Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Two Philadelphia Firefighters Die; NYPD Detective Shields Three Other Police Officers In Gun Battle; RIP Police Officer Padron; How Many Deployments Are Too Many; Montford Point Marines Receive Congressional Gold Medal; Post 9/11 Veterans Get Help

"Courage is fear holding on a minute longer." Gen. George S. Patton

Two Philadelphia Firefighters Die Fighting Warehouse Fire

Philadelphia firefighters Lt. Robert Neary and Daniel Sweeney died fighting a warehouse fire on Monday morning. Four firefighters were in a one-story portion of a furniture and bedding store when a wall of a warehouse collapsed onto to the roof. All four firefighters were buried under the debris. Two of the firefighters were rescued but Neary and Sweeney did not survive. Lt. Neary, 60, was a 37 year veteran of the department. Sweeney, 25,  was a five year veteran and the son of a retired fire captain. Neary was described as being respected for his steady leadership and devotion to the job. Sweeney was a "good, energetic kid who worked hard, who loved the job, " said Capt. Dennis Merrigan of Ladder 10. Philadelphia Inquirer

NYPD Detective Kenneth Ayala A Hero's Hero

Detective Kenneth Ayala, 49, took bullets to his thigh and ankle as he shielded other officers being shot at by a crazed gunman Nakwon Foxworth. "I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for Ayala," said Detective Michael Keenan.  "It was a superhuman effort. He was shot twice, he held on to the bunker...and then he was able to empty one gun and fired his second gun," added Keenan. Foxworth was shot once in the abdomen and was in critical but stable condition. Detective Ayala was discharged from the hospital yesterday.  Foxworth had been convicted of attempted murder as a juvenile and received a two year prison term. He also served 10 years for robbery and weapons possession. He was released in July 2009. NY Post

RIP Senior Police Officer Jaime Padron

Police officer Jaime Padron of the Austin Police Department (Texas) was shot and killed after responding to a disturbance at a Wal Mart on April 6, 2012. After Walmart employees identified a man causing the disturbance, he tried to flee the store. Officer Padron gave chase and tackled the perp. During the struggle, the perp produced a small handgun from his pocket and shot Officer Padron and also fired at the store employees. Two heroic Walmart employees tackled the perp and held him until other police arrived. Officer Padron succumbed to his wounds at the scene.

Officer Padron was a Marine veteran and served the department for three years. He previously served 14 years with the San Angelo Police Department.  He is survived by two young daughters and his parents. Officer Down Memorial Page

How Many Deployments Are Too Many?

That question is now being asked more frequently considering our military has been at war for almost 11 years now. In addition, with the rise in PTSD cases, questions are also being asked how many times a soldier can recycle into combat without psychological harm. Unfortunately, we don't have answers to those questions---today.  Moreover, almost 110,000 servicemen and women have been deployed three or more times without showing signs of PTSD.  Col. Paul Bliese, an Army scientist, said there is a vital and critical need for long-term studies in this area. Fortunately, the Navy is currently doing a longitudinal study that is looking at how military life impacts physical and mental health. They will be studying a total of 80,000 troops over 21 years. USA TODAY

Montford Marines Receive Congressional Gold Medal

Several weeks ago, Pres. Obama signed into law Sen. Schumer's bill to award the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation's highest civilian award, to WWII's first ever African-American Marines.  Hooah!!!

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) Unveiled New GI Bill Calculator

The IAVA, the nation's first and largest nonpartisan, nonprofit organization representing veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, recently launched a new online GI Bill calculator to help millions of new veterans freely and accurately determine their eligibility for the Post 9/11 GI Bill.  Veterans interested can access this information at http://iava.org/

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