Shannon Watts, Everytown For Gun Safety: TWEET NOW: Ask These Celebs To Pressure Target.


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REMEMBER! everytown1

 

Target just doesn’t get it.

 

More than 300,000 of the company’s customers have asked Target to stand up for customer safety and prohibit people from openly carrying guns in its stores, yet the company’s leaders still haven’t taken any action.

 

So, it’s time to turn up the heat. Maybe Target will heed our call if some of the influential moms and women who sell products on its shelves speak out.

 

Using our Fast Tweet tool, please take a minute to tweet at Jessica Alba, Bethenny Frankel and Rachael Ray and ask them to urge Target to enact a gun sense policy

 

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When these businesswomen teamed up with Target, they probably didn’t expect customers flaunting semiautomatic rifles to be part of the deal.

 

  • Jessica Alba is a mom of two, and founder of Honest Company, which started selling its products at Target just this month.

 

  • Bethenny Frankel is a mom of one; her Skinny Girl products, including Skinny Girl Cocktails, are sold at Target.

 

  • Rachael Ray is a celebrity chef and entrepreneur who is famous for her fast, easy, family-friendly recipes. Her line of cookware and other products are sold at Target.

 

Target — and its brand partners — need to know that we want a safe shopping environment for our families. If Target wants our business, its leaders need to act.

 

Please visit our Fast Tweet page today and invite Jessica Alba, Bethenny Frankel and Rachael Ray to join our effort to make shopping at Target a safer experience for everyone.

 

Thank you for continuing to put pressure on Target. Together, we’ll get the company’s leaders to make this right.

 

 

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Shannon Watts
Founder
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

 

The Purpose of Semi-Automatic Weapons Is To Kill People

 

Everytown for Gun Safety is a movement of Americans fighting for common-sense gun policies. We are moms, mayors, survivors, and concerned citizens.

 

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Please Tweet three of Target’s most influential partners – Jessica Alba, Bethenny Frankel and Rachael Ray – and ask them to urge Target to prohibit the open carry of loaded guns in and around its stores.

 

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Jessica Alba

 .@JessicaAlba moms don’t want open carry where we shop for @Honest products. Tell @Target to get #gunsense #OffTarget #MomsDemand

 .@JessicaAlba – @Honest it’s time for @Target to prohibit open carry. #OffTarget #MomsDemand pic.twitter.com/GNi4icqNMW

 

 

Bethenny Frankel

 .@Bethenny @SkinnyGirl cocktails and open carry don’t mix. Please urge @Target to adopt a #gunsense policy. #OffTarget #MomsDemand

 .@Bethenny moms love @SkinnyGirl but we won’t risk our safety to buy them. Tell @Target to get #gunsense. #OffTarget #MomsDemand

 

 

 

Rachael Ray

 .@RachaelRay please tell @Target to prohibit open carry of guns in its stores #OffTarget #MomsDemand pic.twitter.com/GNi4icqNMW

 Moms love @RachaelRay products, but not open carry of guns. Rachael, please urge @Target to get #gunsense. #OffTarget #MomsDemand

 

 

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Monday The 9th Of June, 2014.


 

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call: The White House Week Ahead & Daily Schedule.

 

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THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday June 9th, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE SCHEDULE
June 9th – June 13th, 2014

 

In the morning, the President and Vice President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.

 

Later in the morning, the President will join nurses from across the country to discuss the importance of passing commonsense immigration reform. This meeting is closed press.

 

In the afternoon, the President will deliver remarks and sign a Presidential Memorandum on reducing the burden of student loan debt. This event in the East Room is open press.

 

Following this event, the President will meet with governors of Western States to discuss wildfires via video teleconference. This meeting in the Situation Room is closed press.

 

Later in the afternoon, the President will welcome the NCAA Champion UConn Huskies Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams to honor the teams and their 2014 NCAA Championships. This event in the East Room is open to pre-credentialed media.

 

 

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On Monday, the President will host an event on education at the White House. Later in the afternoon, the President will welcome the NCAA Champion UConn Huskies Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams to honor the teams and their 2014 NCAA Championships.

 

 

On Tuesday, the President will take to Tumblr in an event at the White House moderated by Tumblr Founder and CEO David Karp. The President will deliver remarks and answer questions from folks across the country on the importance of education, college affordability, and reducing student loan debt.

 

 

On Wednesday, President Obama will travel to Worcester, Massachusetts to deliver the commencement address at the Worcester Technical High School graduation ceremony. The President will also attend a DSCC event in the Boston area. Following the event, the President will return to Washington, DC.

 

 

On Thursday, the President will hold a bilateral meeting Prime Minister Tony Abbott of Australia at the White House; the Vice President will also attend. The two leaders will discuss a range of issues of mutual interest, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Australia’s leadership of the G-20 this year, the future of Afghanistan, and the growing bilateral defense relationship, including the rotation of U.S. Marines through Darwin.  They will also address some of the most serious security issues that confront both Australia and the United States, including Syria, Russia’s actions in Ukraine, North Korea, and the security and stability of the Asia Pacific region. In the afternoon, the President will welcome the WNBA Champion Minnesota Lynx to the White House to honor the team and their victory in the WNBA Finals.

 

 

On Friday, the President and the First Lady will travel to the Cannonball, North Dakota area to visit the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. Following their visit to Indian Country, the President and the First Lady will travel to Palm Springs, CA.

 

 

On Saturday, the President will deliver the commencement address at University of California, Irvine on the 50th anniversary of the dedication of the UC Irvine campus by President Lyndon B. Johnson. UC Irvine does outstanding work at the undergraduate and graduate level in science and research, humanities, and professional studies, and the President looks forward to speaking with the graduates in June. Following these events, he will return to Palm Springs, CA. The President and the First Lady will return to Washington, D.C on Monday.

 

 

White House Schedule – June 9, 2014

 

President Barack Obama on Monday has White House events on student loan debt and immigration and honors the NCAA Champion UConn Huskies Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams.

 

Monday, June 9th, 2014 All Times ET

 

10:00 AM: The President and The Vice President receives the Presidential Daily Briefing, The Oval Office.

 
10:50 AM: The President meets with nurses to discuss immigration reform, Oval Office.

 

12:30 PM: Press Secretary Josh Earnest has his first Daily Press Briefing as the Press Secretary, The Brady Press Briefing Room.

 
1:45 PM: The President delivers remarks and signs a Presidential Memorandum on reducing the burden of student loan debt, The East Room.

 
2:40 PM: The President meets with governors of Western States via video teleconference. The Situation Room.

 
4:15 PM: The President welcomes the UConn men’s and women’s NCAA champion basketball teams. The East Room.

 

 

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June 2014: Photos of the Day

 

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Federal Agencies and the Opportunities and Challenges of Big Data

 

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On June 19, the Obama Administration will continue the conversation on big data as we co-host our fourth big data conference, this time with the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy’s Massive Data Institute.

 

The conference, “Improving Government Performance in the Era of Big Data; Opportunities and Challenges for Federal Agencies”, will build on prior workshops at MIT, NYU, and Berkeley, and continue to engage both subject matter experts and the public in a national discussion about the future of data innovation and policy.

 

 

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White House LIVE!!! Streaming Schedule

 

Next Up…

 

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Working Families Summit on Fatherhood
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Press Briefing by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest
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President Obama Speaks and Signs a Presidential Memorandum on Reducing the Burden of Student Loan Debt
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Regional Food Systems: A Strategy for Community Economic Development
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Driver: Tracy Morgan in crash

 

Published on Jun 9, 2014

Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan has undergone surgery and continues a slow recovery after a devastating car crash.

 

 

 

Motive Sought in Las Vegas Shooting

 

Published on Jun 9, 2014

Las Vegas authorities say they are trying to determine a motive in Sunday’s deadly shooting spree. A man and a woman killed two police officers and a third person before the female suspect killed the male and then herself. (June 9)

 

 

 

Raw: 5 Dead in Las Vegas Shooting

 

Published on Jun 8, 2014

Two suspects shot and killed two police officers in an ambush at a Las Vegas restaurant Sunday before fatally shooting a third person and killing themselves inside a nearby Walmart, authorities said. (June 8)

 

 

 

From ‘Gang-Banger’ to College Graduate

 

Published on Jun 8, 2014

Four years ago, Krishaun Branch was part of an entire class of college-bound high school graduates from Chicago’s Urban Prep. He recently graduated from Fisk University in Nashville. AP’s Martha Irvine chronicles his achievement. (June 9)

 

 

 

Raw: Teams Arrive in Brazil for World Cup

 

Published on Jun 8, 2014

The English, German, and Russian teams arrived in Brazil on Sunday ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The international soccer tournament begins in four days. (June 8)

 

 

 

Michigan Teen Carries Brother on Back for 40 Miles

 

Published on Jun 8, 2014

A Michigan teenager completed a two-day, 40-mile walk with his 7-year-old brother on his back. The Cerebral Palsy Swagger was designed to raise awareness about the muscle disorder that affects the younger brother. (June 8)

 

 

 

Raw: Pope Wades Into Mideast Peace-making

 

Published on Jun 8, 2014

Francis is welcoming the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to the Vatican for an evening of peace prayers just weeks after the collapse of the latest round of U.S.-sponsored peace talks. (June 8)

 

 

 

Hugh Jackman, NPH Walk Tonys Red Carpet

 

Published on Jun 8, 2014

Hugh Jackman talks about hosting this year’s Tony Awards on red carpet while Neil Patrick Harris, Chris O’Dowd, and Lena Hall discuss Jackman hosting show. (June 8)

 

 

 

Supporting America’s Students

 

Published on Jun 7, 2014

In this week’s address, President Obama underscored the importance of helping to lift the burden of crushing student loan debt faced by too many Americans and highlighted the efforts he’s taken to ensure we uphold America’s commitment to provide a quality education for all who are willing to work for it.

 

 

 

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From Salon.Com:

 

GOP wimps cave to the right: New plan resumes Obamacare fight, ditches immigration

 

Under pressure from conservatives, GOP leaders unveil new agenda that shows they haven’t learned a thing

 

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On Friday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor released a memo detailing the June legislative agenda for the House of Representatives, and in doing so drove yet another final nail into immigration reform’s already well-sealed coffin.

 

Cantor’s memo lays out the various bills and issues the House GOP plans to address over the next three weeks, and immigration is conspicuously absent. By leaving it off the agenda, Cantor has effectively cut in half the time available to the House to take up any reform proposals.

 

To recap: A bipartisan group of senators passed a comprehensive reform bill last June that has been gathering dust ever since. The House Republican leadership refuses to bring it to a vote. They also won’t bring their own immigration “principles” up for a vote. Every few weeks or so they renew their verbal commitment to immigration reform, and then continue doing absolutely nothing. President Obama threatened to take executive action to limit deportations, but recently backed off that threat in order to give the Republicans the time and space they needed to bring up a bill.

 

Cantor, in leaving immigration reform off the June agenda, has made clear that time and space are not the issue. The GOP is just not going to take up immigration reform. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has made clear that the window for action by the Republicans closes at the end of July, just before the August recess. At that point, everyone expects Obama to move forward on his own.

 

You can guess what happens then. “Tyranny!” “Power-grab!” “Overreach!” The Republicans, who spurned every opportunity to compromise, will attack Obama for refusing to work with Congress. By that point the midterm elections will be too close to get anything done anyway. Everyone will retreat from policy into politics and the Senate reform bill will be quietly, solemnly interred next to its forbears.

 

There was never much hope of Cantor budging on immigration reform, but it certainly didn’t help that he’s come under fire in the last few weeks by Tea Party conservatives who suspect that he’s secretly working to implement “amnesty.” Cantor is facing a primary challenge from economics professor David Brat, who attacks Cantor mercilessly for his work on the Kids Act (the Republican-friendly version of the Dream Act). Cantor will defeat Brat and he’ll defeat him handily, but he still needs to take him seriously because Brat is pulling in support from influential conservative figures like radio host Laura Ingraham. Part of Cantor’s strategy has been to highlight how he’s fought “amnesty” for “illegal aliens.”

 

So he’s not going to lose, but he’s still had to shift to the right to try to make amends with the conservatives who are deeply suspicious that any attempt at reform will be too lenient on undocumented immigrants. Cantor’s facing a no-win situation on immigration reform, and for now the best option for him politically is to do nothing, so he’s killing immigration reform through inaction.

 

While we’re on the topic of conservatives pressuring the leadership on hot-button issues, Cantor’s June memo is also noteworthy for what it says about healthcare reform. Early last month, the House Republicans unexpectedly went dark on Obamacare – after years of hearings and countless repeal votes, legislators suddenly seemed to lose interest in the health law. According to Cantor’s memo, the cease-fire will come to an end as the House GOP plans to do … something on healthcare:

 

Our committees continue to work to expose the harmful effects of Obamacare and refine different policies that reduce costs, expand access and provide patients with greater control over their healthcare. We will be discussing these policy options with you in the weeks ahead in anticipation of additional floor action.

 

Cantor’s vague promise to discuss unnamed “policy options” comes on the heels of an effort by the hard-line conservative Republican Study Committee to force the leadership into scheduling a vote on the RSC’s Obamacare replacement plan.

 

Conservative members of the rank-and-file have to be frustrated with Cantor on Obamacare. In January he promised that “we will rally around an alternative to Obamacare and pass it on the floor of the House.” In February he said that the finishing touches were being put on the Obamacare replacement plan. Since then there’s been no action to speak of.

 

Cantor and the rest of the leadership haven’t picked a replacement plan because doing so would present significant political risks. Any plan they choose would necessarily require huge disruptions to the insurance market, and the Republican alternative plans that have been put forward to date would cover far fewer people than Obamacare. The surging expansion of Medicaid complicates their efforts even further; people are signing up in droves and are making enthusiastic use of the program, and Republicans are left to argue that they should be transitioned off their newly obtained government-paid insurance. That’s a tough sell, even if the ACA’s approval rating is in the gutter.

 

Introducing an Obamacare replacement would also put Republican midterm candidates in a tough spot, as it would force them to take a position on health reform policy at a time when many of them are trying hard to be as evasive as possible.

 

The leadership has clearly gotten the message from conservatives that inaction on Obamacare is not an option. But they’re clearly still unsure of what to do. What does appear to be certain, however, is that conservatives are succeeding in boxing in the leadership on immigration and healthcare.

 

Thank you   & Salon.Com.

 

 

June 9th 2014: Google Doodle of the Day

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June 9th 2014: Images of the Day

 

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An Answer To Joe The Plumber’s (Samuel J. Wurzelbacher) Asinine Comment: “Your dead kids don’t trump my Constitutional rights.”


 

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I wish I had said this but I didn’t spend enough time giving Samuel J. Wurzelbacher aka Joe The Plumber, 3 seconds of my valuable time over his asinine comment. BUTT a person who reads my blog saw a story I reblogged from another WordPress blogger, and left the following comment……..

 

Joe The Plumber said…“Your dead kids don’t trump my Constitutional right’s.”

 

Mr. Kurt Steinbach response……….

 

Actually, life and liberty DO trump your Constitutional Right to a gun. Conservatives always forget that “well regulated militia” part. The Constitution sets up the framework for government. The purpose of the government is to serve the people of the nation. Its chief purpose is to protect and ensure life and liberty and your pursuing happiness. The right to keep and bear arms as part of a well regulated militia was against the British, the French, a few Native Americans we were in the process of screwing over, and to keep Black people slaves.

 

Every other right has evolved, grown, changed, and developed over the two plus centuries since the Constitution was signd; the 2nd Amendment was the only one that was unchanged because its purpose, to protect us from invaders was unchanged. Since this countries founding, people checked their guns when they entered the city limits, from the back roads of Virginia to Dodge City. When you entered a tavern, you checked your guns. That was the legacy of the Wild West. All that changed after, you guessed it, the Civil War and the end of slavery…

 

Enough said.

 

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A Moment Of Silence: 2:49 PM. #BostonStrong.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Statement by the President

A year ago, tragedy struck at the 117th Boston Marathon.  Four innocent people were killed that week, and hundreds more were wounded.  Today, we remember Krystle Campbell, Lingzi Lu, Martin Richard, and Sean Collier.  And we send our thoughts and prayers to those still struggling to recover.

 

We also know that the most vivid images from that day were not of smoke and chaos, but of compassion, kindness and strength: A man in a cowboy hat helping a wounded stranger out of harm’s way; runners embracing loved ones, and each other; an EMT carrying a spectator to safety.  Today, we recognize the incredible courage and leadership of so many Bostonians in the wake of unspeakable tragedy.  And we offer our deepest gratitude to the courageous firefighters, police officers, medical professionals, runners and spectators who, in an instant, displayed the spirit Boston was built on – perseverance, freedom and love.

 

One year later, we also stand in awe of the men and women who continue to inspire us – learning to stand, walk, dance and run again.  With each new step our country is moved by the resilience of a community and a city.  And when the sun rises over Boylston Street next Monday – Patriot’s Day – hundreds of thousands will come together to show the world the meaning of Boston Strong as a city chooses to run again.

 

 

108 Hours: Inside the Hunt for the Boston Marathon Bombers

 

Published on Apr 12, 2014

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A Moment of Silence to Mark the One-Year Anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing

 

 

Today at 2:49 pm ET, President Obama will observe a moment of silence to mark the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing.

2014 Boston Marathon Tribute: Joe Biden

 

Published on Apr 15, 2014

http://www.UniversalSports.com 2014, Boston, Masschutes, USA, A week before the 118th Boston Marathon, the city of Boston came together to remember the tragic terrorist attack last year. And giving tribute to the heroes and the survivors of that day, Vice-President Joe Biden had these words.

 

President Obama also released a statement this morning on the tragedy.

Today, we remember Krystle Campbell, Lingzi Lu, Martin Richard, and Sean Collier. And we send our thoughts and prayers to those still struggling to recover.

We also know that the most vivid images from that day were not of smoke and chaos, but of compassion, kindness and strength: A man in a cowboy hat helping a wounded stranger out of harm’s way; runners embracing loved ones, and each other; an EMT carrying a spectator to safety. Today, we recognize the incredible courage and leadership of so many Bostonians in the wake of unspeakable tragedy. And we offer our deepest gratitude to the courageous firefighters, police officers, medical professionals, runners and spectators who, in an instant, displayed the spirit Boston was built on – perseverance, freedom and love.

 

 

Boston Marathon Bombing — The Hunt For Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

 

 

 

Boston and its surroundings braced for an emotional week that begins Tuesday with a large ceremony honoring the victims, first responders, medical personnel and others affected by the attack. It will be a chance to mourn the dead and remember the bloodshed, but also to proclaim that what is perhaps the world’s most famous footrace will continue for a 118th year, and to marvel at the way events have brought this community together.

 

“We’re going to turn it into a moment of unity and perseverance and [strength] as a city,” said Alison Beliveau, 25, of South Boston, who finished a run Monday morning outside Marathon Sports, where the first bomb went off one year ago. “We made it through. We’re going to make it.”

 

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8-Year-Old Tyler J. Doohan Dies Rescuing 6 Relatives From Trailer Fire, Dies Trying To Save The 7th Relative.


 

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From The Democrat & Chronicle

 

Chief: Boy ‘saved those other 6 people’

 

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Tyler J. Doohan knew he didn’t have school Monday morning because of the holiday, and asked his mother if it would be OK if he stayed at his grandfather’s trailer at the East Avenue Manufactured Home Community off Route 441 in Penfield.

 

It was a place Tyler knew well. He stayed there frequently, playing with other kids in the neighborhood and having barbecues and bonfires with his family in the summer.

 

It was in the back bedroom of that small, single-wide trailer at 39 Fondiller Ave. that firefighters found Tyler’s body Monday morning, just a few feet away from the bed of his disabled Uncle Steve, who investigators believe Tyler was trying to save.

 

Firefighters say Tyler, an 8-year-old who seemingly spent much of his young life in different homes and school districts, was killed along with his grandfather, Louis J. Beach, 57, and Steven D. Smith, 54, in a fire that appears to have been caused by an electrical problem at the front of the trailer.

 

And as Penfield firefighters — working their third trailer fire in a little more than a year — sorted through the rubble of melted toys and furniture charred beyond recognition, neighbors discussed the number of people who’d taken up residence in a metal home which they say had been deemed unlivable more than once.

 

“The roof had collapsed on the front half of the trailer and one of the individuals was found there, probably on a couch but there was nothing left to even see if it was furniture,” said Penfield Fire Chief Chris Ebmeyer.

 

“In the rear, there was a bedroom and the other deceased male was found in a bed. The child was a few feet way.”

 

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8 year old boy saves 6 in blaze before dying while trying to save another

 

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An 8-year-old boy was killed in a mobile-home fire in upstate New York early Monday while attempting to rescue a disabled relative inside.

 

‘Too many people’

Ebmeyer said the fire started about 4:45 a.m. and spread quickly as the trailer’s nine occupants slept. It’s unknown whether there was a working fire alarm in the home.

 

Tyler was able to wake six people — including two other children, ages 4 and 6 — who all escaped. It was when Tyler tried to help Smith, who uses a wheelchair and crutches because he was without part of a leg, that he was killed.

 

The relatives who escaped the fire, who neighbors said included Tyler’s grandmother, aunt and cousins, were taken to Strong Memorial Hospital with injuries that were not considered life threatening. One woman suffered second-degree burns as she helped others from the burning trailer, Ebmeyer said.

 

Ebmeyer said the casualties of the fire could have been much worse if not for Tyler’s actions, given the fact that so many people were staying in the home.

 

“He saved those other six people,” he said, adding that he was unaware of the sleeping arrangements of the nine people in the trailer.

 

A dozen neighbors expressed a similar concern as they moved about the trailer community Monday morning, many still dressed in pajamas, drinking coffee and trying to find out what happened.

 

Some said they had been told by Beach family members and officials of Morgan Management, which owns the park, that the trailer had been deemed unlivable on at least one occasion (Beach had to replace the roof and the windows of the trailer within the past year) and that Louis Beach had been told there were too many people living on the property.au, whose son, Dillinger, would occasionally play with Tyler in the summer, and who at times grew concerned enough about the number of people living in the trailer to consider calling county officials.

 

“There was too many people, where would you put all those people?” said neighbor Michelle Brosseau, whose son, Dillinger, would occasionally play with Tyler in the summer, and who at times grew concerned enough about the number of people living in the trailer to consider calling county officials.

 

“Now, maybe, I wish I had called,” she said.

 

Darren Button, community manager of East Avenue, did not return a call for comment.

 

Ebmeyer said there are no occupancy restrictions governing trailers, and few fire regulations on trailers if they are privately owned.

 

“If it were a rental or an apartment building or a rented house it would be under the guise of the Fire Marshal’s Office regarding occupancy and inspections, but you can have 50 people living in your house, there’s no limit,” Ebmeyer said.

 

Regarding fire inspections: “People own these, some of them are rented by the park, this one was owned,” Ebmeyer said. “It’s the same as if you own your home. I’m sure at the factory they were inspected, but after that, it’s on the individual to maintain the trailer just as it is on the homeowner to maintain their home.”

 

 

‘Busy for trailer fires’

There are roughly 2,150 manufactured homes in Monroe County, according to the most recent available data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

 

One of the county’s largest manufactured home communities is East Avenue, where the fatal fire occurred. That community, located north of Linden Avenue, is owned by Morgan Management of Perinton. It has about 220 lots, according to a map on the company’s website.

 

Morgan Management also owns 125-lot Forest Lawn, located off Linden Avenue a half-mile west of the East Avenue community.

 

Separating the two is an even larger mobile-home community owned by Harper Homes.

 

Ebmeyer said the Penfield fire district has had an unusually high number of problems with trailer fires lately..

 

“We’ve had three working fully involved trailer fires in the last 13 months. It’s been kind of busy for trailer fires for us in Penfield,” he said. “I don’t know why because we’ve gone many years without one. We used to have fires back, early on, maybe 15 to 20 years ago.”

The causes of those fires have all been accidental, he said.

 

Once a trailer catches fire, the damage is often “immense,” he said.

 

“Trailers are constructed in a manner that keeps them light, very poorly insulated,” he said. “Very few windows, small windows if there are windows. All the utilities are contained inside the trailer, there are no basements.

 

“It’s essentially a metal box with flammable material inside and once it gets hot enough it will all ignite; and once it gets started it burns quickly.”

‘Bravely and selflessly’

 

Part of the reason there were so many people living in the home was because longtime resident Beach opened up his trailer to family members who needed a place to stay.

 

Tara DiMartino, a neighbor and family friend, said Beach’s granddaughter, Connie, was one of the people in the home who was able to escape the fire. She and her boyfriend and their three children had been staying in the trailer temporarily while they “got back on their feet.”

 

“They were trying to look for another place,” said DiMartino, who knew Beach as “Grandpa” and Smith as “Uncle Steve.”

 

Barbara Coffin, who has lived in the mobile home park for six years, described Beach as a nice man who helped people out all the time by clearing their driveways of snow or other home projects, despite health problems with his heart, back and hips.

 

“He’d go by and always talk to you and always help out people around here,” she said. “He was a really nice guy, he just had too many people in there.”

 

Neighbors described Tyler as an energetic and sometimes mischievous boy who liked to play kickball and tag.

 

“Tyler was always outside playing around, getting into things,” said DiMartino. “He was only there on occasion. During the summer there was always a lot of cookouts and bonfires and he was over there.”

 

According to information from school officials from three different districts, Tyler’s young education was replete with stops and starts.

 

For much of his time between kindergarten and second grade, Tyler was a student at Indian Landing School in the Penfield Central School District, according to a news release.

 

“A current Indian Landing student was also home at the time of the fire, but managed to escape and is expected to be OK,” Superintendent Stephen Grimm said. Counselors will be available at the school Tuesday.ar in 2010 at School 22 in northeast Rochester before leaving the district.

 

City School District spokesman Chip Partner said Tyler spent a few months of his first-grade year in 2010 at School 22 in northeast Rochester before leaving the district.

 

He enrolled in the city again in March of 2012 in second grade and attended School 43 on Lyell Avenue until May 2013, leaving before the school year ended, Partner said.

 

Tyler was currently enrolled as a fourth-grader in the East Rochester Central School District where officials on Monday called him a “hero” and said principals, psychologists, and other support staff were contacting the families of his classmates. Counseling and support will be available to all students and staff Tuesday.

 

“With great sadness, the East Rochester School District confirms one of the three victims of an early-morning fire in Penfield was a fourth-grade boy at our school,” reads a news release from interim Superintendent Richard Stutzman Jr.

 

“It is extremely important to remember that according to emergency personnel, (Tyler) was the person who discovered the fire and tried to wake the eight other people in the residence at the time. In bravely and selflessly giving his own life, he was able to save the lives of six others — and he is truly a hero.”

 

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