Orlando Fire Department Thanks Road Rangers
The role of a Road Ranger is a dangerous job. Shifts consist of motorist assistance like changing flat tires, removing hazardous debris, and traffic and accident management in all weather conditions while vehicles pass at high rates of speed. Kudos to David Caraballo and Yeardley Camacho who have been personally recognized by the local Fire Department for their assistance with a recent highway accident.
Their selfless commitment to safety and the community allowed other first responders to focus on the sensitive situation and clearing the scene as quickly as possible. An accident in the middle of a busy inner-city highway system presents many challenges, and requires collaborative focus and swift action by many to successfully reopen the area after aid is provided to the injured. We are proud of our Orlando Road Ranger Team for their unending service excellence, on this day and every other. Please take a moment to read the personal “Thank You” letter from District 2 Chief Mike Stallings Jr. to celebrate the daily heroics of these two fine men, and the Road Ranger program, led by Bobby Kirby.
April 8, 2020
Greetings. My name is Mike Stallings and I am a District Fire Chief with the City of Orlando Fire Department. I wanted to take a moment to comment on the excellent work two of your Road Rangers did today on a traffic accident on Interstate 4 Westbound at the OBT Exit. These Rangers were Yeardley Camacho and David Caraballo.
Today, I responded as well as OFD Engine Co. 5, Rescue Co. 1 and Medic unit 171 to a vehicle vs. wall on Interstate 4 (OFD Alarm # 2020-00015491). Upon my arrival (I was the first OFD unit to arrive), I found a single vehicle accident with two injured motorists inside. One of your units was on scene and was blocking the lane to protect the vehicle from oncoming traffic. Both of these motorists only spoke Spanish, and the first Ranger (I believe it was David) was able to translate to me what the extent of the injuries these individuals had due to the accident.
As other units were arriving on scene, a second Road Ranger arrived. Due to the tight area for our crews working, and traffic moving around an active scene, your crews did not hesitate and blocked another lane without asking. Both men put cones into place, and repositioned one of the rigs to give the men and women of OFD working on this potentially deadly scene more room to work safely.
I cannot relate to you what a valuable resource your organization is to the members of the City of Orlando Fire Department. As a District Commander, I am directly responsible for the safety of my men and women, and having your crews on our emergency scenes always allows me to breathe a little easier knowing that we are being protected on the highways and interstates.
On behalf of the City of Orlando Fire Department, we are thankful and grateful that you do what you do, to allow our members to provide the best emergency care possible.
District Chief Mike Stallings Jr
City of Orlando Fire Department