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Menlo Park fire chief returns home after crippling fall

Original post made on Jul 25, 2013

After three decades in a career that saw him deployed for 9/11, the Oklahoma City bombing, Katrina and local emergencies too numerous to count, the fire chief of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District is used to saving lives rather than being saved.

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Posted by george
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jul 25, 2013 at 11:07 am

This is the 3rd falling-off-a-ladder incident I've heard of recently. In each case the person leaned too far to reach something instead of climbing down and moving the ladder. A cautionary tale for all.

I hope Mr. Schapelhouman (sp?)recovers and can return to work. He has done a great job for Menlo Park and the country.

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Posted by Sarah
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jul 25, 2013 at 12:37 pm

May God Bless this brave firefighter, and bring him to a speedy recovery.
And folks, be careful on ladders-

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Posted by Nora Charles
a resident of Stanford
on Jul 25, 2013 at 2:57 pm

One of those awful instances of bad things happening to good people. Good wishes to the Chief for a swift and compete recovery.

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Posted by Pat Burt
a resident of Community Center
on Jul 25, 2013 at 7:19 pm

We look forward to the Chief getting back in the saddle and leading his outstanding organization. Even neighbors here in Palo Alto have benefitted from Harold's strong leadership through his inter-agency collaboration initiatives and innovative emergency preparedness programs.

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Posted by Russell Hancock
a resident of St. Claire Gardens
on Jul 26, 2013 at 12:45 am

Harold Schapelhouman is a Bay Area hero. We are sadly, sadly diminished until he is back at full force. Wishing you godspeed in your recovery.

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