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News Archive» September 2003

9/30/03 Line of Duty Death - FDNY, NY

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the O'Shea family and the Fire Department of New York City. FireFighter James O'Shea, 41, a 17 year veteran of the FDNY assigned to Ladder 127 in Queens died Saturday September 27, 2003. James had worked a structure fire at Kew Gardens in Forest Hills Queens Saturday evening. He mentioned not feeling well after overhauling the fire but refused medical treatment at the scene close to the end of his shift. He returned to his home in Holbrook, Long Island where he began having chest pains and was rushed to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital where he later died. James was the first FDNY firefighter to die in the line of duty since September 11, 2001.

     For more news, information, and photos, please visit the James O'Shea Memorial in the Fallen Brothers Section.


9/25/03 Line of Duty Death - Saxton, PA

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Wheeler family and the Saxton Volunteer Fire Department of Pennsylvania. Fire Police Officer William Wheeler, 66, who had just joined the department 6 months ago, died Saturday September 20, 2003. William was responding to an early morning motor vehicle accident in his personal vehicle when he veered off the roadway and struck a utility pole. He was extricated by his brother firefighters and rushed to Nason Hospital in Roaring Springs where he was pronounced dead.

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


9/24/03 Photo Gallery Update

     Shane Shifflett of the White Sands Missle Range Fire Department of New Mexico has a folder on my desktop with over 300 photos in it. I have selected 10 and added them to his second photo gallery. There are 52 photos in the Shane Shifflett 2 photo gallery.

     Jon Hanks has sent me 5 more photos to add to his Orange County Fire Department 1st Battalion of New York. These include apparatus and stations from Middletown, Sliverlake and Mechanicstown. There are 13 photos in the Jon Hanks photo gallery.


9/22/03 Line of Duty Death - Bryant, IN

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Armstrong family and the Bryant Volunteer Fire Department of Indiana. Captain Jerry Armstrong, a 6 year veteran of the Bryant Volunteer Fire Department died Saturday September 6, 2003. Jerry suffered a heart attack and died while working at a community festival fundraising event.

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


9/18/03 Line of Duty Death - Newberry Springs, CA

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Zilkan family and the Newberry Springs Fire Department of California. Assistant Chief Harry Zilkan, 56, an 8 year veteran of the Newberry Springs Fire Department died Wednesday September 10, 2003. Harry suffered a heart attack while performing command duties at a residential structure fire in 1996. He was revived while being transported to the hospital but his heart suffered severe damage. One year later Harry received a heart transplant and was able to return to limited duties. Recently the transplanted organ began to fail which led to his death.

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


9/13/03 Benefit Fundraiser

     There will be a benefit for Sarah and Rachael Wills-Markiewicz on Thursday October 9, 2003. Festivities will include a raffle, live entertainment, and a buffet, all to start at 6PM at Landsdowne Irish Pub in Oakville, Conn. (860) 274-7526. The girls suffer from a very rare disease called Vesico-Ureteral Reflux which causes urine to reflux from the bladder back into the kidneys. Any donations are appreciated and all proceeds will go to Sarah and Rachael Wills-Markiewicz.




9/11/03 Line of Duty Death - Connellsville, PA

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Ramsey family and the Connellsville Township Volunteer Fire Department of Pennsylvania. FireFighter William Ramsey, 42, a volunteer firefighter with the Connellsville Township Volunteer Fire Department died Tuesday September 9, 2003. William suffered a heart attack after returning from a call. He was rushed to Mercy Hospital where he later died.

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


9/9/03 New FireFighter Profile

     FireFighter/EMT/Hazardous-Materials Specialist Rob Smith, a 7 year veteran of the Governor's Island, New York Fire Department Local F-87 responded quickly to the new FireFighter Profile feature. He quickly sent me 3 armpatch photos and an apparatus photo along with a photo of himself to complete the Rob Smith Profile.


9/8/03 New Website Feature

     FireFighter/EMT Richard Smith, a 17 year veteran of the Fort Lewis Fire & Emergency Services of Local 283, inspired me when he submitted his website URL and photographs of his department armpatch, his helmet, and his shield for my corresponding Photo Galleries here on the website. So I asked him to send me some more photos for an idea I had. Last night I created a new feature for the website. Please visit the Richard Smith Profile in the NEW FireFighter Profiles section of the website.


9/7/03 Attention WFD Members

     The September meeting of the Waterbury FireFighters Local 1339 is scheduled for Thursday September 11, 2003 1900 hours at Headquarters. All members are encouraged to make every effort to attend.

     There will be a 'work party' at the Waterville Fire Station (soon to be Union Hall) on Tuesday September 9, 2003.


9/4/03 Line of Duty Death - Owego, NY

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Gavin family and the Owego Fire Department of New York. Lieutenant Stephen Gavin, 52, a 34 year volunteer of the Owego Fire Department collapsed after he suffered a heart attack Wedneday August 27, 2003 at an Owego lumberyard fire under sweltering conditions. He was rushed to Wilson Hospital where his condition worsened. Monday afternoon he was transported to Hershey Medical Center in Pennsylvania where he died early the next morning.

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


9/1/03 Armpatch Gallery Update

     If you have submitted your armpatch and haven't seen it posted, it's because I have been so busy. I finally edited and added 50 new patches to the Armpatch Gallery including these two, Copper Mountain Fire Rescue and Mechanicsville Truck 21. There are now 1,683 armpatches in the Armpatch Gallery.


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