We will also respond to serious injury situations and will help a family and department prepare for the worst.
The team members have the ability to remain calm and get the necessary information together to make sure everyone is aware of the benefits a fallen firefighter’s family can receive.
We can also help a department deal with the stress associated with a serious injured colleague on the job.
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The Walk of Honor
Jimmy was seriously injured in a field fire with burns covering a large percent of his body. He was not expected to live. Here’s his story.
I don’t remember very much the first few months, since I was not conscience a lot of the time. The first hours/days are a blur of surviving each moment. For our family/community, CarePages.com was a life line. It kept rumors to a minimum and helped us stay connected to friends, family & others. If you are not familiar with this website or Jim’s story, check it out by logging in with User ID: Trosfeld — Password: Rosfeld
To be honest, at the time I didn’t realize we were utilizing the NE SI&LODD team as much as we were. Todd King is an old and dear friend who we knew had been through a similar trauma – so it was natural that he would offer any and all help at his disposal. He and Kevin Placzek were at the hospital the first night.
During Jim’s hospital stay Mark Bonser helped whenever needed although I never spoke directly to him. I spoke with Teresa Gregg almost everyday and numerous times a day whenever there was a crisis. If we had a need she thought could be fixed, she would call Bonser and presto it would be fixed! At the moment I can’t think of a specific request. I think he was involved with finding out if autopsy was mandatory or how the forms needed to be filled out. I’m sure he was involved in “pre” planning things that would’ve been necessary for a funeral. But I’m sure there were many other things he helped with that I simply don’t remember or didn’t realize.
I believe someone on the team contacted the Lincoln Fire Dept. and asked them to have a chat with the hotel where our parents were staying. From that point forward, we were treated like special guests of the hotel.
My parents and family were instructed to call the Lincoln Fire Dept. if we needed anything from a flat tire fixed to someone to stay with Jim to whatever else we needed. Thankfully we never needed to use this but it was comforting to know it was available.
I’m not sure I ever met Karla but I know that she visited with Mom & Dad – on more than one occasion. I’ve also been told that the Response Team checked on me and my family members almost on a daily basis.
A few weeks after my injury, Mark, Karla & Kevin came and visited with my fellow members from the Doniphan Fire Department. They understood how much they were hurting inside and perhaps needed to have someone visit with them about what the future may hold for me.
From the time I’ve been able to comprehend what was going on around me in the hospital to my time coming home, has been nothing short of amazing. That cold evening at I-80 Holiday Inn when it seems everyone in Hall County was there to greet me! Just knowing the Response Team was concerned not only for me, but for my family, truly shows, that we are a FAMILY.
Jimmy Schafer and Family.