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A 9/11 Message from President Kennell

A 9/11 Message from President Kennell:

On this 14th Anniversary, we commit again "we will never forget" Sept 11th 2001. Nearly 3000 souls perished needlessly that day, but many lives were saved by the heroic efforts of 343 of our brothers and sisters who paid the ultimate sacrifice so that others might live.

Merv Kennell, President
Suncoast Professional Firefighters and Paramedics
Local 2546 of the International Association of Firefighters

9/11 Tribute Video Event - Free tickets for members


The story of 9/11 told through the lives of 5 survivors

Admissions Underwritten for 200 First Responders!

Thanks to a generous donor, we have 200 free tickets to distribute to Fireman, Police Officers, and other first responders who would like to attend, on a first come, first serve basis. 

We hope you can come! Please let us know if you would like a ticket for yourself, family and/or friend to attend. You can contact to let us know. Your tickets will be emailed to you. Hurry before they run out!



Venice Performing Arts Center 
1 Indian Avenue 
Venice, FL 34285

Saturday, September 19, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Directed by Jim Whitaker, the film tells the compelling story of September 11 by following the lives of five survivors who were profoundly affected. From their struggles, a story of resilience and hope emerges.

Former FDNY firefighter Tim Brown, and 9/11 widow Tanya Villaneuva Tepper, will attend the screening.  They will share their experiences of that day and their work with Project Rebirth, an education-focused non-profit  created to help all first responders, widowers and veterans cope with grief, loss and trauma and gain resilience.

The Sarasota Film Festival deliberately chose Rebirth to acknowledge Sarasota and Venice’s unfortunate connection to that day and to show the community the power of resilience through film.   “We couldn’t think of a more appropriate way to remember the 2,977 people who perished on 9/11 and the heroes who continue to show us tremendous strength.” said SFF Director of Programming Michael Dunaway.

Proceeds from the event will support SFF’s growing youth education and community outreach efforts.

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Join the Fight for Jax Bunch!

Brothers and Sisters,

            We are asking for your help for one of our Brothers in need. Donald and Kara Bunch are at All Children’s Hospital with their 8-Week old son who is fighting a battle against a tumor that is attacking his platelets and blood clotting factors.

Donald Bunch is a Captain at North River Fire District, and his wife Kara is a Nurse at Manatee Memorial Hospital. They both are off of work and are living up at All Children’s with their son. The members at NRFD are covering Donald at work through shift exchanges and donation of their sick/vacation time. Kara however, has used up her PTO time at work due to the pregnancy and will not be collecting a pay check until she is able to return to work, if at all. As you can imagine this is all very overwhelming and stressful for the family, both emotionally and financially.

Donald and Kara's brothers and sisters at NRFD have started a GoFundME account in which anyone can contribute, to help assist them in this difficult time. The money raised is going directly to help with their medical bills and any other expenses they may incur. You can stay up to date with Baby Jax’s story through the go fund me site, where there will be updates often, or through Donald or Kara’s Facebook page, where they usually post daily updates.

You can also help baby Jaxson in his fight against Kaposiform Hemangioendothelioma tumor and #KICKTUMORBUTT by purchasing shirts from Teespring here.

Thank you in advance for your kind and generous support and for keeping the Bunch Family in your thoughts and prayers in this most difficult time.

Please forward this flyer and post around to anyone you know who may be willing to help.

Thank you,     

The North River Firefighters 

New Local 2546 Shirts for sale

We have some new Local 2546 coming into stock. They are the Black distressed look with Logos on front and back. The long sleeve Grey with Logo front picture back and new flex fit hats. Prices are Distressed Shirts $10.00 - Long Sleeve Shirts $17.50, and Hats are $19.00


Address Exemption Sheet

As noted in the January edition of Straight Streams you need to fill out an address exempt form if you are so requesting. the link below takes you to the form you can print and fill out to exempt your address under Florida Statute.

Download: address restriction_20150105144954.pdf
Local 2546 YouTube Channel Launches
Firefighter iPhone Apps

Firefighter iPhone Apps

FireRescue1 iPhone App

FireRescue1 has created our own iPhone application that provides officers a FREE resource for breaking firefighter news, tactical tips, photo reports and the entire archive of expert FR1 columnist articles on Apple iPhone or iPod touch devices.

download FireRescue1 iPhone Application

FireRescue1 iPhone App

Other Firefighter iPhone Apps


Fire Logger iPhone Fire Logger

An easy and simply log for the events specific to fire activity to avoid fumbling for paper/pencil during an emergency.

  download Fire Logger iPhone
Rescue Field Guide iPhone Rescue Field Guide

Packed with valuable charts, diagrams, and how-to information with customizable notes and favorites.

  download Rescue Field Guide iPhone
911 Toolkit iPhone Emergency Response Guidebook

Have the hazardous material information in your hand when responding.

  download 911 Toolkit iPhone
911 Toolkit iPhone 911 Toolkit

Your pocket reference for hydraulics, water delivery, incident response checklist, EMS, training/study guides, and hazmat.

  download 911 Toolkit iPhone
Fire Pump Calculator iPhone Fire Pump Calculator

Calculation tool for determining discharge pressure for firefighting pumps.

  download 911 Toolkit iPhone
Emergency Radio iPhone Medical Spanish

Eloquent and thorough phrasebook is like having a personal interpreter on call 24/7 in your pocket for a price less than a burrito

  download 911 Toolkit iPhone
Emergency Radio iPhone Emergency Radio

Listen to thousands of live police, fire, EMS, railroad, air traffic, NOAA weather, coast guard, and other emergency frequencies.

  download 911 Toolkit iPhone
Fire Truck Lite iPhone Fire Truck Lite

The "Fire Truck" puzzle is a variation of a classic block sliding game that has been played in many countries for over 100 years.

  download 911 Toolkit iPhone
ShiftPro Fire iPhone ShiftPro

ShiftPro is a Firefighter shift calendar and a shift trade monitor developed by a firefighter for firefighters.

  download ShiftPro Fire iPhone


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Placement of Political Signs

Political Sign Volunteers:

Thanks for all your enthusiasm and hard work! Remember, when placing signs make sure that they are located on the designated property and not in the County right-of-way. If you have any questions when putting signs up, call your DVP or the candidate's representative for advice.

The following candidates have asked if our members would be on the lookout for improperly placed signs and either collect or reposition them as needed:

Stephen R. Deutsch - Charlotte County Commissioner - District 4

(This list will be updated as candidates request to be added)

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Services Set for Slain Fireman


Services Set for Slain Fireman



Lt. Sam P. Dreher II is not alone. Charlotte County firefighters are taking turns standing guard over Dreher’s body. Charlotte County Fire/EMS spokeswoman Dee Hawkins said they will continue to stand beside Dreher until his burial Saturday.


Dreher, 39, was shot outside a Sarasota apartment Saturday by his estranged wife’s boyfriend, Michael Minor, 27, authorities have said. Dreher died from his injuries Sunday.


The 18-year veteran of Charlotte County Fire/EMS will be remembered at a visitation today from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Larry Taylor Funeral Home, 1515 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda.


A service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center in Punta Gorda. Burial will follow at Charlotte Memorial Gardens, where Dreher’s father is buried, said Taylor.


The Charlotte County Fire/EMS Honor Guard will be present at the service Saturday, along with honor guards from other agencies, Hawkins said.


The sudden, shocking death of Dreher — known as Sammy — has greatly affected his fellow firefighters and paramedics.


“We’re just taking care of each other, checking on each other,” Hawkins said.


Dreher’s Battalion Chief, Jon Miller, has “shown a tremendous amount of support,” Hawkins said, as have Battalion Chiefs Mark Crigler and James Stillwagon.


“Everybody’s suffering the loss,” Hawkins said. “Everyone’s feeling the pain.”


Critical incident stress management teams are working with crews at each of the fire stations across Charlotte County, Hawkins said.


“We’ll get through this as a group together,” Hawkins said. “Sammy was such a wonderful person.”


Dreher, a North Port resident and a graduate of Charlotte High School, worked as a firefighter and paramedic, in addition to serving on the Marine Operations Team. He also worked for the Punta Gorda Fire Department prior to Charlotte County Fire/EMS.


Memorial donations in Dreher’s honor can be made at any Sun Trust Bank to Firefighters for Kids of Charlotte County.



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