LAFD Chaplain Goes the Extra Mile

Sunday, April 5, 2015

<p>WILMINGTON - We wanted to briefly share a positive story we missed from the recent April 2nd <a href="" target="_blank">Wilmington Hotel fire</a>.</p>

<p><a href="" style="clear: left; margin-right: 1em; margin-bottom: 1em; float: left;"><img alt="Close up of LAFD Chaplain badge." src=";container=blogger&amp;gadget=a&amp;rewriteMime=image%2F* style="height:200px; width:170px" /></a>The fire broke out just after 3:00 AM and an anonymous Captain who is a member of the LAFD Chaplain Corps noticed that there was a fatality&nbsp;via a <a href="" target="_blank">LAFD Alert</a> and drove to the scene off-duty to see if he could help.<br />
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He used recently acquired training as a Chaplain at the incident. He was there to debrief Firefighters, especially younger or probationary members who may have not see fire fatalities.<br />
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Although none of our members sought his help, he asked the displaced residents from the Wilmington Hotel if they needed anything?<br />
<a href="" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em; float: right;"><img alt="LAFD Chaplain's helmet." src=";container=blogger&amp;gadget=a&amp;rewriteMime=image%2F*" style="height:199px; width:200px" /></a></p>

<p>They did... Socks! Many of the residents leaped out of windows in a desperate effort to escape intense flames, barefoot. Others had soaking wet socks from the hose stream runoff. The benevolent Chaplain, went into his personal wildland brush bag and opened a six pair bag of socks and before long they had all been distributed to the needy residents.</p>

<p>Fire Chief <a href="" target="_blank">Ralph Terrazas</a> replied, "Your kind deed is the type of thing that best exemplifies what it means to treat our patients like you would want your family members to be treated."<br />
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Countless stories like this happen in the Fire Service across the nation every day. We just thought we'd share one.</p>

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