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News Archive» November 2002

11/29/02 Photo Gallery Update

     Jerry Buner of New York sent me some more apparatus photos and some photos from a structure fire. There are 132 photos in the Jerry Buner photo gallery.
 


     Christian LeWalter of the Graevenwiesbach Fire Station of Germany sent me 3 photos of the some flooding that resulted from heavy rains in Germany and 6 photos of the Dräger-Safety Flashover Training Trailer. There are 17 photos in the Christian LeWalter photo gallery.


11/27/02 Line of Duty Death - Coos Bay, OR

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Carpenter, Common, and Hanners families and the Coos Bay Fire Department of Oregon. Lieutenant Randall Carpenter, 46, Volunteer FireFighter/Engineer Jeffrey Common, 30, and Volunteer FireFighter/ Engineer Robert Hanners, 33, died Monday November 25, 2002. Randall and Jeffrey were killed when they were trapped by debris after the roof caved in following an explosion at an auto body shop fire. They were operating on the second floor. Robert was pronounced dead after being transported to Bay Area Hospital. Several other firefighters were treated for smoke inhalation.

     For more news, information, and photos, please visit the Coos Bay Collapse Memorial in the Fallen Brothers Section.


11/25/02 Armpatch Gallery Update

     Over the weekend I worked on my armpatch folders. I edited and added 100 NEW armpatches to the already HUGE armpatch gallery. There are now a whopping 1,436 armpatches in the Armpatch Photo gallery.


11/22/02 Photo Gallery Update

     I added 8 photos of 2 recent extrication calls to the Extrication Photos photo gallery. The first was a car versus house. The woman literally landed the car on top of the front stairs. The other call was nerve wracking. We saw the carnage from across the highway while responding. So I figured we had a lot of work cut out for us. Turns out the 3 passengers of the blazer exited through the rear hatch. The only person trapped was the driver of the car - and that was just a door pop with a haligan bar. There are 18 photos in the Extrication Photos photo gallery. If anyone has any photos of the 6 car accident on Wolcott Street the other day the racing fools caused, please email me copies so I can add them to the site.


11/20/02 Line of Duty Death - Ashford, CT

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Fletcher family and the Ashford Volunteer Fire Department of Connecticut. Chief Bruce Fletcher, 50, a 30 year veteran of the Ashford Volunteer Fire Department died Monday Novermber 18, 2002. Bruce suffered an apparent heart attack shortly after returning to Fire Station 20 following an EMS call. His brother firefighters and paramedics treated him at the fire station and transported him to Windham Community Hospital in WIllimantic where he died shortly therafter.

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


11/19/02 Photo Gallery Update

     The Bond Radio building on West Main Street in downtown Waterbury burned to the ground on Halloween night. A general alarm was called in Waterbury. That means every company in the city responded. Waterbury usually renders mutual aid, but called outlying towns to man stations that night. The building was wide open and went up pretty fast. Crews did an excellent job of protecting exposures. I received many photos from several people and compiled them into 20 photos for the Bond Radio Fire 10/31/02 photo gallery. I would like to thank Michele Crowley-LaRose and Tom Kickham, Fire Commissioner Chris Casey and Firefighter Elac Aviles for the photos they submitted.


11/16/02 Local 1339 Meeting with Mayor

     All members must make every effort to attend. The mayor has granted an open forum for the members of Local 1339. The mayor thinks we are happy with what the oversight board handed down to us and needs to hear different. The meeting will be held on Tuesday November 19, 2002 6-8:30PM at Rotella Magnet School on Pierpont in the Community Room. Please make every effort to attend.

     On another note, John Izzi is running out of sick time. If you would like to donate a day or night and cover his shift, please call Northside. When he runs out an official free list will be started.


11/15/02 Fallen Brother - Thomaston, CT

     Our condolences to the Sanzeri family and the Thomaston Fire Department of Connecticut. FireFighter Ralph Sanzeri Jr, 31, a 10 year veteran of the Thomaston Fire Department died Monday November 11, 2002. Ralph was killed in an off-duty accident. He was filling a compressed air cylinder with new equipment at his bait and tackle shop when it exploded. OSHA is investigating the cause of the malfunction.

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


11/14/02 Line of Duty Death - West Hartford, CT

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Brooks family and the West Hartford Fire Department of Connecticut. FireFighter and President of West Hartford Fire Department Local 1241, Patrick Brooks, 38, a 10 year veteran of the West Hartford Fire Department died Tuesday November 12, 2002. Patrick was on duty at the Berkshire Road Station 5 when he mentioned he wasn't feeling well and went to lie down. His brother firefighters were unable to revive him and he was transported to Hartford Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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


11/13/02 Line of Duty Death - Briceville, TN

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Poore family and the Briceville Volunteer Fire Department of Tennessee. Firefighter Robert Poore, 71, a 28 year veteran and founding member of the Briceville Volunteer Fire Department in 1974, died Monday November 11, 2002. Robert died of an apparent heart attack after responding from the fire station to check his own home. Robert's home was badly damaged by a tornado that damaged 10 homes in Briceville area.

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


11/11/02 Photo Gallery Update

     Tom Duff took some photos for me at a Public Education visit to Headquarters on October 10, 2002. Not only did the kids get to see a fire engine, they got to see an antique fire truck (Spare Truck 4). There are 12 photos in the T1 E10 Public Education 10/10/02 photo gallery.


     Christian LeWalter of the Graevenwiesbach Fire Station of Germany sent me 4 photos of the aftermath of a gale force storm on October 27, 2002 that killed 8 people. There are 17 photos in the Christian LeWalter photo gallery.


11/10/02 Attention WFD Members

     The Waterbury Fire Department Local 1339 Christmas Party wil be held Saturday December 7, 2002 7PM-Midnight at Courtyard by Marriott in Waterbury. Admission is $55 per person and includes open bar, dinner, and dancing. Reserve your spot ASAP Contact: Jim SantaLucia R9B, Frank Walsh T3D, Tom Varanelli E10B, and Tony Leca R9A.


11/8/02 Attention WFD Members

     The monthly meeting of Local 1339 is scheduled for Thursday November 14, 2002 1900 hours at Station 2. All members should make every effort to attend.

     There will also be a meeting/open house for all Local 1339 members hosted by the Union Hall Committee at the Waterville Firehouse. All questions on status of the union hall and future plans will be answered. All members should make every effort to attend.


11/7/02 Line of Duty Death - Westville, FL

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Fuller family and the Darlington-Gaskin Volunteer Fire Department of Westville, Florida. Firefighter Rupert Fuller, 76, a veteran of the Darlington-Gaskin Volunteer Fire Department died Thursday October 24, 2002. Rupert had responded to an ems call on Sunday October 20, 2002, and shortly after arriving on scene he complained that he was not feeling well. He was transported to a hospital in Geneva, Alabama. He died days later at a hospital in Dothan where he was transported for surgery for an aneurysm.

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


11/6/02 Line of Duty Death - Lakewood, PA

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Malinski family and the Northern Wayne Fire Company of Lakewood, Pennsylvania. FireFighter Edmund Malinski, 39, a 15 year veteran of the Northern Wayne Fire Company died Monday November 4, 2002. Edmund was pulled from a residential structure fire by his brothers while conducting interior operations. His cause of death is still under investigation.

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


11/3/02 Photo Gallery Update

     Jerry Buner of New York submitted 24 new apparatus photos to add to his gallery. There are 123 photos in the Jerry Buner photo gallery.


     Ken Kane, also of New York state, submitted 4 more photos for his collection of Hudson Valley NY firetrucks. There are 14 photos in the Ken Kane - Firetrucks of Hudson Valley, NY photo gallery.


11/1/02 Line of Duty Death - Coal Township, PA

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Diorio family and the Maine Fire Company of Coal Township, Pennsylvania. Lieutenant Timothy Diorio, 36, a volunteer with the Maine Fire Company and a Pensylvania State Trooper died Thursday October 31, 2002. Timothy was killed in a building collapse at a late night structure fire in Zerbe Township.

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


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