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News Archive» April 2003

4/29/03 Line of Duty Death - Bourbonnais, IL

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Spaulding family, the Bourbonnais Fire Department, and the Bradley Fire Department of Illinois. FireFighter/EMT Bruce Spaulding, a 24 year veteran firefighter died Saturday April 26, 2003. Bruce was mowing the Armour Road Fire Station lawn when the mower he was riding went over a retaining wall. Bruce was thrown from the mower and sustained a head injury. He was transported to Provena St. Mary's Hospital in Kankakee and later airlifted to Loyola Medical Center in Maywood where he died later that afternoon.

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


4/28/03 Attention WFD Members

     Unfortunately the flag raising ceremony for Waterbury FireFighter Joe Bogdanski, who is serving overseas, was postponed to an undetermined date. I will post details when they are released.


4/27/03 Photo Gallery Update

     K.C. Rist from Orange Coutny, New York sent me some photos to start his photo gallery. There are pics from a Washingtonville structure fire in Orange County, N.Y. and pics of the 9/11 Memorial in Washingtonville Orange County, New York for the 5 FDNY/Washingtonville Volunteer FireFighters who died on 9/11 at the WTC. There are 9 photos in the K.C. Rist photo gallery.

     Shane Shifflett of the White Sands Missle Range Fire Department of New Mexico sent me 13 new photos for his photo gallery. Fire apparatus rollover photos, some mva's, a brush hummer, and some airplane live fire training. There are now 2 pages for the 142 photos in the Shane Shifflett photo gallery.


4/24/03 Line of Duty Death - Grand Marsh, WI

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Mack family and the New Chester Fire Department of Grand Marsh, Wisconsin. FireFighter and Department President Carl Mack, 68, a veteran volunteer firefighter with the New Chester Fire Department died Tuesday morning April 22, 2003. Carl collapsed from an apparent heart attack at the scene of a structure fire. He was transported to Adams County Memorial Hospital in Frienship where he was pronounced dead.

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


4/23/03 Line of Duty Death - Medford, NJ

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Pinkerton family and the Union Fire Company of Medford, New Jersey. Fire Police Captain Woodrow Pinkerton, 63, a 20 year veteran of the Union Fire Company Station 251 died Saturday April 19, 2003. Woodrow passed away at Cooper University Medical Center. He succumbed to injuries sutained when he was struck by a car while controlling traffic on State Highway 70 at the scene of an mva on a foggy morning Sunday February 23, 2003. The accident was the fifth in a series of 10 accidents in just over an hour that morning.

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


4/22/03 Attention WFD Members

     On Monday April 28, 2003 6PM there will be a flag-raising ceremony at Waterbury Fire Headquarters. The blue star flag will honor Waterbury firefighters who are serving in the Middle East. FireFighter Joseph Bogdanski, stationed at Headquarters on Engine 10 D-Shift was activated two months ago and is serving in the United Arab Emirates. The flag will fly until our members serving abroad return home.


4/21/03 Fallen Brother - El Paso, TX

     Our condolences to the Hawes family and the El Paso Fire Department of Texas. Lieutenant Jesse Hawes, 42, a 15 year veteran of the El Paso Fire Department died Thursday April 17, 2003. Jesse was assigned to Central Station Pumper 1.

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


4/18/03 Photo Gallery Update

     Tom Rige, retired NYPD & self-proclaimed fire buff sent me 6 more apparatus photos to add to the Tom Rige photo gallery. There are 47 photos in the Tom Rige photo gallery.

     Shane Shifflett of the White Sands Missle Range Fire Department of New Mexico sent me 14 new photos for his photo gallery, a couple mva's, some cold water and hazmat training, and some apparatus photos. There are 130 photos in the Shane Shifflett photo gallery.


4/17/03 Line of Duty Death - Gwinnett County, GA

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Patrick family, the Gwinnett County Fire Department, and the Rome Fire Department of Georgia. Lieutenant John Patrick, 54, a 15 year veteran of the Gwinnett County Fire Department and a 9 year veteran of the Rome Fire Department died Monday April 14, 2003. John responded from Station 3 in Lilburn to an early morning and second structure fire in 15 hours at the Holly Rollers Motorcycle Repair Shop. He was preparing to ventilate the roof with other firefighters when he collapsed from an apparent heart attack. He was transported to East Side Medical Center where he later died.

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


4/16/03 Line of Duty Death - Elkhart Lake, WI

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Weber family and the Elkhart Lake Fire Department of Wisconsin. Fire Chief Edward Weber, 56, a 33 year veteran with the the Elkhart Lake Fire Department died Sunday April 13, 2003. Edward was operating at the scene of a grass fire in Sheboygan County near Little ELkhart Lake when he collapsed and died from an apparent heart attack.

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


4/16/03 Line of Duty Death - Ripley, TN

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Haynes family and the West Lauderdale County Fire Department of Ripley, Tennessee. FireFighter/EMT Mark Haynes, 37, an 8 year veteran of the West Lauderdale County Fire Department died Friday April 11, 2003. Mark responded to the Lake County Emergency Services Fire Station but did not go on the run. His partner found him collapsed and he was transported to Dyersburg Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

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


4/15/03 Line of Duty Death - Gladstone, IL

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Keever family and the Gulfport/Gladstone Fire and Police Department of Illinois. Assistant Chief Vannie Keever, 54, a veteran with the Gulfport/Gladstone Fire and Police Department died Thursday evening April 10, 2003. Vannie collapsed from an apparent heart attack at the scene of a mobile home fire. He was transported to Great River Medical Center in West Burlington by Oquawka Ambulance Service where he was pronounced dead. Companies Oquawka, Gladstone and Keithsburg Fire Departments responded to the blaze.

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


4/12/03 Line of Duty Death - Jonestown, PA

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Tshudy family and the Lickdale Volunteer Fire Department of Jonestown, Pennsylvania. Fire Police and FireFighter Isaac Tshudy, 62, a 10 year veteran with the Lickdale Fire Department died Sunday March 30, 2003. Isaac was directing traffic at an early morning mva on Interstate 81 when he became ill. He was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Lebanon where he was pronounced dead.

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


4/10/03 Line of Duty Death - Broomtown, AL

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Tucker family, the Cherokee County Rescue Service, and the Broomtown Volunteer Fire Department of Alabama. FireFighter Billy Tucker, 70, a veteran of the Cherokee County Rescue Service, and a former Chief of the Broomtown Volunteer Fire Department died Sunday April 6, 2003. Billy was directing traffic at a two-vehicle mva near State Highways 35 and 73 in Blanche when he was struck and killed by a passing car.

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


4/9/03 Line of Duty Death - Sylvania, GA

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Hill family and the Screven County Fire Department of Georgia. Battalion Chief Randy Hill, 43, a 15 year veteran volunteer with the Screven County Fire Department died Monday April 7, 2003. Randy collapsed and died from an apparent heart attack after completing his monthly physical fitness training. Randy was transported to Screven County Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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


4/8/03 Line of Duty Death - Wolcott, CT

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Maurice family and the Wolcott Volunteer Fire Department of Connecticut. Deputy Chief Donald Maurice, 52, a 31 year veteran of the Wolcott Volunteer Fire Department died Tuesday April 8, 2003. Donald was returning from an early morning alarm when he collapsed and died of an apparent heart attack in the apparatus bay at Wolcott Fire Co. 1. He was transported to St. Mary's Hospital in Waterbury where he was pronounced dead.

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


4/8/03 Attention WFD Members

     A retirement party will be held for Waterbury Fire Department Assistant Chief James Trainor on Thursday May 1, 2003 7PM at The Hills restaurant in Waterbury. Jim spent 32 years with the Waterbury Fire Department, rising to the rank of Assistant Chief. He placed number one on the Meriden test and was hired as Fire Chief. Congratulations Jimmy and good luck - you will be missed. Tickets are $30.00 and there is a cash bar. Contact Mari in the Chief's Office or call the Deputy's Officed for tickets.


4/5/03 Line of Duty Death - Gallipolis, OH

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Long family and the Gallipolis Volunteer Fire Department of Ohio. FireFighter Richard Long, 56, a 30 year veteran of the Gallipolis Volunteer Fire Department died Thursday April 3, 2003. Richard was responding to a brush fire in Clay Township when the 2003 Freightliner pumper he was driving left the roadway and overturned. Companies from Gallia County EMS, Rescue Squad, Harrison Township and Guyan Township responded to the accident. Richard was pronounced dead at the scene.

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


4/4/03 Line of Duty Death - Lufkin, TX

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Krenek family and the Texas Forest Service. Aviation Specialist Charles Krenek, 48, a 26 year veteran firefighter with the Texas Forest Service died Thursday March 27, 2003. Charles died when the Bell 407 helicopter he was flying in crashed in the Angelina National Forest in San Augustine County. The helicopter was flying just 20 feet off the ground or treetops searching for debris from the Space Shuttle Columbia when it experienced mechanical failure and crashed. The pilot, J. Buzz Mier, an employee of Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters of Arizona, was also killed in the crash. Another Texas Forest Ranger and two other spotters from Kennedy Space Center were injured in the crash and transported to Memorial Medical Center of East Texas in Lufkin.

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


4/3/03 Photo Gallery Update

     Waterbury Fire Department Lt. Jim Burns was off-duty on St. Patrick's Day and took some really nice photos at the Green Street fire on Monday March 17, 2003. I added 5 photos with alot of fire to his gallery. There are 48 photos in the Jim Burns photo gallery.

     I have posted 4 new photos from Waterbury Fire Commisioner Chris Casey. He had his camera at Grand Strret for a room and contents fire on Tuesday April 1, 2003. There are 40 photos in the Chris Casey photo gallery.

 


4/3/03 Line of Duty Death - Hickory Flat, MS

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Briscoe family and the Hickory Flat Volunteer Fire Department of Mississippi. Youth FireFighter Karlton Briscoe, 16, a 2 year veteran Youth FireFighter died late Tuesday night March 25, 2003. Karlton died from injuries he sustained while responding to an alarm when his personal vehicle left the roadway and crashed into a ravine.

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


4/2/03 Attention WFD Members

     It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of James Ducey, father of Waterbury FireFighter Brian Ducey, assigned to Truck 2 on the D Shift. A memorial service will be held Sunday April 6, 2003 2PM at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Cornwall.


4/1/03 Photo Gallery Update

     I took some photos after a small fire at 59 West Clay Street on Friday March 28, 2003. Vacant 4 story brick building - fire in the 3rd and 4th floor landings of front stairwell and roof access/elevator machinery room. There are 9 photos in the West Clay Street photo gallery.
 

     I have posted 9 new photos from Waterbury Fire Commisioner Chris Casey. There are photos of Engine 4 at a brush fire in Old St. Jospeh's Cemetery and also some photos of the fire on West Clay Street mentioned above. There are 36 photos in the Chris Casey photo gallery.


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