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Here’s The Scoop…Recognizing A Brave Act…LBTS P.R. To Set The Record Straight…

THE FACE OF A HERO….

BC- Lots of “grumbling”…still going around town…with the LBTS-VFD feeling left out of the limelight of accolades…some even playing a ” the emperor’s wearing no clothes” by insisting it was the LBTS-VFD Chief who carried out the little boy…All on scene…including VFD know that ain’t so…The BSO did what they were supposed to…. spoke  to the press about their own…and gave the facts…BSO has the  P.R. media “drill” down to a science… …and followed through…from the moment the incident happened…culminating in the well deserved  honor bestowed upon BSO Deputy Melbourne honored along with other BSO  honorees yesterday…

Lauderdale-By-The-Sea…has had an ongoing problem with P.R. …whether getting events in the news…or prodcuing timely accurate incident reports from the LBTS-VFD…as have so often been previously posted on this site…….In fact on next Tuesday’s 5/12/09 LBTS agenda Comm. Clottey has put on an item to address the media by the Public Information Officer after a crisis…(we surmise this was not her own idea)…But the Comm. should have spoken with the town  PIO…to find out what is already in place…Our PIO Steve d’Oliveira is a seasoned professional in this area…But this writer also surmises from the bumbling done regularly from the Town  and the VFD…he can’t  possibly do the same job as BSO…with the press if he is not given the information to get out in the first place…on time …concise…and accurate…..

In the Sentinel the Chief of the VFD finally says …what the BSO told this writer and and was previously posted (scoops cat.)…that he and 2 other members ( Comm. /FF Silverstone and FF Chavez) carried out the grandmother…Also a heroic act that I am sure will be front and center in acknowledging next Tuesday night at the Regular Commission meeting…

Again, Congratulations to all the brave men and women who came to do their jobs that day…

Excerpts…

‘FORT LAUDERDALE – A Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy on Wednesday received the agency’s highest honor, the Medal of Honor, for helping save a 4-year-old boy from a fiery explosion last week at a Lauderdale-by-the-Sea clinic.

Deputy John Melbourne received a standing ovation from more than 400 Sheriff’s Office employees and other people at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts’ Amaturo Theater in Fort Lauderdale.

Responding to an emergency call Friday, Melbourne arrived at the center, rushed to the burning chamber, grabbed the boy and took him outside the building.

Meanwhile, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Volunteer Fire Department’s Chief Robert Perkins and two other volunteer firefighters, Jim Silverstone and Daniel Chavez, removed the grandmother from the chamber, Perkins said in a press release Wednesday.

Perkins described Friday’s rescue efforts, which involved multiple departments, as “the perfect example” of emergency personnel working as team for “the greater good of the community.”‘

full text link below…

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/breakingnews/sfl-hyperbaric-sheriff-deputy-honored-050609,0,7864184.story

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