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News Archive» June 2001

6/29/01 Attention WFD Members

     It is with deep regret we announce the passing of retired Waterbury Firefighter Frank Pizzuto. Frank retired in 1981.

     Last December, the Waterbury Fire Department held a blood drive in Kevin McDonald's name, and we far exceeded the expectations of the Red Cross that day. You can view a photo gallery of that blood drive by clicking here.

     Right now, blood supplies in Connecticut are at an all time low and our participation in the July 26 blood drive will help replenish this shortage for people in need of blood. The drive will be July 26, 2001 at West Side Middle School, 483 Chase Parkway, 1300-1745 hours. If you would like to donate, PLEASE call Station 2 and ask for Mike Koloski or Joe McDermott to schedule your appointment. You can also learn how you can become a Pheresis donor right here at FireFightingLinsk.com, click here to learn how.


6/27/01 Cruiseliner Fire

     My father, a retired Waterbury FD Captain, 31 years on the job, goes on his first cruise. Bermuda. Beautiful. Weather is great, my parents have a wonderful time in Bermuda. Halfway back to New York, the ship captain asks that everyone get to their muster stations, there has been a fire in the engine room. LOL. 31 years fighting fires and he figures he's gonna die on a burning boat! They shut down all propulsion engines and wait for the tugs to get them back to Bermuda. Anyways, most passengers fly back, but about 40, including my parents, take the next cruiseliner coming to Bermuda. Funny story. Just thought I would share that with everyone, the guys at WFD who have worked with him got a really good laugh out of it. Actually, so did he. Besides from his life flashing before his eyes, no one got hurt, and he got another weeks cruise, and they are giving him his money back on the initial cruise, and a free 7-day cruise in the future. All I got was this lousy tshirt and an armpatch to add to the Armpatch Gallery.


6/26/01 Armpatch Gallery

     I have been working on a bag of armpatches a friend gave to me. We are now up to 48 armpatches in the Armpatch Gallery. Please send us your armpatch if you don't see it here! Also please visit the Helmet Shield Gallery.


6/23/01 Line of Duty Death - Rosehill, TX

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Clingenpeel family and the Rosehill, Texas Volunteer Fire Department. Jim Clingenpeel, 38, an 8 year veteran volunteer firefighter, died June 20, 2001. Jim had complained of chest pains after a training exercise on June 10, 2001. The next day he underwent bypass surgery and passed away several days later.

     For more news, information, and photos, please visit the Jim Clingenpeel Memorial in the Fallen Brother Section.


6/23/01 Line of Duty Death - Moses Lake, WA

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Chandler family and the Grant County Fire District #5, Moses Lake Volunteer Fire Department. Jeremy Chandler, 27, a volunteer firefighter, and son of State Representative Gary Chandler, died June 18, 2001. He had driven a tanker to a 20 acre brush fire north of Moses Lake, where he collapsed and died from unknown causes.

     For more news, information, and photos, please visit the Jeremy Chandler Memorial in the Fallen Brother Section.


6/23/01 Line of Duty Death - Centerville, MA

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Souza family and the Centerville-Osterville-Marstons, Massachusetts Volunteer Fire Department. Captain Donald "Snuffy" Souza, 64, a 31 year veteran volunteer firefighter of the Centerville-Osterville-Marstons Volunteer Fire Department died May 30, 2001. Donald suffered a severe electrical shock from a residential alarm system at a structure fire December 23, 1995. He received electrical burns to his hand and has had some cardiac problems from the shock which forced his early retirement, and resulted in his death five years later.

     For more news, information, and photos, please visit the Donald Souza Memorial in the Fallen Brother Section.


6/22/01 3 More Line of Duty Deaths

     This week has been a bad one for Line of Duty Deaths, first our three brothers from New York, now there are three more brothers from three different states to be honored this week. I will post information on them tomorrow.


6/22/01 NYFD Fathers Day Tragedy

     Memorial fund information has been made available on the NYFD Fathers Day Tragedy Memorial Page.
     I attended the funeral services Thursday for Harry Ford and Brian Fahey along with thousands of other firefighters from across the nation and also from Canada. Unfortunately I was unable to attend the services today for John Downing. I was able to add 9 more photos to the NYFD Fathers Day Tragedy Photo Gallery.


6/20/01 Photo Gallery Updates

     I gathered 10 photos for the NYFD Fathers Day Tragedy Photo Gallery.
     I also added a photo of the "sawbuck", Engine 10, to the WFD Apparatus Photo Gallery.
     I also added some more armpatches to the Armpatch Gallery. 23 so far and plenty more to add. Thanks for the patches Stoeckert - woof woof! All photo galleries can be found here.


6/19/01 Attention WFD Members

     Funeral arrangements for our brothers who died in the NYFD Fathers Day Tragedy is available at the NYFD Fathers Day Tragedy Memorial Page.
     Anyone interested in attending the services on Thursday June 21 please contact Lt. Bob Stoeckert, Engine 10 D-Shift. Buses will be leaving Northside Station at 0600 hours. Please contact Lt. Stoeckert for a head count if you plan on attending.
     Anyone interested in attending the service on Friday June 22 please contact Lt. Tony Leca, Rescue 9 C-Shift. There will be no buses for Friday's service. Please contact Lt. Leca for times and carpooling information.


6/19/01 Line of Duty Death - Birmingham, AL

Carl Cook Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Cook family and the Birmingham, Alabama Fire Department. Captain Carl Cook, 55, a 27 year veteran with the Birminham, AL Fire and Rescue Service died Friday, June 15, 2001. Carl died of a heart attack following his annual physical fitness test. He was complaining of chest pain and shortness of breath after the fitness test. His brothers began immediate assistance and he was transported to Princeton Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Carl had just been approved by his doctor to return to duty after a recent heart condition.

     For more news, information, and photos, please visit the Carl Cook Memorial in the Fallen Brother Section.


6/18/01 Fathers Day Tragedy in NYFD

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Downing, Fahey, Ford, and the New York Fire Department families. Eight children lost their father on fathers day, and three wives lost their husbands in a tragedy that could have been prevented by sprinklers. The building fire they were fighting was in a hardware store that did not have to have sprinklers in the basement because of its age. This proved fatal for three of our brothers, and one is listed in critical condition.

Harry Ford John Downing      FireFighter Harry Ford, 50, a 27 year veteran assigned to Rescue 4 in Queens, and FireFighter John Downing, 40, an 11 year veteran assigned to Ladder 163 in Queens were killed in front of the building when the facade collapsed on them. They were both performing ventilation when the blast occured. They were pulled from the rubble and sent to Elmhurst Hospital where they were pronounced dead. Brian Fahey

     FireFighter Brian Fahey, 46, a 14 year veteran also assigned to Rescue 4 in Queens was on the first floor when the blast occured, trapping him in the basement beneath rubble. Brian was in radio contact for a short period before his radio went silent. It took his brothers four hours to remove him from the rubble.

     For more news, information, and photos, please visit the NYFD Fathers Day Tragedy Memorial in the Fallen Brother Section.


6/18/01 Fathers Day Tragedy in NYFD

     Three of NYFD's bravest were killed yesterday in an explosion in a burning hardware store. Another firefighter is in critical condition and many others were injured. Details will follow as soon as I can post them.


6/17/01 Local 1339 Executive Board Members Selected

     No meeting was held June 14, because there was no quorum. Results of balloting were as follows: Vice President - Richard Paltauf, Treasurer - James Santa Lucia, and Executive Board Members - Paul Elmendorf, Jim Peplau, and Ken Tamborra.  


6/17/01 Attention WFD Members

     A Retirement Party to honor Dave Hubeny is to be held Saturday, August 11, 2001, 7:00PM-11:00PM, at The Hills Restaurant, Park Road, Waterbury. Tickets are $30 - includes beer and a buffet. Please contact Bret Reis or Ken Tamborra at headquarters if you would like to purchase a ticket.


6/16/01 Danny Barlogio Photo Gallery

     Danny Barlogio, a firefighting photographer, has graciously allowed me to display some of his photos in a gallery. I found him, actually he found me. The BMW photo in the FireHouse Funnies is his COPYRIGHTED photo. I received the photo in an email, and posted it. Danny let me know that the photo was copyrighted, and gave me permission to display some of his photos. You can see them here, or you can visit his website here.


6/14/01 Armpatch Gallery

     Two new armpatches from the City of Peoria, Illinois were added to the Armpatch Gallery. Thanks for your submission Marvin.
 


6/13/01 Emergency Star Pitches New Television Show

     Randy Mantooth, star of the hit 70's tv show Emergency! has captured the attention of USA Networks with his idea for a new television show called USAR-1. The show will be based on Urban Search and Rescue. Currently there is a letter writing campaign to USA Networks in support of the show. For more information on the letter writing campaign and samples click here. To visit Randy Mantooth's Official site and find more information about USAR-1, click here.


6/13/01 Jason Hendrix charged with Murder

     Jason Hendrix, 26, of Dearborn, MO, was charged Monday with second-degree-murder. Hendrix was also charged with first-degree property damage and five counts of negligently setting fire to a woodland, grassland, or cropland.
     Travis Brown, 30, of Edgerton, MO, a member of the Dearborn Fire Department was killed June 2, 2001, while responding to a barn fire when the tanker truck he was riding in overturned. The fire at the barn was allegedly set by Jason Hendrix, a volunteer with the Edgerton Fire Department.

     For more news, information, and photos, about Travis Brown, please visit the Travis Brown Memorial in the Fallen Brother Section.


6/13/01 WFD Press Photo Gallery Update

     A Waterbury citizen jumped from his second story apartment window on Coe Street to escape a structure fire on Tuesday afternoon. Five to seven people were displaced, and were given lodging by the Red Cross. No one was home on the first floor where the fire apparently started. The cause is under investigation. Two photos were added to the WFD Press Gallery.


6/11/01 Shield Gallery

     Well I made an Armpatch Gallery. So it makes sense that I follow it up with a Shield Gallery. I have added a link to it in the navigation bar on the left, or you can reach it by clicking the shield image on the right, or by clicking Shield Gallery.
 


6/10/01 WFD Press Photo Gallery Update

     There was a meet and greet interview with our new Waterbury Fire Department Chief, George Klauber, in the newspaper. He discussed his readiness to tackle department budget issues and a more visible public awareness for the department. His photo was added to the WFD Press Photo Gallery.

 


6/8/01 Armpatch Gallery

     I have been meaning to start a new gallery for department armpatches. I finally got around to it. I have added a link to it in the navigation bar on the left, or you can reach it by clicking the armpatch image on the right, or by clicking Armpatch Gallery.
 


6/7/01 Photo Gallery Update

     While I was out on vacation having a baby, WFD was BUSY! Tuesday night, there was a structure fire in a four apartment unit on Pullen Avenue that displaced 10 people and took about a half hour to bring under control. No one was injured in the blaze.

     Wednesday, there was two motor vehicle extrications and multiple structure fires. Two more photos added to the WFD Press Photo Gallery.


6/6/01 We-addababy. Its-a-Boy!

Baby Kevin

     Kevin Patrick McDonald, my second child was born June 6, 2001 2:26 PM. He was 8 pounds and 5 ounces and 21 inches long. Mommy and baby are well.

Baby Kevin


6/4/01 Line of Duty Death - Dearborn, MO

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Brown family and the Dearborn Area Fire Protection District, Missouri. Travis Brown, 30, a volunteer firefighter with 8 months experience, was killed Saturday, June 2, 2001. While responding to a barn fire through a request from the Edgerton Fire Department, Travis was ejected, when the tanker truck he was riding in overturned. He was pronouced dead at the scene. The driver was taken by helicopter and listed in serious condition.

     For more news, information, and photos, please visit the Travis Brown Memorial in the Fallen Brother Section.


6/4/01 Photo Gallery Update

     Well, I finally got my digital camera and my computer to talk to each other. Turns out that my serial ports were both disabled. I added 2 photos to the WFD Apparatus Photo Gallery. Truck 3 and Engine 8. Now that I have a digital camera, I should be able to add all of Waterbury's apparatus to the gallery.


6/4/01 Line of Duty Death - Brooksville, FL

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Terry family and the Brooksville, Florida Fire Department. Richard Terry, 63, a reserve firefighter died May 18, 2001. He suffered a heart attack May 7, 2001 while operating a tanker and working at an accident cleanup. Terry was a paid/on call firefighter who had been with the department since 1995. A full honors funeral was held May 25, 2001, which drew members from over 30 departments and filled a mile long procession.

     Our brother, Richard, left a wife, three sons and a daughter. Two of his sons are with the Hernando County Sheriff's Department.


6/2/01 Busy Busy Busy

     Boy have I been busy. I purchased a digital camera, and I have some apparatus photos to add to the WFD Apparatus Gallery, but I can't get the camera to communicate with my computer. Always problems with new hardware. Anyways, I will let everyone know when I get the pictures in the gallery. I also have another couple dozen or so more manufacturers to add to my manufacturer database of links. Will do this weekend. I just got off nights, and with the baby coming, things have been hectic. My wife and I are expecting our son, Kevin, to be born on Wednesday. Cheryl is going to be induced Tuesday night, a week before her due date. The baby is probably going to be over 8 pounds, and probably more like 9.


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