On June 30th, 2015 the D.C. City Council unanimously approved a resolution declaring November 22nd, 2015 as "Lt. Kevin McRae Day" in the District of Columbia. This Resolution is intended to celebrate Lt. McRae's life, as well as serve as a solemn reminder of his supreme sacrifice to the District of Columbia on May 6th, 2015. As such, a walk of remembrance has been organized for the morning of November 22nd, 2015. All members of the Department are encouraged to attend. The walk will commence at 1000 hours from the park at New Jersey Ave and O St. NW, and will proceed to 1330 Seventh St. NW, where there will be a short ceremony.
Members of the Department who wish to attend are asked to wear full dress uniform and be at the park by 0930. Please note that there will not be any parking available at the quarters of Engine 6, and the firehouse will be off-limits due to a private ceremony. Parking will be available in the Dunbar High School Parking Garage from 0700 - 1200 hrs.
A limited number of commemorative t-shirts will be for sale on Sunday for a suggested donation of $20. All proceeds go to the McRae family.
To our local fire service brothers and sisters or local fire service survivors - The annual tribute to our nation's fallen firefighters will begin against the backdrop of the United States Capitol on Wednesday, September 30 at 2:00 pm. Leaders of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus will present 87 American flags flown over the U.S. Capitol to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF). These flags will be given to surviving relatives at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service on Sunday, October 4 in Emmitsburg, Maryland. There is a large need for personnel to participate in the actual ceremony and for this reason we need to make sure we have the numbers needed. We are in the process of finalizing the details for that event and it is VERY IMPORTANT that we get an accurate count of how many attendees we will have on site. If you are available on Wednesday to participate in the program, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for additional details.
August 29th, 2015 - Baltimore County Firefighter Stan Hunkovic needs our help. His children were abducted by his ex-wife in 2010, and taken under cover of the night to the country of Trinidad. He has spent years pleading with the Trinidad courts system to uphold and recognize a longstanding Maryland court decision with no avail. He has decided to take his argument to the Trinidad embassy in Washington, D.C., in the hopes that they will offer some assistance. Please read Hunk's letter below (.pdf format). A rally is scheduled for September 1st, 2015 in front of the embassy of Trinidad:
The DC Firefighters Burn Foundation in partnership with The Burn Center at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and Children's National Medical Center will be hosting the revived North East Regional Burn Conference here in DC Sept. 25th and 26th. For this years region meeting we are offering firefighter specific courses and a reduced registration rate. The conference rate for firefighters will be $100 and this is the only ABA region meeting providing firefighter specific courses. If we have a good showing of fire service personal at this years meeting we will increase the courses offered for the fire service at future meetings. Aside from the educational opportunities this will be a great way for fire service personal to network with other members of the fire service and foundations from around the region.
Friday afternoon District Chief Dennis Costin from the Boston Fire Dept. will present on the Boston Marathon Bombing. Saturday's sessions will include a presentation from the IAFF on the Dangers of Chemical Flame Retardants along with a session on the Cherry Rd Fire presented by Dan Madrzykowski of NIST and Sgt. Joe Morgan, DCFD(Ret).
Northeast Region Burn Conference
September 25-26, 2015 Hyatt Regency, Washington DC Capitol Hill
This edition is going to print and should be delivered to your mailboxes shortly. We want to thank the Magazine team for an outstanding job designing this fitting tribute for our fallen brother. This is part of our commitment to "Never Forget".
May 28th, 2015 - Congratulations to Brother Jason Woods, who was one of a select few to receive a Cafritz Award. The award is an annual program designed to recognize and reward oustanding performance and exemplary service by DC Government employees:
May 10th, 2015 - The DC Fire & EMS Department have issued the arrangements for Lt. Kevin McRae's funeral arrangements. The .pdf file of the notification may be downloaded directly, by clicking on the text below:
Out-of-town attendees to the services are recommended to stay at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Please telephone them at (800) 233-1234, and use offer code 'DCFEMS':
DCFEMS Announces Funeral Arrangements for Firefighter
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department (DCFEMS) announces funeral arrangements for the Line of Duty Death (LODD) of Lieutenant Kevin McRae, who was serving as the officer in charge of Engine Company 6, Platoon No. 4.
Funeral services will be held: Friday, May 15, 2015
9 a.m. Public Viewing
11 a.m. Public Service
2001 East Capitol St. SE
Washington, DC 20003
Interment: Fort Lincoln Cemetery
3401 Bladensburg Rd.
Brentwood, MD 20722
“Lt. Kevin McRae was a true hero. For more than two decades he served his city with distinction and made the ultimate sacrifice while helping others. Lt. McRae may be gone, but he will never be forgotten,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser.
At about 8:15 a.m. Wednesday, May 6th, Lt. McRae responded with his crew to an apartment building fire located on the ninth floor of 1330 7th St. NW. After descending the stairs with his crew, he collapsed. He was immediately assessed and treated by paramedics on the scene. He was transported from the fire ground to the hospital, where he later passed away. The cause of death has not been determined.
“The McRae family has experienced the tragic loss of their son, brother, husband, father, nephew, cousin and uncle. It’s important for them to know we are here for them,” said Acting DCFEMS Chief Gregory M. Dean. “We are deeply saddened by the death of our brother and friend, Lt. Kevin McRae.”
Lt. McRae, 44, was a graduate of Frank W. Ballou High School in the District. He joined the Department through the cadet program in July 1989. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2003; then promoted to lieutenant in 2008. He is the 100th DC Fire and EMS Department firefighter to die in the line of duty.
Donations can be mailed to: DC Fire and EMS Foundation, Inc
c/o Kevin McRae Survivor Fund
439 New Jersey Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001
Fire and EMS personnel from outside jurisdictions who would like to attend the funeral, volunteer their honor guards and or apparatus for the procession are asked to submit their request via email to email@example.com.
Lt. McRae was a 24 year veteran of the department assigned to 6 Engine, No. 4 platoon. He leaves behind his wife Trell, and 5 children. There has been an overwhelming show of support for the family of Lt. McRae. We are asking that anyone who would like to help the family, make donations through the DC Fire & EMS Foundation in the name of Kevin. All donations go directly to his family, to assist with the expenses which occur as they go through this difficult period.
Any check or money orders should be made out to and mailed to the following:
DC Fire & EMS Foundation Kevin McRae Survivor Fund 439 New Jersey Ave. NW Washington, DC 20001
May 6th, 2015 - Local 36 regrets to inform the membership of the line-of-duty death of Lt. Kevin McRae, 6 Engine No.4 Platoon, while operating at a 2nd Alarm apartment fire Box No. 264, at 1330 7th St. NW this morning. Our heartfelt sympathies go to Kevin's wife, family, and to his fellow members of 6 Engine & Truck 4. We are greatly diminished with Kevin's passing.
"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
The Slideshow below is provided courtesy of MyFoxDC.com:
October 3rd, 2014 - Several questions have surfaced around the rise in Ebola Virus (Hemorrhagic Fever), and the potential for cases here in North America. Please click on this link, to read what the IAFF has learned about Ebola Virus.
June 17th, 2014 - Local 36 is working on a new program: The Membership Assistance Program. It is aimed specifically at members suffering from addiction issues, and is geared towards firefighter. Participation in the program is voluntary, and confidential. Please take a few moments to read the information brochure, by clicking on the image below:
June 3rd, 2011 - The members of the San Francisco Fire Department, & San Francisco Firefighters Local 798 have lost two of their members in the line of duty. Lt. Vincent Perez, was killed while fighting a fire in the Diamond Heights district; a second member, Firefighter Anthony Valerio has succumbed to injuries sustained while operating at that fire. Both men were assigned to Engine 26, and responded to a house fire in the Diamond Heights district of San Francisco. Please keep the men and their families in your thoughts & prayers, as well as our fellow brothers & sisters of the San Francisco Fire Department and L-798. A link to the San Francisco Examiner news story is available here.
Update: June 4th, 2011 - The official media release from the SFFD.