Presentation to the Virginia Beach Fire Department

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Project by AlBCuttnWud posted 04-18-2013 01:40 PM 2427 views 1 time favorited 12 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, Chesapeake, VA

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#1 posted 04-18-2013 01:42 PM

Nice presentation. Great way to honor those that serve.

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#2 posted 04-18-2013 01:46 PM

Awesome project man, Good job brother

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#3 posted 04-18-2013 03:42 PM


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#4 posted 04-18-2013 04:34 PM

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. If traffic is passing you on the right, YOU ARE IN THE WRONG DAMN LANE.

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#5 posted 04-19-2013 07:43 AM

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.

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#6 posted 04-19-2013 02:28 PM

Yes, very well done. God bless them all

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#7 posted 04-19-2013 03:09 PM

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 04-20-2013 12:59 AM

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 04-26-2013 02:01 AM

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

-- -Al, Chesapeake, VA

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#10 posted 04-30-2013 01:48 AM

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

-- Rick

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#11 posted 02-26-2015 04:15 AM

Very nice! You have a lot of tallent.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#12 posted 02-26-2015 04:19 AM

Very nice! You have a lot of tallent.

- Roz

Thanks Roz….a labor of love for sure and always trying to do a little better with every new project.

-- -Al, Chesapeake, VA

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