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News Archive» February 2001

2/28/01 WFD in Action and Upcoming Raffle

     WFD in action - I added another photo to the Waterbury Fire Department Press photo gallery.

     Keep your eyes open. I will be posting information on a raffle for the Connecticut FireFighters Pipes and Drums. They are raffling off a bar - made out of the nose of a fire apparatus. Details will follow soon. For now, you can get a glimpse of what it will look like in the Connecticut FireFighters Pipes and Drums photo gallery.

2/27/01 New Photo Gallery

     I decided to start a new photo gallery for pictures from the newspaper showing the Waterbury Fire Department in action. Please visit the Waterbury Fire Department Press photo gallery, or the Photo Gallery page - 8 galleries now!

     I also added a new cartoon to the FireHouse Funnies page - thanks Bucko!
     There is a new memorial to The Littlest FireFighter on the Fallen Brothers page. This is a story I received in an email that touched me, so I wanted to share it with others. I mentioned it to a few people and they have heard it before. If anyone has information on where the story started, please Email Me.

2/24/01 Blood Platelet Donations

     Well I made my first visit to the Farmington Red Cross for blood platelet donation. It turns out they collect plasma and platelets the first visit. It allows them to count your platelets. With this number they can give you an estimate of how long it will take for them to collect your platelets based on your platelet count and your height/weight. It was no big deal, just like donating whole blood. The needle is slightly smaller than the one they use for whole blood collection. The machine draws your blood, seperates the plasma, and returns everything back to you. After the plasma is collected, they give you some saline to replace the fluids removed. It took about a half an hour, and they had TV's with headphones playing movies. In between collections, all tubing and containers that your blood comes in contact with on the machine are replaced with sterile disposable ones. The plasma and platelets removed are replaced by your body in just a couple days, allowing you to donate up to 23 times per year (every 2 weeks). It was a fulfilling experience and I look forward to my next visit.

     Any one interesting in becoming a platelet or plasma donor, please contact Judy Hughes at (860) 678-2749, American Red Cross Blood Services, Connecticut Region, Farmington, CT.

2/23/01 Teddy Bears for Tykes Program

     The New York City FireFighter's Hockey Team and FireFighter Ministries are sponsoring the Teddy Bears for Tykes Program. Through donations from corporations, organizations, and individuals, the program will purchase and donate teddy bears to the following children:

  • Children affected by a parent dying in the line of duty
  • Children affected by a parent that was injured in the line of duty
  • Children whose home has been destroyed because of a fire or other disaster
  • Children who have been burned
     For more information on supporting the program please visit Teddy Bears for Tykes or email Steve Doyle.
2/22/01 Red Cross Donations

     I would just like to let everyone who donated blood at Kevin McDonald's blood drive, it has been 56 days, we are all able to donate again starting today. I am going to Red Cross in Farmington this afternoon for my first visit to donate blood platelets. As Rich would say, I am following the path that Kevin started. I will post more information about donating platelets tonight.

2/21/01 Middlebury FireFighter Killed

     Our condolences go out to the family and friends of Brian Comerford, 32, of Middlebury, CT. Brian was a Middlebury firefighter, husband, and father of three. He was killed in a motor vehicle accident on February 18 in Waterbury. Brian was a volunteer in Middlebury and had just joined the paid department in Meriden six months ago.

     I would like to apologize for the lack of updates on the website, it has been nearly a month since I made changes to the website.
     Kevin McDonald's Memorial T-Shirts have finally come in and they look great. Great job Jimmy. The order included 500 extra shirts which have already sold. More are on order.

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