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 first annual retreat was held on June 1-3 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.
Families could choose a day at Schlitterbahn, wine tasting tour, shopping in Gruene, visiting Longhorn caverns or simply enjoying all the amenities offered at the resort.
Michael, Monica, Logan and Sterling went to Schlitterbahn while Mike and I took the wine tasting tour. We all had such a great time.
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. We look forward to seeing everyone again in July, 2013.
Also, thank you Billae and John Barrett of Plano for a fun and educational wine tasting tour. Billae is a high school teacher in Plano and John is with the Plano FD. John is also a strong force with the 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb. He is Region V and VI Coordinator covering eleven states, one being Texas. For more information regarding the 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb visit the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation website: http://www.firehero.org/ You can also e mail John at: email@example.com
For more information regarding the Texas Line of Duty Death Task Force, please visit their website: http://texasloddtaskforce.com/
All photos from the event can be viewed under Wendy Norris on Facebook.
New Braunfels Pipe and Drums Wine tasters enjoy lunch at The Vineyard Restaurant
Michael and Sterling play night glow putt putt Families gather on patio to hear the pipes and drums
(Additional photos can be viewed in the Photo Gallery)
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. Anyone and everyone are encouraged to visit this memorial.
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.
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 is now a state certified firefighter graduating from the Oak Hill Fire Academy. The graduation ceremony was held October 15 at the Barton Creek Country Club. This is 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
January - October