American Red Cross and WSLS Celebration of Heroes

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1st Lieutenants Phil Dillon and Chad Riddleberger have been recognized by the American Red Cross and WSLS as Heroes for their part in rescuing a man in a fire back in November. Maybe you saw them on tv in the past couple of days. There will be a special event on Tuesday February 28th to recognize many Heroes in the Roanoke area. For information on the event and how to obtain tickets visit the Roanoke Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross.

From WSLS:

“Roanoke City Firefighters Phil Dillon and Chad Riddleberger left the fire station one November morning for what they thought was a routine fire.
Chad Riddleberger: All three windows had blackened out in fact that back windows started to crack, and that’s when we could see the flicker of fire coming out from there. That’s when we forced the door in.
They could barely see. The house was filled with smoke.”(Read More)

Congratulations to you both. It is good to see our Firefighters in the news being commended for a job well done.

You know it is a job, I know it is a job, but they don’t know. They don’t understand that when we sign up to be a Firefighter, we understand we might have to put it all on the line. We accept that, and we do not expect the civilian to understand us, what we do, or why we do it. So long as society recognizes bravery and courage by their faithful civil servants, we know they are at least trying to understand us. Keep up the good work brothers and sisters.

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
-John 15:13

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