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Heartwarming, Funny and Good: News About Police Officers

Discussion in 'Community Outreach' started by walkie-talkie, Sep 5, 2015.

  1. MadgeS

    MadgeS Bronze Member

    :) what great news:yippee:
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  2. noZme

    noZme Bronze Member

    A bittersweet story for sure.

    Godspeed hero.

    Convoy takes firefighter battling cancer to in-home hospice

    A convoy carried a six-year veteran firefighter from a Newnan cancer treatment center to his Forsyth County home Wednesday afternoon. “We are losing a dear member of our family very soon,” Atlanta fire spokeswoman Janet Ward said. “Frank’s last wish was to see the new Squad 4 apparatus, which was put into service just a few weeks ago.”

    Frank Martinez worked with the Atlanta Fire Department’s Squad 4, which is the technical rescue unit based on Edgewood Avenue. After battling cancer for several years, the 45-year-old father of two made the decision to receive hospice care at home.

    Several fire stations throughout Atlanta and DeKalb County radioed in Wednesday to give tributes to Martinez as he passed through the downtown area.

    Mike Brooks has been a friend of Martinez’s for more than 10 years, “We’re going to miss him,” Brooks said. “But we’re here to celebrate his life and to give him the send-off he deserves. He’s a fireman’s fireman; the best you’re going to ever meet.”


    (y'all know Mike Brooks - bald, bear of a guy, former cop & investigator, frequent commentator on crime stories)

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    fran Administrator Staff Member

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    fran Administrator Staff Member

    Body of HFD Captain 'Iron Bill' Dowling arrives in Houston

    HOUSTON - The body of Houston Fire Department Captain "Iron Bill" Dowling arrived in Houston Saturday evening.

    Dowling's body arrived at Hobby Airport around 6 p.m.

    Crowds gathered at the airport to welcome home the captain. An American flag covered his casket as fellow firefighters, officers, family and friends saluted the hometown hero.

    Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner was one of those in the crowd at the airport to say goodbye to Dowling.


    "Captain Dowling has endured more than anybody should have to endure," said Executive Assistant HFD Chief Richard Mann. "He absolutely earned the nickname 'Iron Bill'."

    The casket was placed in a Houston Fire ambulance and was taken to Klein Funeral Home in Tomball.

    Police units led the ambulance and a procession of vehicles from the airport to the funeral home Saturday evening.

    Dowling passed away on Tuesday in Colorado due to complications of injuries he sustained while working the deadly 2013 Southwest Inn fire.

    The fire on May 31, 2013 killed four other Houston firefighters.

    Dowling lost both legs and suffered a brain injury after a roof collapsed on him while he was fighting the five-alarm fire.


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