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News Archive» March 2007

3/28/07 Armpatch Gallery Update

     Today I updated the Armpatch Gallery with 24 new armpatches, including these two submissions from the Girdletree Volunteer Fire Company of Worcester County, Maryland and Spring Hill Fire Rescue Department Local 2794's Mariner Boulevard Pyrates of Station 4 in Florida.

     These new armpatches can be found on pages Armpatch 190 and Armpatch 191. There are now 2,292 armpatches in the gallery.


3/26/07 Line of Duty Death - Rhodestown, NC

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Williams family, the Whimple family, and the Rhodestown Volunteer Fire Department of North Carolina. FireFighter Billy Williams, 45, and FireFighter Brandon Whimple, 19, both of Jacksonville, died Saturday March 24, 2007. Billy and Brandon were responding mutual aid to an abandoned mobile home fire to assist the Nine Mile Fire Department when the 1987 Chevrolet tanker they were traveling in skidded sideways and overturned, coming to rest upside down. Billy who was driving, was ejected from the vehicle, Brandon was pinned under the apparatus. Two other Rhodestown FireFighters who were responding in their personal vehicles were behind them when the crash occurred.

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


3/23/07 Line of Duty Death - Chicago, IL

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Grant family and the Chicago Fire Department of Illinois. FireFighter William Grant, 44, a 20 year veteran of the Chicago Fire Department, died Friday March 23, 2007. William was riding in the rear cab of Ladder 51, responding with lights and siren to a fire call in the south side neighborhood of Englewood, when the apparatus was struck on the right rear side by a school bus while negotiating an intersection. The ladder truck swerved to avoid the bus, but was spun by the impact and overturned onto the drivers side. There were no children on the bus at the time of the accident. William was extricated and transported to Stroger Hospital where he later died. The bus driver and three other firefighters were injured in the crash.

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


3/22/07 Attention WFD Members

     Congratulations to John and Joanne DeBisschop on the birth of their triplets. John was a member of the Waterbury Fire Department before joining the Naugatuck Fire Department. Congratulations and the best of luck with Jeffrey, Jack, and John Joseph (JJ).

     The general monthly meeting of Waterbury Firefighters Local 1339 will be held tonight March 22nd 7PM at Station 10 Headquarters. All personnel off duty are requested to attend.

     The Local 1339 Spring Blood Drive will be held May 19th from 9AM-2PM at the Waterville Firehouse. Unfortunately I will be unable to donate. I donate blood plasma once a month at the Farmington Red Cross. If you would like to donate, please contact Dan Chieffo at Station 11 - (203) 597-3411.


3/20/07 Line of Duty Death - Crowley, LA

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Breaux family and the Crowley Fire Department of Lousiana. Captain Lucien Dale Breaux, 60, a 23 year veteran of the Crowley Fire Department, died Saturday March 17, 2007. Dale was awakened at the South Substation by a dispatch for a motor vehicle extrication but did not feel well and had cold sweats. He called for EMS to respond to the fire station. While being transported to American Legion Hospital he suffered multiple cardiac arrests. Despite being revived during the transport, he was pronounced dead on arrival.

     For more news, information, and photos, please visit the Lucien Dale Breaux Memorial in the Fallen Brothers Section.


3/19/07 Armpatch Gallery Update

     Today I updated the Armpatch Gallery with 24 new armpatches, including these two submissions from the Covington Fire, Rescue & EMS - Station 14 of Northern Pocono's Daleville, Pennsylvania and the Waterville Valley Department of Public Safety's Fire Pigs of New Hampshire.

     These new armpatches can be found on pages Armpatch 188 and Armpatch 189. There are now 2,268 armpatches in the gallery.


3/15/07 Buddy Light Giveaway Winner

     I recieved my first winner submitted photo from the Buddy Light Contest that ended in January. Captain John Saviano of the Scarsdale Fire Department Local 1394 of New York State received his Buddy Light and plans to put it to good use. More info on the Buddy Light Helmet LED and contest winners can be found on the Contests Page.


3/13/06 Memorial Photo Gallery

     I received 20 photographs from Stormy, sister of FireFighter Phillip Townsend. These photos depict Phillip through the years, as well as his children, his sister, and his parents. I have created a memorial photo gallery for Phillip with these photos. Phillip was a member of Denison Fire Department who died on December 30, 2006 in Denison, Texas, when an awning collapsed on him and another firefighter during operations at a strip mall fire.

     Please visit the Phillip Townsend Memorial Photo Gallery and the Phillip Townsend Memorial Page.


3/9/07 Armpatch Gallery Update

     Today I updated the Armpatch Gallery with 24 new armpatches, including these two submissions from the Red Knights Motorcycle Club Chapter 1 of Delaware and the Waymart Volunteer Fire Company - Station 75 of Waymart, Pennsylvania.

     These new armpatches can be found on pages Armpatch 186 and Armpatch 187. There are now 2,244 armpatches in the gallery.


3/7/07 Line of Duty Death - New Hartford, NY

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Sowich family, the Sherrill-Kenwood Fire Department, and the New Hartford Fire Department of New York. FireFighter Michael Sowich, 50, a 16 year veteran of the fire service, died Friday March 2, 2007. Michael passed away in his dorm room while attending a training seminar at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. The cause of death is under investigation.

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


3/6/07 Line of Duty Death - FDNY, New York

Line of Duty Death

     Our condolences to the Reilly family, the Carpluk family, and the New York City Fire Department. FireFighter Michael Reilly, 25, and Lieutenant Howard Carpluk, 43, died from their injuries after a collapse at a structure fire on August 27, 2006. Five firefighters were trapped and pulled from the rubble at the three alarm structure fire at a 99 cent store in the Eden section of New York City. Three firefighters were rescued within minutes, but Michael and Howard were trapped for more than an hour.

     For more news, information, and photos, please visit the Michael Reilly & Howard Carpluk Memorial in the Fallen Brothers Section.


3/5/07 Attention WFD Members

     Congratulations again to Waterbury Exchange Club Firefighter of the Year 2006 James Santa Lucia. The Exchange Club will be hosting a dinner to honor Jimmy and recipients of other awards including Policeman of the Year, Educator of the Year and more at the Ponte Club in Waterbury, CT on Tuesday March 27, 2007. Tickets are $35 and include a family style dinner - contact Kathy Craig before March 19th at (203)558-1467 or (203)757-8414.

     John Keane is looking for a color guard and marchers for the annual St. Patrick's Parade in Waterbury on Saturday March 10, 2007. Email John Keane for more information.


3/2/07 Attention WFD Members

     It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Retired Waterbury FireFighter Richard Claffey. Dick joined the department in 1951, serving at Engine Comapnies 4, 5, and 1, and Truck 2. In 1977 he became an inspector in the Fire Marshal's office until his retirement in 1982. Calling hours will be held on Friday March 2, 2007 5-8PM at Murphy Funeral Home. A funeral will be held on Saturday March 3, 2007 9:30AM at St. Leo the Great Church followed by a burial in All Saints Cemetery.


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