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The Voice of Reason - Lairdsville Revisited 9 years later

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September 25, 2010 marks the ninth year since the death of rookie firefighter Bradley Golden. On September 25, 2001, Brad Golden had been on the Lairdsville Fire Department for three weeks; just enough time to die! Brad was the victim of a training exercise that went terribly wrong. It was to be a joint, live-burn training exercise with Lowell, Westmoreland and Lairdsville fire departments. It was to be an evening exercise; one that he could have very easily chosen not to attend. He had committed to being there and he was a young man who kept his word and his commitments. As it were on this day, Brad could have gone out with friends. But, according to his stepfather, Bob Roberts, Brad was “all pumped up about the practice”. Nothing was going to come between Brad and his dream of being a firefighter; a dream that he had held since his days in Clark Mills, where he would watch the firefighters there. The sirens, the flash of the big rigs going by and the looks on the faces of the firefighters as they went by were too powerful to resist. Brad was hooked at an early age. Brad got to live his dream for three, short weeks.- From “Just Enough Time to Die” Please join me on Thursday, September 30th at 9:00 pm ET for FirefighterNetcast Presents The Voice of Reason. The entire show will be dedicated to the memory of Bradley Golden. I will be joined by some very special guests; all of whom participated in the discussions in the aftermath of this terrible tragedy. We will be discussing the NIOSH report, the news articles, the trial, the lawsuits and the changes that were invoked by the state of New York. Find out why “live victims” were used. Find out what defense “strategy” was used by Baird’s defense attorney, Bob Moran. Find out why the original discussion "Lairdsville Re-visited" had over 500 replies and over 26,000 views. Tune in to find out.