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Henrico firefighters to be honored for rescuing pilot in 2011 plane crash

(Left to right) Lt. Jackson Baynard, Battalion Chief Henry Rosenbaum, Firefigther David Balderson

Three members of the Henrico County Division of Fire will be commended by the VCU Health System on Saturday, March 16 for their efforts to rescue a pilot whose plane crashed at Richmond International Airport in 2011.

Battalion Chief Henry Rosenbaum, Firefighter David Balderson and Lt. Jackson Baynard will be honored during the VCU Health System’s fifth annual Shining Knight Gala. The dinner and awards ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. at The Jefferson Hotel, 101 W. Franklin St.

Overall, 25 emergency and hospital caregivers will receive The Order of the Shining Knight in recognition of their exemplary work in the rescue and recovery of pilot Tony Carr, who suffered extensive injuries in the crash.

“The Henrico County Division of Fire is proud to have the outstanding efforts of three of its members recognized at the Shining Knight Gala,” Fire Chief Anthony E. McDowell said. “In a moment of crisis, these professionals joined other emergency responders and hospital caregivers to save a life. Battalion Chief Henry Rosenbaum, Firefighter David Balderson and Lt. Jackson Baynard demonstrated that they are true public servants who embody theDivision of Fire’s professionalism, dedication and commitment to protecting lives and property in Henrico County every day.”

Carr, who lives in Henrico, was piloting a twin-engine plane when it crashed April 11, 2011, on a taxiway after takeoff at Richmond International Airport. A total of 19 personnel from Henrico Fire and the Aircraft, Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) Department at Richmond International Airport responded to the scene. Emergency workers rescued Carr from the burning plane and provided lifesaving treatment while he was transported to VCU Medical Center. He suffered extensive burns and fractures to his face, ribs and pelvic area. His recovery has progressed significantly but is ongoing.

Working with Capt. Kevin Garber of ARFF, Rosenbaum formed a unified command to manage the response of emergency equipment and personnel, patient treatment and transportation to VCU Medical Center and the crash investigation with state and federal authorities. A Henrico firefighter since 1984, Rosenbaum currently serves as Henrico’s fire marshal.

Balderson performed a cricothyrotomy, a surgical procedure that provides emergency relief to an obstructed airway, on Carr while he was transported to VCU Medical Center. A Henrico firefighter since 1991, Balderson is assigned to Fire Station 6 on South Laburnum Avenue.

Baynard managed Carr’s initial treatment as one of six emergency care providers in the ambulance. A Henrico firefighter since 2003, Baynard has been stationed at Fire Station 6 since his promotion to lieutenant in July 2010.
Community

Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.

Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.

At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.

Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.

Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Brews and bites done right

Urban Tavern’s big, bold themes impress

The Urban Tavern opened in August, replacing the former Shackelford’s space at 10498 Ridgefield Parkway in Short Pump. Because of local and longtime devotion to Shackleford’s, Urban Tavern has some big shoes to fill.

Without any background information, I headed to the restaurant for dinner on a Wednesday night, two months after its opening.

On a perfect fall evening, four out of eight outdoor tables were taken, giving the impression that the restaurant was busier than it was. On the inside, a couple tables were taken, and a few folks were seated at the bar. > Read more.

A terrible, horrible movie. . . that’s actually pretty good

‘Alexander’ provides uncomplicated family fun
It’s not surprising in the least that Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day doesn’t much resemble the book it’s based upon.

Judith Viorst’s 1972 picture book isn’t exactly overflowing with movie-worthy material. Boy has bad day. Boy is informed that everyone has bad days sometimes. Then, the back cover.

In the film, the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad-ness is blown up to more extreme size. Alexander Cooper (Ed Oxenbould) has a bum day every day, while the rest of his family (Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Dylan Minnette, Kerris Dorsey) exist in a constant bubble of perfection and cheery optimism – to the point that the family is so wrapped up in their own success that Alexander’s being ignored.

So on the eve of his 12th birthday, Alexander makes a wish: just once, he’d like his family to see things from his perspective; to experience the crushing disappointment of one of those no good, very bad days. Once he has blown out the candle on his pre-birthday ice cream sundae, his family’s fate is sealed: one full day of crippling disasters for all of them. > Read more.

Deep Run HS plans fall musical

Tickets for Deep Run High School’s fall musical production – Aida – will go on sale Nov. 3. The Elton John-Tim Rice pop opera, inspired by Verdi’s classic opera, tells the story of enslaved Nubian princess Aida, who falls for captain of the guard Radames, who is betrothed to the Egyptian princess.

Performances will be held Nov. 13-15 at 7 p.m. each day. > Read more.

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