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News Archive» May 2002

5/31/02 FireFighter John Izzi Benefit Party II

     There will be another benefit party for John Izzi of the WFD Engine 1 who was injured in a motorcycle accident in South Carolina two weeks ago. The benefit will be on Father's Day - Sunday June 16, 2002 12 Noon at the Ponte Club Pavillion, 380 Farmwood Road in Waterbury. Food, beer, and soda will be served and there will be horseshoes and entertainment for the kids. Donation for adults is $20 and $10 for kids 12 and under. For more information contact: Shawn Pace (T3-A), Pete Dubrowski (E11-C), Al Izzi (E1-B), or Ray Corbo (R9-D). Updates on John's condition can be found here.


5/30/02 Photo Gallery Update

     Jerry Buner, retired NYPD and fire buff, has sent me 5 more apparatus photos to add to the Jerry Buner photo gallery, which now has 94 photos total.
 


5/28/02 Attention WFD Members

     There will be a Burn Camp Work Party on Monday June 10, 2002. Work needed to be done: Seed playing field, finish splitting firewood, and screen in and reroof chapel. Tools needed: Any tools that will help accomplish the above goals. Anyone able to attend contact Frank Walsh at Station 2 by Sunday June 2, 2002.


5/26/02 John Izzi Benefit Party Photos

     I only got to stay until 2:30 - had to work last night, but what a party yesterday. Lots of bikes and good friends. Kids going crazy in the bouncy thing. I took a few quick shots before I had to head into work. There are 14 pics in the John Izzi Benefit Party photo gallery.


5/25/02 Armpatch Gallery Update

     I added 50 more armpatches to the Armpatch Gallery, including this one from the FDNY Father's Day Fire - Ford Downing and Fahey - ...We're safe now. Guys... That's not smoke; it's clouds... "Well done Lads" Ladder 163 Res4cue
 


5/23/02 Line of Duty Death - Alameda County, CA

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Turner family and the Alameda County Fire Department of California. Probationary FireFighter Sekou Turner, 28, two months away from completing his first year on the Alameda County Fire Department died Wednesday May 22, 2002. Sekou suffered a heart attack while clearing from an EMS incident. His brother firefighters provided CPR but he was pronounced dead an hour after arriving at San Ramon Regional Medical Center.

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


5/22/02 Extrication Training Photos

     Multi-company extrication training Monday morning with WFD Captain Couture. Nice job Mike. E1 E2 E8 T1 R9 B1 simulated a rollover on wheels (actually rims) with the roof caved in and a rush on driver. We took the roof and did a dash roll. 11 photos were put in the Extrication Training 5/20/02 photo gallery. Make sure you get a peek at the new power tool in photo 6.


5/21/02 FireFighter John Izzi Benefit Party

     There will be a benefit party for John Izzi of the WFD Engine 1 on Saturday May 25, 2002 1PM at 105 Hawthorne Avenue in Waterbury. John was involved in a motorcycle accident at bike week in South Carolina last week. Food, beer, and soda will be served and there will be a DJ and a jumping castle for the kids. Donation is $20 - kids are free. All proceeds will go to the Izzi family. For more information call Bobby G @ 759-0501 or Chris Pesce @ 597-0798. Updates on John's condition can be found here.


5/19/02 Attention WFD Members

     Pat Maloney of WFD Engine 4 has asked me to encourage family and friends of the WFD to vote on May 21. Pat's father Patrick Maloney is running for Judge of Probate for the Waterbury Probate District. Elac Aviles of WFD Truck 1 is also on his ticket as a delegate. If you are a registered democrat in Waterbury, Middlebury, or Wolcott, please consider Patrick. More detailed information can be found online at: MaloneyForProbate.com.


5/17/02 Line of Duty Death - Screven County, GA

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Brown family and the Screven County Fire Department of Georgia. FireFighter Jeremy Brown, 27, a 9 year veteran of the Screven County Fire Department died Tuesday May 7, 2002. Jeremy was responding to a call in his private vehicle when he suffered a heart attack and was involved in a one car mva. He was treated by his brother firefighters and Medstar EMS at the scene before he was transported to Screven County Hospital where he later died.

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


5/16/02 Torrington FD Bike Ride

     The 1st Annual Torrington Firefighters Local 1567 Bike Ride to benefit the Burn Center at Bridgeport Hospital will be held on Sunday June 23, 2002. Registration will be at fire headquaters at 111 Water Street in Torrington at 9AM. The ride will start at 10AM ending with a pig roast at the Landing Zone Grill in Burlington, CT. Registration cost is $20 per bike ($25 with a passenger). For more information contact (860) 489-2255.


5/15/02 Photo Gallery Notice

     I was sick on Friday, but my wife and my father took some photos of the 11th Annual Memorial Service of the Waterbury Fire Department. Half of the photos in the 2002 Waterbury Memorial photo gallery were submitted by Howard Osorio of WFD T1. Members of the department, city, and the public honored Waterbury FireFighters who have died in the line of duty and members of our department who have died in the past year. I am working on posting a transcript with photos of some of the speeches made similar to the one I did last year with Captain Jim Peplau's speech. Jim's speech can be found in the Fallen Brothers section here.


5/14/02 Line of Duty Death - Brookline, MA

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Tynan family and the Brookline Fire Department of Massachusetts. FireFighter Joseph Tynan Jr., 55, a veteran of the Brookline Fire Department died Wednesday May 8, 2002. Joseph died from complications due to a severe head injury he received when he fell from an apparatus while responding to an alarm on November 23, 1982.

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


5/13/02 Photo Gallery Notice

     Robert Miller of the Jefferson City FD in Tennessee responded to my request and sent me 2 photos of his helmet. They were added to the Helmet Gallery. Keith Creamer of the Byram VFD in Greenwich, Connecticut sent me a photo of his helmet shield which I added to the Helmet Shield Gallery. I also went through my armpatch folder and added another 38 armpatches to the Armpatch Gallery which is now over 1200 armpatches.


5/10/02 Line of Duty Death - Laurens County, SC

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Kickler family and the Pelham-Batesville Fire Department and the Laurens County Fire Department of South Carolina. Assistant Chief Thomas Kickler, 38, an 8 year veteran of the Laurens County Fire Department, and the Assistant Chief of the Pelham-Batesville Fire Department for 1 year, died Monday May 6, 2002. Thomas responded with the Laurens County Fire Department to a double-wide mobile home fire. Afterwards he said he felt ill and thought he might be sick. Later that evening his body was found by a friend in his home.

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


5/9/02 Line of Duty Death - Oakland, MD

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Turney family and the Oakland Volunteer Fire Department of Maryland. FireFighter/EMT David Turney, 50, a 27 year veteran of the Oakland Volunteer Fire Department died Monday May 6, 2002. David was alone in the dispatch center at Garrett County Central Alarm when he suffered a massive heart attack. He was found unresponsive and collapsed at his 911 console by a brother firefighter visiting the dispatch center. David was rushed by ambulance to Garrett County Memorial Hospital where was pronounced dead.

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


5/7/02 Line of Duty Death - Brookhaven, PA

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Kangas family and the Brookhaven Fire Department of Pennsylvania. Junior FireFighter Christopher Kangas, 14, an eighth-grader at Northley Junior High School died one day before his 15th birthday on Saturday May 4, 2002. Christopher was responding with his bicycle to an alarm when he was struck by a 16 year old driver. He died a few hours later Children's Hospital as a result of the multiple head traumas he received in the crash.

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


5/6/02 Line of Duty Death - St. Louis, MO

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Martin and Morrison families and the St. Louis Fire Department of Missouri. FireFighters Derek Martin and Rob Morrison, both 38 years old and both 11 year veterans of the St. Louis Fire Department Rescue 1 died Friday May 3, 2002. Derek and Rob became trapped while trying to rescue a brother firefighter who was lost inside Gravios Refrigeration, a two story brick building. The firefighter they were searching for managed to escape on his own. Derek and Rob were found and rushed to a local hospital, but it was too late, they died shortly after at the hospital. Two other firefighters were injured in the blaze.

     For more news, information, and photos, please visit the Derek Martin and Rob Morrison Memorial in the Fallen Brothers Section.


5/4/02 Photo Gallery Notice

     I finally took a couple of photos of my helmet and added them to the Helmet Gallery. I just cannibalized my dad's old helmets and added his Bourke shield and Milwaukee strap to mine. This gallery only has 4 photos of 2 helmets. Please send me your helmet photos. There are already over 1200 armpatches in the Armpatch Gallery and 32 shields in the Helmet Shield Gallery.


5/3/01 Attention WFD Members

     The next regular meeting of Local 1339 is scheduled for Thursday May 9, 2002 Station 2 at 1900 hours. Nominations for President, Secretary, Executive Board and Delegate Alternate to the Convention will close at this meeting. Nominations at the last meeting on April 11, 2002 were as follows:

President Secretary
Carozza by Peplau
French by Bergin

Valerioti by Paltauf
Lynch by Finkenzellar

Executive Board
Ramirez by Sforza
Barnes by Belval
Sforza by Ramirez
Bergin by Crimmins
Hilinski by Balnis
Walsh by Elmendorf
Fortier by Ramirez
French by Ayotte

5/1/02 Photo Gallery Notice

     Rob Stiles took some photos for the Baden Volunteer Fire Department in Ontario and sent me 4 live fire training photos which I added to the Rob Stiles photo gallery.

     Jerry Buner of Orange County, NY sent me a photo of the Orange County Firefighters Memorial. I added the photo to the Memorial Monuments photo gallery.

     Brett Hill of the South Pasadena Fire Department, California and co-founder of the National Firefighters 9-11 Memorial Patch Project, sent me a photo of their armpatch being worn by a helicopter pilot, Lt. Everett Alcorn HC6 with the USS Seattle. I also have this armpatch on my bunker coat. I added the photo to the 9-11 Tributes photo gallery.


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