Henrico firefighters to be honored for rescuing pilot in 2011 plane crash
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.
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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.
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.
CAT Theatre will hold auditions for Book of Days on Sunday, Oct. 26 and Monday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. each day. Auditions will be held at CAT Theatre, 319 North Wilkinson Road in Henrico. Book of Days will run Jan. 23-Feb. 7 and is one of CAT’s submissions to the Acts of Faith Festival.
Book of Days, by Pulitzer Prize winner Lanford Wilson is an exploration of faith, justice, and corruption, amidst the backdrop of murder – and community theatre – in small town America. Book of Days was first written for and produced by Jeff Daniels Purple Rose Theatre Company of Michigan.
Director Leslie Cline is seeking five females between the ages of 20-65 and seven males between the ages of 24-65. > Read more.
CAT Theatre’s 51st season will open with Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, which will run Oct. 24 through Nov. 8. The play is based on the original 1899 play by William Gillette and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and adapted by Steven Dietz, and was the winner of the 2007 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Play.
The story follows Holmes, whose career as the world’s greatest detective seems to have reached its end until he is confronted with a case far too tempting to ignore. When the King of Bohemia faces blackmail by famed opera singer, Irene Adler, Holmes and his companion Dr. Watson find themselves falling into the trap of evil genius Professor Moriarty. > Read more.
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