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News Archive» April 2007

4/30/07 Photo Gallery Update

     Just after 4PM on Friday, Waterbury FireFighters stationed at Engine 7 on Walnut Street were greeted by pounding at the front door. Neighbors were alerting them of the structure fire just next door to the station on Locust Street. The multi-family home had been vacant for years and had heavy fire on all 3 floors in the rear. Captain Robert Stoeckert has submitted 8 photos of the fire and I have added them to the Robert Stoeckert Photo Gallery.


4/27/07 Line of Duty Death - Birmingham, AL

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Gafford family and the Birmingham Fire and Rescue Department of Alabama. Captain Billy Gafford, 56, a 23 year veteran of the Birmingham Fire and Rescue Department, died Wednesday April 25, 2007. Billy was performing an annual fitness training exercise at the University of Alabama-Birmingham when he suffered a heart attack and collapsed. He was transported to University of Alabama-Birmingham Hospital where he died shortly after.

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


4/26/07 Line of Duty Death - Chesterfield, VA

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Newsome family and the Chesterfield Fire and EMS Department of Virginia. Captain Joseph Newsome, 40, an 18 year veteran of the Chesterfield Fire and EMS Department, died Monday April 23, 2007. Joseph was performing required fitness training when he suffered a heart attack and collapsed on a treadmill. He was transported to a local hospital where he died shortly after.

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


4/25/07 Attention WFD Members

     The Local 1339 Blood Drive will be held in Memory of Waterbury FireFghter Jeff Trota at the Waterville Firehouse on Saturday May 19, 2007 9AM-1:45PM. Anyone wishing to donate, please contact Lt. Dan Chieffo at Station 11.

     There will be a Benefit Ziti Dinner for the DeBisschop Triplets: Jeffrey, Jack, and John. Previously a member of the Waterbury FD, and now the Naugatuck FD, John and JoAnn DeBisschop announced the birth of their triplets last month. The Ziti Dinner will be held on Saturday May 19, 2007 4-8PM at the American Legion Post 17 Hall in Naugatuck. Tickets are $4 for children, $8 for adults. To purchase your tickets or make a donation, contact Troy Poynton at (203) 704-0692 or Northside Fire Station.


4/23/07 Armpatch Gallery Update

     Today I updated the Armpatch Gallery with 24 new armpatches, including these two submissions from the Manteca Fire Department of California and the Stonewall Jackson Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad of Manassas in Prince William County, Virginia.

     These new armpatches can be found on pages Armpatch 194 and Armpatch 195. There are now 2,340 armpatches in the gallery.


4/19/07 Line of Duty Death - Prince William County, VA

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Wilson family and the Prince William County Department of Fire & Rescue of Virginia. FireFighter Technician I Kyle Wilson, 24, a 2 year veteran of the Prince William County Fire Department, died Monday April 16, 2007. Kyle was searching with Lieutenant Jason Reese for victims on the second floor of a heavily involved residential structure fire in Woodbridge when the roof and ceiling collapsed. Kyle was seperated from his partner and trapped during the partial collapse. Lt. Reese was burned and two other firefighters were injured during the rescue attempt, but crews were unable to reach Kyle.

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


4/18/07 Attention WFD Members

     It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Rose Calabro, mother of Retired Waterbury Fire Driver Michael Calabro. Calling hours will be held on Wednesday April 18, 2007 5-8PM at Chase Parkway Memorial/The Albini Funeral Home. A funeral mass will be held on Thursday April 19, 2007 10AM at Sacred Heart Church followed by a burial in Calvary Cemetery.


4/17/07 Attention WFD Members

     It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Retired Waterbury Fire Lieutenant Arthur Brophy Jr. Arthur was a 20 year veteran, retiring in 1986. Calling hours will be held on Wednesday April 18, 2007 5-8PM at Maiorano Funeral Home. A funeral mass will be held on Thursday April 19, 2007 11AM at Saints Peter & Paul Church followed by an entombment in Calvary Queen of Peace Mausoleum.


4/16/07 Line of Duty Death - California Dept. of Forestry, CA

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Zollner family and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Chief Bryan Zollner, 44, the North Region Staff Chief of Operations for the CDF and 26 year veteran of many California fire agencies, died Thursday April 12, 2007. Bryan was traveling east on State Road 44 in icy conditions near Redding in Lassen County. He was killed when his CDF Ford Expedition left the roadway and struck a tree.

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


4/12/07 Armpatch Gallery Update

     Today I updated the Armpatch Gallery with 24 new armpatches, including these two submissions from the Plainville Fire Department Local 3415 of Plainville, Massachusetts and Roxbury Township Chemical Engine Company 1 of Succasunna, New Jersey.

     These new armpatches can be found on pages Armpatch 192 and Armpatch 193. There are now 2,316 armpatches in the gallery.


4/10/07 Line of Duty Death - Ceredo, WV

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Jaros family and the Ceredo Volunteer Fire Department of West Virginia. FireFighter Christopher Jaros, 24, a three year veteran of the Ceredo Volunteer Fire Department, died Saturday April 7, 2007. Christopher was responding in his personal vehicle to the main fire station for an alarm when he was involved in a two-car motor vehicle accident. Christopher was ejected and died at the scene of the accident on Route 60.

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


4/9/07 Line of Duty Death - Rome, OH

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Olinik family and the Rome Volunteer Fire Department of Ohio. FireFighter Steve Olinik, 65, a veteran volunteer firefighter of the Rome Volunteer Fire Department, died Friday March 30, 2007. Steve had responded to the station on Thursday, March 29th for a mutual aid response to a report of a grass fire when he suffered a heart attack and collapsed at the station. He was transported to Ashtabula County Medial Center where he passed away the next day.

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


4/6/07 New FireFighting Video

     While doing some research I found another FireFighting Video on YouTube to add to my collection. This clip from a shocking video television show features a highway accident with a 4,000 gallon tanker full of styrene exploding in Kow Chung, Taiwan. It certainly looks like a BLEVE (Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion) to me.

Click here to watch this video

4/5/07 Line of Duty Death - Menands, NY

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Scott family and the Menands Fire Department of New York. Fire Police Captain Edgar Scott, 75, a volunteer for 36 years, died Tuesday April 3, 2007. Edgar was driving a fire police van while responding to a motorcycle accident on I-787 with two other fire police officers when they collided with a propane truck while making a u-turn to access the other side of the highway. Edgar was ejected and died at the scene. The two other fire police officers were injured in the crash.

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


4/4/07 Attention WFD Members

     It is with deep regret we announce the passing of Lucy Stephens, grandmother of Waterbury Fire Engine 10 Driver Bret Reis. A funeral service will be held on Tursday April 5, 2007 11AM at A.M.E. Zion Church followed by a burial in New Pine Grove Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church from 10:30AM until the time of the service.


4/2/07 Attention WFD Members

     It is with deep regret we announce the passing of James Murphy, father of retired Waterbury Deputy Chief Peter Murphy. Calling hours for James will be held on Tuesday April 3, 2007 4-8PM at Murphy Funeral Home. A funeral mass will be held for James on Wednesday April 4, 2007 10AM at Immaculate Conception Church followed by a burial in Calvary Cemetery.


4/1/07 WFD Waterville Firehouse Renovation

     As you can tell from this photo, the Waterbury Firefighters Association is nearing completion of the first floor renovation at the Waterville Firehouse. This location is soon to be a our fire hall and union offices. The paver ramp is due to be installed in the spring. In order to help with the expenses of renovation, custom engraved pavers can be sponsored for as little as $50. Click here for more information.


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