In honor of National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend, we asked Arlington Fire Chief James Schwartz to write a guest column.
This weekend, the nation’s fire service will honor those firefighters who died in the line of duty during 2009. The names of 80 fire fighters who lost their lives in service to their communities will be added to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in an annual ceremony at Emmitsburg, Maryland. The names of 25 firefighters who died in previous years will also be added. The plaques surrounding the Memorial, which was established in 1981, contain the names of more than 3,400 fire fighters. Firefighters and fire department honor guards from across the country will gather to pay tribute to the lives of their fallen comrades.
Unfortunately, firefighting remains a dangerous profession. Despite a reduction in the number of fires nationally, effective fire and rescue operations require firefighters to be in harm’s way. Firefighters are frequently exposed to high temperatures and toxic products of combustion and they work around heavy, fast moving objects, all while wearing protective gear and equipment that weighs in excess of 60 pounds. Rates of cancer and heart disease are higher among firefighters.
Firefighters accept a measure of risk when they take the job, understanding that the ultimate sacrifice may be required to save the life of another under extreme circumstances. They do not accept this risk cavalierly. As a whole, the fire service continues to work tirelessly toward improvements that will reduce the number of firefighter injuries and fatalities.
Arlington County Fire Department has been fortunate; we have not suffered a line of duty death since 1982 when Firefighter Mike Miller lost his life. Before the loss of Firefighter Miller, the department lost two captains in separate incidents. On October 19, 1964 Captain Archie Hughes was lost after becoming trapped in the flashover of an attic fire. Captain Charles Theodore died of smoke inhalation while fighting a fire on June 24, 1961. In a ceremony earlier this year, the department retired their badges.
Jim Schwartz, Chief
Arlington County Fire Department
In loving memory of Joseph Robert Kapacziewski, who passed away in 2023 at the age of 41.
In loving memory of James Stuart Edmonds, who passed away in 2023 at the age of 84.
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YULA’s ultimate frisbee spring season is now open for registration. We offer programs for middle and high schoolers – open to all players, whether they are new or have previous experience.Middle SchoolIn the Middle School league, mixed-gender teams practice once during the week and have games on Sunday afternoons. Spring league is a fun, safe, and positive environment. The season begins mid-March and wraps up with a tournament in early June. There are several options for practice days, so we can often work around schedule conflicts with other sports & activities.High SchoolThe High School program is organized by school of attendance and teams are classified by gender. New players will learn the basics in a supportive, welcoming environment. Experienced players will continue to develop their skills, and enjoy competition with other high school programs. The season concludes with a state level championship tournament in late May.All players are guided by experienced coaches who emphasize sportsmanship and good spirit. Ultimate is a fun sport with great camaraderie!YULA does not want finances to limit anyone from participating. Our middle school program offers a “Pay What You Can” cost structure and our our high school program is offering a $50 discount to new players.Visit our website to register and learn more. Sign up with a friend, but don’t delay, the season starts in March!http://www.yula-ulti.org
The Arlington-Aachen High School exchange is returning this summer and currently accepting applicants.
The sister-city partnership started in 1993 by the Arlington Sister Cities Association, which seeks to promote Arlington’s international profile through a variety of exchanges in education, commerce, culture and the arts. The exchange, scheduled June 17th to July 4th, includes a two-week homestay in Aachen plus three days in Berlin. Knowledge of the German language is not required for the trip.
Former participants have this to say:
_”The Aachen exchange was an eye-opening experience where I was fully immersed in the life of a German student. I loved biking through the countryside to Belgium, having gelato and picnics in the town square, and hanging out with my German host student’s friends. My first time out of the country, the Aachen exchange taught me to keep an open mind, because you never know what could be a life changing experience.” – Kelly M._
Valentine gifts for someone special or for yourself are here at George Mason University from noon -4pm on February 14, 2023. Satisfy your sweet tooth with Kingsbury Chocolates, find a handmade bag from Karina Gaull, pick up treats from Village