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News Archive» March 2004

3/25/04 Line of Duty Deaths - Breckenridge, CO

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Niebergall family and the Red, White, and Blue Fire Department of Breckenridge, Colorado. FireFighter Barrie Niebergall, 56, a 23 year veteran firefighter but 2 year member of the Red, White, and Blue Fire Department died Tuesday March 16, 2004. Barrie was found unconcious and unresponsive on the floor of the fire station workout room. Efforts to revive him were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead shortly after.

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


3/24/04 Line of Duty Deaths - Laconia, NH

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Miller family and the Laconia Fire Department of New Hampshire. FireFighter Mark Miller, 43, an 18 year veteran of the Laconia Fire Department died Thursday March 11, 2004. Mark was training with a new set of dive suits off the main dock at Weirs Bay. His partner, JP Hobby, and himself had given the thumbs up to surface but JP was the only one who did. He resubmerged but was unable to find Mark.

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


3/21/04 Photo Gallery Update

     I looked in the helmet folder and found 23 new photos for the Helmet Gallery including this airbrushed helmet from Jerry Flatterich of the Puget Sound Federal Fire Department of Washington State.
 

     I also looked in the shield folder and found 13 new shields to add to the Helmet Shield Gallery including this custom shield from The Art of Fire.com, a silver and bronze memorial shield for 9-11 with 343 on the shield.
 
 


3/16/04 Line of Duty Deaths - Pittsburgh, PA

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Brace family, the Stefanakis family, and the Pittsburgh Fire Bureau of Pennsylvania. Battalion Chief Charles Brace, 55, and FireFighter Richard Stefanakis, 51, both 30 year veterans of the Pittsburgh Fire Bureau died Saturday March 13, 2004. Both firefighters were dousing hot spots in the basement of Ebenezer Baptist Church, a 131 year old 75x75 church, when the roof and steeple of the church collapsed. They were trapped in the basement during the collapse and 25-30 firefighters on the ground were injured from the falling debris. Five other firefighters were seriously injured during a flashover that occured prior to the roof collapse.

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


3/14/04 Line of Duty Death - Prospect, CT

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Griffin family and the Prospect Volunteer Fire Department of Connecticut. Robert Griffin, 38, a 5 week veteran of the Prospect Volunteer Fire Department died Saturday March 13, 2004. Robert started training at Wolcott Regional Fire School last week. He was with a group of 30 firefighters from area departments completeing a trailer maze exercise. Near the end of his evolution he signaled to his partner that he wasn't ok and became unresponsive. Paramedics on standby were unable to revive him. He was rushed to Saint Mary's Hospital in Waterbury were he was pronounced dead.

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


3/10/04 Attention WFD Members

     It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Augustine Sillery, father of Waterbury Fire Lieutenant Jim Sillery. Calling hours for Augustine will be held Friday March 12, 2004 6-8PM at Casey-O'Donnell Family Funeral Home in Waterbury. Augustine served as a pilot in WWII and the Korean War and was decorated many times. A funeral with full military honors will be held for Augustine on Saturday March 13, 2004 10AM at Immaculate Conception Church followed by a burial at Old Saint Joseph's Cemetery.


3/8/04 Line of Duty Death - Vandergrift, PA

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Gabrielli family and the George G. McMurty Volunteer Fire Department of Vandergrift, Pennsylvania. FireFighter Rich Gabrielli, 70, a 36 year veteran with the George G. McMurty Volunteer Fire Department died Monday February 23, 2004. Rich had been performing fire police duties directing traffic at the gate to Allegheny Ludlum's Vandergrift plant while fire crews assisted the Ludlum fire brigade with a minor paper fire. Rich collapsed on the scene and was rushed to Allegheny Valley Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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


3/4/04 Line of Duty Death - Harford, NY

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Neff family and the Harford Fire Department of New York. Deputy Chief Bret Neff, 37, a veteran firefighter with the Harford Fire Department died Monday February 23, 2004. Bret was working to fill a 750 gallon portable water pond at a mobile home fire when the tanker he was standing behind rolled backwards collapsing the water pond and pinning him against another apparatus. Bret was airlifted to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pennsylvania where he was pronounced dead.

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


3/1/04 Attention WFD Members

     It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Retired Waterbury FireFighter Leo Farrington Jr. Leo retired in 1984 after 33 years of service. His father Leo Farrington Sr. was also a member of the Waterbury Fire Department. After retiring Leo became one of 13 national directors of the Police and Fireman's Insurance Association. Calling hours for Leo will be held Tuesday March 2, 2004 4-8PM at Alderson Funeral Home. A funeral will be held for Leo on Wednesday February 3, 2004 10AM at Saint Aloysius Church in Plantsville.


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