Memorial at Doddger Stadium
Two veteran firefighters who died trying to save the lives of dozens trapped in the largest wildfire in Los Angeles County history were remembered as heroes Saturday in a memorial service at Dodger Stadium. The memorial was televised at NBC. It was attended by Vice President Joe Biden, governor Schwarzenegger, mayor Antionio Villaragoza and others.
Capt. Tedmund “Ted” Hall and firefighter specialist Arnaldo “Arnie” Quinones were killed Aug. 30 when their truck plunged off a mountain road as they were trying to find an escape route for dozens of inmate-firefighters whose camp had become overrun by flames.
Hall, 47, was remembered as the crusty old veteran, until you got to know him and learned that there were three loves in his life: family, job and motorcycles.
Hall is survived by his wife, Katherine and sons, Randall and Steven.
Quinones is survived by his wife, Loressa, who is pregnant with their first child. This is from the personal pictures that they were showing at the end. The hands of Arnie and Loressa.
After the last of the speakers, including friends and relatives, had delivered their remarks, several firefighting helicopters flew over the stadium in formation, a bugler played “Taps” and drummers and bagpipers performed a mournful version of “Amazing Grace.”
At AT&T Park in San Francisco: Vicente Padilla who is 2-0 since joining the National league goes against Jonathan Sanchez.. Is amazing that all of James Loney’s homeruns have been on the road.
Metrolink Tragic a Year Ago Today
CHATSWORTH — A year ago today, the Chatsworth Hills Academy campus became a triage center and command post after a Metrolink train and a freight train collided yards from the school’s athletic field in California’s deadliest commuter rail disaster.
I was at work when a co-worker told me “Emma, you are not going to be able to take a train home, there has been an accident.” As he was telling me this my phone was ringing with other friends that also take the train with me. The Metrolink that was involved in the worst Metrolink accident was the one that turns around and picks us up to go to Downtown L.A. This accident killed 25 and injured 135.
It was determined that the engineer that conducted the Metrolink was texting prior to the accident.
Seeing all the fires going on here in Southern California, I have to give a shout to these heroes who expose their lives for our safety. Here are some pictures from the L.A. Times:
Can you imagine the intesity of the heat and having to carry all that gear?
Long night on the fire line
the fires have claimed two firefighters this week. This from the L.A.Times:
Two firefighters were killed when they drove off the side of a treacherous road in the Mt. Gleason area, south of Acton, around 2:30 p.m. Sunday, said Los Angeles County Deputy Fire Chief Mike Bryant. They were later identified as Arnaldo Quinones, 35, of Palmdale and Ted Hall, 47, of San Bernardino County.
“This accident is tragic,” Bryant said, choking up as he spoke Sunday evening. “This is a very difficult time for L.A. County Fire Department and the men and women that serve day in, day out.”
So far the fires have covered 85,000 acres. Our thoughts and prayers to all the firefighters.
Back in June, The Dodgers had Heroes week honoring Police and Firefighters. This week is Military Appreciation Week.
August 31…Navy Night
Sept 1……. Air Force Night
Sept 2….. .Army Night
Sept 3……. Marine Night
Sept 4……..Military Appreciation Night-Friday Night Fireworks. Not sure this will happen with all the fires around.
NOTE: There will be a Blood Drive at Dodger Stadium September 11. The Dodgers will be in San Francisco. The booster club will be at the stadium recruiting volunteers. I will be at the Top Deck Tuesday September 2nd recruiting! Stop by and sign up anytime this week!
Randy Wolf goes for career win #100 tonight! Good Luck Randy!
Photo taken Saturday afternoon by Dodger fan Kelly McFadden