November 17, 2013
Mr. David Ginsburg
Palm Bay Professional Firefighters
Local 2446 Professional Firefighters
Wonderful job by the Palm Bay Professional Firefighters!
You and John along with support from Yvonne and the City of Palm Bay did a spectacular job of organizing and implementing the ladder climb at Winn-Dixie. Hundreds of bags of groceries were symbolically "purchased" by the patrons of Winn-Dixie. For each bag purchased, your men and women climbed the 100-foot ladder. What a sight. I suspect that people will be talking about this amazing effort for some time to come. We topped last year's efforts thanks to some hard work and hard climbing.
Please share, not only our appreciation, but the appreciation of the Palm Bay kids that will be direct beneficiaries of the Firefighter's efforts.
Because of the efforts of the Palm Bay Firefighters, seventeen elementary school age kids at Riviera Elementary School will receive a package of food from us each weekend during the remainder of this school year.
My Executive Assistant, Sarah Anthony, and I will reach out to Ms. Linda Piccolella at Riviera Elementary school to let her know that kids on her waiting list will immediately start receiving packages of food thanks to the Palm Bay Firefighters.
If you can get me pictures and video taken at the event, we will add it to our website and Facebook page postings.
Dave, please share our appreciation to the men and women who were so giving of their time again this year to help our kids through The Children's Hunger Project.
The Children's Hunger Project
2087 Sarno Road
Melbourne, FL 32935
11 17 2013
Dear Chief Stables,
We live on a beautiful 3 acres of wooded property on Noah Ct, off Elfin St in Grant-Valkaria. We built our dream house here and love the rural setting. But our lives were turned upside down on Wednesday and Thursday by the raging brush fire to the north and east of our home, caused by a burning vehicle on I-95 and high winds. The fast moving fire had us on high alert and our nerves on edge. I think the picture below of our home can give you a sense of what we were feeling! Even with all this going on, we felt protected. We were not alone because there were 1-2 Palm Bay fire trucks in front of our house ALL day long keeping a watchful eye on our home. And I can't tell you the numerous other fire divisions we saw throughout the two day ordeal (especially BCFR & Forestry Service) who worked tirelessly to battle the fire and cut fire breaks. But for the most part it was your PB firefighters who are our personal heroes!! We wish I could remember all their names so we could personally thank them. Through the efforts of your highly trained staff we are blessed to be sitting in our dream home today watching football. That is only possible because everyone of these folks put their life on the line to stop the fire from spreading to our home and the homes of our neighbors. So we want to extend our since and heartfelt thanks for getting all of us through our worst nightmare.
Bill and Nancye Meyers
From Turner Elementary School Staff:
To our wonderful Fire Department Team!
Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to be a part of Turner Elementary's Career Day. This is six years in a row!
Our children were enthralled by your performance and will talk about it for days to come. I am positive that you may have also changed the life of a child by presenting your career.
In these trying times you have provided hope to the future generation. Children today saw what happens when you follow your dreams: You not only do what you enjoy doing but benefit the community, while making a living.
Thanks Again for your caring and working in the scorching sun on our Black Top!!
On Tuesday, March 19 at about 3:20 pm, I got a call from my youngest son's school, asking me to meet the paramedics and fire fighters there.
My son had fallen on the playground and broke his arm.
I just wanted to tell you that the fire fighters who responded went above and beyond! Not only did they help to keep him calm until I could get there, they also made sure that my older son made it home safe from school. I am so grateful for their assistance.
Responding from Station 4 were:
Thank you from Mrs. Marcinek
Thank you from Space Coast Harley
Sent: Wednesday, December 22, 2010 07:39 PM
To: Lee Feldman
I just wanted to reach out to you and let you know what an outstanding fire dept. we have here in Palm Bay. This afternoon when I came home from work there was a fire in a lot in our neighborhood (on Jaffee and Jaslo). There was one residence that was in close proximity to the majority of the blaze. Myself and a few other passersby were there will hoses until emergency personnel arrived.
Once the first vehicle was on scene more continued to arrive. It was the most awesome display of work and determination I have ever witnessed. The capability of the Brush trucks is unbelievable. The first one arrived and drove right into brush. AMAZING! There were several chiefs and investigators on scene as well. What an outstanding group of men I saw out there today.
I just felt that you needed to hear from the residents of the city who had first-hand experience. Please recognize the talent and skill of the PBFD, and let them know how much the residents appreciate what they are doing. Thank you for your time.
Thanks and Gratitude to FF/PM Jason Smith
The Chief's Office received an email from the City's Housing and Development Department's Program Assistant, Cheryl Zappola, thanking PBF-R for assisting one of her clients.
The client stopped by Station One to ask about smoke detectors. Firefighter/Paramedic Jason Smith assisted him by providing detectors for his home, then took time to explain exactly how to install them.
The client suffers from a traumatic brain injury and Ms. Zappola was very grateful to the kindness and excellent service given by Fire-Rescue.
Thank you, Lt. Leahy, from Advent Lutheran Preschool
A Note of Thanks
Palm Bay Firefighters and emergency workers,
Thank you so much for all you do.
We live in SW Palm Bay and have had to deal with these fires over the past few years. We are blessed to have you all protecting us and our homes. We pray that the Lord protects all of you as you do your jobs.
We really appreciate you and your dedication. May God bless you and your families.
Jason and Kristen Carl
Thank you, Firemen, from Pineapple Cove
Letter of Thanks to Station 2 Personnel
Dear Chief Abraira,
Having been in the Fire Service for over 27 years in New Jersey, I understand with all the budget cuts and stress that sometimes we take our jobs for granted. But I must really compliment your members, especially the crew from Station 2.
I recently returned home from burying my mother in law, Catherine McCabe, who was residing in Serenity Place on Brighton Ave in Palm Bay. Members of your Dept. have been assisting my in laws for many years, from their time in Holiday Park during the hurricanes or just to assist when they fell, to their final days in the assisted living.
I recently stopped by and offered my THANKS in person, but as is usual, they said they loved their job and didn’t need any thanks.
So with this letter my wife and I offer our sincere THANKS. You should be very proud of these men. God Bless you all and stay safe.
Invest. Mon Cty Fire Marshal
Warden New Jersey Forest Fire
Ex-Chief Wall twp dist #2
Another Happy Citizen!
A citizen called the City Manager's Office and wanted to tell the Fire Chief know how wonderful the Fire-Rescue gentlemen handled her 911 call. Apparently she fell out of her wheelchair, and was very pleased with the way the two young men who responded helped her.
She wanted to give them money or a gift, and they would not accept, so she wanted to personally tell the City Manager what a good job the City’s fire rescue has done.
She did not get their names, but says they said they were from Station 4.
Kudos to Station 1 Personnel
A citizen phoned in regarding PBF-R's response to a structure fire on Starlight NE this morning (Station 1's response area). "They were so professional, and their response was wonderful. They did a super job, and are amazing!"
Note from citizens Pat and Skip:
"Job well done, guys!
Tuesday night, May 12, 2009, at approximately 9:45 p.m., there was a lightning strike across the street from us at 1073 Altamira St NW. It immediately started the trees on fire. My husband called PBFD to report it. Engine 2 and Brush 2 responded quickly, and doused the fire after a few minutes. It was lightning out, but they still went into action. It was not a huge fire, just a few trees, but it was still very scary to us.
We would like to take this time to say 'Thank you....Palm Bay FD....YOU ROCK! All you guys and gals are awesome, you're the best in our book. No matter how small or how big, you folks take control and show the fire who is boss'.
May God Bless you all."