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News Archive» March 2003

3/28/03 Line of Duty Death - Emmett, ID

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Whiteley family and the Emmett City Fire Department of Idaho. FireFighter Kevin Whiteley, 47, a ten year veteran of the Emmett City Fire Department died Wednesday March 26, 2003. Kevin had responded to a natural gas leak call on Wednesday evening. He did an interior check on air and returned to the apparatus to doff his airpack and fill out his report. About half of an hour later he collapsed from an apparent heart attack. He was rushed by Gem County Ambulance to Walter Knox Memorial Hospital where he died shortly thereafter.

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


3/27/03 Photo Gallery Update

     I started a new photo gallery by Brett Hill. Brett is from Valencia, California and he runs the National Firefighters 9-11 Memorial Patch project. Please check out the 12 photos displaying firefighters and military personnel supporting the patch project. There are 12 photos in the Brett Hill photo gallery.

     I have posted 12 new photos from Shane Shifflett of the White Sands Missle Range Fire Department of New Mexico. I had to sort them from the huge amount of photos Shane has been sending me. There are photos of some structure fires, some extrications, and even a deer rescue. There are 116 photos in the Shane Shifflett photo gallery.


3/25/03 Line of Duty Death - Troy, IN

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Smith family and the Troy Volunteer Fire Department of Indiana. FireFighter Jim Smith, 63, a veteran volunteer firefighter with the Troy Volunteer Fire Department died Saturday March 22, 2003. Jim was operating at a early morning mobile home fire when he collapsed from an apparent heart attack. He was transported to Perry County Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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


3/22/03 Line of Duty Death - Cincinnati, OH

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Armstrong family and the Cincinnati Fire Department of Ohio. FireFighter Oscar Armstrong, 25, a 3 year veteran of the Cincinnati Fire Department died Friday March 21, 2003. Oscar was caught in a flashover at a morning structure fire at a two-story brick home in the Bond Hill area. Witnesses saw him crash through a first floor window on fire. His brother firefighters pulled him to safety and attempted to resuscitate him. He was transported to University Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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


3/21/03 Line of Duty Death - Polk County, OR

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Kistler family and the Polk County Fire District No. 1 of Oregon. Captain Tom Kistler, 53, a 25 year veteran volunteer firefighter with the Polk County Fire District No. 1 died Wednesday March 19, 2003. Tom was riding in the passenger seat enroute to a training exercise when the apparatus he was riding in left the roadway and crashed into a tree. Rescuers were unable to extricate him before he died.

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


3/20/03 Line of Duty Death - La Belle-Fannett, TX

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Mathew family and the La Belle-Fannett Volunteer Fire Department of Texas. FireFighter Lance Mathew, 20, a two year veteran volunteer firefighter with the La Belle-Fannett Volunteer Fire Department died Tuesday March 18, 2003. Lance had responded to an early morning MVA with his personal vehicle. Highway conditions were dark and foggy. Lance was struck and killed by a tractor trailer as he attempted to cross Interstate 10.

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


3/19/03 Line of Duty Death - Salisbury, MO

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Stanley family and the Salisbury Fire Department of Missouri. FireFighter Mike Stanley, 52, a 9 year veteran volunteer firefighter with the Salisbury Fire Department died Saturday March 15, 2003. Mike suffered a heart attack while cutting fire breaks at the scene of a grass fire.

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


3/18/03 Attention WFD Members

     It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Ethel Fitzgerald, wife of retired Waterbury FireFighter Edward Fitzgerald. Calling hours will be held today Tuesday March 18, 2003 5-8PM at Chase Parkway Memorial in Waterbury. A funeral will be held Wednesday March 19, 2003 8AM at the funeral home to a 9AM mass at Mount Carmel Church followed by a burial at Calvary Cemetery.


3/17/03 Attention WFD Members

     It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of John Ramonas, brother of retired Waterbury Fire Lieutentant Anthony Ramonas. A wake will be held today, Monday March 17, 2003 5-9PM at Murphy's Funeral Home on Willow Street in Waterbury. There will also be calling hours tomorrow Tuesday March 18, 2003 9-10AM followed by a 10AM funeral.


3/15/03 Patrick Brooks Memorial Stickers

     The brothers and sisters of West Hartford Local 1241 (CT) have designed stickers to honor the memory of Patrick Brooks. Patrick was a West Hartford FireFighter and the President of Local 1241 when he died of a heart attack on duty at West Hartford Station 5 in November of 2002. Car window stickers and helmet stickers are available. All proceeds will go to the Brooks family. For ordering information please visit the Patrick Brooks Memorial.


3/13/03 Photo Gallery Update

     Waterbury Fire Commissioner Chairman Chris Casey took some photos at a gas meter fire yesterday morning. The call came in as a gas leak but was upgraded to a full assignment after a working structure fire sizeup. Apparently the home owner drove into the gas meter at the rear of the garage causing a gas leak that was quickly ignited. Engine 4 and Engine 2 kept the fire from spreading to the upper floors while we waited for Yankeegas to arrive and shut the gas off at the street. There are 12 new photos in the Chris Casey photo gallery.


3/11/03 Line of Duty Death - Middlebury, VT

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Young family, the Middlebury Fire Department and the Addison County Firefighters Association of Vermont. FireFighter Bruce Young, 60, a volunteer firefighter with the Middlebury Fire Department died Sunday March 9, 2003. Bruce died from an apparent heart attack while responding to an alarm. He had started the engine of the apparatus but before exiting the station was discovered slumped over the wheel.

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


3/11/03 Attention WFD Members

     The next meeting of Waterbury Firefighters Local 1339 is scheduled for Thursday March 13, 2003 1900 hours at Station 2. There will be some very important issues discussed at this meeting. All members are encouraged to make every effort to attend.


3/10/03 Danbury Firefighters Local 801 Golf Tournament

     The Danbury Firefighters Local 801 Golf Tournament will be held Monday, June 2, 2003 9AM at Richter Park. The tournament is to benefit the College Scholarship Fund and the Connecticut Burn Camp. Registration is $125.00 per person and the tournament is a scramble format with five team prizes. For more information contact Kevin Plank (203) 730-2435.


3/7/03 Attention WFD Members

     It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of A. Richard Ziello Sr. father of Waterbury FireFighter Mark Ziello, assigned with myself to Truck 1 on the D Shift. A wake will be held today, Friday February 7, 2003 4-7PM at Hickox Funeral Home, 195 Main Street in Watertown. A funeral will be held tomorrow, Saturday February 8, 2003 9AM from the funeral home to a mass at the Immaculate Conception Church in Waterbury followed by a burial at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Watertown.


3/6/03 Photo Gallery Update

     Waterbury Fire Commissioner Chairman Chris Casey was on the scene this morning and sent me 8 photos of a minor mva involving the WFD Battalion 2 car. Local roads were a mess with accidents due to the unexpected snowfall. There are 15 photos in the Chris Casey photo gallery.

     Jerry Buner, a regular contributor to my photo galleries from Orange County, NY has sent me 6 more photos of apparatus and vehicles from Maybrrok FD, Goshen FD, and Orange County FD of Orange County, New York. There are 143 photos in the Jerry Buner photo gallery.


3/4/03 Photo Gallery Update

     I started a new photo gallery by Matt Bower. Matt is a Volunteer Firefighter/EMT-Paramedic with the Nassau County, New York Fire Department. There are 9 photos of a MVA pin job in the Matt Bower photo gallery.

     I have posted 15 new photos from Shane Shifflett of the White Sands Missle Range Fire Department of New Mexico. There are photos of a structure fire, a several MVAs, and some training photos. There are 104 photos in the Shane Shifflett photo gallery.


3/1/03 Line of Duty Death - Bentonville, AR

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Walters family and the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport Fire Department of Bentonville, Arkansas. FireFighter/EMT Curtis Walters, 52, a 25 year veteran of the Siloam Springs Arkansas Fire Department and 3 year veteran of the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport Fire Department died Wednesday February 26, 2003. Curtis was found on the apparatus floor without a pulse. Many of his brothers from local departments responded but were unable to revive him.

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


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