The memorial was built by brothers of FF Shane Jenkins as an Eagle Scout project. Ben and Tommy Santabarbara have both been involved in Boy Scouts since Tiger Cub Scout (1st grade). Now, both separately, with Troop 453 out of Lafayette United Methodist Church, they have reached the rank of Life Scout and are finishing their Eagle Scout rank. To achieve this rank, one of the requirements is to find a project that will benefit an organization other than the Boy Scouts. As Ben was working on other parts of his rank, his brother Shane inquired about his Eagle project and discussed possibly installing a flag pole. During the same time, Tommy was searching his options for a project. He also thought it would be nice to benefit the fire department.
The idea was brought before the leadership of the fire department and all agreed that the idea was a good one!
Fundraising was a huge part of their projects. Ben decided to sell wooden roses and bake goods at the pancake breakfasts that Lafayette Fire Department had last February. Tommy held a bake sale at the Lafayette United Methodist Church during one of their Bluegrass festivals. The community was very generous during each of these fundraisers. Also the township had donated additional funds to help with the costs. Finally, the boys had donated the money raised in their years of scouting and had enough to pay for the project. In addition, both scouts received a donation of materials from MGM Landscaping and discounts from local merchants.
The planning portion of the project had to be within the Boy Scout guidelines. Both scouts individually met with an Eagle Scout advisor where they had to get their project approved. After the approval, the planning portion took many months to ensure that the projects would be completed without any defects or problems. Each boy assembled their crew. They utilized the people to their best strengths and abilities. Meticulous planning was imperative. Each crew was made up of six people. The construction portion took a full Saturday. Through delegation and hard work the project was completed.
There will be a dedication ceremony for the memorial project on September 21, 2014 at Lafayette Twp Fire Station #1 located at 6776 Wedgewood RD Medina, OH 44256. Please RSVP to 330-764 -9966 or Flagpolememorial@yahoo.com.
What is the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation?
Firefighter Stephen Gerard Siller was the youngest of seven children born to Mae and George Siller. At the age of eight Stephen’s father died and a year and a half later he also lost his mother, which left him an orphan to be raised by his older siblings. For a while Stephen went through a period of struggle, but because of the love of his siblings and the values instilled in him by his parents, he grew up to be an extraordinary individual and dedicated firefighter. More than most, he knew that time was precious and accomplished much in his 34 years.
On September 11, 2001, Stephen had just gotten off the late shift at Squad 1, Park Slope, Brooklyn. He was on his way to play golf with his brothers when his scanner told of the first plane hitting the Twin Towers. When he heard the news, Stephen called his wife Sally and asked her to tell his brothers he would catch up with them later, and then returned to Squad 1 to get his gear.
Stephen drove his truck to the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, but it was already closed. So he strapped 60 lbs. of gear to his back, rushed on foot through gridlocked traffic and ran from the Tunnel to the Towers where he gave up his life while saving others.
Stephen had everything to live for, a great wife, five wonderful children, devoted extended family and friends. Stephen’s parents were lay Franciscans and he grew up under the guiding philosophy of St. Francis of Assisi, “While we have time, let us do good.” Stephen’s life and heroic death serve as reminder to us all to live life to the fullest and to spend our time here on earth doing good – this is his legacy.
Building for America’s Bravest
Building for America’s Bravest is a program of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation that builds Smart Homes for our most catastrophically injured service members returning home. Each home is custom designed to address the unique needs of each individual. Energy efficient, automated and easily accessible—these homes use “adaptive technology” to help our most severely injured heroes live better, more independent lives.
But as amazing as adaptive home technology is, it’s far beyond the reach of most veterans and their modest pensions. The waiting list is long – and for every home we build, another three veterans join the list. When the call came, these brave service members went. They made extraordinary sacrifices in our place. Please help give them a home they can come home to.
Plans for the Medina 5K Run & Walk
Join us for the Firefighter Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers 5K Run and Walk in 2014 when our run returns to Medina. Cities across the country honor our first responders and military each year with a local Tunnel to Towers Run, and, each year on the last Sunday in September the Tunnel to Towers Run is held in NYC attracting over 30,000 participants from around the world. All proceeds from these events benefit Building for America’s Bravest program providing custom built smart homes for our most seriously wounded soldiers.
This year’s race will be held Sunday September 14, 2014 on Medina Public Square.
Today is the last day to register online! You can register in-person tomorrow 9-13-2014 at Medina Hospital from 8am to 3pm!!
Name of product: Nest Protect: Smoke + CO Alarm
Hazard: Activity near the product during a fire can prevent the alarm from immediately sounding when the Nest Wave feature is enabled.
Units: About 440,000
This recall includes all Nest Protect Smoke + CO alarms. The alarms are made of black or white plastic and are about 5.25 inches square with rounded corners and about 1.5 inches deep. The word “nest” is on a large button on the face of the alarm. Consumers can enable the alarms to be controlled by a computer or a smartphone over a wireless network. The alarms have a Nest Wave feature, which allows users to temporarily silence some alerts or cancel a manual test by vigorously waving an arm near the unit that triggered the alarm. Nest Protect Smoke + CO alarms came from the factory with the Nest Wave feature enabled and with the slider button in the “On” position in Nest Protect Settings.
Nest Labs has received no reports of incidents, injuries or property damage.
The repair is an automatic electronic update that disables the Nest Wave feature and is delivered automatically to devices connected wirelessly to the Internet and linked to a Nest account. Consumers should take one of the following actions:
Consumers who have not connected their Nest Protect devices to their wireless network and linked them to a Nest account should immediately do so. The devices will automatically receive the update that disables the Nest Wave feature. Customers should confirm that their devices have been updated by going to Nest Sense on their Nest account mobile or web application and ensuring that the button for Nest Wave is off and grayed out. Instructions on how to connect to a network and disable the feature are available athttp://support.nest.com/article/Nest-Protect-Safety or by contacting Nest Labs.
Consumers whose Nest Protect devices are connected to their wireless network and linked to a Nest account should immediately confirm the receipt of an automatic repair that disabled the Nest Wave feature by going to Nest Sense on their Nest account mobile or web application and ensuring that the button for Nest Wave is set to “off” and grayed out. No further action is required and consumers can continue to use their devices.
Best Buy, Home Depot and other retailers nationwide, and online at nest.com, amazon.com, bestbuy.com and homedepot.com from November 15, 2013 to April 3, 2014 for about $130.
Nest Labs Inc. of Palo Alto, Calif.
May 8, 2014
Local Elected Officials, Members of the Community, & Members of the Press,
Each year in May, our Nation celebrates National EMS Week. This week is dedicated to emergency medical technicians everywhere. Here in the community of Lafayette, our EMS team is made up of highly skilled and qualified EMS professionals who dedicate themselves to their community each and every day.
On Monday May 19, 2014, the Lafayette Township Trustees will meet in regular session. At this meeting, a proclamation will be rendered from the board of trustees proclaiming the week of May 18-24, 2014 as National EMS Week in Lafayette Township.
You are hereby cordially invited to attend this event. Members of Lafayette Township Fire Department will be on hand to be recognized for their hard work and dedication to the service they provide to the communities of Lafayette, Chippewa Lake, and Gloria Glens. Afterward, cake and refreshments will be provided and Emergency Medical Technicians will be on hand for an informal “meet-n-greet” session. Both ambulances will also be present and on display.
The meeting will be held on May 19, 2014 at 6:30pm at the Lafayette Township Hall located at 6776 Wedgewood RD Medina, OH 44256.
Recently, southern Medina County Fire Departments, including Lafayette have been pretty busy with multiple incidents requiring numerous resources. Within the last 2 weeks, Lafayette has assisted neighboring Chatham Township Fire Department with a large brush fire in which 80+ acres burned as well as a house fire on Congress RD. Today, departments from Lafayette, Chatham, Westfield, Lodi, & Seville-Guilford took part in a mock motor vehicle accident to raise safety awareness for the recent upcoming 2015 Cloverleaf Prom. Just another way your fire departments are working for you!
Recently, Lafayette Township Board of Trustees approved the purchase of a used zodiac boat. The boat will be used for water operations on Chippewa Lake. The boat, a 1989 Zodiac Hurricane 530, was purchased from BLM Yacht Sales LDT out of Swansea, MA. The boat is 17 feet long and includes a center console, hard bottom, and a 1998 90-horse power outboard motor as well as 2005 trailer used for transporting the unit. In addition, Lafayette Twp. Firefighter’s Association has agreed to donate $1000 towards equipping the unit.
Recently, LTFD Officers met in a regular monthly session. One of the items on the agenda was our mission statement. LTFD believes that our mission statement should not only reflect who we are and what we do, but it should also be something easy to remember. A few personnel who make up the department’s Planning Committee suggested the new Mission Statement to department officers and it was approved at the April 2014 Officer’s Meeting.
Hello & Welcome,
We would like to welcome you to Lafayette Township Fire Department’s newly redesigned website. Our goal is to provide you with the most up to date information happening in and around Lafayette Township Fire Department.
As current members of the fire department, we consider ourselves lucky to be part of a hard working group of men and women who dedicate themselves to their community each and every day.
As you navigate through our website, we hope you find the information useful. Should you have a comment or question, please do not hesitate to contact us through our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/lafayettetwpfd), or through the CONTACT US page listed to the left.
Thank you for visiting,
Jeffery Hall, Chief
Lafayette Township Fire Department
It’s that time of year again! Santa has been contacted and he can’t wait to come back to visit the kids and families of Lafayette Twp, Chippewa Lake, & Gloria Glens on their own special day. December 21, 2013 the Lafayette Twp. Firefighters Association will be assisting Santa in some pre-Christmas Day deliveries. The best part is, he’ll be riding on Firetrucks instead of the normal reindeer drawn sleigh, as the reindeer need rest before their big day. Gift collection will be held on Tuesday December 17 & Thursday December 19, 2013 from 7pm to 9pm. A donation of $5 per gift will help benefit the Lafayette Township Firefighter’s Association.