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News Archive» February 2007

2/28/07 Attention WFD Members

     It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Rose Stoeckert, mother of Waterbury Fire Captain Robert Stoeckert. Calling hours will be held on Thursday March 1, 2007 9-10:30AM at Phalen Funeral Home in Torrington. Funeral services will be held on Thursday March 1, 2007 11AM at Saint Francis Church in Torrington followed by a burial in Saint Peter Cemetery.


2/27/07 Line of Duty Death - West Liberty, KY

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Vanderpool family and the White Oak Fire Department of West Liberty, Kentucky. FireFighter Steven Vanderpool, 28, a volunteer firefighter with several local fire departments, died Saturday February 24, 2007. On February 11, 2007, Steven was responding in his personal vehicle to an accident on Jones Creek Branch in Morgan County when he was broadsided while negotiating an intersection. He was ejected from the vehicle and then transported to Morgan County ARH Hospital. He was then flown to U.K. Medical Center in Lexington where he remained in a coma until he passed away from his injuries two weeks later.

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


2/26/07 Armpatch Gallery Update

     Today I updated the Armpatch Gallery with 24 new armpatches, including these two submissions from the Apex Volunteer Fire Department of Apex, North Carolina and the Scioto Township Fire Department of Ostrander, Ohio.

     These new armpatches can be found on pages Armpatch 184 and Armpatch 185. There are now 2,220 armpatches in the gallery.


2/23/07 Line of Duty Death - Seaside Heights, NJ

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Broom-Smith family and the Seaside Heights Volunteer Fire Department of New Jersey. FireFighter John Broom-Smith, 44, a member of the Water Rescue Team and a recent graduate of Ocean City Fire Academy, died Sunday February 4, 2007. John had responded to an alarm activation at the Coty Marina. Firefighters cleared the alarm and returned to the fire station. Later that night he suffered an apparent heart attack and passed away.

     For more news, information, and photos, please visit the John Broom-Smith Memorial in the Fallen Brothers Section.


2/22/07 Armpatch Gallery Update

     Today I updated the Armpatch Gallery with 24 new armpatches, including these two submissions from the Eagle Hose & Hook & Ladder Company of Ansonia, Connecticut and Engine 17 / Truck 17 of the Texas Rangers stationed in Baltimore County, Maryland.

     These new armpatches can be found on pages Armpatch 182 and Armpatch 183. There are now 2,196 armpatches in the gallery.


2/20/07 Line of Duty Death - Albany, NY

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Abriel family and the Albany Fire Department of New York. FireFighter Theodore Abriel, 44, a 20 year veteran of the Albany Fire Department, died Monday February 19, 2006. Theodore was searching for victims on the sixth floor of a high-rise structure fire when he collapsed. He was rushed to Albany Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Theodore had operated at 2 other structure fires earlier that day.

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


2/19/07 Photo Gallery Update

     I added 6 more photos to the Helmet Photo Gallery. The latest one I received is featured here from Nikolos Hoyt who is a firefighter for the City of Claremont in New Hampshire. There are now 29 helmet photos in this gallery. If you would like to add yours, simply Email Me a photo and I will be glad to add it to the gallery.


2/17/07 Line of Duty Death - Sharon Township, OH

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Murray family, the Sharon Township Fire and the Medina Township Fire Department of Ohio. FireFighter Jeffery Murray, 40, a member of the Sharon Township Fire Department and a former member of the Medina Township Fire Department, died Tuesday February 13, 2007. Jeff had responded to a call during adverse weather conditions. Upon returning to his home, he collapsed and was unresponsive. He was transported to Medina General Hospital where he was unable to be revived.

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


2/14/07 Armpatch Gallery Update

     Today I updated the Armpatch Gallery with 24 new armpatches, including these two submissions from the Golden Ring Beltway Patrol of Baltimore County, Maryland and the FDNY Animal House Station of Engine 75 and Ladder 33 of the Bronx, New York City.

     These new armpatches can be found on pages Armpatch 180 and Armpatch 181. There are now 2,172 armpatches in the gallery.


2/13/07 Photo Gallery Update

     I received some more photos of the fatal fire at the Bradley Gardens Apartments (formerly Villa Sol Dor) in Waterbury on Sunday. Kevin Czarzasty is a past FireFighter, EMT, and a member of the International Organization of Fire Photographers. Read more in his bio on the Kevin Czarzasty Photo Gallery.


2/12/07 Line of Duty Death - Baltimore City, MD

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Wilson family and the Baltimore City Fire Department of Maryland. Fire Recruit Rachael Wilson, 29, a Baltimore City Fire Recruit expected to graduate in March, died Friday February 9, 2007. Rachael was extinguishing a blaze during a live fire exercise in a vacant 3-story rowhouse when she collapsed. She was transported to Maryland Shock Trauma Center where she died shortly after. Two other recruits were injured in the fire and were treated and released from Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

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


2/11/07 Fatal Apartment Fire in Waterbury

     Waterbury FireFighters responded to a structure fire at Building 8 in the center of the Villa Sol Dor 3-story multiple-building apartment complex on Bradley Avenue at 2:30AM this morning. Ten people were transported to St. Mary and Waterbury Hospitals and one women has died from injuries sustained from the fire. The fire building partially collapsed and several other buildings sustained smoke and water damage. Over 100 people were evacuated and relocated to nearby Tinker School. FireFighters were still operating at the scene at 9AM and mutual aid from Watertown, Middlebury, and Thomaston are covering stations.


2/10/07 Line of Duty Death - Detroit, MI

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Torkos family and the the City of Detroit Fire Department of Michigan. Fire Engineer Operator Joseph Torkos, 47, an 11 year veteran of the Detroit Fire Department, died Wednesday February 7, 2007. Joseph was driving Engine 17 while responding with lights and sirens to a structure fire when the apparatus was hit by a Chevy Tahoe traveling at a high rate of speed through an intersection. Joseph and the officer, Lieutenant Walt Grysko were ejected from the apparatus. Joseph died shortly after at the scene while Grysko was hospitalized and 2 other firefighters were treated and released from injuries sustained in the crash. The driver of the other vehicle was killed in the crash.

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


2/9/07 Line of Duty Death - Danville, KY

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the King family, the Danville Fire Department, and the Boyle County Volunteer Fire Department of Kentucky. FireFighter Shane King, 29, a firefighter since age 16, died Saturday February 3, 2007. Shane was returning home from department mandated EMT training near Hustonville when his personal vehicle crossed over the center line and struck an oncoming semi-tractor trailer head-on.

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


2/8/07 Line of Duty Death - Bethlehem, PA

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Hegney family and the Se-Wy-Co Volunteer Fire Company of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Lieutenant Robert Hegney, 53, a 33 year veteran of the fire service, died Saturday February 3, 2007. Robert had worked a dwelling fire on Thursday February 1, 2007 and complained of not feeling well later that evening. Two day later he was transported to St. Luke's Hospital in Fountain Hill with flu-like symtoms. While being transferred for an angioplasty he went into cardiac arrest and passed away.

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


2/7/07 Line of Duty Death - Vergennes, IL

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Fox family and the Vergennes Fire Department of Illinois. FireFighter Michael Fox, 37, a 20 year veteran of the Vergennes Fire Department, died Friday February 2, 2007. Mike suffered a heart attack while operating the fire department ambulance responding to an EMS call. He was able to pull the vehicle to the side of the road safely. His partner performed CPR and another ambulance transported them to St. Joseph Memorial Hospital in Murphysboro where he was pronounced dead.

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


2/6/07 Line of Duty Death - Washington, PA

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the LaBella family, the Washington Fire Department, and the Canton Township Fire Department of Pennsylvania. FireFighter Jeremy LaBella, 27, a 12 year veteran of the Canton Township Fire Department, and a member of the Washington Fire Department for 6 months, died Sunday February 4, 2007. Jeremy was operating at a structure fire in a two story home with an attached garage that was an old motorcycle shop when he was trapped with another firefighter after a canopy and part of the roof collapsed. The other firefighter was rescued and suffered leg injuries but Jeremy was unresponsive when he was rescued. He was transported to Washington Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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


2/5/07 Line of Duty Death - Middle Island, NY

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Catania family, the Middle Island Fire Department, and the North Massapequa Fire Department of Long Island, New York. FireFighter Anthony Catania, 77, a 10 year veteran of the Middle Island Fire Department and a member of the fire service since 1969, died Friday February 2, 2007. Anthony radioed for assistance after suffering a stroke following an EMS call on Sunday January 28, 2007. He was transported to University Hospital where he underwent surgery. He succumbed to his injuries injuries five days later.

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


2/2/07 Line of Duty Deaths - Ghent, WV


Frederick
Burroughs

Craig
Dorsey
Line of Duty Death

     Our condolences to the Burroughs and Dorsey families, the Ghent Volunteer Fire Department, and the families of all the victims of the Ghent Gas Explosion. On Tuesday January 30, 2007 two men were working on the two 500 pound propane storage tanks behind the Little General Store in Ghent, West Virginia when the Ghent Volunteer Fire Department responded to an odor of gas at the store. Captain Frederick Burroughs had arrived in his personal vehicle and FireFighter-EMT Craig Dorsey had arrived in a Ghent Ambulance when propane that had accumulated was ignited causing a massive explosion that leveled the store and overturned vehicles. Captain Frederick Burroughs, 51, and FireFighter-EMT Craig Dorsey, 24, and the two propane workers were killed by the blast. Four employees of the store and Ghent Volunteer FireFighter Donnie Caldwell were injured by the explosion.

     For more news, information, and photos, please visit the Ghent Gas Explosion Memorial in the Fallen Brothers Section.


2/1/07 Non-Line of Duty Death - Redding, CT

     Our condolences to the Sanford family, the Connecticut Fire Fighters Pipes and Drums, the Danbury Fire Department, the Wilton Fire Department, the Wesport Fire Department, and the West Redding Fire Department, all of Connecticut. Retired Deputy Chief of Westport David Sanford, 62, a decorated U.S. Army Vietnam veteran and life-long dedicated firefighter, died Tuesday January 30, 2007. David passed away after a long illness.

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


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