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Saturday:) Fire Safety Fair in McKinney

6 Oct

“The fire which enlightens is the same fire which consumes.”

Henri Frederic Amiel

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I was honored when I received a message this morning from my Facebook friend Merit Ossian-Jaeckel, asking if I’d help to spread the word about today’s Fire Safety Fair at the Kroger shopping center this afternoon. I got to meet Merit in person on 9/11 when Linda Grossman and I were delivering my homemade cupcakes to all the stations. Before that, we were only Facebook friends, as we mutually commented on McKinney FD activities. Merit, the public information officer, coordinates publicity, events, and other activities related to the McKinney Fire Department.

Eager to assist, I posted information about the event on my Facebook page and a couple of the neighborhood websites that I’m on. She also asked if I might have any time to volunteer manning one of the many information tables for the event. Not only did I happily agree to assist, but I also enlisted my friend Helene to help out.

The interesting thing about bringing cupcakes, cookies, and brownies to your local fire stations all the time is, after a while, you become friends and part of the bigger family known as “community.”

Captain Desiree and the crew from station 9 arrived, and I was greeted with hugs and handshakes. They were on hand to answer questions and show the children the workings of a real fire truck. Kids love to look at the shiny red fire truck and to have their pictures taken with the firefighters. (Me too!)

The Fire Safety House trailer gave youngsters and adults a chance to tour simulated home hazards and learn fire safety procedures. It’s so important for children to learn to keep calm, locate exits, and learn how to handle emergencies. If even one life is saved by someone taking the tour, it is more than a blessing.

Another cool thing about our McKinney community is, for such a large city, we still have that small town feel. The captain and her family also attend St. Gabriel’s Church, and I often bump into other firefighters at the grocery store, on the square, or local restaurants. We are on a first name basis, and we are community. How cool is that!

It was a fun and informative afternoon at the Fire Safety Fair in McKinney. 👨‍🚒

Happy Saturday my friends. And… be safe out there.

Tuesday:) Towne Creek Seniors Say Thank You to McKinney Fire Fighters

8 May

“Unselfish and noble actions are the most radiant pages in the biography of souls.”. ~David Thomas

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My dear friends at Towne Creek Senior Apartments hosted their annual Fire Fighter appreciation lunch today. Their theme was Taco Tuesday. I decided to make Mexican brownies. I told the ladies, “You know why they’re Mexican brownies? Because I made them!” A little family ancestry humor. 🤦‍♀️

I stopped off at my nearby Station 9 with a tray of brownies on my way to pick up Helene. They were having some special training this morning, so several different fire trucks from different stations were there. This very nice fireman was getting out of his truck, so I asked him if he would take the brownies in for me. He was more than happy to oblige.

When we arrived at Towne Creek, the ladies were all buzzing around cooking, setting tables, and making all the preparations. The residents were patiently waiting in the hall to greet the firefighters when they arrived. You never know when there is an emergency, so everyone was patient.

Station 6 arrived around noon, and were greeted with cheers, handshakes and hugs.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckZTURd1Mfg

It was a wonderful celebration and thank you for our courageous firefighters.

Helene and I stopped at Station 5 on our way home with a tray of brownies. You can never say thank you enough.