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News Archive» November 2003

11/29/03 Attention WFD Members

     It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Walter Foell, father of Waterbury Fire Department FireFighter Walter Foell. Walter was a veteran of the Korean War and an SNET employee for 39 years. Calling hours for Walter will be held on Sunday November 30, 2003 2-4PM at Chase Parkway Memorial in Waterbury. A military funeral for Walter will be held on Monday December 1, 2003 10AM at the funeral home followed by a burial at Saint Mary's Russian Cemetery.


11/27/03 Line of Duty Death - Amherst, WI

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Tiegs family and the Amherst Fire District of Wisconsin. FireFighter Jeffrey Tiegs, 47, an 11 year veteran of the Amherst Fire District died Monday November 24, 2003. Jeffrey collapsed and died from an apparent heart attack as he dismounted the fire engine he had driven to the scene of a minor traffic accident at U.S. 10 and State 161. Jeffrey was transported to St. Michael's Hospital in Stevens Point and was pronounced dead.

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


11/24/03 Fallen Brother - Clute, TX

     Our condolences to the Duhon family and the Clute Fire Department of Texas. Roy Duhon, 49, a 20 year veteran of the Clute Fire Department died Sunday October 26, 2003. Roy died of an apparent heart attack in the evening.

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


11/22/03 Line of Duty Death - Clark County, WA

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Tiffany family and the Clark County Fire District #12 of Ridgefield, Washington. Paramedic and FireFighter Richard Tiffany, 35, a 6 month firefighter but 12 year veteran paramedic with Clark County, died Monday November 17, 2003. Richard was exercising with another firefighter at the fire station when he stepped off the treadmill and collapsed of an apparent heart attack. Firefighters were unable to resuscitate him and he was pronounced dead at the station.

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


11/21/03 Photo Gallery Update

     Krista Leary, a firefighter with the West York Fire Department in Pennsylvania, sent me 20 photos of a live burn training session to add to her photo gallery. There are 56 photos in the Krista Leary photo gallery.

     Tom Finnegan, a firefighter with the Jefferson Township Fire Co# 2, the NJ State Forest Fire Service, and a member of the NJ Metro Fire Photographers Association, sent me some apparatus photos from New Jersey, FDNY, and Washington, DC to start his gallery. There are 24 photos in the Tom Finnegan photo gallery.


11/20/03 Line of Duty Death - Kansas City, KS

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Boyert family and the Kansas City Kansas Fire Department. Captain Gary Boyert, 53, a 29 year veteran of the Kansas City Kansas Fire Department died Monday November 17, 2003. Gary was responding as a safety officer to a general alarm on a wet and foggy night in a department Ford Crown Victoria when his vehicle left the roadway, struck a tree landing upside down next to a utility pole. Gary was extricated by his brothers and was transported to a local hospital but died shortly after from his injuries.

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


11/18/03 Line of Duty Death - Hartford, CT

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Kureczka family and the Hartford Fire Department of Connecticut. Lieutenant Edmond Kureczka, 46, a 23 year veteran of the Hartford Fire Department died Sunday November 16, 2003. Edmond died of an apparent heart attack.

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


11/17/03 Line of Duty Death - Painted Post, NY

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Yonkin family and the Forest View-Gang Mills Fire Department of Painted Post, New York. Fire Chief Lawrence Yonkin, 56, a 30 year veteran of the Forest View-Gang Mills Fire Department died Sunday November 15, 2003. Lawrence died of an apparent heart attack after returning home from a civilian casualty structure fire in the Woodland Park section of Erwin. He was transported to Corning Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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


11/14/03 Line of Duty Death - Weaver, AL

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Brimer family and the Weaver Fire Department of Alabama. FireFighter Matthew Brimer, 18, a 7 month veteran of the Weaver Fire Department died Saturday November 8, 2003. Matthew was responding to a routine fire call in his sister's 1995 Toyota Camry when he lost control of the vehicle on Halls Chapel Road in Calhoun County and slid off the road into a tree. The fire call turned out to be nothing, but firefighter's responded to the wreck to extricate his body. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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


11/11/03 Line of Duty Death - Cambridge, MA

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Bennett family and the Cambridge Fire Department of Massachusetts. Lieutenant Barry Bennett, 49, an 18 year veteran of the Cambridge Fire Department died Sunday November 2, 2003. Barry was inadvertently punctured by a needle at a medical emergency in 1987 while working as a firefighter on the Rescue Company. He was diagnosed with Hepatitus-C and began treatment and observation. He was promoted in 1998 to Lieutenant and was able to continue working until 2003. He received a liver transplant in May of 2003 but succumbed to his illness in November.

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


11/10/03 Attention WFD Members

     The November meeting of the Waterbury FireFighters Local 1339 is scheduled for Thursday November 13, 2003 1900 hours at Headquarters. All members are encouraged to make every effort to attend.
 


11/7/03 Line of Duty Death - Russell, PA

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Michael family and the Russell Fire Company of Pennsylvania. President Darrell Michael, 60, a 42 year member of the Russell Fire Company died Monday November 3, 2003. Darrell was at the station on standby preparing for a fundraiser on Friday October 24, 2003. He was discovered at the bottom of a ladder with head injuries. He was rushed to a local hospital. Darrell was removed from life support 10 days later.

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


11/1/03 Line of Duty Death - Country Lakes, NJ

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Prouty family and the Country Lakes Fire Company of New Jersey. Fire Chief Roy Prouty, 39, a 9 year veteran of the Country Lakes Fire Company died Thursday October 30, 2003. Roy was helping load an mva victim onto a helicopter when he collapsed from an apparent heart attack. He was transported to Virtua-Memorial Hospital in Mount Holly where he later died.

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


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