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<div style="text-align:center;"><b>Firefighter Running Marathons For Radios</b></div>
<br><div style="text-align:center;"><i>by: Katrina Dix</i></div>
Volunteer Larry Greenberg “runs with” Ludwig’s Corner Fire Company – firefighter jargon for heading out on fire calls. Starting this month, though, he’s doing something a little different: he’s running for his fire company. Four marathons in four months, to be exact, to raise money to fully equip his company with portable radios.<br><br>
Fittingly, the first two marathons Greenberg is taking on are both in October, which is National Fire Prevention Month. In addition to last weekend’s Baltimore Marathon, which he completed in four hours, twenty minutes, and fifty-three seconds, Greenberg will attempt the Marine Corps Marathon on Oct 26th, the Philadelphia Marathon on Nov 23rd, and a Walt Disney World Marathon on Jan 11th.<br><br>
“The marathon was a tough one for me,” said Greenberg. “Way off my personal best, but I took it slow, knowing I'd have three left.”<br><br>
Marathons measure in at 26.2 miles, which is more bonding with the pavement than most people would ever consider. “A lot of people say, ‘You’re crazy to run a marathon,’” said Greenberg, who has been running for about two and a half years. “I try to explain, once you cross the finish line, it’s like all you want to do is run another one. It’s an incredible feeling.”<br><br>
Despite the exhilaration, it’s not easy to push through the pain of eighteen weeks of training, often waking up at four or five in the morning to run.<br><div style="text-align:center;"><br><img alt="" src="" style="border:0px solid;"><br></div>
“Every little bit of inspiration helps,” said Greenberg. The 39-year-old former chef, who plays Mr. Mom to his three daughters, was intrigued by the story of Dean Karnazes, a mega-endurance athlete who also balances training time with fatherhood (recently flying home between marathons for his son’s soccer practice). Karnazes, now 46, ran 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days in 2006. “I don’t think that I could ever do that, but…I figured if I had a cause, it would help me get through,” said Greenberg.<br><br>
Enter the radios. According to Jeff Groves, Fire Training Coordinator for the Chester County Fire Academy, the county, along with the Fire Chiefs, have determined an acceptable number of portable radios to issue to each company based on apparatus and personnel. Greenberg would like to see every firefighter in his company equipped with a radio.<br><br>
“Firefighters need radios,” he said. “You go into a fire, you’re in a building, and the commander is on the outside. If you don’t have a radio, you can’t get instructions from him or her, and you can’t relay what you see back.”<br><br>
As well as the first of Greenberg’s marathon of marathons, Oct 11th was the last day of the National Fire Protection Association-sponsored Fire Prevention Week. This year’s theme, “Prevent home fires,” is painfully relevant in Chester County following the Sep 20th house fire in Coatesville which claimed the lives of three young boys. The fire appeared to have started in a first floor laundry room.<br><br>
The NFPA’s Web site lists cooking, heating, electrical, and smoking materials as the top four causes of home fires. The site, at <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, has many resources for fire prevention, including a customizable home-safety checklist and a home fire escape plan.<br><br>
Greenberg has set up a donation process at <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. Through the Web site, donations made by credit card go directly to the fire company; alternately, the site provides the company’s address for donations made by check or money order.<br><br>
Lace 'Em Up, a running store in the Eagleville Town Center, has signed on as a sponsor for Greenberg’s effort – the first of several, he hopes.<br><br>
Although the first marathon was a challenge, Greenberg is happy with his progress and focused on the next three. “Getting across the finish line in one piece, with a smile on my face is my number one goal in any race I do,” he said. “Mission accomplished.”<br><br><i>reprinted with permission from <b>The Daily Local News</b> (<a href="" target="_blank"></a>)</i>
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