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News Archive» May 2007

5/30/07 Line of Duty Death - Fulton County, GA

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Roberts family and the Fulton County Fire Department of Atlanta, Georgia. FireFighter Felix Roberts, 41, an 8 year veteran of the Fulton County Fire Department, died Monday May 28, 2007. Felix was performing search and rescue for a trapped occupant at a structure fire in Johns Creek when he was caught in a flashover. He was rescued by his brother firefighters and transported to North Fulton Regional Hospital where he died shortly after. Another firefighter was treated for burns to his hands and the trapped civilian died in the fire.

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


5/29/07 Armpatch Gallery Update

     Today I updated the Armpatch Gallery with 24 new armpatches, including these two submissions from the Crestview Fire Department IAFF Local 2680 of Crestview, Florida and the Riviera Beach Volunteer Fire Company 13 of Pasadena, Maryland.

     These new armpatches can be found on pages Armpatch 196 and Armpatch 197. There are now 2,364 armpatches in the gallery.


5/28/07 Line of Duty Death - Andalusia, AL

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Cheshire family and the Red Oak Area Volunteer Fire Department of Andalusia, Alabama. FireFighter Dennis Cheshire, 48, a 4 year veteran of the Red Oak Area Volunteer Fire Department, died Sunday May 20, 2007. Dennis was responding to structure fire as mutual aid for the Libertyville Volunteer Fire Department when the tanker he was driving left the roadway and overturned while negotiating a sharp left turn on County Road 32.

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


5/27/07 Services for Waterbury Fire Captain John Keane



     I apologize for the lack of updates this week, but I all my time was dedicated to the services for Waterbury Fire Captain John Keane. I was notified Tuesday morning that I was on the Special Services committee that was responsible for Communications out of the Union Office regarding the services for John.

     My efforts in the office and on the Local 1339 website were but a tiny part of the machine that is Local 1339. I would like to personally thank all the members of the WFD Local 1339 who stepped up this week and donated anything and everything. I cannot count the times I heard the words 'Whatever it takes' this week. No task was too small, no effort was spared, no one gave less than all they had to honor this man. I am not going to mention names because I would never be able to make the list without leaving someone out. But I would like to thank the groups of people that made this week possible. I would like to thank all the members of the Special Services Committee, the WFD Retirees, the WFD Spouses, the WFD Fire Chiefs Office, the Conn. FireFighters Pipes and Drums, the Office of the Mayor, the Waterbury Police Dept, the Waterbury Street Dept, the Waterbury Parks & Recreation Dept, the Conn. State Police, the Red Cross, Kelly-Brennan Funeral Home, the Republican-American, WTNH Channel 8, and the members of the Waterbury Community who came out in support of John. I would also like to thank the members of the fire departments who responded to this tragedy; from the departments who sent members to help operate our reception at the Waterville Firehouse, to the members who were manning our fire stations during the services, and to the thousands who turned out to march with us in honor of John. And lastly I would like to thank my wife and my children for allowing me to dedicate so much time this week. God bless John Keane.


5/22/07 Line of Duty Death - Waterbury, CT

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Keane family and the Waterbury Fire Department of Connecticut. Captain John Keane, 37, a 12 year veteran of the Waterbury Fire Department, died Tuesday May 22, 2007. John was responding to a kitchen fire on Saturday May 19th when the engine he was responding in collided with a responding ladder truck. He was ejected and suffered head and internal injuries. He was transported to Waterbury Hospital, and shortly after to Yale-New Haven Hospital, where he passed away from his injuries three days later.

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


5/21/07 Line of Duty Death - Briarcliff Manor, NY

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Piazzi family and the Briarcliff Manor Fire Department of New York. Deputy Chief and Fire Police Captain Joseph Piazzi, 76, a 26 year veteran of the Briarcliff Manor Fire Department, died Wednesday May 16, 2007. Joseph had responded to many downed power line and tree calls during the afternoon and later returned home to assist a neighbor with cleanup. While preparing to respond to another call, Joe suffered a heart attack. He was transported to Phelps Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced.

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


5/19/07 Attention WFD Members


Captain John Keane

Fire Driver Joe Fischetti

Engine 8

Truck 1

     At 1033 hours this morning while responding to a kitchen fire, Waterbury Fire Department Engine 8 and Truck 1 collided at the intersection of Route 73 and Aurora Street. Eight firefighters were transported to local hospitals with 6 of the 8 firefighters being treated and released. Fire Driver Joseph Fischetti is in critical but stable condition at Waterbury Hospital. Captain John Keane was transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital and is in critical condition. Visit the Local 1339 website for more info: WaterburyFire.org


5/17/07 Line of Duty Death - Redding, CA

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Andrews family and the Redding Fire Department of California. Captain Edward Andrews, 53, a 21 year veteran of the Redding Fire Department, died Monday May 14, 2007. Edward was performing physical training in preparation for the summer fire season when he collapsed from an apparent heart attack. His brother firefighters administered CPR immediately and he was transported to Shasta Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced.

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


5/16/07 Line of Duty Death - Hernando, MS

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Jeans family and the Eudora Fire Department of Hernando, Mississippi. FireFighter EMT Jeffrey Jeans, 46, a 25 year veteran of the DeSoto County Emergency Services, died Friday May 11, 2007. Jeffrey complained of not feeling well after two days of strenuous activity around the fire station. He was found shortly after in the firehouse kitchen in cardiac arrest. Attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.

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


5/15/07 Line of Duty Death - Rose Hill, KS

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Daley family and the Butler County Fire District of Rose Hill, Kansas. FireFighter Brandon Daley, 19, a volunteer with the Butler County Fire District since December of 2006, died Friday May 11, 2007. Brandon was responding in his personal truck to a fully involved structure fire, when he lost control of his vehicle and it overturned several times. He was transported to Kansas Medical Center in Andover and died from his injuries shortly after.

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


5/14/07 Line of Duty Death - Angier, NC

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Stephenson family and the Angier Fire Department of Angier, North Carolina. FireFighter Earl Stephenson, 61, a 21 year veteran of the Angier Fire Department, died Wednesday May 9, 2007. Earl responded to a structure fire on Tuesday evening but did not perform firefighting duties. Fifteen hours later, working at the North Carolina State Museum of History & Natural Sciences, Earl suffered a heart attack and died.

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


5/11/07 New FireFighting Video

     This video was distributed by Fire Engineering magazine and visually demonstrates the dangers and challenges faced by firefighters during a structural fire. This film will serve to educate recruit firefighters, elected officials and the public in fire operations. "Smoke Showing" demonstrates the need for an aggressive interior attack coupled with adequate resources in order to save lives and reduce property loss. The film is opened by the cast of "Rescue Me." It is dedicated to the proud service of Thomas F. Brennan.

Click here to watch this video

5/9/07 Line of Duty Death - Springfield, ME

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Beebe-Lawson family and the Springfield Fire Department of Maine. FireFighter Peter Beebe-Lawson, 50, a veteran volunteer with the Springfield Fire Department, died Monday May 7, 2007. Peter was responding to a sawmill fire in nearby Prentice, when the 1989 Irving tanker truck he was driving left the roadway and overturned into pine trees on a sharp curve of Route 169. The tanker absorbed heavy front end and roof damage, Peter was pronounced at the scene.

     For more news, information, and photos, please visit the Peter Beebe-Lawson Memorial in the Fallen Brothers Section.


5/8/07 Line of Duty Death - Sheldon, IL

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Zumwalt family and the Sheldon Fire Department of Illinois. FireFighter Joseph Zumwalt, 53, a veteran of the Sheldon Fire Department for many years, died Monday May 7, 2007. Joseph had just been rotated off the nozzle at a tool shed fire on the historical landmark Nagele Farm outside of Sheldon, when he collapsed. He was transported to Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka where he was pronounced.

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


5/7/07 Line of Duty Death - Columbus, PA

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Church family and the Columbus Volunteer Fire Department of Pennsylvania. Captain William Church, 63, a 30 year veteran of the fire service and prior President of the Columbus Volunteer Fire Department, died Thursday May 3, 2007. William was alone when he had returned to the station after responding to a second alarm. He was found behind the wheel of the engine in cardiac arrest. CPR was initiated and he was transported to Corry Memorial Hospital where he could not be revived.

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


5/5/07 Line of Duty Death - Gem County, ID

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the McKenzie family and the Gem County Fire Protection District #2 of Sweet, Idaho. FireFighter Vernon McKenzie, 64, an Assistant Ranger and 25 year veteran of the forest service, died Saturday May 28, 2007. Vernon had performed his Wildland Pack Test in preparation of joining his older son on the firelines this year. After the test he returned home and complained of not feeling well. He was transported to a local hospital where he died shortly after.

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


5/3/07 Photo Gallery Update

     On Tuesday May 1, 2007 the Waterbury Firefighters Historical Society and the Waterbury Firefighters IAFF Local 1339 installed the memorial brick paver ramp at the Waterville Firehouse. Memorial bricks can still be sponsored and information on sponsoring a brick can be found here. While I was helping out with the installation I took 18 photos which can be found in the Waterville Ramp Photo Gallery.


5/1/07 Line of Duty Death - Nacogdoches, TX

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Ivy family and the Nacogdoches Fire Department of Texas. Captain Joe Ivy, 51, a 33 year veteran of the Nacogdoches Fire Department, died Saturday April 28, 2007. Joe and four other Captains were attending a high-rise fire training session when he fell ill early in the morning after his arrival and was transported to Clear Lake Regional Medical Center in Webster where he passed away from a heart attack.

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


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