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News Archive» April 2002

4/30/02 Line of Duty Death - Erie, PA

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Nuber family and the Erie Fire Department of Pennsylvania. FireFighter John Nuber, 56, a 34 year veteran of the Erie Fire Department died Saturday April 27, 2002. John was relieved of duty shortly after he reported for work when he complained of feeling ill. Soon after returning home he complained of chest pains and EMS was alerted. Before EMS arrived John had suffered cardiac arrest and medics were unable to revive him.

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


4/29/02 Photo Gallery Notice

     I was working on the B-Shift Friday night when we were dispatched to 301 Willow Street for a structure fire. 3 family house with heavy fire on the second and third floor rear. I put 10 pictures in the Willow Street Fire photo gallery.

     Jack Crouthamel, of WFD Truck 3, gave me a photo he took while he was with the reserves at the Olympics in Salt Lake City. The truck is a Pierce with a hockey theme paintjob. Please take a closer look in the Interesting Apparatus photo gallery.


4/27/02 Line of Duty Death - FDNY EMS

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Lahens family and the New York City Fire Department. EMT Andre Lahens, 47, a 24 year veteran of the FDNY EMS Battalion 39 in Brooklyn died Friday April 26, 2002. Andre was responding to a report of a police officer with a gunshot wound on April 18, 2002, when a drunk driver ran a stop sign with his van and broadsided their ambulance at a high rate of speed. The ambulance overturned, ejecting Andre and trapping his partner in the ambulance. Andre received severe head and stomach injuries when he was ejected and was transported to Brookdale Hospital where he remained unconscious and on a respirator until he succumbed to his injuries.

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


4/26/02 Photo Gallery Notice

     Val-Cruz of the Santa Barbara City Fire Department in California sent me a link to their memorial page at their website. I added a photo of the California Firefighters Memorial in Sacramento to the Memorial Monuments photo gallery. You can also visit the Santa Barbara City FD website here.
 


4/24/02 Photo Gallery Notice

     Tom Rige, retired NYPD, has sent me 7 more photos to add to his gallery. I especially like the photos of the identifying nameplates on the aerial ladders. I might start a new gallery devoted to these. I have to get a good shot of Truck 1's ladder. View Tom's gallery of 32 photos here.


4/21/02 FREE T-Shirt Offer from RescueTees.com

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     Take a moment and browse the RescueTees.com online store of Fire, Police, and EMS apparel, collectibles, and gifts, including the BIG Johnson line of T-Shirts in sizes up to 6XL.


4/20/01 Attention WFD Members

     It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of James Gannon, who retired from the Waterbury Fire Department in 1990 and spent 19 years with the department. James retired from the Navy in 1973, serving as a boatsman, warrant officer, and a navy seal. A mass will be held Monday April 22, 2002 11AM at St. Josephs, Route 103 in Chester, Vermont.


4/19/02 Photo Gallery Notice

     Little Bobby's daycare class stopped down the firehouse last week to take a look at the apparatus and see what we do. I took 6 photos and created the Public Education photo gallery. I also added another 21 armpatches to the Armpatch Gallery.


4/18/02 Line of Duty Death - Richford, NY

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Tripp family and the Richford Volunteer Fire Department. FireFighter William Tripp Jr., 28, a 5 year veteran of the Richford Volunteer Fire Department, died Saturday April 13, 2002. William was laying flares at a motor vehicle accident when he collapsed. He was transported by Berkshire EMS to Cayuga Medical Center at Ithaca, where he was pronounced dead.

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


4/17/02 Photo Gallery Notice

     These photos have been up for a while, but I have been very busy with other news. Anyways, Elac Aviles of the Waterbury Fire Department Truck 1, forwarded me 3 beautiful photos of the memorial trade center lights, which I added to the 911 Tributes photo gallery.

     I also added 9 new photos from Tom Rige, including some FDNY apparatus photos, to the Tom Rige, photo gallery.


4/16/02 FDNY Childrens & Widows Memorial Stickers

     Ralph Dowling, Secretary of the Boston Firefighters Local 718, is selling memorial window and helmet stickers commemorating the Pride, Courage, and Honor of the FDNY on September 11, 2001. Sale of the stickers is benefiting the FDNY Childrens and Widows Fund. Stickers are $5 and $3 respectively. Visit their website here. Ralph can be emailed at rpd@world.std.com. If you would like to order stickers, make your check payable to 'FDNY Childrens and Widows Fund' and mail it to:

Ralph P. Dowling, Secretary
Boston Firefighters
55 Hallet Street
Boston, MA 02124

4/15/01 Attention WFD Members

     Lt. John Keane of the Waterbury Fire Department Engine 1 sent me a link to the Office of Property and Management's website. If you would like to read the Request for Proposals for the Efficiency Study of the Waterbury Fire Department, please click here.


4/14/02 Line of Duty Death - Russell City, KS

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Hemphill family and the Russell City Fire Department of Kansas. Chief Earl Hemphill, 61, a 35 year veteran of the Russell City Fire Department, died Thursday April 11, 2002. Earl was directing traffic at a motor vehicle rollover. He was struck by an arriving apparatus from Paradise that lost its brakes and also struck a sport utility vehicle. He was transported to Russell Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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


4/13/02 Line of Duty Death - Greensboro, NC

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Beard family and the Greensboro Fire Department of North Carolina. Captain William Beard Jr., 56, a 30 year veteran of the Greensboro Fire Department, died Wednesday April 10, 2002. William was participating in a live burn training exercise when he collapsed due to an apparent heart attack.

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


4/12/02 Line of Duty Death - Crowley, TX

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Baker family and the Mid-North Johnson County Volunteer Fire Department of Texas. FireFighter Kevin Baker, 39, a member of the Mid-North Johnson County Volunteer Fire Department for only a month, died Sunday April 7, 2002. Kevin was assisting in the medical airlift of a gunshot victim just after midnight when he collapsed due to a massive heart attack. Kevin was transported by ambulance to Huguley Memorial Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

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


4/10/02 Line of Duty Death - Overland Park, KS

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Mansfield family and the Overland Fire Department of Kansas. FireFighter/EMT Mark Mansfield, 30, an 11 year veteran with the Overland Fire Department, died Saturday, April 6, 2002. Mark was found in his bunk at Fire Station 1 just before 6AM not breathing and without a pulse. His brothers were unable to resuscitate him. He was transported to Shawnee Mission Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. His cause of death is under investigation.

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


4/9/02 Line of Duty Death - Bon Secour, AL

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Bishop family and the Bon Secour Volunteer Fire Department of Alabama. FireFighter Edna Bishop, 29, an aspiring firefighter with the Bon Secour Volunteer Fire Department, died Sunday, April 7, 2002. Edna was responding to a brush fire when the engine she was riding in left the roadway and rolled over several times, landing on the driver side. Edna was belted in the back seat when the accident occurred. The Magnolia Springs Fire Department had to extricate her from the apparatus. Edna was rushed to USA Medical Center where she succumbed to her injuries. Two other firefighters who were riding up front were injured in the accident.

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


4/8/01 Local 1339 - A Call to Action

     Captain Jim Peplau, of the Waterbury Fire Department Bureau of Instruction and Training, has asked me to post some information on the website regarding 2 upcoming bills that we would like to see passed. The first one would remove some of the strong labor provisions given to the State Oversight Board, essentially giving us back NEUTRAL third party arbitration. The second would prohibit the City from diminishing or eliminating the rights and benefits of municipal retirees.
     I have created a page with a letter from Jim explaining the bills in more detail, as well as some sample letters that can be emailed to a provided list of House Representatives, Senators, the Waterbury Delegation, the Planning and Development Committee, and supporters of the proposed bills. PLEASE take a moment and read this information and email your politicians with your position. Please visit the House Bills 5060 and 5468 page.


4/7/01 Attention WFD Members

     It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of John Ariola, father of Waterbury Fire Department Deputy Fire Marshal Pat Ariola. A wake will be held Monday, April 8, 2002 between 5-8PM at the Collossantos Funeral Home at Washington and Bank Street. A funeral will be held Tuesday, April 9, 2002 at 9:30AM at Our Lady of Mount Carmel. For more information, contact Lt. McAllister at Northside.


4/7/02 Photo Gallery Notice

     I added another shield from William Labarre, of the North Smithfield Fire and Rescue in Rhode Island, to the Helmet Shield photo gallery.

     I also added 21 new armpatches to the Armpatch Gallery, including 2 more World Trade Center patches.


4/4/02 Line of Duty Death - Abingdon, VA

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Johnson family and the Abingdon Volunteer Fire Department of Virginia. FireFighter Fred Johnson, 71, a 37 year veteran of the Abingdon Volunteer Fire Department, died March 28, 2002. Fred and his brother firefighters were watching training videos on Wednesday, March 27, 2002. After the videos the firefighters went downstairs where Fred missed a step and started having chest pains. Fred was transported to a local hospital where he stayed overnight. The next day he was transported to Holston Valley Hospital and Medical Center in Kingsport, Tennessee. Enroute to the hospital he went into cardiac arrest and was pronounced dead in the emergency room.

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


4/3/02 Attention WFD Members Local 1339

     The regular meeting of Local 1339 will be held Thursday April 11, 2002 1900 hours, at Headquarters. At this meeting it will be decided if the local will attend the IAFF Convention in August. If the membership votes to attend, nominations for delegates and alternates will be opened.
     Also, nominations for President, Secretary, and four Executive Board positions will be opened - Mike Bergin, Fran Walsh, Daniel French, and Coral Barnes.


4/1/02 Photo Gallery Notice

     I added 4 more shields, including one submitted by an EMT/Paramedic from FDNY, to the Helmet Shield photo gallery.

     I also did some work on the viewer submitted photo galleries. Tom Rige sent me 2 more apparatus photos for his gallery. Jerry Buner sent me 4 more apparatus photos for his gallery. I created a new gallery for Arthur Caissie of the Chelsea FD in Massachusetts who is also a bagpiper. 3 photos of some Chelsea apparatus there. Art - please send me some band photos. All these can be found in the Photo Gallery section.


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