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News Archive» July 2003

7/31/03 Line of Duty Death - Blowing Rock, NC

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Coffey family and the Blowing Rock Fire Department of North Carolina. FireFighter Douglas Coffey, 51, a volunteer firefighter with the Blowing Rock Fire Department died Tuesday July 22, 2003. Douglas died from an apparent heart attack after returning to his home after working at a resdiential structure fire.

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


7/29/03 Photo Gallery Update

     Sunday morning tractor trailer rollover on Exit 18, a short hairpin exit off Interstate 84 East. The driver had to be extricated, and the passenger in the sleeper could not be removed until the driver was removed.

     Initially Engine 11, Engine 8, Truck 1, Rescue 9, and Battalion 1 responded. After sizeup, Truck 2 responded with their truck and the Collapse Unit for extra cribbing but we ended up stabilizing the rig with a chain and the winch on the rescue attached to the frame of the truck. Both occupants were removed through the drivers door. I took 6 photos and added them to my Extrication Photo Gallery.


7/28/03 Line of Duty Death - Shelby County, TN

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Green family and the Shelby County Fire Department of Tennessee. FireFighter Samuel Green, 50, a 23 year veteran of the Shelby County Fire Department died Monday July 21, 2003. Samuel suffered a heart attack while on duty. He was transported to Methodist Hospital-North in Memphis where he later died.

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


7/25/03 Line of Duty Death - Salmon, ID

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Allen family, the Heath family, and the Salmon-Challis National Forest Helitack Crew of the U.S. Forest Service. FireFighters Jeff Allen, 24, and Shane Heath, 22, both four year veterans of wildland firefighting died Tuesday July 22, 2003. Jeff and Shane were battling the Cramer fire in central Idaho when they had rappelled to the ground to clear a landing zone for their helicopter. They were overrun by flames cutting the landing zone.

     For more news, information, and photos, please visit the Jeff Allen and Shane Heath Memorial in the Fallen Brothers Section.


7/23/03 Photo Gallery Update

     Hilton Fire Department Fire Photographer Dan Hasenauer sent me 6 pictures of their new American LaFrance/LTI Quint 260. This photo is of the fire they had with the new piece the first night it went into service. There are 16 photos in the Dan Hasenauer photo gallery.

     Coldenham Fire Department Photographer David Weimer sent me 10 pictures from the 2nd Battalion of Orange County, New York. These are apparatus from the Pine Bush Fire Department and the Bullville Fire Deparment. There are 30 photos in the David Weimer photo gallery.


7/20/03 Attention WFD Members

     It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of retired Waterbury Acting Chief Michael Izzo. A wake will be held for Mike on Monday July 21, 2003 5-8PM at Albini Funeral Home on Chase Parkway. Attending WFD members are asked to assemble in Class A uniforms for 7PM. A funeral mass will be held for Mike on Tuesday July 23, 2003 9:30 AM at St. Patrick's Church followed by a burial at Old Calgary Cemetery.


7/19/03 Attention WFD Members

     The Overtime Committee Meeting scheduled for Monday July 21, 2003 has been cancelled. There will be a GENERAL MEMBERSHIP meeting of Local 1339 with Mayor Jarjura and our new Chief James Cavanaugh. The meeting will be held on Tuesday July 22, 2003 6:30PM at Kennedy High School in the auditorium. Any and all interested members are urged to attend.


7/17/03 Attention WFD Members

     There will be an Overtime Committee Meeting held on Monday July 21, 2003 7PM at the Waterville Fire House. Any and all interested Local 1339 members are urged to attend.

 


7/14/03 Line of Duty Death - Kingston, NY

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Berardi family and the Kingston Fire Department of New York. FireFighter John Berardi, 50, a 20 year veteran of the Kingston Fire Department died Monday July 7, 2003. John was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 1994. He retired in 2001 and applied for 207A status benefits, which provides disability pay due to illness incurred in the performance of duty. The Kingston Fire Department recently received a FEMA grant to install automatic ventilation systems at the city's 3 fire stations.

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


7/12/03 Line of Duty Death - Bayou La Batre, AL

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Qualls family and the Bayou La Batre Fire Department of Alabama. Lieutenant Joey Qualls, 29, a 14 year veteran of the Bayou La Batre Fire Department died Friday July 11, 2003. Joey was found unresponsive by his fiancee after he had returned to his home after an emergency dispatch. His cause of death is to be determined.

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


7/11/03 Line of Duty Death - Kent Island, MD

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Thomas family and the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department of Maryland. Assistant Chief Doug Thomas, 41, a 25 year veteran of the Kent Island Fire Department died Wednesday July 9, 2003. Doug died from complications resulting from a spinal injury he suffered during a motor vehicle accident on September 16, 2001. Doug was responding to a boat fire at Kent Island Yacht Club when the pumper he was driving left the roadway, struck a utility pole, and overturned onto Route 18 in Chester. Two other firefighters were treated for injuries from the crash.

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


7/10/03 Photo Gallery Update

     Dave Sikes, of the Lost Acres Fire Department of Granby, Connecticut has opened a new photo gallery by sending me some photos of FDNY and Lost Acres Fire Department apparatus, including a 1921 Reo Speedwagon. There are 8 photos in the Dave Sikes photo gallery.

     Jerry Buner and Jon Hanks have opened a photo gallery for the Orange County Fire Department 1st Battalion of New York. There are 8 photos of apparatus from the Mechanicstown, Circleville, and Middletown Fire Departments in the Jon Hanks photo gallery.


7/8/03 Attention WFD Members

     I received an email from a civilian from Waterbury who wanted to thank the guys on a job well done Saturday July 5, 2003. I forwarded the email to the Chief and also wanted to share it with my readers:


Monday, July 7, 2003 at 07:52:34
Name: Mary Jane Fernandez
Department: Waterbury Fire Dept
State: Connecticut

Comments: On July 5th there was a fire at 176 Easton Ave in Waterbury, CT. I am the owner of the house next door at 172 Easton Ave. I am writing because I would like to extend my heartfelt thank you to all the firefighters that were here to extinguish the fire. If not for their quick response and hard work my house would have also burnt. My house received fire damage from the heat but nothing compared to what it could have been. So if you can, maybe you can forward this email to the proper people with my gratitude. I always worry about fire because I care for my 86-year-old mother who has Alzheimer's and doesn't walk. I worry about getting her and my dogs out in case of fire because we are on the second floor. That's another reason I was so glad the fire dept came so quickly. Again I say thank you to all the firefighters for their dedication.

Sincerely and always grateful
Mary Jane Fernandez


7/2/03 Photo Gallery Update

     Coldenham Fire Department Photographer David Weimer sent me 10 pictures of apparatus from the Montgomery Fire Department and the Walden Fire District. David is also the 2nd Battalion Photographer for Orange County, New York. There are 20 photos in the David Weimer photo gallery.

     Tom Rige, retired NYPD & self-proclaimed fire buff sent me 17 more apparatus photos to add to his photo gallery, including some photos of FDNY responding to a scene. There are 64 photos in the Tom Rige photo gallery.


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