Check out this photo collage of pictures that Roanoke County put together for the Department. The photos are from the entire year 2009.

Jeff Dunham will be performing in Roanoke tonight. For all of us working I thought I would share some of his videos with you. We shall start with none other than….”Silence…I KEEL YOU!” I guess the only bad thing is that because these are youtube vids you will be unable to watch them on City computers.

Bubba J

Then Peanut

A couple of very funny bloopers with Peanut and Walter

Melvin the Super Hero


According to the video: A quick compilation of the beginning of 2009. More to come later.

Youtube video is below the Facebook video. The sound was disabled on the youtube video.

I thought I saw one of these flying over Roanoke the other day. Apparently there were two of them and someone caught them taking off on video. Check it out:

On July 19th there was a car fire at the Mill Mountain Star. Check out the video below.

I am not sure if this was Roanoke or Vinton. If you know where it was let me know.

It is about time…

This morning, IAFF Local 1132 members hosted a breakfast in honor of retired firefighters from the Roanoke Fire-EMS Department (although all were hired and most retired when it was still the Roanoke Fire Department). The breakfast was attended by about 50 firefighters, a couple of spouses/relatives, and a handful of helpful Local 1132 members. The highlight was having Bob Gillespie attend. Bob will be 95 in a couple of months and is the oldest living retired firefighter. There were so many firefighters in attendance who do not get to see one another on a regular basis. The guys loved being around each other and to tell stories on each other.

The Retirees normally meet on the second Tuesday of every month for a breakfast at K&W Cafeteria. Our breakfast took the place of the normal breakfast.

Roanoke City Mayor David Bowers stopped by to say hello as well as Roanoke Fire Fighters Association President Rodney Jordan and Roanoke Fire-EMS Chief David Hoback.

The event was put on by Captain Willie Wines Jr. (C-Shift VP) and most of his crew from Station 9 C-Shift. Thanks to all who helped including Robert Reid, Rachel Winter, Ben Obaugh, Scott Boone, Craig Sellers, Baron Gibson, Rodney Jordan, and Willie Wines Sr.

I must admit that you don’t really know about our fire department until you have hung out with these guys a couple of times. Enjoy the pictures and video.

Editors note: you are getting the videos in their entirety because I have not learned how to edit them yet. Give me some time and I will catch up to the technology! I have a camcorder that records in HD, but I lose some of the quality when uploading to youtube. I hope to figure this out in the future to make it better.

Video of the Retirees getting settled in and catching up.

Captain Wines welcoming the retirees.

Pete Price reminiscing over the past. Great stories!

Kicking off the 3-Day Jubilee of Dr. Edward T. Burton’s retirement – Deputy Chief Ralph Tartaglia presents a certificate to Dr. Burton for serving as Chaplain for Roanoke City’s Fire/EMS department.