NFPA Journal columnist says farewell to a noteworthy firefighter

Blog Post created by freddurso Employee on Jan 26, 2012

Russ Sanders (right) with Colonel John Ridge in 1987In the latest issue of NFPA Journal®, NFPA Regional Director Russ Sanders wrote a touching tribute to John Ridge, the captain (later colonel) of the Louisville, Kentucky, Fire Department Quad Company #4 who died in October at age 83.

Before his death, Ridge chatted with Sanders about two fire incidents--the Feeder's Supply fire in Louisville in the 1970s and the Texas City fire of 1947. Here's a snippet from Sanders' column:

John explained why he wanted to discuss these two  fires. Like the Texas City fire, the Feeder’s Supply fire involved large  amounts of ammonium nitrate fertilizer. Unlike Texas City, there were  no deaths or injuries at Feeder’s Supply, and the fire was confined to  the building of origin. "I read about the Texas City fire in an NFPA  publication in 1950, took the lessons learned and incorporated them into  our pre-fire planning and training, and put that information to work at  the Feeder’s Supply fire," he told me. "NFPA never received the credit  it deserved in those days, but I feel NFPA should be recognized, even 40  years after the fact, for the outstanding work it has done in helping  prepare fire officers in the field."

Read the full column in the January/February issue of NFPA Journal.

-Fred Durso, Jr.