As you have seen on this website and heard on our podcasts, we are very proud of our idea of creating our nonprofit corporation to assist firefighters and other first responders in need. However, it is important to keep in mind that when we do assist someone, it is often for a difficult situation. Nevertheless, it is "who we are and what we do," as firefighters.
You may have heard or read that on January 29th of this year, four people were killed in a structure fire in the small community of Wynoka OK. The word "wynoka" is Cherokee for, "sweet water." The population is less than 2000, but they have an active and dedicated volunteer fire department. We know that because two of our Brothers made the ultimate sacrifice at that structure fire.
Upon arrival, the structure was engulfed, with the front door blocked. The Chief requested mutual aid. The dispatch said the two people were trapped in a bedroom. Chief Lonnie Bolar and Firefighter Tayler Bradford, entered the structure in an attempt to rescue the civilians, after they were unable to do so through a window. Reports say that one of the firefighters reached one of the trapped people and was trying to lead them out, when suddenly, the roof collapsed. Tragically, all four were lost.
Immediately upon hearing the news, we communicated with each other and decided this was the type of call to which, we needed to respond. It took a couple of weeks to hear back from the department via social media. When we did, we explained who we are, what we do and why we wanted to assist. They were quite surprised by our plan.
Chief Bolar left a wife and four children. Firefighter Bradford left a wife and two sons. Today, we are proud to have mailed out two significant checks to the families with a personal note from us and how we share their pain and sorrow, as we do when we lose a Brother or Sister.
This is what this company wants to do. As sad and as painful as it is, we can bring some relief to a Brother or Sister and/or their families. But the only way we can do this, is if YOU help us. Would we love to see large corporate or personal donations? Sure we would! However, you can still help up when you purchase a T-shirt or use one of the "DONATE" buttons on the website to send $5, $10, $25, etc. And never forget, that when YOU make a donation, it comes from your heart!
Stay Safe & Stay Well!
Founder & President of 5-Alarm Task Force Corp. and Creator & Host of the "5-Alarm Task Force" podcast.