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News Archive» March 2002

3/28/02 Line of Duty Death - Roswell, NM

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Jones family and the Roswell Fire Department of New Mexico. Chief Louis Jones, 46, a 20 year veteran of the Roswell Fire Department, died Tuesday, March 26, 2002. Louis died from a gunshot wound to the head that he sustained on March 16 while responding to a house explosion.

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


3/27/02 Line of Duty Death - Roslyn, NY

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Frye family and the Roslyn Volunteer Fire Department of New York. Captain Allen Frye, 31, a veteran of the Roslyn Rescue Hook and Ladder Co. #1, died Monday night March 25, 2002. Alan was rolling hose after a training drill when a car crashed through orange traffic barrels and struck him and another firefighter. Both firefighters were rushed to North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset where Alan was pronounced dead.

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


3/25/02 Photo Gallery Notice

     I finally got to the armpatches and shields that have been pouring into the site. I added another 34 armpatches to the Armpatch Gallery.
     I also added another 9 shields to the Helmet Shield Gallery. Ray Bennett submitted the 4 shields from Munhall, PA, but I deleted the names from the first email he sent me. Ray please contact me and I will add the names to the shields.


3/23/02 Line of Duty Death - Palisade, NB

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Schutte family and the Palisade Volunteer Fire Department of Nebraska. FireFighter Bernie Schutte, 69, a 42 year veteran of the Palisade Volunteer Fire Department, died Wednesday afternoon March 20, 2002. Bernie was cutting fire breaks as a prarie fire when he collapsed. He was transported to the Community Hospital of McCook where he was pronounced dead.

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


3/23/02 Line of Duty Death - Gluckstadt, MI

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Weisenberger family and the Gluckstadt Volunteer Fire Department of Mississippi. FireFighter Adam Weisenberger, 19, a firefighter since he turned 18, died Wednesday afternoon, March 20, 2002. Adam was first on the scene of a highway motor vehicle accident on I-55 with his personal vehicle. While attending to the passengers of the wreck, he was struck by a vehicle which threw him into the second lane where he was struck by another vehicle. Adam was rushed to University Medical Center in Jackson where he was pronounced dead.

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


3/22/02 Line of Duty Death - Dillon, MT

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Spear family and the Dillon, Montana unit of the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Fire and Aviation Management. Senior Engine Supervisor Joan Spear, 46, a 12 year veteran of wildland firefighting, died Monday, March 18, 2002. Joan was training for an annual 3 mile pack carry fitness test when she collapsed from an as yet undetermined cause.

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


3/21/02 Photo Gallery Notice

     Single family structure fire yesterday at 446 Oakville Avenue E8, E10, E6, T1, R9, B2 D-Shift. 2:30 PM Snow and Ice. 11 photos in the Oakville Avenue photo gallery.

     Jerry Buner of Orange County, New York sent me 6 more photos to add to the Jerry Buner photo gallery.

     Tom Duff of WFD T1 took some photos with my camera, including 'The Board' at headquarters which is covered with photos and newspaper clippings about 9/11. There are 5 photos in the Tom Duff photo gallery.

     Howard Osorio of WFD T1 sent me some photos of an MVA on Hill Street at 4AM!. There are 5 photos in the Howard Osorio photo gallery.

     I also added 5 new Waterbury shields to the Helmet Shield photo gallery.


3/20/02 Line of Duty Death - Whiting, VT

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Birchmore family and the Whiting Volunteer Fire Department of Vermont. FireFighter Clarence Birchmore, 60, a 35 year veteran of the Whiting Volunteer Fire Department, died Saturday, March 16, 2002. Clarence was responding to a fire call when he suffered a heart attack. He was transported to Rutland Regional Medical Center where he later died.

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


3/19/02 Line of Duty Death - Bellville, OH

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Swank family and the Bellville-Jefferson Township Fire Department of Ohio. Lieutenant Leo Swank, 50, a 27 year veteran of the Bellville-Jefferson Township Fire Department, died Saturday morning, March 16, 2002. Leo was returning to the fire station from a chimney fire. He was in a rear facing jump seat when he suffered a massive heart attack. He fell from the truck into the street only a block from the firehouse.

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


3/17/02 National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service

     The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation has announced that the Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service honoring firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2001 will be held in Washington, DC, on Sunday, October 6, 2002, at the MCI Center. The service is usually held at the monument in Emmitsburg, Maryland. There will be a day of family activities and Sunday will feature honor guards and a public memorial service. For more information contact the Foundation at (301) 447-1365.


3/16/02 Photo Gallery Notice

     I added another apparatus photo to the Interesting Apparatus photo gallery. This one is FDNY's new Seagrave Ladder 10. A work of art.

     Neil Donahue, a retired firefighter from Engine 3 of the Worcester, Massachusetts Fire Department, sent me a photo of his shield which I added to the Helmet Shield photo gallery.

     I also created a gallery for WFD's Asst. Chief James Trainor. Jim gave me some photos from the Waterbury Police Department and Waterbury Fire Department New York City Rescue Relief Donations that were held on 9/14 and 9/15/2001. There are 16 photos in the James Trainor photo gallery.


3/15/02 Heroes of 2001 Fundraising Stamp Unveiled

     Now famous FireFighters William Eisengrein, George Johnson and Daniel McWilliams and photographer Thomas Franklin, along with President George Bush and Postmaster General John Potter, unveiled a new 'semi-postal' stamp that will raise funds to provide assistance to emergency workers killed or disabled on 9/11. The 'Heroes of 2001' stamp will cost 45 cents. The stamps will be available in laste spring.


3/14/02 Retired Members Passing - Baldwin, NY

     Our condolences to the Brown Family and the Baldwin, New York Fire Department. The Chief's Office and the Officers and Personnel of Hook and Ladder Company Two of the Baldwin Fire Department regretfully announce the passing of Former Captain, FireFighter Gerard J. Brown Senior, a 49 year veteran. "Pop" Brown was the senior member of Hook and Ladder Company Two with 49 years of service. This being the longest tenure in the Company since it's inception. Jerry joined Hook and Ladder Two in 1953 and served with distinction as a firefighter throughout the fifties.

     For more news, information, and photos, please visit the Gerald Brown Sr Memorial in the Fallen Brothers Section.


3/13/02 FREE Calendar from SpiderWebArt Gallery Offer

     My friend Jean Scrocco the Curator at the SpiderWebArt Gallery is running another special this month from March 11 - March 31. With any order of $50 or more receive a FREE 2002 Tolkien Calendar Signed by Greg and Tim Hildebrandt - a $20 value. You must order online and you must type in EMAIL SPECIAL OFFER in the comment box on the order screen. The Last Full Measure of Devotion is pictured here with the Tolkien Calendar.


3/12/02 Photo Gallery Notice

     Jerry Buner of Orange County, New York sent me 5 more apparatus photos to add to his photo gallery. Jerry has a collection of 79 photos in the Jerry Buner photo gallery. I also changed the background diamondplate on the slideshow pages.


3/11/02 FREE W.S. Darley & Co Catalog Offer

     W.S. Darley & Co has released their new 252 page color firefighting equipment catalog. This edition features one of the most comprehensive product offerings including turnout gear, flashlights, EMS, rescue, tools, forestry, hose, nozzles, adapters, hazmat, foam, badges, traffic control and pumps. Hundreds of new products including Fire Dex Basofil Assault Gear, Akron Sabre Jet nozzles, FRC hose washer, Thorogood Structural Boots, Federal Signal LED Lighting. Get a FREE copy of the catalog online here.


3/10/02 Photo Gallery Updates

     Robert Miller has been sending me photos for the Helmet Shield photo gallery. I now have 5 shields from Jefferson City FD, Tennessee. The latest shield he sent me was that of our Fallen Brother Shane Murray, who died in a structure fire on March 1, 2002. I also added a helmet shield from Ray Bennett of the Munhall FD, Pennsylvania.

     I also added another 154 armpatches to the Armpatch photo gallery. That addition puts the gallery over the 1,000 mark. 1,118 to be exact. I also added a new joke to the Firehouse Funnies page.


3/9/02 Line of Duty Deaths - Manlius, NY

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Lynch and Ginocchetti families and the Manlius Fire Department and the Fayetteville Volunteer Fire Department of New York. Firefighter Timothy Lynch, 28, and Firefighter John Ginocchetti, 41, died Thursday night, March 7, 2002. Both firefighters were operating on the first floor of a structure fire in Pompey, NY residence when the floor collapsed and they fell into the the basement. Two other firefighters were also injured in the blaze.

     For more news, information, and photos, please visit the Timothy Lynch and John Ginocchetti Memorial in the Fallen Brothers Section.


3/8/01 Waterbury Home Mortgage Program

     I was contacted by WFD Lt. Frank Giordano about a mortgage program for Waterbury municipal employees that some of our members are already benefiting from. The CHFA program is for Waterbury municipal employees who purchase a home in Waterbury. It does not have to be the buyers first home purchased. You receive a low interest rate 30 year CHFA mortgage and a loan/grant for up to $35,000.00. If you stay in the home for 5 years, you do NOT have to pay back the loan/grant. For more information contact Lt. Frank Giordano at Engine 4 597-3404, at home 879-9101, or email.


3/8/01 2002-2003 Golden Web Award

     The International Association of Webmasters & Designers has awarded FireFightingLinks.com their 'Golden Web Award' for 'Excellence achieved in Web Design, Content and Creativity.' Check out the new Website Awards page to see our other awards.


3/7/02 Line of Duty Death - Charlotte, NC

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Earley family and the Charlotte Fire Department and the Harrisburg Volunteer Fire Department of North Carolina. FireFighter Josh Earley, 23, a firefighter since the age of 16, died Wednesday, March 6, 2002. Josh was burned over 80% of his body at a structure fire on Monday, March 4, 2002.

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


3/7/02 250 FREE Jr. FireFighter Stickers

     Firecom is giving away 100,000 Jr. Firefighter Badge Stickers in packs of 250 to help stock your community closet. Just click here and fill out the entry form. Get your order in as soon as possible. They will start shipping the stickers out Monday, March 11th.

     Firecom manufactures headsets, intercoms and accessories for fire apparatus and emergency vehicles.


3/6/02 Line of Duty Death - La Grange, KY

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Dake family and the La Grange, Kentucky Fire and Rescue Department. FireFighter Richard Dake, 48, a 2 year veteran of the La Grange Fire and Rescue, died Monday, March 4, 2002. Richard was returning a tanker to the fire station after a training exercise. While attempting to cross a set of railroad tracks, the tanker was struck on the passenger side by a CSX train traveling 35-40 MPH. The tanker was thrown 40 feet from the point of impact. Richard was ejected and thrown 60 feet from the point of impact. Richard was airlifted to the University of Louisville Hospital where he later died.

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


3/05/01 Attention WFD Members and Retirees

     The membership vote on the proposed Overtime Guidelines will be held Thursday, March 14, 2002, from 1500-1900 hours at the Union Office in the Elton Hotel. The regular March meeting of Local 1339 will follow the vote at 1900 hours.


3/4/02 Photo Gallery Updates

     Truck 1 B-Shift had a motor vehicle extrication Sunday morning. I believe the driver had a heart attack before he crashed through a busy intersection, through a gas station parking lot and into the poles of a sign. I took 3 photos after the extrication. We also had another extrication at 2AM the same morning on the D-Shift. I was unable to take photos there due to the torrential downpour. I created a new gallery just for Extrication Photos.

     I also added another 14 armpatches to the Armpatch photo gallery.


3/3/02 Line of Duty Death - Jefferson City, TN

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Murray family and the Jefferson City, Tennessee Fire Department. FireFighter Shane Murray, 21, a nine month veteran of the Jefferson City Fire Department, died Thursday, March 1, 2002. Shane was operating inside a structure fire on Eastern Street. He died from injuries sustained during the blaze. Investigators are still analyzing the scene but believe an explosion occurred. Three other firefighters were injured including Fire Chief Lee Turner who was airlifted to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga for burns and smoke inhalation.

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


3/2/01 Dan Chieffo Photo Gallery Update

     Recently made Lt. Dan Chieffo of the WFD gave me an envelope of photos. The photos are from the fire on Poplar Street and the fire on Willow Street. I scanned them in and added them to the 5 photos he has in the Dan Chieffo photo gallery.


3/1/01 FDNY Helmet Raffle

     The FireFighters of Local 359 Gary, Indiana are trying to raise $1 million dollars for funds benefiting all firefighters, and the widows and orphans of fallen firefighters including: the Leary Firefighters Foundation and The Thomas Elsasser Foundation. Funds will also be placed in an escrow account to help build the Firefighters' Memorial in New York City. They are raising money with a raffle. The grand prize is a white fire helmet with celebrity autographs, $10,000 cash, a 3 day trip to NYC including round trip airfare and hotel, a guided tour of NYC fire stations, a tour of the set of Law and Order SVU, and a framed picture of the celebrities signing the helmet and boots. For more information visit www.fdnyhelmetraffle.org.


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