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News Archive» January 2003

1/30/03 Photo Gallery Update

     Jerry Buner, retired NYPD and fire buff, has sent me 5 more photos to add to the Jerry Buner photo gallery, a structure fire and some apparatus photos. There are 137 photos in the Jerry Buner photo gallery.

     Shane Shifflett of the White Sands Missle Range Fire Department of New Mexico sent me 13 new photos for his photo gallery, a structure fire, a trailer fire, and some apparatus and station photos. There are 64 photos in the Shane Shifflett photo gallery.


1/28/03 Line of Duty Death - Charlotte, NC

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Copeland family and the Charlotte Fire Department of North Carolina. Captain Michael Copeland, 50, a 23 year veteran of the Charlotte Fire Department died Saturday January 25, 2003. Michael was the incident commander at a live fire training exercise when he suffered an apparent heart attack. He was exiting the apparatus in full gear when he collapsed. Neither his brothers nor the staff at Carolinas Medical Center were able to resuscitate him.

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


1/25/03 Line of Duty Death - Webster Groves, MO

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Mignerone family and the Webster Groves Fire Department of Missouri. Fire Captain/Chief Medical Officer Dennis Mignerone, 50, a 26 year veteran of the Webster Groves Fire Department died Tuesday January 21, 2003. Dennis was on duty performing department prescribed exercises when he had chest pains. He was transported to the hospital and pronounced dead.

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


1/24/03 Line of Duty Death - Shippensburg, PA

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Hess family, the West End Fire and Rescue Company, and the Fannett Metal Fire Department of Pennsylvania. Lieutenant Keith Hess, 22, a volunteer firefighter with the West Fire and Rescue Company and career EMT with the Fannett Metal Fire Department died Monday January 20, 2003. Keith was performing salvage and overhaul on the first floor after a structure fire when a chimney collapsed and caused the second floor to collapse onto three firefighters on the first floor. Cumberland Valley Hose Company Assistant Chief Cory Connelly and FireFighter Dave Ocker were also in the collapse area but were rescued and treated and released at Chambersburg Hospital. Keith was airlifted by Life Lion to Chambersburg Hospital were he was pronounced dead.

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


1/24/03 Line of Duty Death - Polk Township, PA

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the McAuley family and the Polk Township Volunteer Fire Company of Pennsylvania. Fire Police Officer James McAuley, 78, a 12 year veteran of the Polk Township Volunteer Fire Company died Friday January 17, 2003. James was performing his duties at the scene of a car fire when he moved his truck. He was found slumped over the wheel a short time later apparently having suffered a heart attack. His brothers performed CPR and transported him to Palmerton Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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


1/23/03 Line of Duty Death - Porter, TX

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Staley family and the Porter Volunteer Fire Department of Texas. FireFighter Gary Staley, 33, an 18 month veteran of the Porter Volunteer Fire Department died Sunday January 19, 2003. Gary was operating at the scene of an auto repair shop structure fire in Montgomery County when an apparent flashover occurred. Three of his crew members on a hand line with him were able to find their way out of the building after exit air horns were sounded. Juan Chapa of the Porter Volunteer Fire Department and Allen Haynes of the New Caney Fire Department were burned badly on the head, arms, and torso and were transported a special burn unit at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. A third firefighter was treated for burns to his hands and arms at the scene.

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


1/23/03 Line of Duty Death - Bonham, TX

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Taylor family, the Bonham Fire Department, and the Blossom Volunteer Fire Department of Texas. FireFighter/EMT James Taylor, 28, a six month veteran of the Bonham Fire Department died Sunday January 19, 2003. James was responding to an MVA when his ambulance Medic 3 was involved in a head on collision with a PT Cruiser. Both vehicles caught fire after the collision. The driver of the ambulance, David Hale, was injured and transported to a local hospital in guarded condition. The driver of the other vehicle also died.

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


1/20/03 Photo Gallery Update

     Christian LeWalter of the Graevenwiesbach Volunteer Fire Department of Germany sent me 7 more photos to add to his gallery. The photos are of the heavy flooding recently in Germany and a helicopter landing for an ems call. There are 41 photos in the Christian LeWalter photo gallery.

     Pete Kazlauskas Jr., a member of the Tisbury VFD in Massachusetts has sent me 3 photos of a structure fire they had recently at the Tisbury Inn to start his photo gallery. Interesting note: Pete introduced himself to me in an email because his father was stationed with my father on the Waterbury Fire Department 10-15 years ago. There are 3 photos in the Pete Kazlauskas photo gallery.


1/18/03 A Little Vacation

     A little vacation coming my way. Flying to (hopefully) sunny Florida today to visit family in Spring Hill and get away from this nosehair freezing weather (-1 F this morning) in Connecticut for a few days and then I'm making the drive back home with Cheryl and the kids. Stay safe.


1/15/03 Line of Duty Death - Springfield, IL

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Rotherham family and the Springfield Fire Department of Illinois. Captain Joseph Rotherham, a 13 year veteran of the Springfield Fire Department died Tuesday January 14, 2003. Joseph was operating at a structure fire on East Iles Avenue at 1:30AM. He exited the structure to change his bottle and collapsed. He was treated by EMS on scene and transported to St. John's Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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


1/15/03 Line of Duty Death - San Francisco, CA

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Ohler family and the San Francisco Fire Department of California. FireFighter Melinda Ohler, 40, a 13 year veteran of the San Francisco Fire Department died Monday January 13, 2003 from a severe head injury sustained on Wednesday January 8, 2003. Melinda was responding to an alarm at San Francisco International Airport when she fell from the rear of the open cab spare apparatus she was riding in. The accident occured a block away from Station 42.

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


1/15/03 Line of Duty Death - Guam

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Periera family and the Guam Fire Department. FireFighter James Periera, 41, a 15 year veteran of the Guam Fire Department died Thursday January 9, 2003. James was resting at the Agat Fire Station when he began having seizures. He was transported to Guam Naval Hospital where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy is to determine his cause of death but it is believed that he died from cardiac arrest.

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


1/14/03 Line of Duty Death - Provo, UT

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Guerrero family and the Provo Fire Department, Life Flight, and the Lone Peak Fire District of Utah. FireFighter Paramedic and Flight Medic Mario Guerrero, 38, a 10 year veteran of the Provo Fire Department died Friday January 10, 2003. Mario was responding to an MVA when the Life Flight helicopter he was responding in crashed near Interstate 80. The pilot, Craig Bingham, 32 was also killed. Flight Nurse Stein Rosqvist survived the crash and was transported to LDS Hospital in critical condition.

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


1/13/03 Photo Gallery Update

     Shane Shifflett of the White Sands Missle Range Fire Department of New Mexico sent me alot of new photos for his photo gallery, unfortunately I messed them up while renaming them. I was able salvage 51 photos from his prior and new submissions. There are 51 photos in the Shane Shifflett photo gallery.


1/10/03 Line of Duty Death - Donalsonville, GA

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Collins family and the Donalsonville Fire and Rescue of Georgia. FireFighter Lattie Collins, 36, a volunteer with the department for just three months died Wednesday January 8, 2003. Lattie was responding to the fire station for an MVA dispatch when his personal vehicle was struck at an intersection.

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


1/9/03 Line of Duty Death - Coats, NC

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Carroll family and the Coats-Grove Fire and Rescue of Coats, North Carolina. FireFighter Terry Carroll, 51, a 6 year veteran of the Coats-Grove Fire and Rescue died Tuesday January 7, 2003. Terry passed away at Duke Medical Center as a result of injuries he sustained from a massive heart attack during an EMS call on Friday December 27, 2002.

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


1/7/03 Line of Duty Death - Orchard Park, NY

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Killian family and the Windom Fire Company of Orchard Park, New York. Assistant Chief Michael Killian, 34, a 10 year veteran with the Windom Fire Company died Thursday January 2, 2003. Michael collapsed and died from a massive myocardial infarction while performing routine maintenance at the fire station.

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


1/5/03 Waterbury Republican Newspaper Article

     My sincerest thanks to fire and police reporter Cara Rubinsky and the Waterbury Republican-American Newspaper for the pleasant review of FireFightingLinks.com in the Local Section on Friday January 3, 2003. I have scanned the newspaper article and you can view it on the Website Reviews page.


1/3/03 Local 1339 Shift Calendar for 2003

     I have completed the Waterbury Fire Department Local 1339 shift calendar for the web. It can be found on the WFD Schedule page. The year is broken up into 2 pages. January through June on one page and July through December on the other.


1/1/03 Photo Gallery Update

     Battalion Chief Ralph Leone emailed me 9 new photos he took at a Waterbury Fire Department structure fire at 65 Fairview Street on December 24, 2002. The call came in at just after 1AM on the B-Shift. There are 34 photos in the Ralph Leone photo gallery.

     Shane Shifflett of the White Sands Missle Range Fire Department of New Mexico sent me 19 new photos for his photo gallery, a structure fire, a barn fire, and some extrication photos. There are 41 photos in the Shane Shifflett photo gallery.


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