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News Archive» July 2007

7/30/07 Line of Duty Death - Sesser, IL

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Miller family and the Sesser Fire Protection District of Illinois. FireFighter James Miller, 43, a 22 year veteran of the Sesser Fire Protection District, died Friday July 27, 2007. James was packing hose after an early morning semi tractor trailer fire on Interstate 57 when he was struck and killed by a passing Greyhound bus. The driver of the bus has been charged with violating Scott's Law. The law requires motorists to slow down or pull over when going through accident scenes.

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


7/29/07 Line of Duty Death - Newark, NJ

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Nolton family and the Newark Fire Department of New Jersey. FireFighter Cornelius Nolton, 37, a 14 year veteran of the Newark Fire Department assigned to Engine Company 18, died Monday July 23, 2007. Cornelius had complained of back and neck pain after throwing two ladders at a residential structure fire. He was transported from the scene to University Hospital suffering from an apparent heart attack. He succumbed to his injuries two days later.

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


7/27/07 Line of Duty Death - Mechanicsburg, OH

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Trainer family and the Mechanicsburg Fire Department of Champaign County, Ohio. FireFighter Jon Trainer, 38, a 2 year veteran volunteer with the Mechanicsburg Fire Department, died Tuesday July 24, 2007. Jon was at the station after returning from a structure fire when his foot became tangled while packing hose and he fell from the top of the apparatus to the concrete 10 feet below, striking his head. Jon was transported to Mercy Memorial Hospital in Urbana where he died shortly after.

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


7/26/07 Line of Duty Death - Kalamath National Forest, CA

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Davis family, the California Department of Forestry, and Idaho Helicopters Inc. of Boise. Pilot Dennis Davis, 61, a veteran helicopter pilot working under contract with Idaho Helicopters for the CDF, died Monday July 23, 2007. Dennis was delivering drinking water to firefighters battling the Elk Fire Complex in Kalamath National Forest when his 1968 Bell 205A-1 helicopter crashed in extremely rugged terrain.

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


7/23/07 Line of Duty Deaths - Contra Costa County, CA



Matt Burton


Scott Desmond
Line of Duty Death

     Our condolences to the Burton and Desmond families and the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District of California. Fire Captain Matt Burton, 34, and Fire Engineer Scott Desmond, 37, members of the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District IAFF Local 1230, died Saturday July 21, 2007. Matt and Scott had responded to a single story residential structure fire in San Pablo with reports of two people trapped. Engine 70ís crew, after finding and assisting in one rescue, continued searching for a second victim. During this rescue effort they became trapped. Despite valiant rescue efforts, two firefighters and the occupants perished as a result of the fire.

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


7/20/07 Attention WFD Members

     The Captain John F. Keane Memorial Golf Outing will be held on Tuesday October 9, 2007 7AM-6PM at East Mountain Golf Course in Waterbury. The outing will be a scramble format with food, raffles, and prizes. Golfers and non-golfers are welcome. Hole sponsorship is available on a first come first serve basis. Click here for the official flyer (.pdf) with complete details and contact information.


7/18/07 Line of Duty Death - Broward County, FL

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Douthitt family and the Broward County Sheriff's Office Department of Fire/Rescue of Florida. Fire Driver Engineer Michael Douthitt, 48, a veteran firefighter 18 months from retirement, died Friday July 13, 2007. Michael had developed chest pains while on duty at a mobile home fire on Wednesday July 4, 2007 and was treated and released after several days in the hospital but suffered cardiac arrest and died on Friday July 13, 2007.

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


7/17/07 Line of Duty Death - Ridgefield Park, NJ

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Dembski family and the Ridgefield Park Fire Department of New Jersey. FireFighter and Former Chief Stephen Dembski, 41, a 20 year veteran of the Ridgefield Park Fire Department, died Sunday July 15, 2007. After performing search and rescue and ventilation duties at a fully involved mutual aid structure fire in Bogota, Stephen left the firehouse after cleaning up at noon and returned home. Several hours later at a family outing he complained to his wife of back pain and feeling faint, and then collapsed from an apparent heart attack.

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


7/16/07 Waterbury FD Fischetti Fundraiser

     Saturday was a beautiful day for a fundraiser in Waterbury. Fire department families, local politicians, and members of the Waterbury community, all turned out on Saturday to raise money for the family of Fire Driver Joseph Fischetti, who was injured in the May 19th tragedy. Joe is still in a wheelchair, but he is home from Gaylord Rehabilitation Hospital in good spirits and recovering with therapy.

For more information, please visit www.waterburyfire.org.

7/13/07 Two New Charleston Nine Tribute Videos

     A website viewer that goes by fyrfytrchapman, submitted a new Charleston Nine Tribute Video from YouTube.com. I added the video, arranged with 'Shine Your Light' to the FireFighting Videos page. While watching the video, I found another video arranged with MercyMe's 'I Can Only Imagine'. I added this video to the FireFighting Videos page also.


7/11/07 Line of Duty Death - Kennewick, WA

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Lyons family and the Kennewick Fire Department of Washington. FireFighter Eric Lyons, 38, a veteran of the Kennewick Fire Deparment, died Thursday July 5, 2007. Eric had responded to a brush fire earlier during his shift. Shortly after midnight he developed a medical emergency. He was transported to Kennewick General and passed away shortly after.

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


7/10/07 Line of Duty Death - Washington, DC

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the McRae family and the District of Columbia Fire Department. FireFighter James McRae, 34, a 15 year veteran of the DCFD, died Saturday July 7, 2007. James had responded to several alarms during his shift and awoke around 0300 hours not feeling well with shortness of breath. A paramedic in the firehouse began treating him for symptoms of a heart attack. He was transported to Sibley Hospital and then airlifted to Washington Hospital Center for specialized treatment where he passed away shortly after.

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


7/9/07 Line of Duty Death - Saratoga Springs, UT

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Penovich family and the Saratoga Springs Fire Department of Utah. Fire Chief Michael Penovich, 38, a veteran with the Saratoga Springs and Cedar Fort Fire Departments, died Thursday July 5, 2007. Michael was traveling in a department pickup truck from a meeting in Heber City when his vehicle veered off of an 80 foot embankment into the Deer Creek Reservoir. The truck was found in 50 feet of water.

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


7/7/07 Line of Duty Death - Coal City, IN

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Leslie family and the Coal City Community Volunteer Fire Department of Indiana. FireFighter Dennise Leslie, 37, a volunteer with the Coal City Community Volunteer Fire Department, died Monday July 2, 2007. Dennise was responding to the fire station in her personal pickup truck to respond to a brush fire with an engine. She swerved to avoid an oncoming car and lost control of her vehicle which overturned and struck a tree. Dennise was not ejected and passed away at the scene.

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


7/5/07 Line of Duty Death - Mobile, AL

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Downing family and the Mobile Fire and Rescue Department of Alabama. Captain Samuel Downing, 45, a 22 year veteran of the Mobile Fire and Rescue Department, died Saturday June 30, 2007. Samuel responded to several runs during his 24 hour shift. After returning home from completeing his tour he suffered an apparent heart attack and passed away.

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


7/3/07 Line of Duty Death - Patchogue, NY

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Summers family and the Patchogue Fire Department of New York. FireFighter Edward Summers, 69, a 47 year veteran of the Patchogue Fire Department, died Thursday June 28, 2007. Edward collapsed from an apparent heart attack while performing a work detail at the fire station. His brother firefighters attempted to revive him, but were unsuccessful.

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


7/2/07 Armpatch Gallery Update

     Today I updated the Armpatch Gallery with 24 new armpatches, including these two submissions from Operation Iraqi Freedom, Combat Zone Firefighters of Anaconda Station 3 in Baghdad and the Richmond Fire Department of Richmond, Missouri.

     These new armpatches can be found on pages Armpatch 200 and Armpatch 201. There are now 2,412 armpatches in the gallery.


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