South Atlantic Fire Rescue Expo 2014

June 10, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
 

South Atlantic Fire Rescue Expo 2014 - Here we come!

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That's right!!!  We have secured a vendor booth at the 2014 South Atlantic Fire Rescue Expo, held in Raleigh July 25-26 at the Raleigh Convention Center!  SAFRE has become the premier expo and conference for the fire service on the east coast with it's 150,000 sq. ft. expo floor!  Hundreds of vendors, both locally & nationally, involved in the Fire & Rescue service will be exhibiting at SAFRE this year, with an estimated attendance of 4,500 people.

We have also partnered up with the SAFRE Expo organizers this year, and....get this....one of OUR firefighter portraits will be FRONT & CENTER at the expo...literally ON the front of the Raleigh Convention Center!

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The SAFRE organizers like to keep the front display a secret until the expo is just around the corner, so I can't spill the beans on what the image is...but it's going to be like none other that have graced that front display window!

We will also be running a photobooth right next to our exhibit table as well!  This is your chance to get a taste of Jim O'Sullivan Photography portraits!  We will have turnout gear, a helmet (with a generic shield), & some tools available on-site, but I HIGHLY ENCOURAGE you to bring at least your own helmet (& gear if you wish!) to make the portrait authentic to you.  

We'll be doing on-site printing of 4x6 portraits, and are running a SAFRE special of $12 per portrait or $20 for two!  And if you'd like a larger sized portrait, we'll gladly take orders for those as well!  

Now...here's the REALLY special part about this photobooth - a portion of all sales will be going towards a fundraiser we're putting on for a local EMT and Volunteer Rescue Squad Chief - Kyle Buckner.

 

Fundraiser for Kyle Buckner

Kyle Buckner has been serving his community of Alamance County for the past 16 years as a County Paramedic, has been the Volunteer Chief for Alamance County Rescue Unit for 12 years, and also owns his own business, Buckner’s Lawncare, since 2005.  But recently, he’s had to put all that aside and focus on his health.

Kyle is facing his third kidney transplant in 20 years.
 
You see, he has Alport Syndrome, which is a hereditary genetic disease & damages the tiny blood vessels in the kidneys.  It began with his grandfather on his mother’s side, which was passed on to his mother, and then to him.  He had his first kidney transplant in 1994 while in high school, and then in 2004 that kidney began failing and he underwent a second kidney transplant.  
 
9 years later, in November 2013, Kyle contracted pneumonia and was in the hospital for a week.  He then found himself in the hospital again in February 2014, and during his stay, he contracted a staph infection in his left lung and bloodstream and was placed on a ventilator at Duke Hospital for six days.  The stress on his body created by the staph infection caused his current kidney to go into acute renal failure, so he is now looking at his third kidney transplant.

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During the 2014 South Atlantic Fire Rescue Expo we will be donating $2 from every portrait purchased ($5 when two are purchased!) to Kyle.  And we will more than graciously accept any donations outside of purchased portrait sales!  All money raised for him through this fundraiser will be going directly into a special account strictly for his medicine, medical bills, gas for his constant trips to the hospital, and other medical-related expenses.
 
We thank you for your support, and look forward to seeing you at SAFRE 2014!!
 
 

 

 


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