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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