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    Dear Forum Posters

    For the last day we have worked to verify the information in the posts by Ashley and her 'parents' that has consumed several threads.

    Unfortunately, as happens on the Internet, the story has been found to be untrue...at least the tragic details.

    After considerable research, we talked to Ashley's mother this evening who wanted to apologize to everyone on the forums for the energy that has been spent.

    The young lady is indeed interested in the fire service and is an ace student, according to her mom, who wants to write books and be in the fire department.

    However, she has not lost a brother to fire nor, thankfully, was she killed in a drunk driving accident last weekend. She is alive and well, which we hope everyone will be grateful for. Except for those details -- important as they may be -- the vast majority of her posts we believe were honest and sincere.

    We are sorry this has happened, but as you know the Internet is somewhat of an anonymous
    place. We are very thankful that this was not some elaborate hoax, but merely an very
    enthusiastic young lady who may have been trying to find a way to quit posting on the forums with a very unfortunately worded story. Her parents had requested she not post after something similiar happened in the past, according to her mother.

    Her mother assures us she has the best intentions and by her writing will certainly excel in that endeavor in the future. We expect a letter from Ashley sometime in the next few days to all posters.

    Thanks for everyone's continued support. Despite this being false, had it been true you showed the incredible family that exists in the Firehouse.com Forums and what is possible for everyone to come together for a single cause ... we just hope you won't be deterred from responding and helping others in the future.

    We'll assure you, just as we have done in this case, to check out any extraordinary requests or posts as quickly as possible.

    Thanks
    Firehouse.Com WebTeam

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    Mr. & Mrs. Mitchell-
    My condolences on the loss of Ashley. It's tragic that some one so young and full of life can be lost in circumstances as senseless as these. She touched a lot of lives here, and many tears are being shed for her. She will always be one of us. I'll take your advice and hug my own son and daughter with a little extra enthusiasm tonight. You and Ashley are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Tom Jarvis

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    Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell
    I have sat here for quite some time trying to find a way to express to you my sorrow, and heart ache over the loss of your daughter Ashley. I sit here typing this with tear filled eyes. I am not a firefighter, I am a Paramedic and have been in EMS for 15 years. I have in that time seen far too many young and bright lives cut short and can not find a reason as to why. I spent the better part of this evening reading your daughters posts over again , I only wish that I could have met her. Sometimes in this strange and chaotic world we live and work in we become very cyannical. Things that should strike a deep cord in us does not. I want you to know that in your daughters short time here with us she affected people's lives she never met in a very positive way. How do I know this you may ask .......because I am one of those people she affected. Doing this work as I said you can become very cyannical and believe from repeated exposures to our troubled youth who are involved in gangs drugs and other anti social activities that our youth are lost and our futures as a whole looks bleak. Reading your daughters thoughts and questions changed that view for me. To see a child who showed so much enthusiasim and interest in helping and serving her community broke through the walls put up by this innercity medic and gave me hope that all our kids were not lost and good positive kids do exist, for that sir I can't thankyou enough for the way you raised your child. Writing this I do not know if I've caused you more grief......... why would God no matter how he is worshipped, would decide to take such a bright light from us. For whatever reason God wanted Ashley we may never know......but I know she is surely one of his Angels and the next time I enter a darkened tennament in the middle of the night, she will be there with me watching over myself, my partner, and the patient we were called to care for.
    Ashley will always be with you and in many of our hearts and prayers.
    In closing my deepest heartfelt sympathy for your loss.

    Love and God Bless You.

    SPUNK

    [This message has been edited by spunk639 (edited October 13, 2000).]

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    My sincerest condolences and prayers are with you. As a firefighter who joined as a junior member at age 15, I know how enthusiastic Ashley must have been. Again, my prayers are with you and your family.

    Andy Knitt

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    Mr.& Mrs. Mitchell:

    I wish to take this opportunity to offer my sincere condolences at the loss of your daughter. Ashley's enthusiasm and determination gave many of us a chance to remember and reflect on the REAL reasons that we do what we do. She was truly special.

    I also wish to apologize for the uncaring individual who posted on another thread. Thankfully, It appears that thread has been removed. I hope that you will not judge us all by the ignorance of a very small minority.

    Again, My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Jim

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    Thank you for allowing us to share our lives with your daughter. We will all miss her deeply, and because of her, we cherish life a little more. Thank you again for bringing such a gifted child for all of us to embrace. Although her time with us was short, her impact will never be forgotten.

    M. Ryan


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    fireseeker

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    I am new to the forum, so I have not read your daughter's information, but I would like you to know that as a mother and a "little girl with a dream", I feel a deep sense of sorrow for you and your family.In reading the responses, I feel your daughter has had a huge impact on a lot of people and I hope that you know there are people all over thinking of you and wishing there were something they could do to ease your pain...

    If you need anything...

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    Jenn Duerr

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    I know what it is like sir and how tough it is my wife and little son where killed by a driver who fell asleep about 14 months ago,so
    I share your pain.Please feel free to email me if there is any thing I can do for you.

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    Mr & Mrs Mitchell and Fellow Jakes
    I have taken the liberty to make the following post on both the "Firehouse.com site comments" forum and "The Magazine" forum. Mr & Mrs Mitchell if I have overstepped myself please forgive me.

    "This week we recieved notification on the firefighters forum that one of our forum members, Miss Ashley Mitchell (firefighter2000), was killed this past week by a drunk driver. Ashley was 14 years old and had stated that she intended to persue a carreer in the fire service. According to her parents she was killed either going to or comming from a fire department meeting.

    I propose that Firehouse magazine and Firehouse.com use your considerable power and influence to establish a "firefighter2000" memorial fund in Ashleys name. This fund could be used to help fire and EMS explorer groups or to provide scholarship money to young men and women enrolling in fire science programs. Think of this as seed money to help build the fire service of the future. I believe this would be a fitting tribute to a young woman who's main desire was to become part of our profession."

    Brothers and Sisters if you think this is a good idea, lend your support on one of the two sites I listed.

    To the Mitchells: If I have overstepped please let me know at [email protected] and I will retract immediately.

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    Larry Boothby
    Firefighter/Paramedic
    Snorkel-13 A-shift
    Local 1784
    Memphis.

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    Mr & Mrs Mitchell,
    I have been sitting here for the last 20 min trying to find words, any words. I want very badly to say something that might help you feel better, but I have seen this sort thing enough times to know that there are no words. Your daughter will be missed, and she will be remembered. We always remember our own. I will pray for you and for Ashley. God Bless.




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    Larry Boothby
    Firefighter/Paramedic
    Snorkel-13 A-shift
    Local 1784
    Memphis.

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    Even though I live so far away Ashley's death has touched me deeply. Her enthusiasm, her joy of life and her passion for a career serving the community are an inspiration and will be surely missed.

    I am wearing the ribbons of rememberance in her honour.





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    Lt JJ Edmondson
    Clyde Cardinia Fire Brigade
    Victoria, AUSTRALIA


    I walk where the fire dances

    International Firefighters' Day:
    http://www.futureweb.com.au/edmondson

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    Alan --

    Thank you for taking the time to explain the situation. I appreciate the pain it must bring back to recount the story!!

    At the present time, I am yet to have kids, but I took the long way home from work and stopped in to visit my parents last night. My dad had already read all of this and I think he knew why I was there as soon as he saw my truck pull up.

    Again, my deepest sympathies to you and all those affected by the loss of your wonderful daughter Ashley.

    May God bless you at this time of need!

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    From all the members of the Phoebus Volunteer Fire Company: We grieve with thee.

    The Firehouse in Heaven

    There's a firehouse in Heaven,
    So I've heard them say.

    Where everyone's on duty,
    Each and every day.

    When the alarm goes out,
    They're the first to know.

    Always first to get there,
    Always do they show.

    With each and every firefighter,
    Quickly do they pair.

    A Brother or Sister close beside you,
    An Angel always there.

    And in the smoke and heat,
    You feel their presence near.

    A feeling of confidence,
    That helps calm your fear.

    Occasionally they find someone
    Whose heart is like their own.

    And when the fire's done,
    They carry them back Home.

    Career or volunteer...
    It matters not to them.

    It's what you have inside,
    That's what gets you in.

    There's a firehouse in Heaven,
    So I've heard it said.

    Where all of God's firefighters,
    Always have a bed.
    (Author Unknown)

    Ashley is not alone. She is in good company.


    [This message has been edited by Lieutenant25 (edited October 12, 2000).]

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    Alan, I said it above and I meant it. I went home and hugged my kids eatra tight. I explained to my wife what happened not even 10 minutes ago. She too is deeply saddened by your loss. We deal with tragedy every day. It's not until it hits home that it hurts so much. I myself am recuperating from a near fatal MVA. I broke my neck in three places and my back in one. One step different and my wife would be a widow and my kids would be fatherless. That was a very strange, life-altering experience for me. I cannot claim to feel the same pain that you must be feeling. I just want you to know that there are many members of the firefighting family out there that truly, deeply grieve with you. I am an Ex-Captain and a current president in my department. There will be a moment of silence in Ashley's honor at our next meeting. I wish there was more I could say, or more that I could do.

    Stay safe Alan. We do really care.

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    My whife brought me to the computer today to show me just how many people have responded and it brought tears to my eyes thank you so much.

    What happened: Ashley went off to a firefighters meeting in the next town over and to see the guys there. It was about 9 o'clock and we thought that maybe she had gotten held up at the station. We knew she was safe cause she was with the guys and we trusted them. Then my whife saw a police car pull up. At first we thought something had happened at work( my whife is a cop ). Because we knew if something happend to Ashley the chief would have come. About the time I voiced that to my whife the Fire Chief's car pulled up. They informed us that Ashley had died in a car accident when she was hit by a drunk driver.

    Many have asked what ou can do to help so here is what we ask: Go home and hug your fam. tell them that you love them and don't let go. Call your parents tell them that you are ok we never stop worrying. For I know I will never have the chance to hug Ashley or see her graduate from the fire acd.

    Her goals were to become a firefighter and go on to Chief. She either wanted to work Dallas,Texas F.D, DFW airport fire station or work in New York F.D.

    Remember those you love for I will always remember Ashley every time I see a fire truck or fire news on the tv for I know she should be there.

    Alan Mitchell
    Ashley's dad

    [This message has been edited by Firefighter2000 (edited October 11, 2000).]

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