Archive for the ‘Fire’ Category

R.I.P. Charles Whitaker

February 6, 2008

Dallas Fire-Rescue firefighter Charles Whitaker died on Tuesday from his injuries.

Our hearts and prayers go out to the family. I hope that they can find peace in these difficult times.

There will be no other posts today in honor of Mr. Whitaker.

Pray for Dallas Firefighters

February 4, 2008

Two Dallas Fire Rescue firefighters are hospitalized in Arizona. Please pray for Charles Whitaker and Reginald Cuington, who appear to be victims of random gun violence. They were both shot after the Super Bowl near Peoria, Arizona while walking back to their hotel. All news accounts show that they caused no trouble in the sports bar in which they watched the game Sunday night.

Mr. Whitaker is in critical condition at this time. Please keep both men and families in your thoughts and prayers.

Think Twice before Getting Hammered and Driving!

November 23, 2007

Thanks to everyone that linked to my posts about the life and death of Julio Alvarado, Jr. Hopefully, we’ll get some people to think twice before they have that last drink “for the road” before they get into their vehicles.

What Will be Done to Honor Julio Alvarado Jr.?

November 20, 2007

What will be done about the night-time drunk drivers in this City? Read my last couple of posts and you will see why something must be done.

I went to Julio Alvarado Jr’s funeral today; I didn’t know him but I went out of respect. It has made posting for me, right now, pointless.

To see his wife and three young kids was heartbreaking. Their Daddy is gone. A husband and a man that was apparently loved by many in his community is gone. A peewee football team doesn’t have a coach now.

Thank you to the Dallas Fire-Rescue execs who found me a seat on their row. Rightfully so, the church was packed.

At what point do we say “enough is enough?” How many lives did Julio Alvarado Jr save as a paramedic before he was killed by a drunk driver? Please honor his life by finding a way to save lives and keep families whole.

Also, please consider a donation to the Julio Cesar Alvarado, Jr. Memorial Fund
Laredo National Bank
Oak Cliff Branch at 410 W. Jefferson Blvd (map) or
Northwest Highway/Webb Chapel Branch (map)
Account Number 173220140

Julio Alvarado Jr. – Funeral Services Information

November 19, 2007

The DMN reported the info for the services of Julio Alvarado Jr, who was killed by a drunk driver over the weekend.

The viewing is scheduled Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Gonzalez Funeral Home, 660 S. Zang Blvd. in north Oak Cliff. A rosary will follow at 7 p.m. at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 231 N. Marsalis Ave (map).

The funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday at the church, with burial to follow at Laurel Land Memorial Park, 6000 South R.L. Thornton Freeway.

The paper also reported that services are open to the public.

R.I.P. Julio Alvarado Jr.

November 18, 2007

There will be no more posts today in honor of Dallas Fire-Rescue paramedic Julio Alvarado Jr., who was killed overnight Saturday in Oak Cliff. He was in a fatal accident at the intersection of Cockrell Hill & Illinois in West Oak Cliff.

Julio worked out of Station 28, which is on Greenville near Forest in Lake Highlands.

Julio had a wife and three kids. And now he’s dead because of a moron that was speeding and drove drunk and hit Mr. Alvarado’s car so hard that it split in half.

Of course, the drunk driver was not injured at all. I hope they lock him under the jail.

Also please pray for Lt. Carlton Marshall, the SWAT team officer that was shot last month while serving a drug warrant. He suffered a stroke and is now paralyzed.

Dallas Gas Explosion Update

August 17, 2007

Dallas Gas Explosion Update

Paul Adrian of Fox 4 did an in-depth expose on the gas explosion that rocked downtown Dallas. It’s a must read and must watch.

It seems that some of the owners and executives of Southwest Industrial Gases are blaming “disgruntled workers” for talking about the lack of training at the company that preceded the explosion in July. Several people were badly burned in the blaze.

I never realized how close this plant was located to I-35 until about a week ago (map); it’s 10 feet from the highway! Like most drivers, I keep my eyes focused on the highway when driving I-35 which is a must so you don’t get pummeled by one of Dallas insolent “I’ll merge when I want to because I drive a big SUV or an uninsured hooptie – not when the traffic flow allows” drivers. Last week, I had the pleasure of being driven around Dallas by my beautiful wife and that’s when I saw what was left of Southwest Industrial Gas.

I was horrified.

I thought about when I watched the explosions and fire on TV. I never thought that something that dangerous could be allowed next to a highway. We are blessed that none on those canisters or fireballs reached I-35. Many people could have died.

Southwest should be commended for hiring people that were formerly incarcerated. I’m not condoning the fact that the workers lied to OSHA because they feared for their jobs. But it is flat-out wrong for the company to blame them for exposing the lack of safety measures and training at the plant.

A telling paragraph from this story.

Despite the criminal past of the former workers, safety expert Bill Mizell believes their stories are credible. “Just by the way they were talking about not knowing the hazards and what they were doing, you can tell they had no training. So you can say what you want, but their past record has nothing to do with what they were doing out there… and what their employer was making them do.”

Investigators said mechanical failure of pig-tailed acetylene cylinders was to blame for the blasts at Southwest Industrial Gases. Paul’s story also includes Dallas Fire-Rescue’s investigative report with worker accounts (ADVISORY: some profanity in that report).

We have to find a way to get these business out of that corridor and away from major highways.