The Powhatan 343 - A benefit for First Responders
If you have been redirected here from Facebook links, do not use the donate tab at the bottom of the post. It will not work. You must open Www.volunteerPowhatan.org in a separate browser. Thank you for your understanding.
Russ Holland is longtime resident of Powhatan County and serves on the Economic Development Authority. He is an IT Specialist at Dominion Energy as well as a part time health and run technique coach. His is an avid runner and has participated in Ultra runs up to 100 miles, Ironmans and Marathons.
Like many, Russ remembers September 11th, 2001 and the events that unfolded that day. Recently, as Russ was reading a book about ultra-running, he was reminded by its author to give back to the community what running has given to so many. This is when The Powhatan 343 was born.
Russ’s original idea was to complete a run in memoriam to the fallen 343 FDNY first responders who lost their lives that day in New York. And he wanted to also honor the local first responders in Powhatan County. Initially he dismissed the idea, but experienced several signs that encouraged him to at least chase down the prospect. So, he made some calls to see if it was even possible to put together an event in such a short time. What he found was an amazing, supportive community.
The Powhatan 343 – A Benefit for First Responders event will be held on the Powhatan High School Athletic Track. Russ will run one lap for each of the fallen firefighters – a total of 343 laps (that’s almost 86 miles, if you’re counting!). He will start his run at 12:01 am on September 11th and finish around 7:00 pm that night. He encourages everyone to join him in honoring First Responders by running a lap (or laps) with him or following his run on his Instagram (rehollandjr).
There is also an account for donations that is set up to benefit the Powhatan County Firefighter’s Association. All donations that are received will go directly to each of the Fire and Rescue Companies operating in Powhatan County. If you would like to donate, please click the secure link below. There will also be a donation station at the event if you prefer.
If you would like to “Run with Russ” (you don’t have to run), simply come by the school and check in at the main office! After school hours, just come down to the track. Anyone who completes a lap can enter a drawing to win a brand new Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music watch, generously donated by the Garmin Company!
Your donations will be used for equipment and personnel support, such as purchasing: Hydraulic Extrication Equipment ($25,000); Automated Defibrillators ($1,700); Uniforms and protective gear ($1,800); Stethoscopes ($175); Thermal Imaging Cameras ($6,900); Advanced Airway Devices ($3,500)
WELCOME TO THE
POWHATAN COUNTY FIRE
AND RESCUE DEPARTMENT
We proudly provide fire and rescue services to our citizens through an almost completely volunteer system. We staff five stations and one rescue squad and are always looking for more people to help serve the community.
If you have a desire to serve your community and provide an important and valuable service to Powhatan County, then visit our application page.
CITIZENS WE SERVICE
SQUARE MILES OCCUPIED
Be Safety Smart!
STOP, DROP, AND ROLL
If your clothes catch on fire, do NOT run! Instead,
STOP where you are,
DROP to the ground and cover your face, then
ROLL back-and-forth until the fire goes out!
FIRE ESCAPE PLAN
If your alarm sounds, exit your home as quickly as possible. Once you’re out, stay out and call 911 immediately. If you or a family member can’t escape, close the door of the room you’re in and wait for firefighters to preform the rescue.
HOT WEATHER SAFETY
Working in hot weather can be harmful. Make sure you hydrate well the day before your planned activity. Drink plenty of water during the course of your day when you are working in hot weather. If you get sweaty and dizzy, stop immediately. Go inside and cool off. Continuing to work in hot weather can lead to heat stroke, a potentially fatal condition!