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#MotivationalMonday Over the weekend, the Foundation took burn survivors to Massanutten Resort for skiing, snow tubing and fun in the snow! These trips are a great way for survivors to build confidence and learn skills by participating in outdoor activities. We do these trips multiple times throughout the year and these are made possible by your generous donations. Thank you! ... See MoreSee Less
We would like to thank all of our donors, sponsors, and grant makers who supported the DC Firefighters Burn Foundation in 2018. Through your generous support we are able to provide $225,000 in support to The Burn Center MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Children's National Medical Center, and our survivor support programs for burn survivors from the Washington metropolitan region. Our survivor support programs offer local burn survivors the opportunity to attend the Phoenix Society’s annual World Burn Congress, participate in therapeutic outdoor recreation programming at the Adaptive Sports Center, engage in image enhancement programing, and participate in monthly survivor support meetings. We are also proud to partner with the Children’s Burn Camp in an effort to offer our local young burn survivors the opportunity to attend this week long camp in the rural setting of upstate Connecticut at no cost to their families. Thank you to everyone who supported us in 2018 allowing us to support our local burn teams and making a difference in the lives of our local burn survivors.
Our 2019 Contributions
Children’s National Medical Center $65,000
Burn Survivor Support Programs $75,000
The Burn Center at MedStar WHC $35,000
Firefighter Burn Survivors Week $35,000
Children’s Burn Camp $15,000
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It’s the Year of the Pig, so lets #FBF to our annual Pig Roast & Hot Sauce Contest with Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company. Every September, Rocklands hosts this awesome fundraiser to benefit the Foundation and is a great partner to us! ... See MoreSee Less
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Please check out this video from our friends at Adaptive Sports Center!There is never a dull moment with the DC Burn Firefighters Foundation guys! It was great having this foundation here for another great winter season! Listen to some of their brave stories below!
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We had a great time!
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Our last Adaptive Sports Center profile comes from Texas ...34-year-old Texas native Mitch Carey has firefighting in his blood. His father worked as a firefighter for thirty years and Mitch followed in his footsteps, spending the last six years as a firefighter in Arlington, Texas.
Nine months ago, Mitch was seriously injured in a natural gas explosion. He had second and third degree burns on both hands, face and neck and was taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital (same hospital as Joe Yeakley).
“The Parkland staff is absolutely amazing as was my “firefighting family.” The Dallas Fire Chief showed up and told me to call him if I need anything and every day, a member of my firehouse was at the hospital with me.”
In fact, when Mitch got out of the hospital, guys from his firehouse came around daily. “It didn’t matter if they came to hang out and watch TV, or even just nap on the couch, the companionship was great. However, nobody really understood what I was going through.”
During his stay at Parkland, a Lieutenant from Arlington, Texas told Mitch about this opportunity with the DC Firefighters Burn Foundation’s annual Firefighter Burn Survivors Week.
"At first, I was gung ho to go, but then got anxious. I didn’t think the extent of my burns were that bad and that others should be there over me. I didn’t want to take someone else’s spot.”
Mitch’s wife made him go, “she probably knew I needed this more than I did.”
He actually ran into Joe and another firefighter at the airport and it was an instant connection. “The brotherhood of the fire department runs deep, these bonds run even deeper.”
Once Mitch got to Colorado, he felt everything just click, “all my anxiety and stress melted away. It was like being back at the fire station. The people and staff just made my stay as comfortable as possible.”
Mitch said what surprised him most wasn’t actually getting down the mountain on two feet while skiing, but it’s that he was able to let his guard down and talk. “At first I didn’t feel like I deserved this trip, but the guys made me feel like part of the family. Everything just fit.”
Mitch doesn’t expect his growth and improvement to stop at Adaptive. “I am going to be a better, improved version of me after this trip. There were a lot of things I took for granted at work and home I realize there is a chance for improvement all-around. I am excited to get back and start on that.” ... See MoreSee Less
Mitch, so happy for you! It would be easy to become depressed & not want to socialize. Brandi, good job!
Sooooo stoked for you brother.. enjoy your week with some outstanding brothers.
Thank you for your service and sacrifice. God bless.
Your amazing. Not many people can do what you do. Your week sounded incredible and the friendships you made are special. God bless your wife for making you take this trip!! xo, Cody's mom✌️
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Today's story comes from nearby Prince Georges County ....Cody Schmidt was only seven months out of the academy when he was burned at a house fire in March of 2018.
“We entered a split foyer style house, I was upstairs when the roof collapsed, right on top of me. My lieutenant and I fell separate ways. I got the worst of it.”
“I grabbed the hose line to put out the fire and started to feel weird. Once I got out I took off my gloves and the skin came with it. I had 2nd degree burns on my left ear and 3rd degree on my left hand, arm, leg, back and shoulders as well as my right arm.”
Cody was immediately brought to The Burn Center at MedStar Washington Hospital Center via ambulance as it was too windy to take a chopper. He was there nearly a month and got two skin graft surgeries as well as pigskin surgery.
“My first day at MedStar, representatives from the Foundation came to see me. They worked with my family and provided them with a lot of support and assistance. They also let my family know about the rehabilitation programs, such as this, that existed.”
Cody, who has been back at work since October 2018, participated in the DC Firefighters Burn Foundation’s summer Adaptive program for local burn survivors from the DC region where he did a lot of outdoor activities that gave him confidence and the ability to know he could go back to work.
“I really needed to – and still do – work on my grip strength, but being at Adaptive, I was mountain climbing and doing all sorts of crazy things that I didn’t realize I could do. The camaraderie was awesome and I could not wait to come back. This trip hasn’t disappointed - I am so grateful to be here.” ... See MoreSee Less
So glad I got to meet you keep up the good work work and enjoy your time tgere
My sweet boy, I so thankful for you and your amazing ability to see the joy in life. Its almost been a year since I received "the call" from your Lt., You and Wes had angels surrounding you that day. Im so thankful for your brothers and sisters that got you to Med Star that day. Station 25 and PG fire embraced our family, we were never alone during all of your painful "showers", wound vacs, skin grafts and surgeries. They were my angels. Rebecca was our calm, other firefighters who were burned and came to share their stories were our hope. Our family was and still is our strength. Jen Beall was our rock. And now we have DC Burn Foundation, they will never understand the impact they have made on so many lives. I have loved hearing all of your stories and adventures you had during your week in Colorado. The new friendships you have made and skills you've mastered will stay with you forever. The light is shining in your eyes and your spirit is filled with gratefulness.
You are one lucky man! God was with you that day! My son-in-law and grandson are firefighters. Good luck and God Bless!
So glad to see you are doing well! I think about you guys often, take care!
Thank you Cody for your bravery and service. Keep up the good job! Proud of you. JoAnn
What a great article! We love you Cody!
Wow! What a great story! Thanks for your strength and dedication to serve. ❤️
I don’t get on here much glad to see how strong you are Cody Michael Schmidt. Proud of you👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾. Thank you for giving back!!
Thank you for your service
Go Cody Go! You’ve got so many people rooting for you ❤️
I know your whole family is proud of you & rightly so.
You go kid! All who know you are proud of you, you have been thru so much and worked through it all to get yourself back to work.
So proud of you Cody you have came a long way! God bless you and your fellow fire fighters for the job you do! I pray God will keep you all safe and well!
Love this guy 👨🏻🚒 🙏🏻🙏🏻 pray for these brave men everyday
He is quite a amazing young man. We are blessed that he is doing so well in his recovery.❤️
God Bless You Cody and keep you safe as you continue to heal. Thank you for your service 🚒
So proud of you Cody so happy to hear you are doing better
Love you like a son Cody and so proud of how far you’ve come!! I’m so happy you’re with all the guys this week - such an awesome experience!
Cody, we are all so proud of you! Thank you for your service! Continue to keep you in our daily prayers that God continues to watch over you and continues to heal you! You’re a strong handsome devil with tremendous courage! Love you dude😘❤️
So happy to see you doing well, Cody!!! ❤️
Wow, I didn’t know this happened to Cody! Way to overcome Cody! Keep being a wonderful example of perseverance, hope, and never giving up! Such a wonderful foundation! Glad you were supported Kristen! Miss you and everyone at the Bear!
So proud of this guy! Thank you for sharing and for such a wonderful organization!
Very grateful Cody is doing well and continues to work on his recovery. God continues to bless him.
We are so proud of you and thankful that you have recovered those but is your valve we hope you continue to do well God bless and protect you when your tour when you’re fighting fires
You’re an amazing human. Your have one of the most beautiful and strong souls I know. Thank you for being such an incredible role model for my kids. God bless each and every one of your days. And May your guardian angels guide and protect you always! We love you!
Today's story comes to us from Canada, in fact you might remember the story of Vince Audino. Two years ago the Toronto Firefighter came to the Firefighter Burn Survivors Week an angry man. His head, neck, face and left arm suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns in a house fire, where his 6’3”, 230 pound body had to be pulled through an 11” window to safety.
“I had become depressed. I sat on the sofa all day. I was an angry person – I had gotten into a bar fight, even gotten arrested. I was looking for trouble and I’m not that type of person.”
While Vince recovered quickly physically, the mental and emotional recovery was much more challenging and felt like he had nobody to turn to.
“Firefighters want to help and everyone I worked with was great and tried to give me whatever I needed, but until you go through it, you really don’t know how to help someone who has been burned. Guys would call, text, email and I didn’t reply. I went to get professional help, but I was going not participating.”
Enter Lionel Crowther.
“Lionel called me to attend the Firefighter Burn Survivors Week hosted by the DC Firefighters Burn Foundation at the Adaptive Sports Center. I didn’t want to come. I came up with every excuse in the book. Finally, my wife made me and it was the best thing I did.”
Vince said the best part about the Firefighter Burn Survivors Week is meeting guys who “get it.” A lot of guys have the same issues – the anger, anxiety – and immediately Vince felt at home.
“I returned to Toronto a different person. My wife noticed immediately. It was almost depressing to be home because Burn Survivors Week is such a wonderful experience. I was doing ‘something’ every day and you see guys burned worse than you, so it really makes you want to go out and accomplish something every day.”
At home, he used that same mantra as he continued on his recovery journey.
“I made sure I did one thing every day, even if it was just emptying the dishwasher. My wife was thrilled.”
However, the best part for Vince, were the relationships made and he hopes, as the “Veteran” of the group to pass that onto the first-time attendees.
“Meeting everyone and keeping the friendships over the years, is wonderful. There is always someone to call, talk to, someone that gets it. You are never 100 percent, but being with these guys help more than anything. I thought going back to work would do it, but it’s really finding people that understand what you are going through that makes the difference.”
Vince hopes others can learn from his mistakes, “I want people to learn from me and not do what I did. To know, there is a community here of people who can help. I’m still not 100 percent, but coming here makes a difference. It still helps me and I want to pay if forward.” ... See MoreSee Less
Super proud of you Vince Audino! 😘❤️ We can still work on the dishwasher 🤣
Vinny you follow in the footsteps of your Dad, two great firefighters ( had to be to work out of station 426, old #15 ). As a Captain, it was a comfort having you and the rest of the crews watching my back at all emergency incidents. I truly believe your journey and story with help others suffering from a number of illnesses. Terry, Lauren and Nathaniel, your hard work is what brought Vinny back to us. Vinny, all the best to you and your family. Cheers brother.
Thanks for everything. It was great getting to know you. Looking forward to sharing a beer soon.
You are one of the strongest men I know. I never had a doubt that this was just a speed bump on your journey and you fight through it, like the warrior you are. I’m always super proud of you
Keep up the good work Vince, happy to have you back with us and proud to work with you!
Vince, you’ve gone through a lot and have come out the other side. Not unscathed, but now you can deal with it. You’re a good man and a great firefighter. Could always count on you. I’m proud of you brother.
Heard Vinny's story then met him recently and he's a good Jake. Glad to hear the peer system helped him so effectively. Can't say enough about Lionel Crowther(while we're talking about good Jakes). One of my favorite spirits on the planet. Keep up the great work - both of you!
What a great end to the story! Glad your on the mend Vince. You and your family are so strong with all you've been through together. Kudos!
It's great to see you admit you were wrong. 😜 (kidding aside) You are stronger now for having been helped 😘
Good to see you Vincenzo 🙂 ...And it really is a remarkable story, with a beautiful ending!!! Well done Terry! Xo ...Now, when are we having that beer 😉 🍺
Great that you come have come so far. .
Thank you for putting this out there and for sharing this. I bet a lot if people go through the same thing without realizing that people really do care, even when the lows are exactly that. I will reread this as a reminder and for inspiration to pay it forward when the calling is there. Greetings from the SF Bay Area.
Good for you Vince!! You always have a smile on your face and you always 'appear' to be fine but you have been through a lot and I am sure it hasn't been easy! Glad to hear you are getting the support you need!!! Take care my friend😚😚
I am so proud of you for fighting through this. For Terry making you attend two years ago. For all your fellow firefighters who have sadly undergone similar situations. For your kids giving you joy and hope. For just being you. I am inspired. Keep up the good work ❤️
❤️ you big guy!!!!
Awesome to hear Vince. I was glad to meet you there. Keep it up.
Big fan Mr. Audino!! Keep up the great work
I'm a big fan Vinny, Cody has shared some of your adventures!! Your amazing, stay strong.. Survivors rock! xo Cody's mom 🚒
Thanks for sharing your journey Vince
Vinca, you are an amazing role model and I am privileged to say that I have worked with you. Please keep your head up - know that you are a hero and will always be.
Amazing Vinnie. Keep sharing your story of recovery.
Look at that handsome bugger. You’re a good dude Vince Audino. I like you!! Hope to see you soon pal. Enjoy your time.
Attach boy, Vince. Thanks for sharing.
Congrats Vince on the road back to full recovery - everything happens for a reason and I feel yours was to get through this and become stronger and better. All the best to you knowing you have the support of all your Brothers and Sisters on Toronto fire and beyond!
Nearly every firefighter that we have profiled from Adaptive Sports Center has something in common besides being injured in the line of duty; Lionel Crowther. If you’ve read any of our stories, you’ve likely heard his name, many times.
Lionel has spent more than twenty years in the fire service in Winnipeg, Canada and in 2007, was called to a two-story house fire. Lionel suffered burns over 70 percent of his body, including 20 percent of third-degree burns. Two of his fellow firefighters, both captains with Winnipeg Fire perished in the fire and Lionel spent 17 days in the hospital.
“I recovered quickly – physically. I was supposed to be in the hospital for two months. Within nine months, I was back to work. But I asked to go back to the academy to re-train. By the way I was reacting I realized that I needed some assistance. The mental recovery is twice as hard as the physical."
In Winnipeg, Lionel met a trauma specialist who worked with the FDNY after 9-11, which was life changing.
“My wife came along with me. At that point, we had two young kids under five years old. We worked through it together. The help saved our marriage.”
Lionel realized how critical getting help is to recovery. He went to World Burn in Vancouver and was introduced to the Foundation there.
“I first came to Adaptive in 2012 and realized there is such a need for something like this. Everyone got so close, there is a small community of firefighters that have been burned. The connections are just so powerful.”
From that point on, he wanted to get involved and help the Foundation. He travels around working with survivors of critical incidents and is currently working with a program in British Columbia dealing with firefighters who suffer from suicide and anxiety.
“It’s hard to sit on the sidelines when so many need help. I hope the one thing people can take away from this camp is that they can make it. Learn from others’ mistakes and successes. You don’t have do this alone or let this injury run - or ruin - your life."
Over the past eight years Lionel has played a key role in helping the DC Firefighters Burn Foundation organize and recruit survivors for the Firefighter Burn Survivors Week. Without his help this week would not have become as successful as it has been. Lionel was recently recognized for his efforts and was voted into the DC Firefighters Burn Foundation as an honorary member. ... See MoreSee Less
This recognition doesn’t surprise me at all. This is a man that has “TRULY” dedicated his life to helping others. He is an amazing human being, very humble, soft spoken, but has strong words of wisdom and support for others!! Your a heck of dude Lionel Crowther and I am a better man for knowing you!!!👊👍💪
What an amazing guy. Thank you for all you do!
Proud to call you my friend! Enjoy the week at CB
Lionel Crowther is a true gentleman and a well respected professional in the fire service. Proud to call him my friend.
Super guy , nice to have worked with him!!👩🏻🚒
A well deserved recognition. Thank you for all you do!
Proud to call you a friend Lionel. Your an inspirational personality.
So appreciate all that you do Lionel and your wonderful family that supports you so well.
Lionel has been such a help for me. Awesome guy. Thanks Lionel.
Congrats Lionel Crowther well deserved
You do great work Lionel!!
So glad you’re back Lionel! Can’t wait to see you tomorrow evening.
We should all be as honest and driven to do the right things for the right reasons as Lionel.
Great job lionel proud to be your friend
Proud brother moment too 🙂
You are such an inspiration and great support for others! Great work you all do
Thank you lionel for all you do and who you are. Blessings.
Amazing guy! Blessed to call him a friend!
Great work Lionel ! Your dedication to helping others is amazing
Great Job Lionel, we are proud if ya Brother
You are an amazing man! Thank you for everything you do. Special thanks for reaching out to Vince a few years ago.
Way to go, my man!
You are truly an amazing young man.
Lionel Crowther is a great leader and mentor. Very proud to have met him and trained under him. Well done my Friend, keep up the excellent work.
Proud to know about you and keep up your awesome work.
The first of our stories from our Firefighter Week participants is Joe Yeakley, from Lindale Texas ....
“Life didn’t stop for the world on January 17, 2014 and it didn’t stop for me either, but at that moment – and the ensuring months, I thought it did.”
Joe was responding to a house fire just outside the city and while in the garage, the attic and garage collapsed on him. He was trapped. From “Mayday” to “all clear” was almost four minutes. The firefighter of nearly thirty-five years had 3rd degree deep tissue burns on nearly 55 percent of his body.
“I lost part of my nose, my left ear and all of my fingers. I don’t remember the 96 days I spent in the ICU at Parkland Hospital, I was unconscious, but God had a plan for me – and it wasn’t to die that day.”
After the ICU, Joe was transferred to a rehab hospital in Dallas and then stayed in Dallas for outpatient therapy.
“My wife, Denise and I, lived in a hotel for about five months. We returned home around Thanksgiving and it was tough. I thought my career was done, but my community, God and my fellow firefighters would not allow that. I figured I’d sit my easy chair and eat bonbons and be miserable. I went through a severe depression, but I sought help."
Joe originally met Lionel Crowther at World Burn Congress in Dallas. He didn’t want to go, but his friends forced him to and it was the best thing that could have happened to him.
“Lionel kept checking up on me – through social media, on the phone, whatever it took. He first invited me to Adaptive in 2015, but I wasn’t ready yet. “
Joe’s hands were still bandaged and he was extremely dependent on his wife, " I didn't want to let her out my sight."
This year, Joe’s schedule finally aligned and he made the trip to Colorado.
“I was as nervous as I could be. How would I fit in? But in just one day, it’s been amazing. I’ve shared stories with the guys and found not only do I have a lot in common, but there are many here with worse injuries. I realized it was normal to think my life is over, but I’ve found it is not.”
Joe’s life is about to get more amazing. He was recently named Fire Chief at the Lindale FD and continues to be an instructor at Texas A&M, but most importantly, he’s going to be a grandfather.
“My injury happened right after my daughter got married and I felt horrible, but my family was so supportive and now I’m going to be a grandfather to a baby girl. She’s probably going to be the only kid whose grandpa doesn’t have fingers, but it’s not going to stop me from holding her, changing her diapers and living my life.”
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Hi Joe my name is Mike . I’m a 30 year veteran of the Tulsa fire department , your story is truly filled with sorrow and amazement!! There is no greater brotherhood than the fire service!! I am an executive board member for the Oklahoma firefighters burn camp , We take 50 to 60 burn survivors age 6 to 16 that have been hospitalized for burn injuries and have disabilities and or disfigurements to a one-week camp every summer free of charge to them or their families , this summer will be our 21st year hosting this camp , we have several campers that have been with us for 20 years and have went on to lead very successful lives, you are an inspiration!! we teach unconditional love and acceptance and if you could find the time I would really like to visit with you about your story ,my contact info is 9186889620or email@example.com
Joe, you always have held a special place in my heart when my daddy died and you came to the house. You knew that I was an only child, and was handling things on my own. You told me everything was gonna be okay, and that I did not have to do it all alone, just call if I needed anything. You are such a blessing to so many. Thank you for all you do for our community.
Chief you’re an inspiration to all firefighters. Congratulations on the new promotion and joining as a TEEX Instructor. Your dedication to the Maltese Cross is admirable!
Prayer is such an amazing thing, we had not lived in this area very long when we started seeing yard signs saying "Pray for Joe". We didn't know who Joe was but we knew God knew so we Prayed like so many others. Wonderful community support to put up signs. God Bless you He has a plan for you
You sir, are such an inspiration! Thank you for your service. And thanks to all firefighters and first responders ❤️❤️❤️
Thank you, Joe. You have been such an inspiration to all. Our Lindale Community loves you. May God continue to bless you.
Congratulations on the coming granddaughter. Keep your head up God still has plans for you.
I am the Mother of a firefighter and so, I spend alot of time on my knees is prayer. You are an inspiration to all. Thank you for your service sir!
Thank you for your service Joe Yeakley. You were always so kind & my Grandparents (Lee & Pauline Shehee) spoke highly of you in our little town I grew up in. God Bless you Joe.
God Bless you Sir, you are an inspiration to many. Thank you for your service Sir. Congratulations on your Granddaughter
God bless you and family Joe 🙏🙏🙏
Congratulations you are truly an inspiration to all of us and I only hold the highest regards to you Joe Yeakley
Can I say I told you so Joe Yeakley?? Glad you are enjoying Crested Butte! Forget about bonbons and get your butt back to the gym😆
Such an honor to have him in our community. Thank you for your service and congrats on the upcoming baby girl
Joe, congratulations on your life and especially on your grand baby!💗
Chief Yeakley is a great man and I am blessed to live close to him to get to train and learn from him
I had the privileged to meet him a few years ago at TEEX. He is truly an inspiration to me and others! Thank you sir for your service and also for what you continue to do! God bless you
You are an inspiration to all of us!
💚❤️💜thank you for your service to our community. Thank you Jesus for your recovery
Thanks for sharing your story! Enjoy your promotion and love the heck out of your grandma daughter!
It’s been a honor to get to meet you Chief.
Continued prayers for you Joe and your family. You helped me so much when I started my rehab. Thank you for being you. God Bless.
Way to go Chief. Setting the standards
It is an honor and blessing to teach with you and call you a friend. Keep up the good work, word and life! Happy your now going to be a grandpa!!!
Thank you for sharing your life with each of us my prayers for you your family and future grand baby Congratulations on your job also
DC Firefighters Burn Foundation is at Adaptive Sports Center.
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Today kicks off the 8th Annual Firefighter Burn Survivors Week at Adaptive Sports Center. This year we have a total of eleven guys, including three from Canada. We would like to thank all of our sponsors for making this week possible. Follow us throughout the week for interviews with the participants, photos, videos and more!! ... See MoreSee Less
What a group!!
Good for you Vince Audino!
Love the matching shirts have fun