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Firefighters Go Above and Beyond the Call

Following a recent fire inside the home of a wheelchair bound Oregon resident, Oregon Firefighters not only saved her home and property, but took it one step further...

When firefighters arrived, they were shocked to find the resident still inside the burning home. Confronted with heavy smoke and a kitchen fire, Oregon Firefighters removed the handicapped resident safely in a coordinated effort, while simultaneously extinguishing the blaze. When the fire was extinguished, department officials were shocked to discover that the resident was unable to leave her burning home without assistance, as there was no means of egress for a person confined to a wheelchair...Stairs outside the home were the only path to safety. Realizing the seriousness of the situation, Oregon Fire Protection District Assistant Chief Randy Travis took the lead and coordinated an effort to construct a ramp system that would allow the homebound resident to leave her home freely for the first time and without assistance. The Oregon Firefighters Association graciously donated the funds necessary to purchase the all the construction materials.

Firefighters were not the only people to step up and help. Community members and business owners also donated their time and money to help on this project. Oregon resident Mark Vice assisted in the construction efforts and Oregon business owner Cheri Slack paid for the purchase of new Smoke and Carbon Monoxide detectors for the home, which were promptly installed by Oregon Assistant Fire Chief Al Greene. Additionally, when Rose Lumber learned of the project, they offered their assistance and provide all the material at their cost!

It is this type of support & togetherness that makes Oregon the great community we have all come to know and love! Please take a moment and join me in thanking all those who answered the call. On behalf of a thankful community, we once again acknowledge the selfless efforts of Assistant Chief Randy Travis, Assistant Chief Al Greene, The Oregon Firefighters Association, Oregon Fire Chaplain Michael Hoffman, FF Rich Rhodes, Mark Vice, Cheri Slack & Oregon Fire Protection District Fire Marshal Chuck Riforgiate. Great Job Everyone!!!

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