North Boston, NY Firefighter David Blank was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) and has been hospitalized at the Roswell Park Cancer Center since July 3rd undergoing chemotherapy. While undergoing treatment, a nurse there asked him how he planned on passing the time while he was in the hospital. His response was “I want to wear a different fire company t-shirt every day of my treatment, as part of a support system through my chemotherapy.” Members of the Echo Hose Hook and Ladder saw this post on Facebook and sent Firefighter Blank a company cancer awareness t-shirt in support of his fight against cancer. 2,100 fire department t-shirts were sent to Firefighter Blank to support his fight against cancer, but the one that stood out the most was the one sent by the Echo Hose Members. Below are pictures sent by family and friends of Firefighter Blank.
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At approximately 6:00pm on Friday, August 15th fire companies 1, 4, and 5 were dispatched to 106 River Road for the apartment fire. Upon arrival fire officers reported a working apartment fire located on the bottom floor of the building. Crews from Engine 2 and Ladder 47 arrived quickly and were able to knock down the main body of the fire. One occupant was transported to the hospital by Echo Hose Ambulance. Squad 5, Engine 44, Engine 52, Car 3, Capt 101, LT 102, and Car 3 were also on scene.
At 9:00pm companies 1 and 5 were dispatched to 198 Leavenworth Road (Mont’s Mart) for the motor vehicle accident rollover into a fuel pump. Units arrived confirming a motor vehicle accident rollover with the occupant still trapped inside the vehicle. Crews used Paratech struts to stabilize the vehicle and the Jaws of Life to cut open the roof and remove the patient. All hazards were mitigated and the patient was transported to the hospital by Shelton EMS.
The Echo Hose Hook & Ladder along with the rest of the Shelton Fire Department received new Scott-75 air packs with 45-minute bottles as part of a federal government grant. These new Scott air packs will replace our current Drager air packs which only have 30 minute bottles. These air packs will allow our firefighters to perform firefighting duties longer and have the ability to be more inter operable with neighboring fire departments.
Fireground photos by Keith Muratori – www.FIREGROUNDIMAGES.COM