Line of Duty Death of Paramedic Joshua Weissman

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Alexandria Honors Paramedic Joshua A. Weissman

With great sadness, Alexandria Fire Chief Adam K. Thiel announced the death of Paramedic Joshua Weissman at 4:25pm on February 9, 2012. While responding to a car fire on Interstate 395 near Glebe Road on the evening of February 8, Paramedic Weissman fell from the roadway, where he suffered a severe head injury. He was rescued by City of Alexandria and Arlington County Firefighters and Paramedics, with assistance from the City of Alexandria and Arlington County Police Departments and the Virginia State Police. Despite valiant efforts by the medical team at the Washington Hospital Center, Paramedic Weissman's injuries proved to be fatal.

Memorial Services

A Visitation Service was held on Wednesday, February 15, 2012, at Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home in Alexandria.

A Funeral Services with Honors was held on Thursday, February 16, 2012, at Beth El Hebrew Congregation in Alexandria. First responders from across the nation convened in Alexandria to honor Joshua Weissman's sacrifice, and his funeral was attended by more than 1,000 people.

Interment followed at Ivy Hill Cemetery in Alexandria.

Impact on the Community

Mutual Aid - All command staff and units for the Alexandria Fire Department went out of service from 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 15, until 7 p.m. on Friday, February 17. During this time, all Alexandria Fire Stations are fully staffed by regional partners at no cost as part of mutual aid agreements. When calls for service are made, they are answered by first responders from neighboring jurisdictions with their own trucks and staff, who provide the same high quality service that is given from our own Alexandria Fire Department.

Donations & Condolences

At the request of the Weissman family, in lieu of flowers, donations and condolences may be sent to:

Joshua A. Weissman Memorial Fund
c/o Alexandria Firefighters, Inc - IAFF Local 2141
4600 Duke Street, Suite 429, Alexandria, VA 22304

You may also donate online

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The Alexandria Fire Department appreciates the support of our extended family of Fire Department colleagues locally, regionally, and nationally.

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