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  • Lets not forget the 343 this holiday season...

    Today, I got up from my couch, looked at the VCR clock and said it was 3:43 in the afternoon. Just like the rest of you folks, when I see the numbers 343 on something non-work related, I will think to myself everytime- "How did we lose 343 Firefighters that day? One day? We dont even lose 343 Firefighters in a 4-5 year period. Or sometimes in an entire department history.

    I do this on a weekly basis. I past exit # 343 on a major highway, etc. You get the picture, I am sure you do it too.

    So, lets please seriously not forget these people. They should be home with their familys next week like they always have every Christmas prior to 2001.

    Ok, I am done. Thanks for listening.

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    Lets not forget all our lost Brothers and Sisters this Christmas season.
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    • #3
      That happens all the time for me too when I read 343 somewhere, whether it be a clock or a price for something after tax.

      Always makes ya think.

      Of course I haven't forgotten them and all those involved this holiday season.

      Nice to put it out there in a threat though.
      JLS
      MFC
      51 Pride - R.I.P. Sandy
      Alarm 200644004, I won't ever forget.


      Remember you only have 1*.

      IACOJ

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      • #4
        Great post Bou. We will never forget.
        IAFF-IACOJ PROUD

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        • #5
          While everyone in NYC is always reminded through either T-shirts or stickers or things just hanging in the window, its nice to hear that Brothers across the country are still thinking of us. But on average 100 Fire Fighters are killed each year, so sadly we lose 4-500 in a 4-5 year period.

          Stay Safe and Happy Holidays what ever you celebrate!

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          • #6
            Yes Bou, I do that all the time.

            It's sad that most of the public have forgotten already.

            Stay safe everyone.
            Jason Knecht
            Firefighter/EMT
            Township Fire Dept., Inc.
            Eau Claire, WI

            IACOJ - Director of Cheese and Whine
            http://www.cheddarvision.tv/
            EAT CHEESE OR DIE!!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by FiftyOnePride View Post
              That happens all the time for me too when I read 343 somewhere, whether it be a clock or a price for something after tax.

              Always makes ya think.

              Of course I haven't forgotten them and all those involved this holiday season.

              Nice to put it out there in a threat though.

              Everytime I sit on my front porch for a smoke and look across the street...there it is:
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              • #8
                Leu, Thats a two way street? Doesnt even look like you could fit a Geo Metro between those cars! That must be Breezy Point! No one to bang those parkers with summons'

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                • #9
                  Every Christmas we pull out the decorations. The one important decoration in our house is the tree topper, a crystal spire. It is packed away in it's own box. For the past 5 years it has been packed with this newspaper clipping which I want to share with you all this Christmas Season.

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                  • #10
                    It would be pretty hard to look at that mailbox on a weekly basis. But then I guess it could remind you/me of the good time with the friends.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by CALFFBOU View Post
                      It would be pretty hard to look at that mailbox on a weekly basis. But then I guess it could remind you/me of the good time with the friends.

                      everyday.............
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                      ALL GAVE SOME BUT SOME GAVE ALL
                      NEVER FORGET 9-11-01
                      343
                      CAPT. Frank Callahan Ladder 35 *
                      LT. John Ginley Engine 40
                      FF. Bruce Gary Engine 40
                      FF. Jimmy Giberson Ladder 35
                      FF. Michael Otten Ladder 35 *
                      FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
                      FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
                      FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
                      FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
                      FF. Michael Lynch Engine 40
                      FF. Michael Dauria Engine 40

                      Charleston 9
                      "If my job was easy a cop would be doing it."
                      *******************CLICK HERE*****************

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                      • #12
                        Kai Kaha.

                        No numbers needed.
                        Psychiatrists state 1 in 4 people has a mental illness.
                        Look at three of your friends, if they are ok, your it.

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                        • #13
                          Merry Christmas 343
                          Firefighter for Vestal 32-2

                          American Red Cross Volunteer

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                          • #14
                            I used to get upset when I would see anything like a TV special or commercial that said "Don't forget Sept 11th." I mean, how could I forget? I think about it everyday. When I was home visiting family last weekend, my step-father was trying a new recipe. I asked about it and he said "Charlie thought of it, but I hadn't tried it until now." I was speechless. Charlie was his nephew who was a chef at Windows on the World in the WTC. He died that day with his entire staff. But then I come home here to NC where some people have forgotten. Sometimes I wonder if I'm the only one who feels a knot in my belly when I pass mile marker 343 or see that number in some seemingly random way. I will never forget. God bless the 343 and everyone else who died that awful day.
                            PAJ

                            IACOJ Rehab Sector

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                            • #15
                              Yeah, pretty much everyday. But Christmas is a terrible reminder. Had on Uncle on the Job who was killed on 9/11, his birthday is December 24th. So yeah....Christmas isn't the same.
                              IACOJ Member

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