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News Archive» October 2002

10/29/02 Line of Duty Death - Fall River, MA

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Nadeau family and the Fall River Fire Department of Massachusetts. District Fire Chief Gerald Nadeau, 51, a 25 year veteran of the Fall River Fire Department died Thursday October 24, 2002. Gerald became ill after a structure fire on September 19, 2002. He was taken to Charlton Memorial Hospital this month and was later transferred to Rhode Island Hospital where he died days later of respiratory failure.

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


10/26/02 Photo Gallery Update

     I started a photo gallery for Waterbury Fire Commissioner Chairman Chris Casey. He sent me photos of a motor vehicle extrication on Thursday October 10, 2002. E4, T3, R9, and B2 responded to the intersection of Baldwin and Piedmont Streets. There are 6 photos in the Chris Casey photo gallery.

     I also started a photo gallery for Lisa Quin and Brian Geho of Washington, Pennsylvania. Nice department and memorial monument photo. There are 2 photos in the North Franklin Twp VFC photo gallery.


10/22/02 Photo Gallery Update

     Captain Mike Couture ran my crew through the training for the new SCOTT Buddy Breathing SCBA packs we will be using on the Waterbury Fire Department when all personnel are certified. I took some photos during the practical training. There are 15 photos in the SCOTT Training photo gallery.

     The same day we did the SCBA training, we had responded earlier in the morning to a 14,000 volt transformer fire at Ansonia Brass on Bank Street. Most of the time we spent there was evacuating the smoke from the huge processing area which contained several vats of acid for the brass. There are 8 photos in the Transformer Fire photo gallery.


10/19/02 Line of Duty Death - Madisonville, KY

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Taylor family and the Madisonville Fire Department of Kentucky. Captain Kenneth Taylor, 49, a 26 year veteran of the Madisonville Fire Department died Friday October 11, 2002. Kenneth was pulling hose at a structure fire on Wednesday October 9, 2002 when he collapsed from a heart attack. Brother firefighters administered CPR and he was transported to Regional Medical Center where he died two day later.

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


10/14/02 Vacation

     Well readers, I am taking my annual fall Cape Cod vacation. I will be doing nothing but eating and touristy stuff in Cape Cod this week with my family. I hope to get back to working on the site on Saturday. Anyone who was able to attend the memorial service in New York on Saturday October 12, please email me some photos.


10/13/02 Attention WFD Members

     Jim Peplau asked me to post some sample text to encourage friends and relatives to vote for Local 1339 endorsed politicians Bill Curry for Governor and Jim Maloney for 5th District U.S. Representative. The text can be emailed or printed out as a postcard. Please visit the Local 1339 October News page to copy the sample text into your email.


10/11/02 Attention WFD Members

     The Exchange Club's 'Salute to the Bravest' will be held Thursday October 17, 2002 6PM at the Aquaturf in Southington. They will be honoring Waterbury Firefighter of the Year Lt. Anthony Leca as well as awardees from across the state. Tickets are $25. Members needed for an Honor Guard. For additional information, contact: Rich Paltauf B2A or Frank Walsh T3D.


10/10/02 Fireground Decision Making Seminar

     I was contacted by John Galdenzi of Meriden Fire Department Local 1148. They are hosting a training seminar on Fireground Decision Making presented by 28 year veteran Deputy Chief Bill Shouldis of the Philadelphia Fire Department and Integrated Training Technologies LLC. The seminar will be held November 9, 2002 at the State Police Academy in Meriden, CT. Admission is $60 for the entire day. You must pre-register by October 25, 2002. Click here for more detailed information.


10/9/02 Brian Sweeney Memorial Fund

     Brian Sweeney left the Waterbury Fire Department when he was still in training. He left to join the FDNY. Brian was a member of Rescue 1 in Manhattan. He was working overtime on Squad 288 on September 11, 2001. On November 26, 2001 Brians body was found in the rubble that remained of the Twin Towers. A memorial website as well as a memorial tshirt have been created for Brian. Please visit the Brian E. Sweeney Memorial Fund website. Tshirts are $15.00 with the above images.


10/6/02 Photo Gallery Update

     Krista Leary, of the West York FD of Pennsylvania sent me 10 more photos to add to her gallery. There are now 36 photos in the Krista Leary photo gallery.

     Also, photo contributor from NY, Ken Kane has sent me 5 more photos to add to his photo gallery. There are 10 photos in the Ken Kane - Firetrucks of Hudson Valley, NY photo gallery.


10/4/02 Line of Duty Death - Garfield, NJ

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Batelli family and the Garfield Volunteer Fire Department of New Jersey. Assistant Engineer George Batelli, 55, a 25 year veteran of the Garfield Volunteer Fire Department died Tuesday October 1, 2002. George suffered an apparent heart attack and died while responding in his personal vehicle to a large structure fire at the Radburn Plaza Building. Companies from more than six surrounding communities responded to the scene.

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


10/2/02 Line of Duty Death - Terre Haute, IN

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Stott family and the Terre Haute Fire Department of Indiana. Captain Ralph Stott, 50, a 24 year veteran of the Terre Haute Fire Department died Monday September 30, 2002. He was killed after a large explosion at an auto body shop fire caused debris and a building facade to collapse on several firefighters including himself. Two other firefighters were treated and released.

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


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