2 Killed In Broken Arrow House Fire

2 Killed In Broken Arrow House Fire

There are 60 comments on the News on 6 Tulsa story from Feb 28, 2009, titled 2 Killed In Broken Arrow House Fire. In it, News on 6 Tulsa reports that:

Two people died in a fire that destroyed a Broken Arrow home Friday night, officials say.

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The Kennedys

AOL

#1 Feb 28, 2009
We were extremely saddened to watch this last night and find out that lives were lost. Our prayers go out to the family and friends of the victims.
Jeneva

Talala, OK

#2 Feb 28, 2009
This is heartbreaking news. My condolences to the loves ones.
Coasters

United States

#3 Feb 28, 2009
What a tragedy!!! God be with the families of those lost... may God wrap his loving arms around you and carry you thru this rough time..

Since: Jan 09

United States

#5 Feb 28, 2009
My families thoughts and prayers are also with the family and friends of those lost in this tragic fire. May God bless and hold you though this horrific time of your lives.
alex leverton

Broken Arrow, OK

#7 Feb 28, 2009
i was there and the firefighters were doing all they could do, but it was horrible streets over you could see the clouds of smoke and see the flames bursting through the windows people were across the street talking and smiling. I wonder if they know two people are no longer here because of the house they thought was cool to see on fire.
ttown mom

Tulsa, OK

#8 Feb 28, 2009
What is going on with all these fires lately??????????
How horrible. Everyone go check your smoke detectors & test them!
If even 1 life is saved...
ThePatriot

Tulsa, OK

#9 Feb 28, 2009
So sad. Condolences to the family and loved ones.

“Love those sharks”

Since: Nov 08

Tulsa

#10 Feb 28, 2009
ttown mom wrote:
What is going on with all these fires lately??????????
How horrible. Everyone go check your smoke detectors & test them!
If even 1 life is saved...
Fully agreed... I change my battery twice a year, I change it when daylight savings starts and ends.
MSDT

Moultrie, GA

#11 Feb 28, 2009
a completely unacceptable tragedy. This is a prime example of why firemen should leave the medical calls to the paramedics. the fire trucks should be available to FIGHT FIRES. Paramedics should go to medical calls in an AMBULANCE!!! No area of any town should be left uncovered by any emergency vehicle whether police, fire or ambulance at any time for any reason; particularly for a FIREMAN to go on a MEDICAL call. Before you bash me, know that I spent alot of time on an ambulance so I am speaking from experience. My deepest condolences to the family and friends of these people.
Caleb Matthew Wade Smith

United States

#12 Feb 28, 2009
Dad I love you. This isn't fair that me and Memory had to lose you in this. The family is praying for you as I speak. I love you dad R.I.P.
-Your son Caleb...
MSDT

Moultrie, GA

#13 Feb 28, 2009
Caleb, I am sorry you lost your dad. You and your whole family are in my prayers.

“RIP Eric Medlen FC#4 1973-2007”

Since: Aug 08

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#14 Feb 28, 2009
Caleb Matthew Wade Smith wrote:
Dad I love you. This isn't fair that me and Memory had to lose you in this. The family is praying for you as I speak. I love you dad R.I.P.
-Your son Caleb...
I am so sorry for your loss. I know nothing I can say will ease our pain, but just know that thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
The Kennedys

AOL

#15 Feb 28, 2009
To all of the fire fighters,
We watched you work very hard and realize that you saved other homes and lives!
Thank You and may God bless you!!!
A Neighbor

Broken Arrow, OK

#16 Feb 28, 2009
Caleb,

I would like to tell you what I saw in your father. I saw a man that was gentle with my children. That, against the rough times he had, took the time to walk his dogs with a smile. Often times, I would be sitting outside watching my children play and he would walk by with the dogs. My daughter would run out to them and he would always stop so she could try to pet them. He would always say "hey" or "how's it going" to me while waiting for my daughter to lose interest in the dogs.

I hope in sharing this with you, that you will understand a little more about the person your fater while living here on this quiet street.
The Kennedys

AOL

#17 Feb 28, 2009
Caleb Matthew Wade Smith wrote:
Dad I love you. This isn't fair that me and Memory had to lose you in this. The family is praying for you as I speak. I love you dad R.I.P.
-Your son Caleb...
Caleb and Memory, I am so, so, so sorry! You are in our prayers. Please know that everyone in the neighborhood is extremely sad. Our family expecially! God Bless you!!

Since: Mar 08

Broken Arrow, OK

#18 Mar 1, 2009
Can anyone let us know the names of the people who died. Caleb let us know if anyone sets up a fund for you and your sister and what bank. I am so sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you..God Bless!
Medic

Tulsa, OK

#19 Mar 1, 2009
MSDT wrote:
a completely unacceptable tragedy. This is a prime example of why firemen should leave the medical calls to the paramedics. the fire trucks should be available to FIGHT FIRES. Paramedics should go to medical calls in an AMBULANCE!!! No area of any town should be left uncovered by any emergency vehicle whether police, fire or ambulance at any time for any reason; particularly for a FIREMAN to go on a MEDICAL call. Before you bash me, know that I spent alot of time on an ambulance so I am speaking from experience. My deepest condolences to the family and friends of these people.
You are sooo darn right. As a fellow medic for many years I couldn't agree more! When will they learn the seperation of the two agencies? 3 minutes is a long time in an emergency setting, could mean the difference in living and dying. I am not bashing fire departments, I greatly appreciate what they do. EMS will call them if they are needed to assist us. This is so tragic for the deceased, my condolences to their families.
OK Okiedokie

Tulsa, OK

#20 Mar 1, 2009
First, my heart goes out to the familys who are grieving the loss of thier loved ones May God comfor you. In a fire it can take at the most 2 breaths of super heated gases and toxic smoke to pass out. it does not have to be a huge fire to cause this. This can happen way before smoke or flames are visible to someone from the outside to see and call 911. If we did not have the firefighters respond to medicle emerg. we would have many more deaths, for the most part a firehouse will send 1 engine for a Medical Emerg. and the others are left unless it is a bad traffic accident, where they are needed to use the jaws of life.
droptest

United States

#21 Mar 1, 2009
i am shocked....ive known matt for years. i justheard about thisfrom his brother. i am beside myself...my prayers go out to caleb and memory...

god i cant believe this
MSDT

Moultrie, GA

#22 Mar 1, 2009
Medic wrote:
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You are sooo darn right. As a fellow medic for many years I couldn't agree more! When will they learn the seperation of the two agencies? 3 minutes is a long time in an emergency setting, could mean the difference in living and dying. I am not bashing fire departments, I greatly appreciate what they do. EMS will call them if they are needed to assist us. This is so tragic for the deceased, my condolences to their families.
Thank you. Thanks for helping me explain that I'm not bashing fire departments either. Just policies. I have a great respect for firemen/women. I am sure most of them would agree with this post. There are a few reasons fire trucks should not respond to sick calls: 1) a medical emergency should be handled by a paramedic with an ambulance which has the capability to transport a patient; a fire truck cannot transport a patient. 2) Dispatching 2 emergency vehicles (firetruck AND ambulance) to the scene of a sick call greatly increases the risk of traffic accidents/injury to uninvolved parties due to 2 emergency vehicles running hot; especially if those 2 vehicles are coming from opposing directions. 3) A firetruck responding to a medical emergency is leaving the area it is there to protect UNPROTECTED! I am not in any way implying the firefolks in this story did not work hard to do their jobs as someone seemed to think I was implying. But my point is this: How many paramedics were fighting the fire? NONE. They left that job to those who are specially trained to do it. We don't let our banker repair our car, our mechanic manage our finances, our Dr arrest the bad guys and we should not let fire fighters respond to medical calls unless a paramedic requests lifting assistance or traffic control or something like that. Incidentally, paramedics are trained in using the jaws of life too and in patient extrication. As a medic I can promise you that the risk of dispatching 2 emergency vehicles outweighs ANY perceived benefit. Too many emergency vehicles responding from opposing directions can threaten the life of everyone on the ambulance and everyone whose path the ambulance or the firetruck crosses. I am not bashing fire personnel. I am stating the facts as I KNOW them.

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