Featured guest at the event will be author Lt. Rhett Fleitz, of Roanoke Fire/EMS. Rhett will be autographing copies of his new book, Firefighting In Roanoke.
Proceeds from the sale of his books at this event will, in their entirety, go to injured firefighter Kevin Jamerson of the Moneta Volunteer Fire Department and his family.
Also in attendance will be Virginia's premier weblogger and erstwhile Roanoke Times columnist, me. I'll be dispensing the
* For those of you who have been wondering just who this blowhard is who authors From On High, this will be your big chance to meet Jerry Fuhrman in person. And to buy a fascinating read.
I look forward to seeing ALL of you there. Attendance will be taken.
And please buy the book. Kevin and his family could sure use your help.
Here is his story (from monetafire.com):
On November 4th Moneta Volunteer Firefighter Kevin Jamerson was injured while at the Moneta Fire Station. Kevin was standing on a platform that broke loose from the building and fell to the ground.It's my understanding that, since this involves a volunteer fire department, there was no insurance to help defray Kevin's considerable medical costs.
Kevin was flown by Lifeguard 10 to Roanoke Memorial Hospital (RMH) with serious injuries.
He sustained a skull fracture and serious fractures to both ankles and feet. Kevin has also developed vision problems, and now has hearing loss on his right side.
Kevin's most serious injuries are to his feet and ankles, he has already had several surgeries to repair the damage.
Kevin is married and has an 18 month old son. His fellow Moneta firefighters are raising money to help his wife and child with their bills, and other basic needs, while Kevin is hospitalized.
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