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News Archive» November 2001

11/29/01 Jim Burns Photo Gallery Updated

     Jim Burns of WFD, Engine 4, sent me some photos to add to his gallery. There are 2 photos of a fire on Alpine Drive, 2 photos of a garage fire on Wyman Street, and 4 photos from the Thanksgiving Dinner sponsored by WKSS 95.7 at Station 11. View the photos in the Jim Burns photo gallery.


11/28/01 Photo Galleries Updated

     Steve Venziano of WFD, Rescue Hazmat 9, sent me 7 photos of a car versus tree extrication Tuesday, November 27, at 1928 Thomaston Avenue. I started a photo gallery for the Waterbury Rescue Hazmat 9 and hope to post more photos soon.

     Tom Rige, Retired NYPD & Fire Buff also sent me 4 more armpatch photos to add to the Armpatch Gallery, bringing that gallery up to 313 armpatches.


11/27/00 Waterbury Fire Department Blood Drive

     The Waterbury Fire Department is sponsoring a blood drive Saturday, December 28, 2001, 9AM-1:45PM at Kennedy High School. Anyone able to donate please call the Truck 3 officer or 1-800-GIVE LIFE to schedule an appointment.


11/26/01 WFD Press Photo Gallery Updated

     A day before Thanksgiving we followed a column of smoke from the highway overpass - looked like a structure fire - turned out to be an unattached garage fire. Thanks for thinking of grabbing my camera Tom. Tom's photo was added to the WFD Press photo gallery.


11/24/01 FireFighter Needs Assistance

     The Hamden, CT FireFighters will be holding a Benefit Dinner for the family of Hamden FireFighter Gary Merwede. Gary's wife passed away recently after succumbing to cancer. She leaves behind two small children. The intent is to help Gary with the enormous medical bills left and give the children a great Christmas. The dinner will be held Wednesday, December 5, 2001, 7-12PM, at the Hamden Elks.
     Tickets are $20 and are available at the door. Anyone with cash, raffle gifts or contributions can call Hamden FireFighter Dave Beaton at (203) 932-9501, for any contribution great or small. You can view the Benefit Dinner Flyer here.


11/23/01 Photo Galleries Updated

     Jerry Buner from Orange County, NY sent me 5 more apparatus photos to add to the Jerry Buner photo gallery.

     Tom Rige, Retired NYPD & Fire Buff also sent me 2 more apparatus photos to add to the Tom Rige photo gallery.


11/22/01 Photo Galleries Updated

     WKSS 95.7, a local radio station, selected Station 11 of the Waterbury Fire Department as their 'Hometown Heroes'. Listeners from all over Connecticut nominated their local fire departments. Station 11 was selected from an email sent by a child who said his grandpa was a chief in Waterbury. The radio personalities, volunteers, and former UCONN basketball star Kara Wolters, delivered a thanksgiving dinner to the guys on Ravioli Ridge. A photo was added to the WFD Press photo gallery.

     Jerry Buner sent me some more apparatus photos to add to his gallery. Please take a look at the Jerry Buner photo gallery.
 


11/21/01 Line of Duty Death - Cameron, WV

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the White family and the Cameron, West Virginia Volunteer Fire Department. FireFighter Clifford White Jr, 21, a 2 year veteran with the Cameron Volunteer Fire Department, died Monday, November 19, 2001. Clifford was a passenger in a tanker truck that left the roadway, overturned onto its roof, and slid 50 feet down a steep hill. The tanker was filled with 2,000 gallons of water and separated from the chassis during the crash. Clifford and the driver, who had to be airlifted to a hospital with serious injuries, were responding mutual aid to a brush fire in a nearby county.

     For more news, information, and photos, please visit the Clifford White Jr Memorial in the Fallen Brothers Section.


11/20/01 WFD Press Photo Gallery Updated

     A structure fire in a third floor apartment on Willow Street in Waterbury was extinguished in about 20 minutes Sunday night. The third floor and roof suffered heavy damage, but no one was injured in the blaze. A photo was added to the WFD Press photo gallery.


11/19/01 The Day The Angels Cried

     I just wanted everyone to know where they can get their print of the Hildebrandt 'The Day the Angels Cried' painting. I am a huge fan of these primarily fantasy artists. I ordered mine just now. They are 34.5" x 22.25" - there are only 109 available at SpiderWebArt.com.


11/16/01 Line of Duty Death - Mine Hill, NJ

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Danielson family and the Mine Hill, New Jersey Volunteer Fire Department. FireFighter George Danielson, 77, a veteran with the Mine Hill Volunteer Fire Department died Friday, November 9, 2001. George was directing traffic in front of the fire station on Friday, September 14, 2001 as companies were returning from the scene of a chimney fire when he was struck by a private vehicle and sustained multiple injuries. He was transported to the hospital for treatment where he remained until he passed away as a result of his injuries.

     For more news, information, and photos, please visit the George Danielson Jr Memorial in the Fallen Brothers Section.


11/14/01 Line of Duty Death - TN Department of Forestry

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Strode family and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry. FireFighter Harold Strode, 46, a 3 year veteran of the Tennessee Forestry Division, died Saturday, November 10, 2001. Harold and five other members of his crew were overcome by a firestorm in the densely wooded and steep terrain of the Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee. The five other members of his crew were able to cross the fireline to safety, but Harold was overtaken by the firestorm.

     For more news, information, and photos, please visit the Harold Strode Memorial in the Fallen Brothers Section.


11/12/01 FDNY Christmas Gift 2001

     The Spartanburg County Fire Deparments of South Carolina have organized a fundraiser on a 134 year old promise to the FDNY. The money donated will benefit the injured and fallen FDNY brothers of the terrorist attacks. Please take a moment and read the story behind the promise by clicking here. Monetary donations can be made as well purchasing the assortment of tshirts, mugs, and prints available at their site.


11/10/01 Memorial Services for Brian Sweeney

     FireFighter Brian Sweeney was a member of the Waterbury Fire Department for a very short time before answering the call to join F.D.N.Y. Brian was a member of Rescue 1 and on duty September 11, 2001. He is still listed as missing. There will be a Memorial Visitation held on Tuesday, November 27, 2-5PM and 7-9:30PM at the Empire Hose Company, across from Cure of Ars Church, 2323 Merrick Avenue, Merrick, NY. There will be a Memorial Mass the following day, Wednesday, November 28, 2001, 11AM at the Cure of Ars Church. A bus is being arranged and I will post a contact person as soon as more information becomes available.


11/8/01 FDNY Memorial Service Postponed

     Due to several factors, the parties involved in the November 18 memorial for our fallen brothers in New York who died on 9-11, has been postponed to an undetermined date. Don't cancel your plans to visit New York just yet. There will still be individual memorial services to attend the weekend of November 16-19. Please visit FDNY's website for the funeral schedule.


11/7/01 West Virginia Fire Station Lost in Fire

     Captain Danny Swiger, of the Summit Park VFD, of Clarksburg, West Virginia, sent me an email to post. Early on the morning of November 1, 2001, Company 13 of the Summit Park VFD lost their station, equipment, and all items that aided in running the fire department. Company 13 served Despard, Summit Park, Glen Falls, and Arlington communities for the past 30 years. In one tragic night of fire, this company lost everything.
     If there are any items you would like to donate to the department, please call (304) 622-3363. If you would like to make a monetary donation, please send it to:

Wesbanco
c/o Summit Park V.F.D.
Company 13 Firestation

1130 Johnson Ave
Bridgeport, WV 26330

11/6/01 Line of Duty Death - Sugar Camp, WI

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Dart family and the Sugar Camp, Wisconsin Volunteer Fire Department. Senior FireFighter Dennis Dart, 62, a founding member of the Sugar Camp Fire Department died Friday, November 2, 2001. Dennis was operating at a motor vehicle fire when he suffered a heart attack and died.

     For more news, information, and photos, please visit the Dennis Dart Memorial in the Fallen Brothers Section.


11/5/01 Guns n Hoses Benefit Hockey Challenge

     Stephen Doyle, the Secretary of the FDNY Hockey Team has informed me that they will be having a 'Guns n Hoses Benefit Hockey Challenge' to benefit the New York City PBA & UFA Widows and Children's Funds. The event will be held Saturday, December 1, 2001 at the Boston Fleet Center, gates open at 1:00PM and the first game starts at 2:00PM. Game 1 will be the Boston Police Department versus the New York Police Department, Game 2 will be New York City Fire Department versus the Boston Fire Department, with an on-ice ceremony intermission between games.
     General admission is $10.00. Tickets will be available as of November 7, 2001, at Florian Hall, Boston Fleet Center, and Ticket Masters in Boston and New York. The event is being sponsored by 96.9FM Talk Radio WTKK Boston, the Boston Fleet Center, and the Boston Fire and Police Department Hockey Teams. For more information visit FDNY Hockey.com or you can call Stephen at (212) 228-4759 or (888) 925-4028.


11/3/01 Attention WFD Members

     The Waterbury Fire Department christmas party will be held Friday, November 30, 2001 at the Marriott Hotel in Waterbury from 6-11PM. Buffet, open bar, disc jockey, and discounted rooms are available. Tickets are $50 per person, to reserve yours contact: Fran Walsh T3-D, Jim SantaLucia R9-B, and Mike Carpentieri E10-B.


11/3/01 Photo Galleries Updated

     Tom Rige has opened a photo gallery. He sent me 4 photos of apparatus initially, but he will be adding to it soon. Please take a moment and check out his photos in the Tom Rige photo gallery.
     Tom also sent me a dozen armpatch pictures, which I added to the Armpatch Gallery, which is now up to 258 armpatches.


11/2/01 Attention WFD Members

     There will be two Special Informational meetings concerning contract negotiations on Saturday, November 3, 2001 at 1500 hours and 1800 hours in the Elton Ballroom.
     Please make every effort to attend. A ratification vote may follow on Monday, November 5, 2001 from 1500 hours till 1900 hours in the Elton Ballroom.


11/1/01 Photo Galleries Updated

     Jerry Buner of Orange County, New York has added 6 more photos to his photo gallery of apparatus. Please take a look at these 37 photos in the Jerry Buner photo gallery.


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