VIDEO: The wife of an Alabama firefighter who died of cancer is making it her mission to make sure other first responders are screened early.
It’s been almost 18 months since the death of Oneonta firefighter Rex Allred. He lost his battle with an aggressive brain tumor in March 2020.
Allred’s wife, Stephanie, recently purchased early detection test kits for two dozen Oneonta firefighters. Equipment will arrive this week.
“It’s not only are they just taking this test for themselves, but they are taking it for their families and the people in the community who trust them and look up to them,” said Allred.
In recent years, doctors and health leaders have said firefighters are at an increased risk for some diseases, like cancer, because of the elements they are exposed to.
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Lightning is believed to be the cause of a fire that destroyed a house in Choctaw County Tuesday night.
It happened after 9 p.m. on Highway 17, about 4 miles north of Jachin. Owner Pat Thompkins was not home at the time but returned later to discover her home gone.
Neighbors said they heard a very loud noise during a storm and lightning was active in the area. The fire moved quickly and the brick house could not be saved. A car was also destroyed. Smoke was still visible after daylight Wednesday.
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State Sen. Randy Price (District 13) attended the Randolph County Association of Volunteer Fire Departments' quarterly meeting hosted by West Randolph VFD at Mt. Prospect Baptist Church on Monday night.
Price presented a signed resolution (No. 21-172) filed with the Senate of Alabama on July 22 to Rock Stand Volunteer Fire Department and their chief, David Treadwell, for exemplary service following the devastating EF2 tornado that tore through their community on the night of March 25.
While much attention has been focused on the Corinth and County Line areas, the Rock Stand community had 35 residences that suffered wind/tree damage and six that were total losses.
Unfortunately, five of the 35 households had no insurance to cover their losses. However, with more than $11,075 collected from charitable donations, Chief Treadwell formed a committee to establish a priority system to ensure those with the greatest needs were addressed first.
Earlier this year, Athens Fire Chief Al Hogan made a request to the City Council to OK the purchase of several new pieces of equipment essential to the department. The Council unanimously approved the purchase, which was in the department's budget.
Athens Fire and Rescue recently received its new compressed air bottles, face masks, automated external defibrillators and other items. Hogan told The News Courier on Monday the equipment was expected to be in service by that evening.
"If we don't have this stuff, we can't go in,” Hogan said. “It's a relief. Now we just need to make sure we get the items in service and make sure everyone is checked off on them. I think we got all that done today, so it should be on the trucks and working.”
Hogan said the compressed air bottles are SCBAs, or self-contained breathing apparatuses.
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