Fallen Axes Run
Hosted by the Ride for Boo/Brian Carey Memorial Fund, Inc.
Homewood, IL – April 2010 — Ride for Boo/The Brian Carey Memorial Fund, Inc. was established to facilitate donations to charities and organizations, to aid firefighters and their families in times of great tragedy, and to fund a scholarship in Brian’s memory.
On Tuesday, March 30, 2010, shortly before 9:00 PM, the Homewood Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a structure fire at a single-family residence. First arriving fire crews found a house with visible smoke and flames, and were advised that at least one occupant remained inside the structure. Firefighters initiated rescue and suppression operations, yet, upon entering the structure, encountered heavy heat and fire conditions. Because of the extreme heat from this intense fire, and notwithstanding the crews’ valiant efforts, 87yr old Wendell H. Elias, could not be reached.
Leading the interior attack was 28yr old Homewood Firefighter/Paramedic Brian Colin Carey. In keeping with the longstanding traditions of the fire service, Brian willingly risked his life to save the life of a man he did not know. Sadly, this heroic act would become Firefighter/Paramedic Brian Colin Carey’s last alarm. During his unwavering effort, Brian was gravely injured. Crews both on-scene and at South Suburban Hospital, with great passion, worked feverishly to resuscitate Brian. Well into that night, with God’s blessing, Brian Colin Carey, a fiercely brave and kindhearted young man, peacefully passed away.
In 2010 the Ride for Boo/Brian Carey Memorial Fund, Inc. facilitated a ride to Colorado Springs, Colorado for the 2010 IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Service, which was held on Saturday September 11, 2010. During this ceremony, Brian's name was added to the wall of firefighter comrades who have given the ultimate sacrifice and shall forever be remembered. 28 bikes and 5 cars participated in the ride to Colorado. Through donations, merchandise sales, sponsorships, registration fees, and a pre-event party with silent auction items, over 30K was raised for the fund. To date the fund has donated a set of structural firefighting turnout gear to a needy fire department and a $1000 donation to a terminally ill child.
Fallen Axes Run Details
The Ride for Boo/Brian Carey Memorial Fund, Inc., is pleased to announce the "Fallen Axes" ride. The ride will travel along historic ‘Old Route 66’ from Homewood, IL down to Springfield, IL, escorted by the Illinois State Police, to attend the Illinois State Medal of Valor and Fallen Firefighters Memorial service on 05/12/2011.
At this event the following firefighters will be honored for giving the ultimate sacrifice.
- Firefighter Gary L. Cummins, Brocton Volunteer Fire Protection District
- Firefighter/EMT Corey Ankum, Chicago Fire Department
- Firefighter Edward J. Stringer, Chicago Fire Department
- Firefighter/Paramedic Christopher Wheatley, Chicago Fire Department
- Assistant Chief Thomas Innes, Hindsboro Fire Protection District
- Deputy Chief Mark Johnson, Hinsdale Fire Department
- Firefighter/Paramedic Brian Colin Carey, Homewood Fire Department
- Lieutenant Frank Fouts V, Kankakee Fire Department
- Firefighter Kurt Meusel, Scales-Mounds Fire Department
Event Details: Lunch/Dinner will follow arrival at each location
Wednesday, May 11th beginning at 1100hrs
- Starting at: Homewood Fire Department, 17950 Dixie Highway, Homewood, IL
- Lunch with: Bloomington Firefighters at Station 6, 4040 E. Oakland Ave, Bloomington, IL
- Arriving at: Springfield Firefighters Lake Club, 940 W Lake Shore Drive, Springfield, IL
Thursday, May 12th at 0900hrs
- Attend the 18th Annual Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service
Cost – Ride fee includes T-Shirt, lunch and dinner
- $30 per rider/vehicle
- $15 per passenger
- Non-Ride participants $10 PAY AT DOOR ~ t-shirt not included in this ticket but will be available for purchase at the event.
Event Registration: http://fallenaxesrun2011.eventzilla.net/
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