Having the Indianapolis Fire Department represented on the car of Jay Howard will only make this year’s race more personal to the people of Indy. To show his support in an even deeper way, Howard took time out of his busy May schedule to visit with patients at the Richard M. Fairbanks Burn Center at Wishard Hospital yesterday morning. He was joined by members of the IFC including Fire Chief Brian Sanford and Chris Major the president of the Indianapolis Professional Firefighters Local 416. Howard took some time to visit with the firefighters before making his way into the burn center. “The Indianapolis Motor Speedway makes Indy what it is and we are very lucky to get the chance to be associated with IMS, ” said Sanford.

Chris Major talked about the positive affects of the crest being placed on Jay’s car. “It’s a great way to make people aware of the efforts we make,” said Major. Stanford addressed Simona de Silvestro’s crash earlier this May. “It shows how far of a reach a burn center can make. It doesn’t only deal with house fires and accidental burns.”

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Once inside, Howard took time to visit with patients of the Wishard Burn Center. He signed autographs, took pictures, and chatted with some very excited patients. One lady kept telling Jay that he had made her day. She was given one of the Jay Howard/Indianapolis Fire Department shirts and Jay signed it for her.

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Howard was then given a tour of the burn unit. He learned that around 550 patients are treated at the burn center every year. Also, there are 7 other burn units in the U.S. modeled around the Richard M. Fairbanks Burn Center at Wishard Hospital. It was also shared with Jay that the staff of the burn center makes regular trips to Central America for mission trips. They have built the only burn center in Central America. Each trip costs around $30,000-50,000 and the burn center staff raises all the funds themselves. They are currently preparing for their 5th trip to El Salvador with a staff of 22 people.

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Howard is driving in this year’s Indy 500 to support burn victims. If you would like to show your support you can purchase the shirt Jay is wearing in the pictures above. For more information on the t-shirts and helping out the Wishard Burn Center follow this link: http://www.n-depthfiregraphics.com/jayhoin500sh.html


There are 5 comments for this post.

  1. Citizen on May 25, 2011 6:21 pm

    Where were the IEMS medics and emt’s that actually do the patient care. Unless the patient is still actively on fire, IFD serves no purpose.

  2. mchase on May 25, 2011 7:32 pm

    I believe the article is in reference to the IFD raising money for burn victims NOT recognition or who responds!! Kuddos to Jay Howard for bringing this need to the publics attention!!! Great job to all involved!!!

  3. Citizen on May 26, 2011 1:14 pm

    It does not make any reference to that at all.

  4. DJ Blythe on May 27, 2011 7:54 pm
    DJ Blythe

    Fire Dept Paramedics + EMT’s respond to all manner of medical emergencies of the public, so as to stablize & transport patients to a medical facility As Soon As Possible.

  5. Citizen on June 4, 2011 9:30 pm

    IFD does not do any transporting in the city of Indianapolis. IFD may respond to calls,but that does not mean they are doing any actual patient care.

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