On Saturday January 14th the Odin Fire Protection District Trustees and Members held its annual Firemans Award Banquet Honoring all The Odin Firefighters for their Service and Sacrifice and a Special Honoring to the following members for their service:
Rookie of the Year (2011)
Firefighter Craig Williams
Firefighter of the Year (2011)
Firefighter Lorren Pebble
Two special awards were also awarded:
For 41 Years of Service Captain Doug Davis was presented with a plaque and watch for his years of service and dedication to the Odin Fire Protection District.
(Captain Davis is still an active Member of the Department)
For His Heroic and Brave Acts Firefighter Chris Pratt was honored for going above and beyond the line of duty, Firefighter Pratt was honored for his heroic acts on the Morning of December 21st 2011 and for saving the life of a little boy while trapped in a overturned car which was on fire, Chief Smith announced that Firefighter Pratt has also been nominated for the "Medal of Valor" from the State of llinois Fire Association and The "Life Saving Award" from Firehouse Magazine.
In recognizing the sacrifice of fallen firefighters, The Odin Fire Department recognizes this section to serve as a constant memorial to those who have given their lives protecting and ensuring the safety of the communities they serve. The significance of their contributions cannot be minimized, and while they will be dearly missed, their legacy lives on in the spirit of those who continue to serve.
Cpt. Donald L. Jones
Captain Donald L. Jones, 56, local firefighter passed away in the line of duty Monday, March 19th, 2012 in Jacksonville Arkansas.
Jones had been a member of the Jacksonville Fire Department for 31 years.
Donations can be sent to :
Jacksonville Fire Department
900 N Redmond RD
USNG: 15S WU 7868 5931
Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076-3623
Chief: John Vanderhoof
Please keep Brother Jones family and friends, and our Brothers and Sisters of the McCutchanville Fire Department , in your thoughts and prayers.
For more information on how to honor the memory of a lost firefighter, visit the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation at http://www.firehero.org/.
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Illinois Department of Transportation
The Illinois Department of Transportation today unveiled the Illinois Yellow Dot program, a life-saving, traffic safety initiative that provides first responders with critical information to improve emergency care for persons involved in vehicle crashes. IDOT along with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Illinois Department of Aging (IDOA) and county health departments across the state are working together to increase awareness of the voluntary, federally funded program, and provide distribution centers and information for interested residents.
“Roadway safety is always a top priority at IDOT, and the Yellow Dot program can help improve roadway safety by providing first responders the crucial medical information they need to treat injuries and save lives, beginning at the scene of a crash,” said Acting Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider. “This important program gives IDOT and our partners another important way to improve our exceptional record on traffic safety. I encourage all motorists to participate in this unique and effective program, which could make the difference between life and death for individuals involved in crashes.”
Because the first hour following an injury is the most crucial, the Yellow Dot program provides essential personal health information to emergency responders in order to promptly care for a crash victim. This ‘Golden Hour’ is critical in the treatment of crash victims, and the medical information provided through the program could be a lifesaver.
When a crash occurs, emergency medical first responders such as police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians are immediately dispatched to the scene. These responders usually have basic information such as the location of the crash and the number of victims. Frequently, minimal personal information is available during this early, most critical time period.
“This is a great opportunity for older drivers to update their medical information and have a voice in their emergency treatment in the event of an accident,” said John K. Holton, Ph.D., director of the Illinois Department on Aging. “The Yellow Dot program will serve as a lifeline to alert first responders of crucial medical information which can help the victims who may be unable to communicate at the crash site or may have forgotten to share the information.” Yellow Dot participants are supplied with a simple, bright yellow decal for their car and a corresponding yellow folder. The decal is placed in a conspicuous and consistent place – in the lower left-hand corner of the rear window, driver’s side. The yellow dot signifies there is a folder in the glove compartment containing the following medical information about the motorists: participant’s name, close-up photo, emergency contact information, patient’s physician information, medical conditions, recent surgeries, allergies and a list of current medications. Having access to this information allows first responders to make important decisions regarding emergency treatment and can better prepare emergency hospital staff in the receiving room.
“Time is critical in an emergency situation. If paramedics and emergency medical workers know what medications a person is taking, if the person has allergies or a chronic condition, they can make better decisions about treatment,” said Acting IDPH Director Dr. Craig Conover. “Delaying treatment can mean the difference between life and death in some cases. Something as simple as having your medical information on a yellow card in your glove compartment can potentially make a big difference in the emergency care you receive.”
The Yellow Dot program, funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation, was originally introduced in Connecticut in 2002.
For more information on the program contact your local Police or Fire Department, or visit www.yellowdotillinois.org.
OFPD Fireman's Assosiation held it's annual assosiation officers election. Doug Davis will continue as President, Chris Pratt continues as Vice President, Michael Dunbar takes over as Treasurer, and Loren Pepple takes Secretary. A big thanks for a job well done goes to Dave Daniels who stepped down from the Treasurer's possition. OFPD appreciates his efforts to keep our finances in order.
When I am called to duty, God
whenever flames may rage,
Give me the strength to save some life
Whatever be its age.
Help me to embrace a little child
Before it’s too late,
Or some older person
from the horror of that fate.
Enable me to be alert
And hear the weakest shout,
And quickly and efficiently
to put the fire out.
I want to fill my calling
and give the best in me,
To guard my neighbor
And protect his property.
And if according to Your will
I have to lose my life,
Please bless with Your protecting hand
My children and my wife