with their unique ability to sniff out and identify the presence of flammable liquids at a fire scene.

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PATCH OF THE MONTH If you have photos you would like to see in our “Patch of the Month” feature please upload them on our website, www.1stResponderNews.com or email them to Lindsey@1stResponderNews.com.

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Todd Hollritt is a firefighter with the West Paterson, NJ Fire Department, Rifle Camp Fire Company 3, "The Ridge Runners", where he achieved the rank of Captain. An avid fire photographer and historian, he has both fought fires and documented fire scenes in photos and videos since 1980, many of which grace the pages of the 1st Responder News website. He has been a correspondent for 1st Responder News since 2004.


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My Greatest Gift To You This Christmas, Is A Healthy Me Chaplain’s Corner Pastor Fernando Villicana

Matthew 22:36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” v37 Jesus said to him, "'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ v38 This is the first and great commandment. v39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ v40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” In uncertain times, in times where morals are being redefined and so many of the traditional values that many of us were raised with are being re-visited, God speaks to us and provides divine direction. The only two things that God really asks of humanity are encapsulated in the verses we just read. In the Bible, a religious leader asked Jesus: “Which one law in the volumes of writings would you say is the most important one?” Jesus answered: “all the law and all the prophets hang on just two things.” 1) Love God with all you’ve got (with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind) 2) “Love people like you love yourself.”

No matter what generation we find ourselves in - a real loving relationship with God will reduce the need for a long list of laws. A real healthy relationship with God is what brings everything else into alignment. Loving God orders your world. Loving God sorts out your love life, family life, friendships… Jesus knew that if we got the top button of our shirts right, the rest should fall into alignment. Jesus is teaching all of us that if we love Him with all of our hearts, we would learn from Him how to love others. Here Jesus replaces rules with relationships. So, the best gift I can give someone in my circle of influence is a healthy me. ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself'. If you love people, I mean really care about them, then you probably won’t: steal from them, lie to them, cheat on them, verbally abuse them, cuss them out, hurt them, talk behind their backs… What if we approached this Christmas (Jesus birthday) with a determination and a realization that if I would be spiritually healthy, the people around me will benefit from it. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, Hebrews 10:24 So, the greatest gift to you this Christmas is a healthy me!

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KEN SNYDER

Foam Tender 34-10 is a 2014 International/KME 300/4000 foam tank and is used by the Delaware Refinery Emergency Services in Delaware City, DE.

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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