The View from South of the Potomac River: Tribute to Fallen EMT at Fire Station 206 in Alexandria

Tribute to Fallen EMT at Fire Station 206 in Alexandria

              Fire Station 206 in the Alexandria Real Estate Market

This is the scene at Fire Station 206 at the intersection of Seminary Road & N Pickett St in the City of Alexandria, which is located just around the corner from our home.  The ambulance draped in black, along with flowers and a photo are all in tribute to Paramedic Joshua Weissman, who passed away on Thursday after suffering injuries in the line of duty the previous evening.

                  Joshua Wiessman Photo

According to the Fire Department and numerous news sources, Weissman's EMT unit was responding to a car fire in the HOV lane near the intersection of I-395 and Glebe Road around 6:30 pm on Wednesday.  Because the HOV lanes had shifted to a Southbound flow and Station 206 is located south of the scene, the vehicle was in the Northbound local lanes when it came upon the fire.  In attempting to reach the vehicle, Weissman attempted to cross gap between the two roadways of roughly 3 feet, but instead fell 20 feet to the rocky creek below.  He was rescued from the Four Mile Run and taken via Medivac to Washington Hospital Center where he succumbed to his injuries.  He is survived by his wife Rebecca.

Unfortunately, I did not notice this last night as I drove past last night on the way home, but when I took my son to preschool this morning it was unmistakable.  It is a vivid reminder of the risks associates with the choice to serve others when they are the most in need.  To Joshua's wife, we keep you in our thoughts & prayers at this most troubling of times.

As a side note and remberance of the summer, there is a fantastic open house at this station with a real fire house for the kids... and every year I have to drag my son away from it.  If the fantastic members of the firehouse let him have his way, he would flood Seminary Valley and run up one heck of a water bill.

 

AJ Heidmann ~ CRS,  ABR

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Comment balloon 10 commentsAJ Heidmann ~ CRS • February 10 2012 06:32PM

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Al... this is such a touching tribute to Joshua Weissman, your Fallen EMT hero.  I am sure this young man will long be remembered as the hero he definitely was.

This location is very near where I lived for several years when I was in Alexandria.  Going off my foggy memory, I lived near North Jordan and Duke Street.  I loved it there.  Thank you again for honoring Joshua.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 8 years ago

Karen - Your old stomping grounds are within a mile of the fire house... and that foggy memory doesn't seem so foggy!  It is very sad about what happened to Joshua, but some people are answering a call with their career.  Once our garden gets going this summer, we'll have to load up my sons wagon and take some fresh veggies over the station.  Thanks for stopping by.

Posted by AJ Heidmann ~ CRS, YOUR Alexandria & Arlington, VA Real Estate Expert (McEnearney Associates, Inc.) about 8 years ago

This is really sad to hear.  I hope his family can find peace in knowing he gave his life trying to save another.  It takes a brave person to put their life on the line for someone else. 

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) about 8 years ago

Chris Ann - It does remind all of us of the sacrifice that these wonderful people sometimes make.  Since I snapped that photo, it has grown in size with many more people dropping flowers off.

Posted by AJ Heidmann ~ CRS, YOUR Alexandria & Arlington, VA Real Estate Expert (McEnearney Associates, Inc.) about 8 years ago

My future son in law is going to school to be an EMT (and then on to be a nurse.)  This hits home close to me.  Thoughts and prayers for Joshua's family and friends!

Posted by Renée Donohue~Home Photography, Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer (Savvy Home Pix) about 8 years ago

Renee -  I can understand why you would feel that way.  They show up, no matter the conditions... in Joshua's case it was lightly raining, there was smoke in the air, after sunset with headlights from traffic oncoming traffic.  He didn't hesitate to try and carry out his duties.

Posted by AJ Heidmann ~ CRS, YOUR Alexandria & Arlington, VA Real Estate Expert (McEnearney Associates, Inc.) about 8 years ago

AJ, what a terrible loss for your area. Joshua was a fine young man.

Posted by Connie Harvey, Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate (Pilkerton Realtors) about 8 years ago

Connie - It is a loss to the community and an unimaginable one for his wife. 

Thanks for stopping by.

Posted by AJ Heidmann ~ CRS, YOUR Alexandria & Arlington, VA Real Estate Expert (McEnearney Associates, Inc.) about 8 years ago

AJ - What a wonderful tribute to Paramedic Joshua Weissman.  An example that we need to enjoy each day to the fullest for we never know when our last will be.  May Josh rest in peace.

Posted by John McCormack, CRS, Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me! (Albuquerque Homes Realty) about 8 years ago

John - Joshua's memorial service is scheduled to start in just over 2 hours, with 200 fire vehicles in the procession to the cemetery and over a thousand people.  Hopefully, this will help his family deal with his sacrifice.

Posted by AJ Heidmann ~ CRS, YOUR Alexandria & Arlington, VA Real Estate Expert (McEnearney Associates, Inc.) about 8 years ago

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