Monday, March 5, 2012
Acting Fire Captain David Bogozi of Alexandria Firehouse 206 expresses gratitude for all those who leant their support following the death of paramedic Joshua Weissman.
Monday, March 5, 2012
To the editor, On Feb. 8, 2012, the officers and members of the Alexandria Fire Department began an experience that we have not had to deal with for many years. While responding to an incident involving a vehicle fire on Interstate 395, paramedic Joshua Weissman fell from a bridge and was severely injured, succumbing to those injuries on Feb. 9. As one of the responders to that incident, and as one of the Station Officers of Firehouse 206, I would first and foremost like to express our heartfelt condolences to Josh’s wife Rebecca and the entire Weissman family. The members of Firehouse 206 would also like to express our gratitude to the crews of Arlington County Engine 109, A-Shift, Arlington County Truck 105 A-Shift, the Arlington …
Friday, February 24, 2012
HJ 423, introduced this week, honors the life of the Alexandria paramedic.
The House has agreed to a joint resolution introduced by Del. Jackson Miller, a Republican representing the 50th district, that honors the life of fallen Alexandria paramedic Joshua Weissman. HJ 423 Celebrating the Life of Joshua Weissman outlines his accomplishments and sacrifices. Weissman died after suffering head injuries sustained following a fall off an overpass while responding to a vehicle on fire. Thousands of friends, family and supporters turned out for his funeral in Alexandria last week.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
City coordinates early school dismissals, road closures for Weissman memorial services and procession.
Firefighters from across the nation honored one of their own Thursday in Alexandria, saluting paramedic Joshua A. Weissman. Weissman, 33, died after a head injury sustained from a 30-foot fall as he attempted to reach a burning vehicle on I-395. A short ceremony at 1 p.m. at the Beth El Hebrew Congregation on Seminary Road in Alexandria concluded with Bette Midler's "Wind Beneath my Wings" as uniformed pallbearers brought Weissman's casket outside to a waiting mile-long convoy of police and fire vehicles. "Joshua was always a leader, first and foremost, always positive, always optimistic," said Alexandria Fire Chief Adam Thiel during the service. "But while we will miss Josh, he will live in all of us." Afternoon Procession Led by a black-…
On Thursday, firefighters, paramedics and hundreds of others are honoring Alexandria paramedic Joshua A. Weissman, 33, who died in the line of duty.
Patch will be adding photos to this gallery throughout the day. Alexandria City paramedic Joshua A. Weissman, 33, of Bristow, Va., died Feb. 9 after a tragic fall off of I-395 the night before while trying to reach a burning car. Thursday, thousands of people—including the entire Alexandria City fire department, co-workers from Weissman's former station in Cayuga Heights, N.Y. and family and friends—are honoring him. Funeral services are at 1 p.m. at Beth El Hebrew Congregation, 3830 Seminary Road. After the service, a procession that could be a mile long will drive west on Seminary Road past Fire Station 206 where Weissman was assigned and loop back, heading east on Seminary, crossing Quaker Lane down Janney's Lane to Ivy Hill Cemetery…
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Gabe Weissman says fire departments from across the region and beyond 'have been there' for his family since his brother's death.
Gabe Weissman, brother of fallen Alexandria paramedic Joshua Weissman, thanked first-responders and emergency services workers from the city and beyond in a statement made prior to his brother’s wake Wednesday evening at Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home on Braddock Road. “During the trials of the past few days, as we’re beginning to comprehend and adjust to this new reality, the hundreds in the Alexandria Fire Department and with other emergency units from near and far have shown us with their steadfastness and compassion why Josh loved what he did so much," Gabe Weissman said. “If it’s possible to take anything positive out of something so tragic, it would be how thankful we feel that there are people like Josh who are unflinchingly there in…
All command staff and units for the Alexandria Fire Department are going out of service from 7 p.m. Wednesday until 7 p.m. Friday to honor fallen paramedic Joshua Weissman.
Alexandria Fire Department personnel will be off-duty for 48 hours while they honor fallen paramedic Joshua Weissman. Fire fighters and other emergency first responders from neighboring jurisdictions will respond to Alexandria's calls. All command staff and units for the Alexandria Fire Department are going out of service from 7 p.m. Wednesday until 7 p.m. Friday. When calls for service are made, the community will be provided with first responders from neighboring jurisdictions with their own trucks and staff, according to the Alexandria department's website. Major traffic flow is expected through some parts of Alexandria on Wednesday and Thursday related to the funeral. The Fire Department has put together a flier (pdf) that can be …
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Students attending Alexandria City Public Schools will be dismissed from school early Thursday and afterschool activities will be canceled due to the funeral procession of paramedic Weissman.
All Alexandria City Public School students will be dismissed early on Thursday and all afterschool activities will be canceled. Firefighters from across the nation will convene in the city to honor fallen Alexandria paramedic Joshua Weismann. The memorial processional and service is expected to bring more than 200 fire vehicles with equipment and 3,000 additional cars into the city. There will be street closures beginning at 10 a.m. and continuing throughout the day. At the request of city officials, ACPS will alter dismissal time to help ensure that students can safely leave school and be transported to their after school destinations during road closures and an unusually high volume of traffic. Middle schools, T.C. Williams High School …
Monday, February 13, 2012
Alexandria Fire Paramedic Joshua Weissman was responding to a car fire when he fell from the roadway, suffering a severe head injury. Information on where to send condolences and donations is listed below.
Funeral arrangements for Alexandria Fire Department Paramedic Joshua Weissman have been announced. Alexandria Fire Chief Adam Thiel announced the death of Paramedic Weissman at 4:25 p.m. on Feb. 9. While responding to a car fire on Interstate 395 near Glebe Road on the evening of Feb. 8, Weissman fell from the roadway, where he suffered a severe head injury. City of Alexandria and Arlington County Firefighters and Paramedics rescued him, with assistance from the City of Alexandria and Arlington County Police Departments and the Virginia State Police. He was transported to the Washington Hospital Center, where his injuries proved to be fatal. Funeral Arrangements Funeral Arrangements for Alexandria Fire Department Paramedic Joshua Weissman …