Oxbow Lake
About Me & This Website
Oxbow Lake

    My name is Douglas J. Ochsner and I have been involved, in one way or another, with the fire service for as long as I can remember. Both my late paternal grandfather and my dad were involved with the fire service for many years. While I am not currently involved with a defined fire service, this site is my way of serving the fire/rescue community.
    The idea for this site was started shortly after I started receiving an e-mail newsletter from the Montana Fire Services Training School (based in Great Falls). I felt that I needed to honor those who lose their lives in the rescue service. One day, that newsletter had an entry for an LODD. Using that information, I tried to have it posted on another site and that site elected not to post it. After that, I decided that I would honor the fallen by having a page (at that time) of my own that would give me the ability to use my own criteria for listing using the afore mentioned newsletter, firehouse.com and from links on that site, and I also use the USFA Fire Fighters Memorial Database.
    As a result of the page (now site), I have received thank you's (and even a few procession pictures) from the relatives of those who I have listed. I am honored and humbled that those families have chosen to express their gratitude to me in these ways in their time of loss. I also thank the individuals in the fire service who have taken the time to respond to my requests for information to complete the entries honoring their fallen brothers and sisters.
    I hope to continue, using this site, to honor not only those fire/rescue personnel who die in the line of duty, but those who also serve their communities, both as paid and volunteer fire fighters.

    (As to the graphics on the top of the page, they are a picture of an "oxbow" lake. "Oxbow" was a nickname I picked up in college when a person in an organization I was involved in was unable to pronounce "Ochsner" [Oxner is the phonetic spelling] correctly. At the time, I didn't really like it, but shortly after that, I used it as an ID on a few websites and it stuck. I decided soon after that I would use a graphic of it on a "personal" website.)

Last Edited on 07/27/15
by Douglas J. Ochsner, Webmaster

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