Thursday, January 10, 2013
'Don't worry, Scott. We've got it from here.'
Nicole31693 posted this short clip on YouTube on Tuesday with the message: Fridley firefighter Scott Allard passed away unexpectedly on April 10, 2012. RIP Dad. I love you and miss you. Read Fridley Patch posts about Scott Allard.
Friday, September 21, 2012
Two of this year's 47 deaths were off-duty Fridley public safety personnel.
Motorcycle deaths are on the increase in Minnesota, state officials said Thursday, with fatalities for 2012 now at 47—a figure that includes Fridley firefighter Scott Allard and Fridley police officer Barry Pankonin. The tally of fatalities this year has already passed the 42 motorcycle-crash deaths in Minnesota in 2011, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. (See the DPS 2011 Crash Facts for motorcycles by clicking on PDF thumbnail.) At least one of those 2011 crashes was in Fridley: Nicholas Alexander Owczynsky of Lauderdale died in September 2011 after he wiped out while trying to turn at University and 73rd avenues NE. Warmer weather that allows a longer season for motorcycling in non-winter conditions is one factor. …
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Of 11 crashes from 2009–11, all but one involved left turns or through-movements at intersection.
The intersection of Fireside Drive NE and Minnesota Highway 65 in Fridley has seen at least two significant crashes in the last four months: How common are crashes at Fireside and 65? Here is the state's tally of crashes at the intersection from 2005 to 2011: Crash Data for Highway 65 and Fireside Drive NE, Fridley Source: MnDOT The Minnesota Department of Transportation crash tally for Fireside Drive and Highway 65 does not put the intersection on the agency's list of the 200 crossing with the most crashes, according to MnDOT Metro Distict Director of Communications TK Kramascz. The crashes that do occur there show a pattern, Kramascz said: Among the 11 crashes from 2009–11, 10 involved vehicles making left turns or through-movements …
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
A memorial service for Scott Allard, who died from motorcycle-related injuries, was held Monday evening.
Scott Allard, the Fridley firefighter who died on April 10 from injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash, was remembered at a Monday evening memorial service at St. Philip's Lutheran Church as a community-minded family man, fond of spending time outdoors and pranking friends. About a dozen fire trucks were parked in respect outside the church as Allard, who was just a day from retirement at the time of his March 31 crash, was given a firefighter funeral that included a bell ceremony, presentation of the flag and eulogy by Fridley Fire Chief John Berg. “I’ve come to realize the horror of small words, when placed together, like 'What' and 'If',” Allard’s daughter Tawny Zbanski said during the service. “What if it had been raining that day? …
Monday, April 16, 2012
It's the first funeral for an active-duty Fridley firefighter in decades.
The Fridley community and fire department, along with family and friends, will pay last respects to Scott Allard on Monday, following his death on April 10. The longtime Fridley resident and veteran Fridley firefighter was recovering from injuries from a March 31 motorcycle crash at the time of his death. The memorial service for Allard is at 7 p.m. Monday at St. Philip's Lutheran Church, with visitation starting at 4 p.m. Protocol for Honors Scott Allard's memorial will include honors in keeping with protocol for firefighters who die while on active duty. Firefighters across the state are invited to the memorial on Monday. From 8 a.m. Monday to 8 a.m. Tuesday, neighboring mutual-aid fire departments will take over all duties of the …