Heroes Week. Military Appreciation Week.

Seeing all the fires going on here in Southern California, I have to give a shout to these heroes who expose their lives for our safety.  Here are some pictures from the L.A. Times:

U.S. Forest Service firefighters race to battle the Station fire as it jumps Angeles Crest Highway in the Angeles National Forest. The blaze spread Thursday as canyon winds whipped flames into dry brush.

Can you imagine the intesity of the heat and having to carry all that gear?

Gila Hotshots crew from New Mexico walk down Newman Point to cut fire lines.

 

Firefighter Mathew Rodgers naps after a night shift battling the Morris fire.

Long night on the fire line

(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times / August 26, 2009)
Firefighter Mathew Rodgers naps after a night shift battling the Morris fire.

 

the fires have claimed two firefighters this week.   This from the L.A.Times:

Two firefighters were killed when they drove off the side of a treacherous road in the Mt. Gleason area, south of Acton, around 2:30 p.m. Sunday, said Los Angeles County Deputy Fire Chief Mike Bryant. They were later identified as Arnaldo Quinones, 35, of Palmdale and Ted Hall, 47, of San Bernardino County.

“This accident is tragic,” Bryant said, choking up as he spoke Sunday evening. “This is a very difficult time for L.A. County Fire Department and the men and women that serve day in, day out.”

So far the fires have covered 85,000 acres.   Our thoughts and prayers to all the firefighters.

 Back in June, The Dodgers had Heroes week honoring Police and Firefighters.  This week is Military Appreciation Week.  

August 31…Navy Night

Sept 1……. Air Force Night

Sept  2….. .Army Night

Sept 3……. Marine Night

Sept 4……..Military Appreciation Night-Friday Night Fireworks.  Not sure this will happen with all the fires around.    

NOTE:  There will be a Blood Drive at Dodger Stadium September 11.  The Dodgers will be in San Francisco.   The booster club will be at the stadium recruiting volunteers.  I will be at the Top Deck Tuesday September 2nd recruiting!  Stop by and sign up anytime this week!  

Randy Wolf goes for career win #100 tonight!  Good Luck Randy!   

Smoke

Photo taken Saturday afternoon by Dodger fan Kelly McFadden

 

16 Comments

Emma — I feel so bad for the fire fighters. God bless their families, and god bless their children. Good luck to Randy tonight, as I hope he doesn’t lose! =) I will try not to jinx you Emma

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–Ted
http://tribewithted.mlblogs.com/

Ted,
Me too. That is a job I could not do. God bless them all. Yeah, I hope Randy gets his career #100. I will keep my fingers crossed!

The firefighters here in CA do such an amazing job. I never forget their heroism for a second. I just hope there’s more containment today. And good for you to volunteer at the blood drive!

- http://janeheller.mblogs.com

Jane,
They sure do an amazing job. I have not been outside today but I hope there were no Santa Ana winds or it coudl get worst if that is possible.
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I am already at the ballpark so why not volunteer. I can’t watch the game but I can glance every once in a while and see how the team is doing.

Emma – my prayers go out to the families of the firefighters and all the men and women of the military – they truly are our heroes! And yes, I know who Hilda Chester is; I hear she like cow bells! lol!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

I can’t imagine fighting fires in shorts. Unimaginable to wear all that protective gear for hours at a time. Those guys are big time heroes. Simply Amazing.
http://raysfanboy.mlblogs.com

Emma: Firefighters don’t get enough credit. They put their lives on the line everyday. That takes a special kind of person. And the members of the military, God bless them. I don’t think they are getting enough support.
Also, that pic of the Stadium is gorgeous!
-Virginia
http://southernbelle.mlblogs.com

We have y’all in our thoughts and prayers. Suddenly baseball doesn’t seem so important.
–Jeff & Al
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/
http://mtrredstatebluestate.com

Raysfanboy,
The guys are amazing. The Dodgers had a moment of silence for the fallen firefighters as you could see the fires in the background.
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Virginia,
Yes the firefighers, police and military do not get enough credit. Sometimes on the Metrolink train I see young guys and women heading to San Diego all packed to report there. And yes, the picture of the stadium looks very nice. I often like going there on a non-game and sit there, have lunch and look at the gorgeous view.
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Jeff & Al,
Thanks. That is what Vin Scully was saying that suddendly baeball did not seem so important looking in the background how the fires were spreading and some joining of those fires joining into a big one. Rafael Furcal was not in the starting lineup because his family and he had evacuate his home.

It seems like every year the wild fires inch closer and closer to the main city. It’s a shame the firefighters go so unappreciated most of the time. I can speak from experience it is absolutely no fun facing a raging fire. You feel overwhelmed and overmatched. Kudos to you Emma for the recognition. – http://buzblog.mlblogs.com/

Buz,
Yes, I was commenting that with someone else how every year the wild fires just inch closer and closer to the city. Is it the population increasing or building further into the mountains. Thanks buz! Can you imagine up there in the mountains having to watch for snakes, bees, wild animals that are also trying to get away from the fires and the firefighters having to fight that in addition to fires. They have my most respect and admiration.

Not to mention the unpredictability of Mother Nature.. howling winds through the canyons that flip the fires around without any notice. It’s a tough, tough job. God Bless those boys.

Buz – http://buzblog.mlblogs.com/

I commend the Dodgers for what they do for the military and emergency service people. You should be proud. I hope the fires are not close to you. Stay safe.
Ginny
http://watercooler.mlblogs.com

Thanks Ginny. I like what the Dodgers are doing honoring one day a week each like the Navy yesterday, the Air force today, the Army tomorrow night and the Marine on Tuesday. And concluding with Friday night being Military Night for all. Today I very nice young man all dressed in his Air Force gear was asking me how to get to where there was an Ice Cream truck. I was there extra early because of the blood drive and he just got there extra early because he was excited about being at the game. I escorted him where he wanted to go.

It’s been a while since I have blogged and figured I would see how your Dodgers blog is going. I was hoping the next time I would comment on your blog. That my team would be close to stealing 1st place from you guys.

~King of Cali
http://kingofcali.mlblogs.com/

Wow! I was just about to signoff to head to the stadium and lookie what the winds blew in! Good to read you again Cali! Even a Dodger fan that reads my blog was asking what happened to you!
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Our teams meet up starting 9/11. Should be fun and with Penny with your team now. Looking forward to reading you again

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