Presentation to the Virginia Beach Fire Department

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Project by AlBCuttnWud posted 491 days ago 1431 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Per Virginia Beach Fire Department’s FB Page: “In a ceremony at Fire Administration on April 17, 2013, Captain Paul Gronemeyer Commodore, Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic and Captain Mark Weisgerber, Deputy Commodore Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic presented Fire Chief Steven R. Cover and memb…ers of the Fire Department with the TAILHOOK of the F/A-18D from VFA-106 that crashed into the Mayfair Mews Apartment complex on April 6, 2012.

It was with great honor that the Commander, Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic and Commander Strike fighter Squadron One Zero Six present this token of appreciation to the men and women of the Virginia Beach Fire Department who stood alongside the Navy in the protection of the nation and the City of Virginia Beach. The efforts in the response to the crash and the department’s devotion to duty ensured there were no fatalities or serious injuries as a result of the catastrophic incident.”

The build was fairly simple, the biggest concern was the weight of the tail hook. Made all of oak and the cap for each stantion is removable to seat the tailhook. These projects mean the most to me knowing they are represent a great cause. I am so grateful of all our first responders, thank you for what you do to keep us all safe. Of significant note, God was watching over us that day no doubt as not a single life was lost as this aircraft crashed into an appartment completex….ironically is was Good Friday…wow does he work miracles!!!

-- -Al, Patuxent River, MD

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#1 posted 491 days ago

Nice presentation. Great way to honor those that serve.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#2 posted 491 days ago

Awesome project man, Good job brother

-- Stephen, WoodTakers

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#3 posted 490 days ago


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#4 posted 490 days ago

After riding fire trucks from 1975 to 2000 I have to say this is a real tribute. Thanks and good job.

-- Tim P. Calhoun GA. Don't cry because it's over, smile....because for 7 glorious miles, everyone thought you were the real bus driver!

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#5 posted 490 days ago

Well done, my sister and brother in law have just returned home to the UK after a 3 year posting to Virginia Beach. He is a Squadron Leader in the RAF. Both thoroughly enjoyed their visit to the states. They lived on Eastwind Road. Shame I never took them up on their invitation to visit.

Good luck.

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#6 posted 490 days ago

Yes, very well done. God bless them all

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#7 posted 489 days ago

Wow what a great hing to do and awesome project hats off to all of you!!!!!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 489 days ago

Very nicely done, a tribute of honor.

-- Once the dust settles, breath and behold the beauty of the wood.

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#9 posted 483 days ago

Thanks everyone, I appreciate your kind words. This was a very rewarding project.

-- -Al, Patuxent River, MD

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#10 posted 479 days ago

Great tribute!!! Execution was flawless! Way to go! Thanks for posting.

-- Rick

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