Fort Polk Guardian 10-05-2018

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Jarrett Thomas II Garrison commander Kim Reischling Information strategies officer Chuck Cannon Editor Jean Dubiel Angie Thorne Staff writers Editorial Offices Building 4919, Magnolia Street Fort Polk, LA 71459-5060 Voice (337) 531-4033 Fax (337) 531-1401 Email: Trading post ads: Fort Polk Homepage Advertising For advertising contact (337) 404-7242 Email: sales@ In our view Guardian staff asked Fort Polk residents, “In honor of Fire Prevention Week Oct. 7-13, what message do you have for Fort Polk's Directorate of Emeregncy Services firefight- ers?” Here are their responses: Luke Houck: "You are all heroes — thank you for your bravery and courage." Sgt. 1st Class Marc Lemere: "Thanks for your dependability and outstanding service!" Steven Mudd: "I ap- preciate the fact that you protect the com- munity every day and are willing to risk your lives to do it." Guardian Oct. 5, 2018 Chap. (Lt. Col.) Der- rick Riggs: "You are willing to put your lives on the line so that others may live, and that deserves more than occasional recognition — thank you!" FORT POLK, La. — Fire. The very word strikes fear in some people. The thought of being burned alive, or burned badly enough to leave lasting scars can be terrifying. Movie directors have used fire to create some of the scariest scenes on the big screen: Think of Stephen King’s “Firestarter.” Or how about the Biblical fire and brim- stone of Hell; the Grenfell Tower fire in London that resulted in the deaths of 72 people in 2017; or the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 that killed up to 300 and left more than 100,000 resi- dents homeless? As a kid, when the Wicked Witch of the West tried to set Scarecrow on fire with her broom in “The Wizard of Oz,” I cried. Yes, fire can be a terrible tragedy. That’s why each year a week is set aside in October to warn families of the dangers and importance of hav- ing a plan should your home catch fire. For the last three weeks Chad Estes, a fire in- spector with the Fort Polk Directorate of Emergency Services, has provided stories offering tips on making a family emergency plan and installing items such as smoke detectors and fire extinguishers to alert you in the event of a fire. Estes said kitchen fires are the No. 1 cause of fires in Fort Polk housing. That’s why DES installs fire extin- guishers and smoke detectors in Fort Polk housing units. But homes are not the only place fires can occur — just ask Sgt. Bradley Reed, a nutrition specialist with Fort Polk’s 115th Combat Sup- port Hospital. In today’s Guardian on page 8 you can read how Reed, Capt. Toby Hammond of Operations Group, and Cpl. Devon Douglas, president of Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers, came to the rescue of a cou- ple of elderly ladies whose car — you guessed it — caught fire on En- trance Road. Thanks to the quick thinking of the three Soldiers, a catastrophe was avoided. Although the fire caused a great deal of damage to the automo- bile, the women were unscathed, ex- cept for a bad case of the jit- ters. As I interviewed Reed for the sto- ry, I asked him if the women’s car had a fire extinguisher in it. He said, “No.” I asked if his or any of the other vehicles that stopped to help had fire extinguishers in their cars. “No,” he said, but then he added, “that’s the first thing I thought of when it was all over — I’ve got to get an extinguisher for my car.” Fortunately, a nearby business provided a couple of extinguishers to douse the flames before anyone could be injured. National Fire Protection Week runs from Sunday through Oct. 13. Use this time make a fire escape plan; ensure your smoke alarms are working and fire extinguishers charged. And if you don’t have an extinguisher in your automobile, get one. They are life savers, and the life you save just might be your own or a Family member’s. Don’t get burned: Preparation key to survival Commentary By CHUCK CANNON Guardian editor Cannon For advertising contact Theresa Larue ( ) - Email: sales