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News Archive» October 2003

10/31/03 Line of Duty Death - Novato, CA

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Rucker family and the Novato Fire Protection District of California. Fire Engineer Steve Rucker, 38, an 11 year veteran of the Novato Fire Protection District died Wednesday October 29, 2003. Steve died from injuries sustained when him and his crew of Engine 6162 were overrun by the Cedar Fire in San Diego County near Wynola. Three other members of his crew were injured in the incident.

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


10/30/03 Photo Gallery Update

     Waterbury Fire Lieutenant Jim Burns took some great photos Saturday morning at the Lithuanian Club Fire on Green Street in Waterbury. The 111 year old building came in at 4:45AM as a report of a structure fire and it was upgraded right away to a two alarm fire. Companies did an great job saving all the exposures, of which 8 received heat damage. There are 6 photos in the Jim Burns - Lithuanian Club Fire photo gallery.


10/29/03 Line of Duty Death - St. Cloud, MN

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Billig family and the St. Cloud Fire Department of Minnesota. Assistant Chief Don Billig, 49, an 18 year veteran of the St. Cloud Fire Department Volunteer Division died Monday October 27, 2003. Don had responded with a crew in a brush truck to a report of a generator smoking at a roadside contruction zone. As his crew was getting ready to leave, a pickup truck sped into the scene, crashing into Unit 5 and then Don.

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


10/28/03 Waterville Firehouse Resotoration

     The Waterbury Firemen's Historical Society and Waterbury Firefighter's Local 1339 has purchased and is restoring the old Waterville Firehouse to it's former glory. The firehouse is being restored to provide membership offices and a community center that will host a variety of functions. The firehouse ramp is being restored with brick pavers. You can sponsor a brick with your own personal message to be installed permanently in the ramp. Click here for more information.


10/23/03 Line of Duty Death - Oran, IA

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Richards family and the Oran Fire Department of Iowa. Assistant Fire Chief James Richards, 49, a 30 year veteran of the Oran Fire Department died Tuesday October 21, 2003. James was operationg a pumper at a grass fire west of Oran in Bremer County when he suffered a heart attack. He was transported to Mercy Hospital in Oelwein.

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


10/22/03 Attention WFD Members

     Voting will be held on Friday October 24, 2003 1500-1900 hours at the Union Offices in the Elton Hotel for the formal vote for the Waterville Firehouse Assessment and the City-Wide Overtime Guidelines. All members of Local 1339 are encouraged to make every effort to attend.


10/20/03 Line of Duty Death - Minden, NV

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Attardo and Dolbeare families, the United States Forest Service, and Minden Air Corp of Nevada. Pilot Carl Dolbeare, 54, and Co-Pilot John Attardo, 51, both career firefighting pilots with Minden Air Corp died Friday October 3, 2003. Carl and John were killed when their air tanker, a twin engine P2-V Neptune, crashed in a remote area near Redlands, California while returning to San Bernadino Air Tanker Base after firefighting duty in Arizona.

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


10/12/02 Vacation

     Well readers, I am taking my annual fall Cape Cod vacation. I will be doing nothing but relaxing and enjoying my family this week. I can't wait to get some of that Captain Parker's chowda.


10/9/03 Attention WFD Members

     The October meeting of the Waterbury FireFighters Local 1339 is scheduled for Wednesday October 15, 2003 1900 hours at Station 2. Executive Board will meet at 1830 hours. Please note date change. All members are encouraged to make every effort to attend.

     A Retirement Party will be held for Waterbury Fire Department Director of Communications William Calabrese on Thursday October 16, 2003 7-11PM at The Hills Restaurant in Waterbury. Contact Mari Kenney in the Fire Chief's Office (203) 597-3450.


10/8/03 Line of Duty Death - Philadelphia, PA

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Allen family and the Philadelphia Fire Department of Pennsylvania. FireFighter James Allen, 43, a 7 year veteran of the Philadelphia Fire Department died Tuesday October 7, 2003. James was opening up the roof at a one alarm structure fire in the Port Richmond section of the city when he suffered a heart attack. He was rushed to Northeastern Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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


10/6/03 Line of Duty Death - Redkey, IN

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Luttman family and the Redkey Volunteer Fire Department of Indiana. Fire Chief Jon Luttman, 53, a 20 year veteran of the Redkey Volunteer Fire Department and Fire Chief of 20 years died Saturday September 27, 2003. Jon complained of not feeling well while participating in a department fund raising event. After the fundraiser he returned home and rested a while before driving himself to Jay County Hospital where he suffered a heart attack and died.

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


10/4/03 BVFD Raffle Orange County Chopper

     The Bedington Fire Dept in Martinsburg, West Virginia is holding a raffle for an Orange County Choppers custom Volunteer Firefighters Theme Chopper. Orange County Choppers of Rock Tavern, NY ('American Chopper' on Discovery Channel) will design, build, and deliver this bike to the 2004 BVFD Interstate Fair. O.C.C. will be at the fair for several days selling merchandise, and displaying other bikes. This bike will be one of a kind. Only 10,000 tickets will be sold, to purchase a ticket and learn more about the motorcycle click here.


10/3/03 Line of Duty Death - Cool Springs, IN

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Williams family and the Cool Springs Volunteer Fire Department of North Carolina. FireFighter Gerald Williams, 60, a 12 year veteran of the Cool Springs Volunteer Fire Department died Tuesday September 30, 2003. Gerald was sleeping at the fire station after having participated in hose training when he suffered a heart attack and died.

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


10/2/03 Line of Duty Death - New Bremen, OH

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Garman and Jutte families and the New Bremen German Township Fire Department of Ohio. FireFighters John Garman, 40, a 10 year veteran, and FireFighter Kenneth Jutte, 44, an 18 year veteran of the New Bremen German Township Fire Department died Wednesday October 10, 2003. John and Kenneth were killed by a dust explosion while fighting a fire in a silo at Hoge Lumber in New Knoxville. Five other firefighters and two civilians were also injured during the explosion.

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


10/1/03 Photo Gallery Update

     Tom Rige, retired NYPD & self-proclaimed fire buff sent me 11 more apparatus photos to add to his photo gallery, including this photo of FDNY Engine 6 at St. John Street. There are 75 photos in the Tom Rige photo gallery.

     K.C. Rist from Orange County, New York sent me 20 more Orange County apparatus photos to add to his photo gallery, including this photo of the Orange County FireFighters patch with the Orange County Choppers theme. There 62 photos in the K.C. Rist photo gallery.


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