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News Archive» May 2003

5/29/03 Line of Duty Death - Maytown, PA

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Carbonneau family and the Maytown East Donegal Township Fire Department of Pennsylvania. Fire Police Lieutenant David Carbonneau Sr., 49, a 17 year veteran of the Maytown East Donegal Fire Department died Monday May 26, 2003. David was driving a fire police unit during the memorial day parade when he suffered a heart attack. He was transported to Lancaster General Hospital Susquehanna Division where he was pronounced dead.

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


5/28/03 Attention WFD Members

     It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Edwin French, father of Waterbury Fire Department Captain Dan French, assigned to Engine 4 on the D Shift. Funeral services for Edwin will be held in Lady Lake, Florida.
 


5/27/03 Line of Duty Death - Loretto, TN

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Ellis family and the Loretto Fire Department of Tennessee. FireFighter Jason Ellis, 29, a 5 year veteran of the Loretto Fire Department died Saturday May 24, 2003. Jason had completed a weekend of fire training at the Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy. He was riding in the back of a pickup truck when he slid off the back and struck his head. He was treated on scene by Bedford County EMS before traveling by Life-Flight to Vanderbilt Hospital where he later died.

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


5/25/03 Line of Duty Death - Newcastle, WY

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Huber family and the Newcastle Fire Department of Wyoming. Student FireFighter Andee Huber, 16, a 10th grader at Newcastle High School died Thursday May 22, 2003. Andee was responding to nightime fire call with Weston County FireFighter Ron Caillier, 46, when he lost control of the 1981 Freightliner Tanker and drifted off the roadway overturning the tanker almost twice. Andee was ejected. Ron was treated for minor injuries. Neither passenger was wearing their seatbelt. Andee was rushed to a local hospital where she was pronounced.

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


5/21/03 Photo Gallery Update

     Jefferson City FireFighter Robert Miller of Tennessee sent me 13 photos of a roof job on a mva rollover extrication. Units from County Ambulance also responded to the incident. There are 34 photos in the Robert Miller photo gallery.

     Graevenwiesbach FireFighter Christian LeWalter of Germany sent me 7 photos of an extrication on Mothers's Day that sent 4 people to the hospital including 2 by way of seperate rescue helicopters. There are 51 photos in the Christian LeWalter photo gallery.


5/20/03 Denial of Service

     I would like to extend my apologies to anyone who tried to visit the website today. My domain host was under attack from a Denial of Service Virus today and the website was down for a while.


5/19/03 Attention WFD Members

     It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of retired Waterbury FireFighter Robert Murphy. Robert was a 38 year veteran of the Waterbury Fire Department. He was a veteran of the Army and served during World War II. A mass will be held for Robert on Wednesday May 21, 2003 at St. Peter and Paul's Church in Waterbury. There are no calling hours.


5/17/03 Photo Gallery Update

     Waterbury FD Lt. Jim Burns was off-duty but on-scene pretty quick when he captured these 4 photos of a B-Shift structure fire on Buckingham Street early this month. There are 58 photos in the Jim Burns photo gallery.

     Waterbury Fire Commissioner Chairman Chris Casey sent me 3 photos of an A-Shift motor vehicle extrication on Tuesday May 6, 2003 at the intersection of South Main Street and South Leonard Street. There are 43 photos in the Chris Casey photo gallery.


5/14/03 Attention WFD Members

     A testimonial for Thomas Quinlan will be held Friday June 20, 2003 6:30PM at Villa Rosa Outdoor Pavillion on Farmwood Road in Waterbury. Thomas is the future son-in-law of Local 1339 President Pete Carozza. Donation: $30 Contact Pete at the Union Office for tickets.


5/13/03 Line of Duty Death - Mount Horeb, WI

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Casey family and the Mount Horeb Fire Department of Wisconsin. Merlin Casey, 66, a 22 year veteran of Mount Horeb Fire Department and a 27 year veteran of the Emergency Medical Service died Saturday May 10, 2003. Merlin was the driver of an ambulance on an EMS call for a woman with abdominal pain. He was found slumped over the wheel from an apparent heart attack by EMTs returning to the ambulance with the woman. Merlin was rushed to Madison Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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


5/12/03 Armpatch Photo Gallery Update

     I finally got to editing the armpatch submissions I receive on a regular basis. I formatted 100 submissions and after deleting the duplicates, I came up with 81 new armpatches which brings the total up to 1,633 armpatches. Wow. Check out the new submissions on pages 129-135 of the Armpatch Photo Gallery.


5/8/03 Attention WFD Members

     It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of retired Waterbury FireFighter John 'Jack' O'Donnell Sr. Jack was a Navy veteran and served the Waterbury Fire Department 25 years from 1968-1993. Calling hours for Jack will be held Saturday May 10, 2003 10-11AM at Saint Marion's Church in Torrington. A funeral mass will be held at 11AM followed by a burial at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Watertown.


5/7/03 Line of Duty Death - Mexico, ME

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Wentzell family, the Mexico Fire Department, and the Mill Fire Brigade of Maine. Fire Police Captain Harding Wentzell, 81, a veteran firefighter of the Mexico Fire Department and the Mill Fire Brigade died Monday May 5, 2003. Harding was responding to perform traffic control at the scene of a kitchen fire when he suffered a heart attack. The Buick he was driving veered off the roadway and crashed head on into a tree exploding in flames. Passersby were able to pull him from the car until Rumsford FireFighters and Med-Care Paramedics arrived but were unable to revive him.

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


5/6/03 Photo Gallery Update

     Waterbury FD Lt. Jim Burns responds with his camera off-duty to as many of the calls in the Brooklyn neighborhood as he can. He usually takes some stunning photos if the call turns out to be anything. He sent me 6 great photos of a B-Shift structure fire on Fifth Street Wednesday night April 9, 2003. There are 54 photos in the Jim Burns photo gallery.

     Christian LeWalter of the Graevenwiesbach Fire Station of Germany sent me 3 photos of an early morning car fire. Two unlicensed boys crashed this car into a tree and escaped unharmed. Two companies responded to extinguish the blaze. There are 44 photos in the Christian LeWalter photo gallery.


5/5/03 Photo Gallery Update

     Yesterday was a beautiful day to invite Waterbury FireFighter Joe Bogdanski's wife Sandra and family members to Fire Headquarters and honor his serving overseas by raising a Blue Star Service Banner over his company's apparatus bay. The banner will be displayed until Joe returns home from the United Arab Emirates. I was able to take a few photos during the ceremony. There are 9 photos in the WFD Blue Star Ceremony photo gallery.


5/3/03 Attention WFD Members

     The flag-raising ceremony for Waterbury FireFighter Joe Bogdanski has been rescheduled for tomorrow Sunday May 4, 2003 11AM at Fire Headquarters. The flag will fly over Headquarters until Joe returns. Dress uniform is NOT required. Joe has been serving overseas in the United Arab Emirates for a couple months already. We hope to see him back before June.


5/1/03 Attention WFD Members

     Retired Waterbury FireFighter Dave Zdanis is getting married. A testimonial for Dave will be held Saturday May 17, 2003 at Spring Grove on Lakewood Road in Waterbury. Donation: $25 Contact Ralph Leone at Headquarters.

     A Local 1339 Assessment Vote to purchase the old Waterville Fire House for renovation into a Union Hall will be held on Tuesday May 13, 2003 3-7PM at the Waterville Fire House on Thomaston Avenue. Contact your officer for details of the assessment amount.


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