LIVE at the #AlexandriaVA 9/11 Remembrance ceremony #NeverForget

Posted by RedBrickTown.com on Saturday, September 10, 2016

On Saturday, September 10, the City of Alexandria, Virginia marked the 15th anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001 with a remembrance ceremony. On September 11, 2001, terrorists hijacked commercial airliners to strike targets in the United States including the nearby Pentagon. Nearly 3,000 people died as a result of the attacks.

The hour-long event held in Market Square paid tribute to those who responded without fear, acted without hesitation, and gave their lives to save others.

The ceremony featured remarks from Mayor Allison Silberberg and representatives from the Alexandria Police Department, Fire Department, and Sheriff’s Office. The tribute included a “Return to Quarters” bell-ringing ceremony and musical performances by the award-winning Alexandria Harmonizers ( a STIRRING rendition of God Bless America) and the City of Alexandria Pipes and Drums.

In case you couldn’t make it, see video from the event above and photos from the event at this link.

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The Alexandria Fire Department and IAFF Local 2141 have begun their annual “Fill the Boot” fundraising campaign in Alexandria, Virginia. The campaign will go through Monday, September 5th and helps to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association(MDA).

The campaign is a cooperative effort between on-duty AFD personnel, AVFD personnel, and off-duty volunteers, to include friends and family. Volunteers will be recruited from each of the labor group as well (IAFF, PBFFA, and APMA).

Muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other related diseases take away the ability to walk, move, smile, talk or even breathe.

Proceeds will go towards research and treatments and will also help support MDA’s programs, such as state-of-the-art support groups and clinics, according to their release.

Over the last five + years the Alexandria Fire Department has raised over $165,000 for MDA.

Firefighters have been spotted around town today! Will you help fill the boot??

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As the Firefighter’s Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia reaches its 160th year, Friendship Firehouse Museum and Ivy Hill Cemetery staff will discuss how and why Ivy Hill Cemetery was chosen for the obelisk honoring seven fallen firemen, and how the tradition of honoring fallen firefighters has grown at this enduring memorial.

The events is FREE and for age 10 and older and takes place Saturday, September 17, from 1-2 p.m. at Ivy Hill Cemetery, located at 2823 King Street in Alexandria.

For more community events, visit our community events calendar.

Kids Cuts and Community Day in Alexandria, Virginia

Organizations are partnering on a ‘Community Day’ to provide free backpacks with school supplies and haircuts for boys and girls to prepare them for the upcoming school year this Sunday (August 28).

Other activities and fun include clowns, face painting, DJ, popcorn and treats, public safety vehicles on display, and raffling off gifts to the kids. A fun day for all!

This event is made possible by the following partners:

  • City of Alexandria Parks & Recreation
  • Firefighters and Friends to Rescue
  • Alexandria Fire Department
  • Alexandria Police Department
  • Alexandria Sheriff’s Office
  • Apple Federal Credit Union

For more community events, visit our community events calendar online.

300 block of Oronoco Street in Alexandria, Virginia

Image credit: Google Maps

UPDATE (12:40 PM):  According to AFD, the call came out as a kitchen fire. The fire department arrived and it turned out to be a fire inside the oven that was contained. During the fire departments investigation, they also found the stove slightly pulled from the wall that caused a slight gas odor. The fire department extinguished the oven fire and mitigated the slight odor which eventually dissipated. No one was hurt or injured and everything is back to normal.

The 300 block of Oronoco Street is CLOSED this morning in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia for Alexandria Fire Department (AFD) activity. Have reached out to AFD for more information.

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Dandy Fuel Leak in Alexandria, Virginia

According to the Alexandria Fire Department, last night, the dinner cruise vessel Nina’s Dandy, moored at 0 Prince Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia,  was found to be leaking a fuel oil mixture into the Potomac River at 8:05 p.m.

Alexandria Fire Department’s marine and hazardous materials units found the vessel unoccupied and leaking light petroleum products from a starboard exhaust port. United States Coast Guard (USCG), Metropolitan Fire Department and Alexandria’s Fireboat 201 placed harbor boom to contain the sheen surrounding the vessel. The hazardous materials team stopped the fuel source. The Coast Guard remained on scene to handle inspections, citations, and any environmental issues.

The amount of release fuel is unknown; however, units on the scene describe no environmental impacts.

(Photo via Josh, on Flickr)

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Former City Employee Indicted for Theft of City Funds

The Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney has announced that Monique Jackson Asante, a former employee of the City of Alexandria, Virginia, was indicted by a grand jury this morning on one felony charge related to the theft of City funds.  Ms. Jackson Asante was employed as an administrative assistant in the Alexandria Fire Department until her employment was terminated on February 24, 2016.  She is accused of facilitating the submission and payment of fraudulent invoices for training and supplies.

On February 23, 2016, the Alexandria Fire Department received information that Ms. Jackson Asante may have mishandled City funds.  The City Manager’s Office directed the Alexandria Police Department to conduct a criminal investigation and directed the Office of Internal Audit to conduct an internal investigation, and Ms. Jackson Asante cooperated with these inquiries.  The City of Alexandria is seeking incarceration and full restitution of the stolen funds.  Pursuant to state law, if Ms. Jackson Asante is convicted of a felony in this case she will not be entitled to receive a public pension.

As a result of its internal investigation, the City is improving financial controls, increasing audit frequency, and strengthening approvals processes.   The Alexandria Fire Department is providing additional ethics and fiscal management training and focus to appropriate administrators, managers, and officers.  The City has also engaged a third-party auditing firm to conduct a review of internal financial controls beyond the annual reviews normally conducted by internal and external auditors.  Disciplinary action has been taken against employees who failed to provide appropriate oversight.

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