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Fire station DVR crashes, grief counselors called in

With an entire collection of "Rescue Me" and "Emergency!" gone, firefighters cope with picking up pieces

By FireRescue1 Staff

SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. — It's being blamed on a lightning strike or possibly a surge from a ComVolt substation. Either way, the destruction of the station DVR has left agony and uncertainty in its wake.

"We just don't know where to turn," said Sleepy Hollow Firefighter Ted Riklyner. "In a split second everything was gone - all seven seasons of "Rescue Me" with outtakes and interviews plus the complete set of "Emergency!" You have any idea the time and commitment our guys put into recording those programs? Many came in on their days off to make sure the DVR was set and running."

The power surge hit about 8 p.m. Friday, setting off small popping sound followed by a flash and a wisp of smoke from the DVR.

"We were just in shock," Riklyner said. "We sat there staring at it; good thing it didn't catch fire as we'd have been goners."

Fire departments rely heavily on their equipment and few pieces are more important than a DVR. Without it, firefighters on low call-volume departments like Sleepy Hollow can go out of their minds with boredom.

Town officials wasted no time bringing in a team of grief counselors to help firefighters cope with this tremendous loss.

Following the counselors' advice, Sleepy Hollow firefighters are spending their time washing trucks and practicing firefighting skills.

"It's a way to keep our mind off the tragedy," Riklyner said. "Eventually, we'll get a new DVR and rebuild the collection; we're just not at that place yet."

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Brad Logan Brad Logan Tuesday, April 01, 2014 10:46:57 AM That was the smile I needed!!!!
Michael Ehrman Michael Ehrman Tuesday, April 01, 2014 1:01:42 PM Try Netflix, Amazon, or iTunes to see if the episodes are available. Sorry for the loss guys. I know the lightning loss well from two years ago. As they say, backup, backup, backup.
Kevin O'Connor Kevin O'Connor Tuesday, April 01, 2014 1:05:32 PM April fools right
Brett Ferdig Brett Ferdig Tuesday, April 01, 2014 1:13:55 PM Them poor guys, What to do.... What to do......
Patti Beauregard Patti Beauregard Tuesday, April 01, 2014 1:35:57 PM OMG Brett--that was one of the saddest stories ever..where can I donate??? LMFAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jay Elvers Jay Elvers Tuesday, April 01, 2014 1:38:18 PM Like the famous saying goes; "Its not the end of the world!!!!!
Branden Sellers Branden Sellers Tuesday, April 01, 2014 1:49:07 PM yes… this is truly funny…. Godspeed DVR….
Austin Brosius Austin Brosius Tuesday, April 01, 2014 2:28:03 PM nooooo they lost the complete set of emergency omg
Frank Ramirez Frank Ramirez Tuesday, April 01, 2014 2:34:35 PM Ohhhhh....the humanityyyyyy !!!!!!
Michael Brooks Michael Brooks Tuesday, April 01, 2014 5:26:32 PM Grief counselors?!?! There are people in this world getting abused, shot, stabbed and killed and you need grief counselors because you lost your video collection?!?! You are all completely bananas!!! If it helps, DeSoto and Gage are on every night Monday thru Saturday on the Me Network...Station 51, KMG365...BAHAHAHAHA!!!!
Robert Crawford Robert Crawford Wednesday, April 02, 2014 3:20:16 AM April Fools!
Wednesday, April 02, 2014 8:15:36 PM I am so sorry for your loss. I can just imagine the lost sleep and the PTS you must be going thru, I was never a fan of Rescue Me, but Emergency, now that should have its own national holiday. Again, sorry for your loss, but just take it a day at a time and know that we all kinda feel your grief.

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