The Maltese Cross is our symbol of protection. It means that the Firefighter that wears this cross is willing to lay down his life for you just as the crusaders sacrificed their lives for their fellow man so many years ago. The Maltese Cross is a Firefighters badge of honor, signifying that he works in courage - a ladder's rung away from death. This site is dedicated to all of the Firefighters that have made the ultimate sacrifice.
The 2nd annual retreat was held on July 11-14 at the T Bar M Resort in New Braunfels. The Texas Fallen Heroes Family Network, part of the Texas LODD Task Force, offers survivors the opportunity for networking, fellowship and support.
Thursday was added this year which allowed families to arrive, meet and greet before going to their assigned lodgings. That evening families and staff enjoyed a delicious dinner and ice cream social.
This years activites were non-stop including Schlitterbahn, tubing the Comal, Gruene wine tasting tour, visiting New Braunfels Station 1 FD and Fire Museum. Also exploring Wonder Cave, shopping in San Marcos or simply enjoying all the amenities offered at the resort. New activities this year were the rope challenges, zip line, low ropes challenge and team building challenge held after dinner on Friday. From the turnout and everyones enthusiasm at the ropes and team building challenges, these activities will definitely be coming back next year.
Michael, Monica, Logan and Sterling joined the majority that went to Schlitterbahn on Saturday while Mike and I enjoyed the wine tour again. Saturday evening after dinner, a compass challenge was a great way to walk it off followed by campfire smores.
Many thanks to our host, Wendy Norris and the members of the family network committee for their hard work in putting together such a wonderful event. Also, we want to thank the "staff" members who worked diligently to insure all needs of the families were met. Also to the New Braunfels Pipe and Drums for coming out and performing for us again this year. And to the New Braunfels Station 1 FD for hosting us at their station and fire museum. We all had such a great time and cannot wait to see everyone again in July, 2014.
Also, thank you John Barrett of Plano FD for a fun wine tasting tour again. John is Event Director of the Dallas 911 Memorial Stair Climb. For more information regarding the stair climb to be held on 09-07-2013 and how you can participate or volunteer, please visit their website: http://www.dallasstairclimb.com/
For more information regarding the Texas Line of Duty Death Task Force, please visit their website: http://texasloddtaskforce.com/
Wine tasting at Dry Comal Creek Winery - our host John in forefront
New Braunfels Pipe & Drums
Logan takes off on the zip line
All photos taken can be seen in Photo Gallery
| Logan and Michael do partners ropes |
Teambuilding challenge - the ball cannot hit the ground between point A & B
Patrick Swearingen, who was in the Fire Academy with Michael, was on duty at New Braunfels Station 1 the day we visited their station. Awesome tour Patrick!
Matt Whisenant is studying the rope in low rope maze -along with wife Lisa and son Kolton
Tired and sweaty compass challengers head back to resort, though Sterling plans to get some more late night time in the pool.
Oak Hill Fire Department holds 9-11 Memorial
The Oak Hill Fire Department (Travis County ESD #3) held a memorial Sunday, September 11, 2011 to honor those who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks. The memorial was erected at Fire Station 301 located at 9211 Circle Drive.
Since 9/11, pieces of the World Trade Center have been handed out sporadically over the last decade by the New York and New Jersey Port Authority Police. Approximately 2,000 fragments, mostly of the towers' steel support beams, have been distributed so far -- to survivors, police and fire departments and individual towns. Prior to 2009, about 300 pieces had been distributed, but the Port Authority decided two years ago to begin offering fragments to any interested groups of first responders.
Anyone and everyone are encouraged to visit this memorial.
Cadets of 2011 Oak Hill Fire Academy and Training Staff were in attendance
Every year in the United States, about 3,500 people die in home fires. Most of these deaths occurred in homes that didn't have a working smoke alarm.
The Install. Inspect. Protect. Campaign is part of the U.S. Fire Administration's effort to reduce fire deaths and injuries across the nation by urging residents to install smoke alarms in their homes and inspect and maintain them on a regular basis. Working smoke alarms and sprinklers save lives.
A working smoke alarm can help you and your family escape a deadly home fire. It can also help save the lives of firefighters who would otherwise have to risk their lives by searching a burning home for residents. A working smoke alarm continuously scans the air for smoke, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It never sleeps.
The USFA is encouraging you to practice fire safety and do your part to get out, before firefighters have to come in.
While smoke alarms can alert residents to a home fire, they cannot extinguish a fire. Sprinkler systems can!
Cohnways brother, Michael (below w/sunglasses) graduated from the Oak Hill Fire Academy. The graduation ceremony was held October 15 at the Barton Creek Country Club. This was the 9th class to graduate from the academy. These cadets trained in one of the hottest and dryest summers on record. "Congratulations" to the Class of 2011. We wish each and every one great success in the Fire Service.
(Walking the hose removes water before going back on the truck)
( "The Enforcer" is a forcible entry prop)
Michael and Patrick Swearingen
The Oak Hill Fire Academy Class of 2011
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