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02-11-09, 04:04 AM #1
Spare a thought
Ok, so here's whats ben happening in my state since Saturday. The worst bushfire (wildfire) in Australia's history. So far..198 dead, at least 20 townships have been nuked completely off the map..still an unknown number of persons unaccounted for. The state coroner has allowed room for up to 500 dead to be accomodated, and unfortuantly, that number may be more accurate than not.
My brother is a voluntary member of a rural fire service who went up there on the first few days. He tells me that he had on a few occasions flames leap over his truck..he and his crew were lucky to survive (more dumb luck than anything). On one accoasion his truck was completely surrounded by flames 20 meters (50-60ft) high.
Please spare a small thought for the victims and their families, as well as your emergency service brothers and sisters who have been going full tilt since Saturday. I'm heading up there tomorrow night, but not near the fire front.
**By the way, it has been identified that a number of these fires were deliberatly lit.
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02-11-09, 04:29 AM #2
We're thinking of you and yours, Hawk, and thank you for letting us know you're ok. You keep yourself safe and may your brother continue to be so blessed.
Please keep us updated.
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02-11-09, 06:47 AM #3
Prayers enroute. Be safe down there."never bring paws to a gunfight" - Jenna
02-11-09, 09:14 AM #4
Hope you all stay safe.
02-11-09, 09:32 AM #5
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02-11-09, 09:36 AM #6
Stay Safe and Check 6. I have family right there also."The best tank terrain is that without anti-tank weapons"
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02-11-09, 10:46 AM #7
Stay safe, Hawk.
02-11-09, 02:43 PM #8
Stay safe, Hawk...and tell your brother our thoughts are with him as well. Prayers en route for everyone Down Under who has to deal with this...and may God find it in his plan to bring the arsonists to justice.--"D.B.A.D." --Me
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02-11-09, 03:09 PM #9
My thoughts and prayers have been with you all for the past few days.
I've been through two wildfires now, and they are scary and devastating.Molly Weasley makes Chuck Norris eat his vegetables.
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02-11-09, 04:39 PM #11
Stay safe and keep us posted!!*************************"It wouldn't take much for me to up and run...to another life somewhere in the sun."*************************"There's something inherently wrong with having to put on a bullet-proof vest and a gun to go to work."-(An old friend)
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02-11-09, 05:45 PM #13
When I read about this on the news I thought of you and was wondering if you were anywhere near it.
Stay safe.No one has greater love than this, to lay down ones life for ones friends - John 15:13
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02-11-09, 06:37 PM #14
Stay safe man."An Unarmed man can only flee from evil, and evil is not overcome by fleeing from it." Jeff Cooper
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02-11-09, 07:17 PM #15
This sort of thing puts our fires in perspective.
Holy crap! 500 dead?I'm your huckleberry...
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I'm thinking of you folks down there. Just this morning my wife and I were talking about the fires and the fact that so many have died and that it looks like it's arson. Stay safe. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
02-11-09, 08:08 PM #17
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