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News Archive» February 2004

2/25/04 Line of Duty Death - Liberty Township, PA

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Conricote family and the Liberty Township Fire Department of Youngstown, Pennsylvania. FireFighter Eddie Conricote, 55, a 15 year veteran of the Liberty Township Fire Department died Monday February 23, 2004. Eddie was pulling hose at the scene of a car fire inside a garage when he fell, striking his head on the ground. He was rushed to Saint Elizabeth Hospital in Youngtown where he was pronounced dead shortly after.

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


2/23/04 Line of Duty Death - Brisben, NY

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Heatherman family and the Brisben Fire Department of New York. Fire Police Captain Ernest Heatherman, 45, a 6 year veteran volunteer with the Brisben Fire Department died Monday February 16, 2004. Ernest had mentioned he was not feeling well and had gone home to take a nap after returning from a chimney fire. His wife called 911 an hour later reporting her husband was having a heart attack. He was rushed to Wilson Memorial Regional Medical Center in Johnson City where he was pronounced dead.

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


2/21/04 Line of Duty Death - Carthage, MO

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Fierro family and the Carthage Fire Department of Missouri. FireFighter Steve Fierro, 40, a 12 year veteran of the Carthage Fire Department died Wednesday February 18, 2004. Steve died of smoke inhalation while battling a blaze near Diamond, Missouri. The accident is still under investigation.

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


2/18/04 Line of Duty Death - Wood River, NE

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Heminger family, the Woilatewicz family, and the Wood River Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department of Nebraska. Captain Robert Heminger, 39, a 20 year veteran of the Wood River Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department died Sunday February 15, 2004. Captain Kenny Woilatewicz, 38, also a veteran of the Wood River Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department died Tuesday February 17, 2004. Robert and Kenny were first on scene and performing search and rescue for a trapped elderly woman at an early morning single family structure fire on Saturday February 14, 2004. Both firefighters were trapped when the roof of the room they were searching collapsed. They were rescued by a Wood River RIT team and rushed to Saint Francis Medical Center where they were listed in critical condition. Robert died early the next morning and Kenny died the following afternoon. The trapped occupant, Anna Carrig, 73, was pronounced dead at the scene.

     For more news, information, and photos, please visit the Robert Heminger and Kenny Woilatewicz Memorial in the Fallen Brothers Section.


2/17/04 Attention WFD Members

Local 1339 Political Action Alert

     Connecticut Governor John Rowland will be trying to eliminate Collective Bargaining and Binding Arbitration in Hartford on Thursday February 26, 2004. Local 1339 will be sponsoring 2 buses to leave the Hamilton Avenue Commuter Lot in Waterbury at 10AM to lobby in Hartford (don't forget to wear dress blues) and return to Waterbury at 4PM with the second bus possibly returning at 6PM. Any other local departments who would like to 'Get on the Bus' please contact Local 1339 Offices at (203) 574-5668.


2/16/04 Attention WFD Members

     It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of John Crouthamel, infant son of Waterbury FireFighter Jack Crouthamel and his wife Elizabeth. There will be no calling hours and the funeral services will be private.
 


2/14/04 Line of Duty Death - Lexington, KY

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Cowan family and the Lexington Division of Fire and Emergency Services of Kentucky. Lieutenant Brenda Cowan, 40, a 12 year veteran of the Lexington Division of Fire and Emergency Services died Friday February 13, 2004. Brenda and another firefighter were struck by gunfire while attending to a female gunshot victim. Both firefighters were airlifted to University of Kentucky Hospital where Brenda died shortly after. The other firefighter, Jim Sanford, was listed in stable condition.

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


2/9/04 Line of Duty Death - Penrose, CO

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Lynch family and the Penrose Volunteer Fire Department of Colorado. FireFighter Michael Lynch, 32, an eight month veteran of the Penrose Volunteer Fire Department died Tuesday February 3, 2004. Michael was directing traffic at the scene of an mva with injuries on U.S. Highway 50 and Colorado 115 when he was struck by a passing automobile. He was transported to Saint Thomas Moore Hospital in Canon City where he died hours later.

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


2/5/04 Line of Duty Death - Norfolk, VA

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Nuckols family and the Navy Regional Fire Rescue / Hampton Roads Fire Deparment of Norfolk, Virginia. FireFighter Jean Nuckols, 47, a 23 year veteran of the department died January 31, 2004. Jean had been performing training activities when he suffered a stroke. He was rushed to a local hospital where he died three days later.

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


2/2/04 Attention WFD Members

     It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Retired Waterbury Deputy Chief Edward Groody. Edward retired in 1975 after 32 years of service. Edward's three sons all attained the rank of chief officer in the Waterbury Fire Department. Calling hours will be held for Edward on Tuesday February 3, 2004 5-8PM at Stokes Funeral Home. A funeral will be held for Edward on Wednesday February 4, 2004 (time tba) at Saint Patrick's Church with military and fire department honors at New Saint Joseph's Cemetery.

     It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Alice Attardo, mother of Waterbury Dispatcher Al Attardo. A wake will be held for Alice on Wednesday February 4, 2004 4-8PM at Dougherty Brothers Funeral Home in Plainfield. A funeral will be held for Alice on Thursday February 5, 2004 at Saint John's Church in Plainfield.


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