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The Denison Firefighters Association Local 69 helped organize a benefit softball tournament in honor of Hannah Jones called "Brave Hannah's" Softball Tournament.
Hannah is a 10-year-old resident that was diagnosed with Leukemia in April of 2017. She has since gone into remission, but is continuing to receive chemotherapy treatments.
100% of the proceeds raised during the tournament are going directly to the Jones’ family for her treatment. We at the Denison Firefighters Association are extremely thankful to the Jones family for allowing us to be a part of their sweet "Brave Hannah's" life. We now consider their entire family to be a part of our family.
There are always the annual anniversary articles of remembrance, patriotism and honor that reappear around observed holidays or prominent historical dates, like the upcoming anniversary of the September 11th attacks. However, modern historical events like 9/11 are slow to make their way on to the main pages of history books or classroom discussions. There are thousands of people across the country that breathe that history every day as the effects of such events are real and enduring.
Lt. Paul Geidel (FDNY R1-ret) is one of those remarkable people, who has experienced life to an unmeasurable level in all the good and bad ways. Paul Geidel is a Korean War veteran serving as a gunner on a B-26 Invader. Following his storied Air Force career, Paul joined the New York City Fire Department in 1957 with the last half of his fire career assigned to FDNY Rescue 1 in Manhattan. All three of Paul’s sons followed in their father’s footsteps and became proud FDNY firefighters. Two of them even served on Rescue 1 just like their dad.
Paul Geidel retired from FDNY in the late 1970s, but Paul stands apart from most retirees in the fact that he was forced to gear up once again over twenty years later following the September 11th attacks. On September 11, 2001, Paul’s son, Gary, was killed during the attacks while responding with Rescue 1. Paul and his other two sons spent 8½ months at Ground Zero searching for Gary and helping recover others. Gary was never found and the effects of their time digging at Ground Zero remain evident today. Paul lost his son, Ralph, in 2015 from illnesses related to his time at Ground Zero and he battles his own serious health issues today. In the face of mounting health struggles, Paul recently published a book sharing his stories and life experiences, called Into Harms Way (Available on Amazon). His book is easily understood to be his way of inking history onto paper, so as to keep it alive even after he is gone.
As the 16th anniversary of the September 11th attacks draws near, we are reminded that Paul Geidel is one of thousands of continued stories where history is not just remembered annually, but remains clear and present every day.
Though there have been many scares about what can happen to children or teenagers on the internet, adults should be safe as well. There is no limit to the amount of risk adults come in contact with such as sexual predators, criminals who are seeking out your personal information on social networking sites, buying habits, frequently used sites, and many others.
Here are some tips to help prevent you from being a target:
Do not share things such as email addresses, usernames and passwords.
Do not use usernames or passwords that include your name, birthdate, important numbers, or where you live.
Keep your location safe. Never share where you live or where you are with anyone. It is important to keep the locations of others safe as well.
Do not share photos of you or your family members.
Do not use numbers that are personally identifiable such as your driver’s license number, wedding date, VIN numbers, locker combination, social security number, or any other type of number that can help predators identify you.
These preventions can be applied to all aspects of web use for communicating online, socializing, sharing images, gaming, purchasing products, identity theft, fraud, and others.
Never give out personal information such as where you live, your name, and your phone number when in a chat room.
Never send a picture of yourself without a parent’s permission.
Do not continue speaking with a person that has made you feel scared or uncomfortable. Tell a parent if this happens.
Without your parent's permission, don’t meet someone or have them visit you.
Do not trust anyone, they could be lying to you.
To be safe, keep the computer in a room used often by family members.
Speak out when you are being bullied. Telling an adult is not a sign of weakness. Tell a trusted adult if you are being bullied.
Every October, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation sponsors the official national tribute to all firefighters who died in the line of duty during the previous year. Thousands attend the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend.
There are 112 Fallen Firefighters to be honored at the National Memorial.
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