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News Archive» August 2003

8/30/03 Line of Duty Death - Roseburg, OR

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Gibson, Hammer, Hengel, James, Moore, Price, Ransdell, and Ruiz families, the United States Forest Service and First Strike Environmental of Oregon. Eight contract firefighters with the Roseburg, Oregon based company, First Strike Environmental, died Sunday August 24, 2003. FireFighters Paul Gibson, 25, David Hammer, 25, Jeff Hengel, 21, Jesse James, 22, Richard Moore II, 21, Leland Price Jr, 27, Mark Randsell, 23, and Ricardo Ruiz, 19, were returning from two weeks of firefighting at Boise National Forest in South Fork, Idaho when their van collided head on with a tractor trailer west of Vale, Oregon, exploding in flames. The chassis of the van was split in two pieces from the force of the impact. The two occupants of the tractor trailer were able to free themselves and were treated for burns and dislocations at an Ontario Hospital.

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


8/25/03 Photo Gallery Update

     Mike Granoth, a paramedic with American Medical Response, from Oakville, CT, sent me 5 photos of a highway rollover on Interstate 84 in Waterbury 8/11/03. The 2 occupants that were in the Dodge Durango with a camper trailer refused treatment. Units from the Waterbury Fire Department responded as well as 2 units from AMR and the Connecticut State Police. There are 5 photos in the Mike Granoth photo gallery.

     K.C. Rist of Orange County, New York sent me some more apparatus photos to add to his gallery. There were also some photos of the Orange County 9/11 Remembrance Memorial pictured here. There are 42 photos in the K.C. Rist photo gallery.


8/24/03 Email Notice Suspension

     Due to the rampant spread of the SoBig email worm, I have decided to forego Email Notices until the outbreak is under control. I am still having to sort through a mailbox full of virus generated emails everytime I try to read my email. Yet another reason to keep your virus software and operating system up to date.


8/19/03 Line of Duty Death - Pittsfield, MA

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Mickle family and the Massachusetts Wildfire Crew. FireFighter Wayne Mickle, 48, a 27 year veteran Pittsfield Forest Fire Patrolmen died Friday August 15, 2003. Wayne was one of 200 firefighters battling the Boles Meadow fire in Missoula, Montana. He had told his wife in a phone call after coming off the fireline that he wasn't feeling well. Wayne was found deceased in his tent the next morning of an apparent heart attack.

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


8/15/03 Line of Duty Death - Racine, WV

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Lutsy family and the Racine Volunteer Fire Department of West Virginia. FireFighter Barry Lutsy, 44, a volunteer with the Racine Fire Department died Wednesday August 13, 2003. Barry was killed when he and another firefighter were struck by an apparatus as it was backing into the fire station. They had just finished cleaning the apparatus after an afternoon car fire. The other firefighter received leg injuries and was listed in stable condition the same evening.

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


8/14/03 Line of Duty Death - Miami-Dade, FL

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Mitchell family and the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue of Florida. FireFighter Recruit Wayne Mitchell, 37, was in his 14th of 16 weeks of training when he died Friday August 8, 2003. Wayne was was overcome by heat during a routine certification exercise in a shipboard simulation container at the Resolve Marine Fire School in Port Everglades. Four other recruits were overcome by heat. All five recruits were rushed to Broward General Medical Center. Wayne died before reaching the hospital. The four other firefighters were treated and released.

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


8/12/03 Line of Duty Death - North Platte, NB

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Holmes family and the North Platte Fire Department of Lincoln County, Nebraska. FireFighter/ EMT Ronald Holmes, 43, an 18 year veteran of the North Platte Fire Department died Wednesday August 6, 2003. Ronald was killed when the ambulance he was driving was struck in the rear by a tractor trailer, pushing their ambulance into the rear of another tractor trailer. The accident occurred in a construction zone on I-80 while Ronald and another firefighter were transporting a patient form North Platte to Lincoln. The other firefighter and the patient were injured in the accident and were transported by Life Flight to Lincoln.

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


8/10/03 Attention WFD Members

     It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of retired Lieutenant Andrew Morea. Andy served the Waterbury Fire Department for 36 years retiring in 1987. He was also an Army veteran, serving in Central Europe during WWII with Company B of the 741st Tank Battalion. There are no calling hours. A mass will be held for Andy on Wednesday August 13, 2003 10AM at Our Lady of Lourdes Church followed by a burial at Calvary Cemetery.


8/9/03 Line of Duty Death - Inkom, ID

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Koval family and the Inkom Fire Department of Idaho. FireFighter/EMT Jeffrey Koval, 41, a 2 year volunteer with the Inkom Fire Department died Wednesday August 6, 2003. Jeffrey was killed when the city owned S-10 pickup he was driving veered off I-15, went through a fence and down a lava rock enbankment near Century High School. An ambulance from Pocatello responded but found Jeffrey deceased at the scene.

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


8/8/03 Line of Duty Death - Whiteriver, AZ

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Bonito family, the Pearce family, the White Mountain Apache Tribe, and the Fort Apache Agency of the Bureau of Indian Affairs Fire Management of Whiteriver, Arizona. FireFighter Randall Bonito, 32, and Pilot Jess Pearce, 50, both veteran wildland firefighters for the Bureau of Indian Affairs died Saturday July 26, 2003. Randall and Jess were killed when the contract helicopter they were flying in crashed 175 miles northeast of Phoenix. The helicopter was transporting firefighters from the Bureau of Indian Affairs to the Aspen Ridge area of the White Mountain Apache Reservation. Two other firefighters were injured and hospitalized in the crash.

     For more news, information, and photos, please visit the Randall Bonito and Jess Pearce Memorial in the Fallen Brothers Section.


8/7/03 Photo Gallery Update

     Ronkonkoma, New York FireFighter Greg Condit sent me some photos from a rescue in an automotive garage. Apparently a minivan slipped off the lift and pinned a mechanice up against a tall tool box. The minivan was stabilized with cribbing and lifted with a Hurst Power Ram. The victim was removed in 20 minutes and suffered only bruised ribs. There are 11 photos in the Greg Condit photo gallery.

     South Media, Pennsylvania FireFighter William Craft sent me some photos of South Media's apparatus as well as their Rescue Box being used during extrication training. There are 6 photos in the William Craft photo gallery.


8/3/03 Attention WFD Members

     It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of retired FireFighter John Aldi. John was hired as a Waterbury FireFighter in the late sixties, and served for about five years before becoming a postman. Calling hours for John will be held on Monday August 4, 2003 5-8PM at Chase Parkway Memorial/Albini Funeral Home. A funeral mass will be held for John on Tuesday August 5, 2003 10AM at St. Pius X Church in Wolcott followed by a burial at Old Calvary Cemetery.


8/1/03 Line of Duty Death - Statesville, NC

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Jones family, the Cool Springs Volunteer Fire Department, and the Iredell County Rescue Squad of North Carolina. FireFighter/EMT Lieutenant Randy Jones, 23, a 6 year veteran of the Cool Springs Volunteer Fire Department and Iredell County Rescue Squad died Monday July 28, 2003. Randy was responding to a structure fire in his personal vehicle with another firefighter when he lost control of the pickup truck rolling it several times. Both men were ejected. Randy was airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem where he was pronounced dead. The other firefighter suffered internal injuries and was hospitalized and released days later.

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


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