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News Archive» November 2000

11/25/00 Waterbury Brother Burned

     This morning, Lt. Shawn Pace, of Waterbury Fire Department Truck Co. 3, was burned in a structure fire in the East End. He received 2nd and possibly some 3rd degree burns to his ears, neck, and forehead, when a room flashed over. He will be staying at Waterbury Hospital for a couple of days recovering.


11/22/00 Website Upgrade

     As some of you may have noticed, the website pages are now all called .html instead of .html. I decided to change the site to server-side include's. This will make it easier for me to make changes to the website's overall format, and hopefully it will load faster. You will see at the bottom I joined the Microsoft bCentral Banner Exchange Network. And I created another FireFightingLinks.com banner, which I added to the Link to Us page.
     In the coming weeks I should be ironing out all the details with the Waterbury Fireman's Aid Online Store. Look for the store here soon.


11/22/00 Letter of Appreciation - Robin McDonald

     Robin McDonald, wife of Fallen Brother Kevin McDonald, of the Waterbury Fire Department, has written a letter of appreciation to the Waterbury Fire Department members, the Waterbury Fireman's Aid, Special Services Unit, and 'The Brain'. The letter will be distributed to all Waterbury fire stations shortly. You can read the letter in the Fallen Brothers section or simply click here.


11/21/00 Pictures Taken by Kevin McDonald

     I added 5 more photos to Kevin McDonald's Gallery. Some were taken by Kevin. I added 3 new sponsors, All Together Leather, Coupons.com, and GiveAnything.com.


11/21/00 Letter of Appreciation - Jamie Annes

     Jamie Annes, wife of Fallen Brother Michael Annes, of the Waterbury Fire Department, has written a letter of appreciation to the Waterbury Fire Department members, the Waterbury Fireman's Aid, and the Special Services Unit. The letter will be distributed to all Waterbury fire stations today. You can read the letter in the Fallen Brothers section or simply click here.


11/19/00 Glen Bradley Update

     Glen was released from Hartford Hospital and has been home since Saturday, November 18th. He has been eating small amounts of food and his recovery continues to move forward. Anyone interested in phoning or visiting Glen, information will be sent out tomorrow in a memo from Lt. Bob Stoeckert to all Waterbury Fire Stations.


11/17/00 Gallery and Video Updates

No Big Deal      I haven't posted in the last couple days, but I've been busy. I added four more photos to Kevin McDonald's Photo Gallery. I also created a video from a video cassette courtesy of Kevin's cousin, and my brother, Matt McDonald. You can view it by clicking the image or here: No Big Deal.
     If you haven't noticed, I made some visual changes to the site. The pages now fade in and out, I added a moving light to the logo at the top of the page, and I added the red lines on the home page to the whole site. In the navigation bar at left, you will see a new option to make this site your homepage. Or you can do it by clicking here: Make Homepage


11/12/00 Waterbury Fire Dept. Insurance Notes

     Happy Birthday Snookie! I love you and miss you. See you in a couple weeks.

     In light of the recent tragedies on our job, I would like to remind the members of the Waterbury Fire Dept. of some life insurance plans that are available that I have investigated.
     First of all, if you are a member of the Waterbury Firefighters Municipal Federal Credit Union, there is a $3000 death benefit free to all members, members' wives, and members' children who are 18 years or older. You can pick up the short 3 or 4 question application at the credit union.
     The death benefit the city provides for firefighters is one year's salary plus holidays and longevity, with a double indemnity. It pays double for accidental death. This life insurance can be increased to a maximum of 2X one year's salary plus holidays and longevity, also including the double indemnity clause. The cost, as of now, is 11¢ per $1000 of coverage. That means on a $50,000 salary it would cost $5.50 per month to double your death benefit. That is very inexpensive. There is an Evidence of Insurability form that must be filled out before being approved. Get these forms and more information from Palma Brustat in Retirement Benefits 574-6845.


11/11/00 International Police Diver Symposium

Intl Police Diver Symposium      This information provided by Kurt Schramek. The 9th International Police Diver Symposium will take place in Hamiltion, Ontario on September 13th to 16th, 2001. Registration is restricted to members of law enforcement, firefighters, military and medical personnel and commercial agencies involved in providing equipment or services for underwater operations. More information can be found here.
     Some people have asked me for a banner or link that they could display on their website that would link to FireFightingLinks.com. I added a page with instructions. You can reach it in the navigation bar at the right of every page by clicking on Link to Us.


11/10/00 Fallen Brother Memorial Added

     I finally finished the memorial page for my cousin, Kevin McDonald. Please take a moment and view it, to honor his memory.
     I also archived the News from October, the home page was getting a little too long. I put the October News on a seperate page, and it can be reached by using the link at the bottom of the home page.


11/10/00 Spokane Can-Am 2002 Police-Fire Games

Spokane Can-Am 2002 Police-Fire Games      This information provided by Craig at Ladder54.com. The official 2002 Canadian-American Police and Fire Games will be in Spokane Washington from July 15th to July 23rd. You can find more information here.
     Also I added seven more photos to Kevin McDonald's gallery. The memorial page for Kevin should be finished tonight. I will post a link as soon as it is ready.


11/6/00 New Photo Gallery

     I added a photo gallery for Kevin McDonald. The memorial page can hold only so many pictures, and I am receiving so many. I made a section in the Photo Galleries for Memorial Galleries. Kevin's is the first. Please take a moment and view it. There are 8 pictures with more being added soon. The memorial page will be done very soon. I am waiting for a few more pictures and details on donations and tshirts.


11/5/00 Leaf Cleanup

     I would like to thank everyone involved, 30 strong, that showed up Saturday morning and helped, and provided equipment, for cleaning up the leaves and entire backyard at Kevin's house for Robin and the kids. It was greatly appreciated. I will be posting a photo here as soon as Tubby gets me the digital pictures he took. Thanks for the pics Rich. There are 4 additional pictures in the gallery for Kevin McDonald.

11/5/00 Leaf Cleanup at Kevin's


11/1/00 Glen Bradley Update

     Glen is still in ICU listed as critical. After several surgeries, doctors are optimistic. His spinal damage was limited to torn ligaments. No internal organs were damaged, except for a large section of his intestine, which was removed. Doctors plan to reset his arm today. Good luck Glen, and get healthy.


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