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Monday, October 09, 2006

Take a walk with me

Ok, instead of making several posts, I will be making one post covering several issues. Be sure to read the entire post for all the information, so you aren't left out.

First off, Becky my wife will be leaving for her Marathon next weekend. She is still collecting money that she had to raise for the leukemia & Lymphoma Society. This is the cause she decided to run for, and it is just by coincidence after the last post. I have to admit that I never correlated the two either, however in the last post I told you about Billy Obenchain. Billy suffers from Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma. My wife is running for leukemia & L-Y-M-P-H-O-M-A (emphasis spelled out for me). I just never put the two together until Becky pointed it out to me DUH. There is still time to pledge money (Link Here). There is a secure donation link on the right hand side of the page. She only needs to raise a little over $500 more. I figure if everyone gave a dollar or two we might meet the goal.

In case you were wondering exactly what Lymphoma is and specifically T-Cell Lymphoma is, check out this link here:
Be sure that if you are going to donate money specifically for my wife's run to donate here: If you have any questions please feel free to ask.

There is another project on the horizon for raising money for Lymphoma Research in the future. I will have more information on that soon.

The Roanoke Firefighters have been busy today. One house fire on Harrison Avenue had the firefighters out this morning among several other calls throughout the City.

Engine 9, Engine 5, Medic 9, Ladder 13, Battalion 2, RS-1, Medic 4, and Engine 3 are out on a working fire on Staunton Avenue (1929 hours). Searches came up negative and the fire was quickly knocked down.

The ARFF crew got another call today, that makes my second call. We had a Dash 8 with smoke coming from an engine. Apparently the starter overheated. No action taken and the engine cooled off. That is two calls if your counting.

The recruit school is getting ready to graduate in about 3-4 more weeks. The are looking forward to it. I have gotten to help teach a little bit. I think that we have a pretty decent group this year, same as we have in the past. It will be nice to get our staffing back up and reduce the need of possible holdovers. I have enjoyed teaching a few classes for the recruit school and I will be helping out with one of their burns this friday. I hope to get a few pictures to share with you all.

Apparently we will be looking to hold another recruit school in the spring. The rumors and speculation is that we will be staffing Medic 1 full-time. I will keep you all posted as I find out more.

From what I understand, the money that was earmarked for the new Fire Station 10 on Williamson Road has been given to the School Board to use on the need for remodeling and building of Roanoke's Schools.

Hot of the Press:

8th Annual Ride 'Round the Valley
"In Memory of Cline Conner"

Sunday, October 15th, 2006
This benefit is to help the Community Christmas Store, a non-profit organization assisting families from Roanoke County, Salem & Vinton during the Christmas Holidays. The CCS served more than 700 families (over 1,200 children) last year! We will have a special recognition at the end of the rid for Cline Conner.

Registration starts at 1:00 pm
Last bike out at 2:00 pm (rain or shine)
Meet at Christian Life International
4335 W. Main St. Salem, Virginia

Donate a new, unwrapped toy or $10.00 - per bike
Questions call 540-268-5223

Other than that, your Roanoke Firefighters have been busy keeping Roanoke safe. I am always happy to hear from firefighters, citizens, and readers. Feel free to send me any information, pictures, or questions to or simply leave a comment.

I think I owe all my readers a thank you. So here is the thanks to my 3500+ readers each month. If the Roanoke Fireblog didn't have readers, it wouldn't have a purpose. Thanks for reading.

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