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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.


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Agencies combine on new entry point to Chickahominy


Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.

The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > Read more.

Equestrian clinic planned July 7-8 in Henrico

Henrico equestrians interested in deepening the bond between themselves and their horses have the opportunity to attend a two day clinic, held at Steppin’ High Stables on July 7-8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The clinic, “Become Partners with your Horse,” will be taught by multiple world champion equestrienne Terry Preiser and will focus on how riders and horses can work together to achieve more. > Read more.

Henrico school bus driver honored

The Henrico-based Hephaestus Society recently awarded its first annual community heroes award (the Hephaestus Award) to Hicham Elgharouch (pictured, center) for what it termed his "selfless acts of caring" in his duties as a Henrico County Public Schools bus driver. Henrico County Director of Pupil Transportation Josh Davis, joined Hephaestus Society President Travis Gardner, in presenting the award and an accompanying $1,500 check to Elgharouch last month.

Elgharouch was selected for his clear and demonstrated patience and for his infectious positive attitude, according to the society. > Read more.

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Weekend Top 10


Don’t party too hard on the Fourth because a whole weekend of fun events await! Enjoy a classy date night without the kids at James River Cellars Winery’s second annual Smoke and Vine Festival. Another date night option is at the Richmond Funny Bone, where comedian April Macie will perform all weekend. The kids have their own options this weekend as well. Choose from storytime at Tuckahoe and Twin Hickory libraries or family-oriented karaoke at Aunt Sarah’s Pancake House – I hear they have hits from Disney’s “Frozen.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


This weekend has something for everyone in your family – whether it’s improv comedy with ComedySportz or West End Comedy, or an inspirational concert from the Ezibu Muntu African Dance Company! Families will also enjoy music, games and crafts at Hidden Creek Park or reading to a therapy dog at Glen Allen Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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