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WE AT JULIUS SHULMAN ARE OFTEN ASKED WHERE WE DONATE OUR EARNED FUNDS. THIS IS JUST ONE OF OUR DONATIONS. THERE ARE MANY OTHERS.
Volunteers for Julius Shulman attended the church funeral for Captain Dave L. Bailey, a fireman with the Los Angeles County Fire Department. A member of our group was asked to deliver the eulogy. Bailey, we were reminded, was a devout Christian and loved his job as a fireman. We, the volunteers at Julius Shulman, immediately started making arrangements to donate a fire truck to the city he had always wanted to visit, and that had so much meaning to Dave, Jerusalem. It was important for us, in this case, not to get involved in the politics of the region. This fire truck is dispatched to all persons in all emergencies without regard to race, religion, or national origin.
All that is asked when the fire department receives a call for help is your name and address, nothing else.
FIRE TRUCK NO. 38, JERUSALEM, ISRAEL
No. 38 is the newest fire truck in Jerusalem. Weighing in at 12 tons of red fiberglass and pulled by a 240 horsepower engine, it is capable of driving over steep hills, rocks, and ditches and is perfectly suited for the terrain of Israel's capital city and its surrounding forests.
Family, friends, and representatives of the website Julius Shulman gathered at Jerusalem's main fire station in Jerusalem's Givat Mordechai neighborhood to dedicate No. 38 in memory of fallen American firefighter Captain David L. Bailey, a member of the Los Angeles County Fire Department, in California. Captain Bailey, who sadly died in the line of duty, was known as a "fireman's fireman," and the truck, which will bear his name in perpetuity, testifies to the esteem in which he was held by those who knew and loved him.
Captain Bailey, who joined the department in 1994 and was made captain in 2009, was certified in Urban Search and Rescue, Swift Water Rescue, Homeland Security, and HAZMAT; was a HAZMAT certified instructor, recruit instructor, and Explorer Academy instructor; and was part of a FEMA team that deployed to Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and to Japan following the earthquake and tsunami there in 2011. He died at age 50 when he collapsed while leading wild-land fire fighting training with prison-inmate firefighters.
The Julius Shulman website and Dave's widow, Lisa, made the donation arrangements through The Friends of Israel Firefighters. The dedication took place in the presence of firemen from the Givat Mordechai station, Jerusalem's main fire station. Within 5 minutes, there was not a dry eye in the building.
In fact, it was a devastating fire on Mount Carmel in Israel's northern region that got the volunteers from Julius Shulman thinking about donating a fire truck in Bailey's memory. The deadliest forest fire in the country's history, in 2010, the fire claimed 44 lives, and more than 17,000 people had to be evacuated.
"We were aware of the Mount Carmel fire, and when Dave died, it just clicked with us that we needed to make something good happen from Dave's terrible death," added a volunteer for Julius Shulman.
"Dave and I had never been to Israel and always wanted to visit, but this cause, in this city, would have been very meaningful to him," said Dave's widow, Lisa. "We're Christian, but Jerusalem is a holy city, no matter what religion you practice. This dedication would have made Dave very happy."