Tuesday, November 23, 2010

How NOT to Fry a Turkey

AFD and HEB conducted a demonstration yesterday on how not to fry a turkey; the results were pretty spectacular! See for yourself here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4E_JhONpHg

Friday, November 19, 2010

Dillard's Civil Service Discount

It's that time again--Dillard's is offering a special discout for two days to firefighters and police officers. (Unfortunately, this discount does not apply to civilians who work for the department.) See details below.

Discount Days: December 1 and December 2, 2010
Discount Amount: 20 percent
Who's Eligible: Sworn firefighters who are in active service and their immediate families (spouse and/or dependents living in the same household)
Process: Save your sales receipts! When you have completed your shopping, take your receipts for those two days to the Dillard's customer service area and show your firefighter I.D. They will deduct the discount from your total purchases in the same form of payment you chose to use for those purchases.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Chief Kerr As "Mother Ginger"

Chief Kerr has been asked to serve as one of this year's celebrity "Mother Ginger" players in Ballet Austin's annual production of The Nutcracker. If you'd like to purchase tickets to her performance--which will be on Saturday, December 18 at 2:00 p.m. nat the Long Center--you can do so AND get a 20 percent discount! All of the information is noted below.

Purchase tickets online here: https://www.tickets.balletaustin.org/public/
Promo code for 20 percent discount: kerr
If you want to call and order tickets, you can do so at 512-476-2163, but please note there is a phone fee charged for ordering tickets this way.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Walk to Defeat ALS: November 14, 2010

Dear Austin Firefighters,

Austin Firefighters are rallying a team to walk in the 2010 Austin Area Walk to Defeat ALS!!! ALS, which is commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, is an always-fatal neuromuscular disease for which there is no treatment or cure. We do know that military veterans have a 1.6 - 2 times greater incidence of diagnosis of ALS than those who have not served in the military. As many of you may remember, the Austin Fire Department has lost two firefighters to this awful disease: David Peppler and Jerry Nutt.

How can you get involved? First, log onto http://www.alsasotx.org/, click on the Walk to Defeat ASL logo, and join the Austin Firefighter Team online! Then, come out to the walk, and/or make a tax-deductible donation. It is faster and easier than ever to support this great cause; you can register online and make your donation online by simply clicking on the link at the bottom of this message. You can also donate through the Combined Charities Campaign; the ALS Association is Code #1701.

The walk will be held at the Dell Diamond on November 14. Registration starts at noon, and the walk will kickoff at 1:30. We will have live music, snacks and drinks, childcare and entertainment, and a post-walk barbecue. Come on out to the walk and bring your family and friends!

Your participation in the walk will make a very real difference in the lives of those affected by ALS. The ALS Association is the only non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease on every front. The ALS Association leads the way in global research, coordinates multidisciplinary certified clinical care centers, supports the people and families of those affected by ALS and fosters government partnerships. The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure.

If you have questions, please contact Parr Brookover or Kathryn Alexander. Thank you, and we hope to see you out at the walk!

Parr Brookover
Austin Firefighter team captain

Kathryn Alexander
2010 Austin Walk to Defeat ALS Coordinator

877.ALS.HOPE (toll free)
210.733.5206 (fax)
Register for the WALK TO DEFEAT ALS and make a difference TODAY!
Find us on Facebook: facebook.com/SouthTexasALSA

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Honoring AFD Veterans

Allen Bergeron, the city's Military Omsbudsman, and Dwain James, executive director of the Texas chapter of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (EGSR) were on hand at AFD HQ yesterday. They were there to recognize AFD's support of its veterans and to present Chief of Staff Harry Evans with a Department of Defense award.

Tomorrow is Veterans' Day. Please take a moment to think about those who are overseas far from home, and to all the veterans who have fought and sacrificed for our freedom.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Chief Evans Goes "Over the Edge" for Special Olympics

AFD Chief of Staff Harry Evans went "over the edge" of the Intercontinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel (that's 15 stories, folks!) in downtown Austin this morning as part of a Special Olympics rappelling fundraiser! Chief Evans has raised more than $1,300 so far (more than APD Chief Art Acevedo!) for Special Olympics. You can still contribute by clicking here: http://www.firstgiving.com/harryevans. Check out a few of the photos below!