August 20, 2013
GALVESTON, Texas -- Last week, representatives from the City of Bryan’s Fire Department visited Galveston Fire Department Station No.5 for a very special presentation.
On February 15, 2013, Ricky Mantey, 30, and probationary firefighter Mitchel Moran, 21, suffered life-threatening burns when the roof of the Knights of Columbus Hall collapsed on them as they were fighting a multiple alarm fire. They were transported to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Tragically, two additional fire fighters, Lt. Eric Wallace, 36, and Lt. Gregory Pickard, 54, died in the blaze. Galveston fire fighters immediately intervened to assist the families by securing lodging and transportation. They provided free meals and gift cards for the families to help meet their needs. The Galveston Fire Department also served as an escort for one of the fallen fire fighters, Lt. Pickard.
As a token of gratitude, the Bryan Fire Department created challenge coins imprinted with each department’s seal, proclaiming “Two Departments, One Brotherhood” on the inscription. Bryan Fire Chief Randy McGregor, along with Assistant Fire Chiefs Ricky Van and Terry Barnett, Mantey, and Moran, thanked the Galveston first responders and presented the department with the collectible coins.
"Firefighting is profession where saving lives and property is our priority” stated Galveston Fire Chief Mike Wisko. “We rush to the aid of whoever is in need, whenever they call. We were simply extending this service to our brothers from Bryan during their darkest hours in February. The phrase on the coin says it all and while we are honored to be recognized by our brothers in Bryan, we are also humbled to receive this token of appreciation and we will cherish it for ever."
For additional information about the Galveston Fire Department, please call (409) 797-3850 or visit www.galvestonfire.com.
City of Bryan and City of Galveston Fire fighters join together to exemplify “Two Departments, One Brotherhood” in front of a GFD ladder truck at Station No.5.