Archive for July, 2011

WTC Steel passes through South Sumter

The National Chapter of the Terry Farrell Firefighter Fund ( is currently undertaking a cross country tour to deliver a piece of the World Trade Center to the San Diego Fire Museum. The Terry Fund also provided a transfer truck and a half worth of firefighting equipment to the Alabama Departments that were heavily damaged or destroyed in the April 15th and April 27th tornados. This act tells everyone what the Terry Fund is all about. Here is a brief history of the fund taken from the national website…

The Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund was established in memory of Terry Farrell, a decorated member of Rescue 4/FDNY and Chief of the Dix Hills Volunteer Fire Department. Terry, along with 342 of his brothers, perished on September 11, 2001 in the World Trade Center attack. Our Fund is here to assist firefighters and their families with educational, medical and equipment needs. We support the firefighters who serve our communities. The Terry Farrell Fund is operated predominately by Firefighters along with friends of the Fund. We operate on a volunteer basis in order to give back to our firefighting community. See our chapters on the right.

Brian Farrell, the brother of the late Chief Farrell, was on hand at the Alabama Fire College on Monday, July 26th to speak to the assembled guests and dignitaries. The Alabama Departments that will be impacted by this much needed equipment will never forget the source and the great love that emanates from this organization toward all firefighters and their loved ones.

While one the group was in transit to their next stop in Louisiana they got off the interstate at the Cuba exit to change drivers.  It was quite a  surprise when Deputy Chief Holder was recognized by a former co-worker from the Federal Fire Service in San Diego


Chief Holder and Billy.  The fire service is a small family indeed.

The apparatus used to transport the steel across the country was provided by Ferrara Fire Apparatus.

The crew driving the steel across the country to the museum.  The chunk pulled from ground zero is seen in the open compartment. 

To some this is a mere piece of metal…  To those in the fire service it is a reminder of the 343 fellow firefighters, as well as countless other public servants and civilians who lost their lives when our nation suffered a cowardly attack on September, 11, 2001.   Best of luck guys and prayers for a safe journey.

MVA Alabama Highway 17

Siloam and Cuba units responded to an MVA at the intersection of Alabama 17 and US Highway 80 on Saturday afternoon, July 23.  There were two minor injuries in the two vehicle collision and both occupants of the vehicle pictured above were transported to area hospitals.  Construction at this intersection continues and we certainly hope that people will be as careful as possible when traveling through this area.

July 4th…

Deputy Chief Holder has put on a top notch Independence Day party for the Siloam Community for nearly a decade now.  The celebration is well attended and fireworks and good food can be found there.  Below is a video and a few shots from this years party that had to compete with rain and natures fireworks (lightening).  Looking forward to next year.