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News Archive» December 2002

12/30/02 FireFighting Top 100 Sites

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12/26/02 Photo Gallery Update

     Well I spent the morning after christmas updating a couple of my personal galleries. A total of 44 new images. 2 new helmets were added to the Helmet Photo Gallery. 2 new shields were added to the Helmet Shield photo gallery. 40 new armpatches were added to the Armpatch Photo Gallery. Here a couple of the new samples. Bonita Springs, Florida Armpatch, Brian Harto's Helmet Shield from Millton, New Jersey, and Travis German's Helmet from Watseka FD, Illinois.


12/24/02 Photo Gallery Update

     Ron Graves Jr. of the Bladensburg Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department from Prince Georges County, Maryland sent me 13 photos of a structure fire at 3713 Taylor Street on Saturday December 7, 2002 0544 hours. There is an incident report from the Incident Commander Chief Randy Kuenzlion on the gallery page. There are 13 photos in the Ron Graves photo gallery.

     Wayne Tomblinson, fire photographer, has sent me 18 more samples of his work. These are from some recent mobile home fires. You can see more of his photographs on his website Amazing Fire Photos. There are 36 photos in the Wayne Tomblinson photo gallery.


12/22/02 Photo Gallery Update

     Christian LeWalter of the Graevenwiesbach Fire Station of Germany sent me 4 more photos to add to his gallery. Photos are of a structure fire 12/12 in Germany. House was on a narrow road and the temperature was -10 Celcius (about 14 Fahrenheit). It took 12 hours for 140 firefighters from 10 companies to put the blaze out. There are 34 photos in the Christian LeWalter photo gallery.

     Shane Shifflett of the White Sands Missle Range Fire Department of New Mexico sent me 18 new photos for his photo gallery. There are 22 photos in the Shane Shifflett photo gallery.


12/20/02 Line of Duty Death - Tellico Plains, TN

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Harris family and the Mount Vernon Volunteer Fire Department of Tellico Plains, Tennessee. FireFighter Dennis Harris, 43, a 10 year veteran of the Mount Vernon Volunteer Fire Department died Thursday December 5, 2002. Dennis was operating a pumper at a structure fire when he when he went into cardiac arrest and died.

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


12/19/02 Line of Duty Death - Ranger, TX

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Espinoza family and the Ranger Fire Department of Texas. FireFighter/EMT Shaun Espinoza, 29, a rookie firefighter with the Ranger Fire Department who had just completed his probation, died Friday December 13, 2002. Shaun suffered an apparent massive heart attack while attending his EMT training class. His brother classmates and emergency personnel were unable to save him.

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


12/18/02 Line of Duty Death - Mechanicsville, MD

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Mangum family and the Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department of Maryland. FireFighter/EMT Justin Mangum, 20, a 3 year veteran of the Mechanicsville Volunteer Fire Department died Monday December 16, 2002. Justin was responding to a motor vehicle extrication call in his personal vehicle when he was involved in a one vehicle accident at 4:30 AM. EMS was first on the scene of the accident and pronounced him. A neighboring fire department responded to the scene to extract him from the vehicle.

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


12/17/02 Line of Duty Death - Boyd, MN

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Lanphear family and the Boyd Volunteer Fire Department of Minnesota. FireFighter Jonathan Lanphear, 23, a volunteer with the Boyd Volunteer Fire Department died Thursday December 12, 2002. Jonathan was responding to a fire call when his vehicle rolled over in a one car accident at the intersection of Chippewa County Road 7 and Chippewa County Road 15. Jonathan was trapped under the vehicle in a ditch and pronounced dead at the scene.

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


12/15/02 Photo Gallery Update

     Christian LeWalter of the Graevenwiesbach Fire Station of Germany sent me 4 photos of an MVA month. The driver was unbelted and ejected. Two companies responded to the MVA. There are 30 photos in the Christian LeWalter photo gallery.

     Shane Shifflett of the White Sands Missle Range Fire Department of New Mexico sent me 3 photos of an accident of a ladder truck bucket into a tree, including repairs and the subsequent jolly old fellow in the bucket. There are 3 photos in the Shane Shifflett photo gallery.


12/11/02 Photo Gallery Update

     Robert Miller of the Jefferson City Fire Department of Tennessee has started a new photo gallery. The first installment of photos are from a structure fire on Moody Road in Jefferson City. The photos were taken by Stacy Merritt the department photographer. There are 21 photos in the Robert Miller photo gallery.

     Wayne Tomblinson, a real estate agent who's hobby is fire photography has sent me a sample of his work. You can see more of his photographs on his website Amazing Fire Photos. Wayne's photos are featured in the local newspaper and he also frames some of his photos for the local fire departments. There are 17 photos in the Wayne Tomblinson photo gallery.


12/9/02 Line of Duty Death - Heidelburg, PA

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Wissel family and the Heidelberg Volunteer Fire Department of Pennsylvania. Fire Chief Henry Wissel, 55, a veteran of the Heidelburg Volunteer Fire Department died Saturday December 7, 2002. Henry suffered an apparent heart attack at an eight alarm structure fire at L. Thomas Towing, a half-block long building in Heidelberg, a southwest suburb of Pittsburgh. He was pulling equipment from an apparatus when he collapsed. He was transported by Scott Township EMS to Saint Clair Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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


12/7/02 Line of Duty Death - Dallas, TX

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the DePauw family and the Dallas Fire Department of Texas. Captain Michael DePauw, 51, a 30 year veteran of the Dallas Fire Department died Thursday December 5, 2002. Michael was operating on the second floor of a large two story structure fire when he collapsed after an apparent heart attack. He was transported to Medical City Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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


12/6/02 Line of Duty Death - Fort Rucker, AL

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Neis family and the United States Army Fire and Emergency Services. FireFighter Kerry Neis, 31, of Enterprise, Alabama, a Department of the Army Civilian FireFighter assigned to Fort Rucker in Alabama died Wednesday December 4, 2002. Kerry was killed during an aircraft fire training exercise when the aircraft firefighting pumper they were operating in front of apparently slipped into gear, rolling over Kerry and another firefighter. The other firefighter was treated and released from Flowers Hospital. The accident is under investigation.

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


12/5/02 Attention WFD Members

     The next meeting of Waterbury Firefighters Local 1339 is scheduled for Thursday December 12, 2002 1900 hours at Headquarters.

     The Waterbury Firefighters Local 1339 Christmas Party will be held Wednesday December 18, 2002 1500-1900 hours at the Union Offices Elton Hotel. Retirees are welcome.


12/3/02 Photo Gallery Update

     Ken Kane sent me 5 more photos to add to his gallery including this Campbell Hall FD car fire in New York. There are 20 photos in the Ken Kane photo gallery.

     Paul Reed sent me 3 more photos for his gallery including this photo of Engine 3 of West Point FD in New York. There are 20 photos in the Paul Reed photo gallery.


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