Sunday, February 17, 2013


This blog is dedicated to the efforts to provide help and support to the members of the Bryan Fire Department and their families who were affected by the tragic events on 2/15/2013.

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On 2/15/2013 Bryan Fire Department responded to reports of a structure fire at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Grosebeck Street in Bryan, TX. During the initial attack Lt. Eric Wallace became separated from his firefighter. His firefighter managed to make it out of the structure but Lt. Wallace remained inside. A RIT team lead by Lt. Greg Pickard were sent inside to rescue Lt. Wallace. All three members of the RIT team suffered severe burns in the process of removing Lt. Wallace. Lt. Wallace was pronounced dead after arriving at St. Joseph hospital in Bryan. Lt. Pickard, FF Rickey Matney, and FF Mitch Moran were transported to St. Joseph and later to The University of Texas Medical Branch hospital in Galveston via helicopter. The following afternoon Lt. Pickard succumbed to his wounds. FF Mantey and FF Moran are both currently in the burn unit at UTMB recovering from severe burns.

The care package effort was hatched by friends and fellow firefighters from the Brazos Valley community who wish to do something special to help Ricky, Mitch, and their families during their long road to recovery. We are asking the firefighter community around the world to show their support for these two heros by providing them each a challenge coin or patch from your department.

Currently this effort is being headed by:
FF/EMT Andrew Jarrett (South Brazos County Fire Department)
LT/Paramedic Chris Framsted (South Brazos County Fire Department)
FF/EMT Joe Fairchild (Brazos County Precinct 4 Fire Department)
EMT Jolene Long (St. Joseph Region EMS)
Fire Chief Merrie Noak (Brazos County District 2 Fire Department)
FF/Paramedic Cody Blount (College Station Fire Department and South Brazos County Fire Department)

And supported by numerous other emergency responders and community members throughout the Brazos Valley and the country at large who are making this effort possible with their contributions. If you wish to contribute or get involved please email

About The Care Package Project:

  • At this time we are collecting patches, shirts, hats, and challenge coins to send to our brothers currently recovering at the UTMB Burn Unit in Galveston, TX. Through this effort we hope to surround our injured brothers with visual reminders of the thoughts and prayers of fire,ems, and police professionals around the country who wish to show support as they begin the long journey to recovery.
  • For T-shirts, Ricky wears a large and Mitch wears an XL
  • There are about 20 friends and family members who are camped out at UTMB as well, we will be providing them with snacks and other donations as well.
  • At this time we are also trying to provide two tablets or netbooks to give to the guys when they are feeling better for entertainment and to better communicate with friends and loved ones.
  • We are accepting any other donations from the community at large such as gift cards, get well cards, letters, and frequent flyer miles for the family members.
Items will be delivered after Mitch and Ricky have had an opportunity to recover from their wounds and no longer require isolation in the burn unit. 

Care package items can be sent to:

FF/EMT Andrew Jarrett
PO Box 11047
College Station, TX 77845


Dropped off in person to
FF/Paramedic Cody Blount
College Station Fire Department, Station #6
600 University Drive E. College Station, TX 77840

Members of local fire departments will deliver care package items to our injured comrades for as long as we continue to receive them. If you have any questions please feel free to email

Other Charitable Events:

Cash donations are currently being accepted at Wells Fargo in Bryan, TX under the Bryan Firefighters relief fund.

A collection of family members of Bryan Firefighters and community members are cooking and catering meals for the Bryan Firefighters this week. If you would like to contribute please go to their facebook group.

Current information about the fire investigation, funeral and memorial arrangements for the fallen, and the conditions of the injured can be found at or

Heather Craft is donating 100% of the proceedes from her Thirty-One Gifts this month to the Bryan Firefighters Relief Fund

If you are aware of a charity or fundraising project for Bryan Fire Department and wish to have information listed here please email or leave a comment below.

Thank you all for your support!

*this page authored by local volunteers. The information and opinions published here are not authorized or endorsed by the City of Bryan or any other department or agency.


  1. God bless these brave hero's as the begin the long road back.Keep Ricky and Mitch's family in your embrace and help them to heal. Welcome Lt. Wallace & Lt. Pickard into your Kingdom and wrap their loving families in your arms give them your peace and keep them close. Amen

  2. Is there anything I can do for the families staying in Galveston? Bryan is where I grew up, but now call Lake Jackson/Richwood home. I live a short 30 mins from Galveston and would be honored to do anything I can for these families.

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