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ACTIVATIONS

 

2009

MARCH 2-3, 2009 - RED CROSS/CERT SHELTER ACTIVATION

MARCH 11, 2009 - FUNERAL PRECESSION - TRAFFIC CONTROL

MARCH 17-18, 2009 - MISSING PERSON SEARCH

MAY 2009 - TRAFFIC/CROWD CONTROL ACTIVATIONS

JUNE 25, 2009 - SUPPORT SERVICES ACTIVATION

AUGUST 10, 2009 - SUPPORT SERVICES ACTIVATION

AUGUST 21, 2009 - MISSING PERSON

AUGUST 29, 2009 - SUPPORT SERVICES ACTIVATION

SEPTEMBER 11, 2009 - CERT MEMBERS SAVES LIFE

NOVEMBER 17, 2009 - SUPPORT SERVICES ACTIVATION

DECEMBER 15, 2009 - SUPPORT SERVICES ACTIVATION

 

CERT ACTIVATIONS - 2008
MARCH 2-3, 2009 - RED CROSS/CERT SHELTER ACTIVATION

Upon activating a shelter at St. Lukes United Methodist Church, the American Red Cross requested assistance from Spartanburg County CERT and we were thrilled to assist.  While only 1 family took advantage of the shelter, both agencies worked well togher in providing a worthwhile service to the community.

I would like thank the following CERT volunteers who worked in the shelter: Tony Craig, Cherise Crosby, Bill Leeder, Mary McAbee, Richard McAbee, and Marge Woodruff.  In addition to these volunteers, I would also like to thank the following volunteers who agreed to show up but were asked to stay home due to the lack of shelter clients: Doug Martin, Sam Etheredge, Lisa Moore, and Debbie Tate (also, I would like to thank Mike Tate for providing free breakfast at his Cedar Springs Hardees). 

All  in all, it was a huge success and I hope you enjoy a few of the photos I took.  In addition to the photos, the media coverage is below:

MARCH 11, 2009 - FUNERAL PRECESSION - TRAFFIC CONTROL

Robert "Buddy" Dillard Hadden, 73, died March 8 after a brief battle with cancer. His last fire call with the Una Fire Department - where he served for 52 years - was three weeks prior.  He was laid to rest on March 11, 2008.  Spartanburg County CERT was honored to assist with Traffic Control for Buddy's precession. 

I would like to thank the following CERT members who volunteered their time to carryout traffic control duties in the Una and Arcadia communities: Derek Bailey, Eric Bremer, Arif Chaudhary, Barbara Grudzien, Bobbie Grudzien, Antonio Craig, James Dorsey, Jared Foster, Doug Martin, John Phillips, and Dave Walters.  Feel free to check out a few of the pictures I took.  Once again, we were very honored to provide this service.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hadden family.   To learn more about Mr. Hadden, read this great article by LEE G. HEALY:

MARCH 17-18, 2009 - MISSING PERSON SEARCH

On 3/17/09, Spartanburg County CERT Support Services assisted First Responders with the search for 2 year old William Eschenbach.  Several CERT SAR Tech members assisted with the search while other SAR Tech members ran support services.  Unfortunately, after 20 hours of searching, William's body was found.  While this was not the result anyone wanted, I wanted to take a moment to thank the following CERT Members/Business that donated and/or supported our Rehab Unit during this activation:

Businesses:

  • Bi-lo

  • Bojangles

  • Bragg's Portable Toilets

  • Broken TeaPot

  • Costco (long time supporter)

  • Firehouse Subs

  • Food Lion

  • Hardees 

  • Publix

CERT Members:

Matt Andrews (both days - rested in car), Paul Barriage, Bill Bomar, Michael Brooks, Ted Button, Wendell Button, Mike Carkhuff, Marie Chaney, Bruce Cook. Antonio Craig (both days - rested in car), William Culver, Tina Eller, Sam Etheredge, Teresa Foster (both days), Barbara Grudzien (both days), Bob Grudzien, Steve Harry, Tim Jamison (both days), James Lockaby (both days), Bill Leeder (both days), Doug Martin (both days), Kim Maybin (both days), Robert McKee, Doug Nissley (both days), John Peeler (both days). Beverly Tonkovic, Mike Tolman, and Dave Walters

 

Including myself, 29 CERT members were part of this activation.  Many of these 29 CERT members participated in both days of the search.  While we were only a small part of the puzzle, we we're honored that the Eschenbach family recognized our efforts (in a letter), along with the efforts of so many other great organizations that came together during this event.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Eschenbach family.  To view their thank you letter, click here. 

MAY 2009 - TRAFFIC CONTROL ACTIVATIONS

 

For three consecutive weeks, the Spartanburg County CERT program has been asked to assist with two 5k Benefit Runs and lastly, assist with Crowd and Traffic Control at this year's Spring Fling.  While all three events are great learning experiences, the Spring Fling Event will probably prove the most beneficial (still have one 5k run to go).  During Spring Fling, 24 CERT volunteers gave of their time and energy to support local law, fire and EMS personnel.  During this time, CERT members done the following:

  • Directed Traffic

  • Crowd Control (most notable - Rehab Concert)

  • Manned Barricades

  • Safety Officer

While there were slow periods throughout the day, Spring Fling kept everyone busy.  All in all, we've continued to progress and expand CERT's capabilities.  As we approach the midway point of 2009, CERT is excited about what lies ahead for the program.  

 

6/25/09 - SUPPORT SERVICES ACTIVATION

Spartanburg CERT Rehab responded to a submersion call on 6/25/09.  Deputies, EMS, Fire Marshal's Office and several fire departments responded to the area. One group of first responders assembled near the intersection of River Road and Stonewall Drive, and the command center was set up on Dewberry Road.  While the initial call out was for CERT SAR and Rehab, this was strictly a Rehab operation.  Unfortunately, the end result was not a positive one.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Davis family.

 

8/10/09 & 8/11/09 - BRUSH FIRE - SUPPORT SERVICES ACTIVATION

On 8/10/09, the CERT Support Services Team was activated for the third time this year.  This activation was in response to a brush fire off Hwy 101.  I would like to thank Marge Woodruff and Joe Tonkovic for responding to quickly to this emergency.  I was thrilled with our response time and on how quickly we setup and tore down.  CERT made such a great impression, we were activated again the next day when the brush fire rekindled.  This time, I would like to thank Bob Grudzien, Barbara Grudzien, and Tony Craig for their assistance. A few pictures from this event have been posted in the photo gallery.  In addition, media coverage from this event can be seem below:

8/21/09 - MISSING PERSON

On 8/21/09, the Spartanburg CERT Rehab and Search & Rescue Units were activated very briefly in response to a missing person off Hwy 292.  Shortly after arriving on-scene, the gentleman was found safe and sound.  Since this was a very short activation, no pictures were taken at the scene. 

8/29/09 - APARTMENT FIRE - SUPPORT SERVICES ACTIVATION

Spartanburg CERT Rehab responded to an Apartment fire at Whispering Pines on 8/29.  I would like to to thank the following CERT members for responding: Tony Craig, Sam Etheredge, and Johnny Tucker.  Considering the time of morning, we responded very quickly and were on scene for about 2 hours.  During that time we provided support for those on scene.  Our thoughts and prayers are with those displaced by this terrible event. 

 

 

9/11/09 - CERT MEMBER PULLS MAN FROM BURNING TANKER

 

 

The picture you see above is from a wreck that occurred on North Pine St during the early morning hours of 9/11/09.  For those who don't know, a logging truck was unable to clear a bridge, therefore losing logs in the road.  The driver of the dump truck, Joe Tonkovic, stopped, turned his blinkers on, and shortly thereafter was hit from behind by a Tanker Truck (based on the accident, the Highway Patrol feels the Tanker Truck was going 70mph).  Joe, a long time member of the CERT program, could do nothing but hold on as his dump truck turned over and spun around several times.  Despite going on the ride of his life, Joe was able to exit the truck and upon exiting, heard the driver of the tanker truck screaming as his rig was engulfed in flames.  What Joe did next was miraculous (considering he was part of the accident) and heroic.  To learn more, please read the following article:

 

Driver pulls man from burning tanker truck

By Craig Peters
craig.peters@shj.com

 

11/17/09 - MARTEX FIBER - SUPPORT SERVICE ACTIVATION

The Spartanburg County Support Services Unit was called out in response to the Martex Fiber Fire in Croft.  The Rehab Unit was on scene for 14 plus hours.  During that time, the following 9 CERT Volunteers assisted with Support Services: Thomas Brown, Antonio Craig, Barbara Grudzien, Bob Grudzien, Becky Grudzien, Bobby Grudzien, Mark McClure, Robbie Swofford, Debbie Tate, Mike Tate.  Since so many CERT members responded to the initial tone out, no further assistance was needed. 

12/15/09 - FUEL SPILL - SOUTHPORT RD - SUPPORT SERVICES ACTIVATION

The Spartanburg County Support Services Unit was called out in response to a Fuel Spill on Southport Rd.  The Rehab Unit was on scene for 7 plus hours.  During that time, the following CERT Volunteers assisted with Support Services: Tony Craig, Barbara Grudzien, Mike Tate, and Debbie Tate.  During this response, the following restaurants/stores were so gracious to donate food/snacks for all of he first responders on scene: Chick-Fi-La (WO Ezell), Costco, Fatz (Southport Rd), Fuddruckers, Food Lion, Golden Corral, Hardees (Reidville Rd), KFC (Cedar Springs), and Red Lobster.   Thanks again to everyone who assisted with this activation.