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News Archive» August 2007

8/30/07 Line of Duty Deaths - Boston, MA



Paul Cahill


Warren Payne
Line of Duty Death

     Our condolences to the Cahill and Payne families, and the Boston Fire Department of Massachusetts. FireFighter Paul Cahill, 55, and FireFighter Warren Payne, 53, both 25 year veterans of the Boston Fire Department, assigned to Engine 30 and Ladder 25, died Wednesday August 29, 2007. Paul and Warren were on the first units responding to the Tai Po Chinese Restaurant in West Roxbury where a 3 ton air conditioning rooftop unit collapsed through the roof during the four-alarm structure fire. Eight other firefighters were injured at the incident.

     For more news, information, and photos, please visit the Paul Cahill and Warren Payne Memorial in the Fallen Brothers Section.


8/28/07 U.S. Chemical Safety Board Video Room

     The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has requested that I host their Safety Videos on FireFightingLinks.com. The CSB is an independent federal agency that investigates chemical accidents. The agency's board members are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. CSB investigations look into all aspects of the chemical accidents, including physical causes such as equipment failures as well as inadequacies in safety regulations, industry standards, and management systems. The Board does not issue citations or fines but does make safety recommendations to corporations, industry organizations, labor unions, and government agencies.

     CSB Safety Videos depict the root causes of major accidents that have actually occurred and describe the good safety practices that can prevent similar accidents at other facilities. It is their hope that these videos, like all the work of the CSB, will help the cause of promoting safer workplaces.

There are 2 Safety Videos in the CSB Video Room

8/27/07 Photo Gallery Update

     About 30 riders from the Waterbury Fire Department led the 2007 7th Annual Connecticut United Ride. This year's annual 9/11 memorial charity motorcycle ride honored Waterbury Fire Captain John Keane. The charity is making a special donation to the John Keane Family Fund. There are 15 photos in the Jeff Triepke CT United Ride photo gallery.


8/25/07 Attention WFD Members

     It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Retired Waterbury FireFighter Stephen Rossi. Steve was a 23 year veteran of the department, retiring in 1996. A funeral mass will be held for Stephen on Monday August 27, 2007 9:30AM at Our lady of Lourdes Church in Waterbury followed by a burial at Calvary Cemetery. There are no calling hours. Memorial donations can be made to: Renee M. Rossi Scholarship Fund, c/o NVCC Foundation, 750 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, CT 06708.


8/22/07 Line of Duty Death - Wagener, SC

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Swartz family and the Wagener Fire Department of South Carolina. FireFighter Jeffrey Swartz, 36, a volunteer with the Wagener Fire Department, died Sunday August 19, 2007. Jeffrey was responding in his private Dodge Durango to a cardiac distress call when he lost control, struck another vehicle, and his vehicle left the roadway, overturned, and burst into flames. Jeffrey was trapped in the vehicle and passed away from smoke inhalation and thermal injuries at the scene. Two occupants in the other vehicle were transported to the hospital at Medical College in Georgia and listed in good condition the next day.

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


8/21/07 Line of Duty Death - Sierra City, CA

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Heuer family and the Sieraa City Volunteer Fire Department of California. Fire Chief Mike Heuer, 55, a 10 year veteran of the Sierra City Volunteer Fire Department, died Wednesday August 15, 2007. Mike had responded to a high-angle rescue of a fisherman with a broken ankle in Salmon Creek. After the patient had been removed from the creek, Mike and others were assembling their equipment when he suffered a heart attack and died.

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


8/20/07 Line of Duty Death - Whispering Pines, NC

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Miller family and the Whispering Pines Volunteer Fire Department of North Carolina. Probationary FireFighter Glenn Miller, 34, died Tuesday August 17, 2007. Glenn was participating in FireFighter I training at the Fayetteville Technical Community College Fire Academy on Tuesday August 14, 2007 when he experienced chest pains and suffered an apparent heart attack. He was transported to an area hospital and was kept on life support until he passed away from his injuries two day later.

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


8/19/07 Line of Duty Deaths - FDNY, NY



Robert Beddia


Joseph Graffagnino
Line of Duty Death

     Our condolences to the Beddia and Graffagnino families, and the Fire Department of New York City. FireFighter Robert Beddia, 53, a 23 year veteran of the FDNY, assigned to Engine 24, and FireFighter Joseph Graffagnino, 34, an 8 year veteran of the FDNY, assigned to Ladder 5, died Saturday August 18, 2007. Robert and Joseph were operating on the 14th floor of the Deutsche Bank Building, a vacant 40-story high-rise on the south side of Ground Zero adjacent to the FDNY Ten House, when they became trapped in 'maze-like' conditions and were overcome. The seven-alarm fire drew over 250 firefighters from 70 companies and was brought under control after 8 hours.

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


8/16/07 Line of Duty Death - Topeka, KS

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Cox family and the Topeka Fire Department of Kansas. Captain Anthony Cox, 43, a 21 year veteran of the Topeka Fire Department, died Monday August 13, 2007. Tony was operating at an early evening two alarm apartment structure fire on a nearly 100 degree day. He was exiting the structure for a break when he collapsed. He was transported to Topeka Hospital where he was pronounced.

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


8/15/07 Armpatch Gallery Update

     Today I updated the Armpatch Gallery with 24 new armpatches, including these two submissions from the IAFF Local 144 Brockton Firefighters of Brockton, Massachusetts, and the Waupaca Volunteer Fire Department of the Waupaca Are Fire District, Wisconsin.

     These new armpatches can be found on pages Armpatch 204 and Armpatch 205. There are now 2,460 armpatches in the gallery.


8/13/07 Line of Duty Death - Waxhaw, NC

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Hage family and the Wesley Chapel Volunteer Fire Department of North Carolina. FireFighter Todd Hage, 43, an 18 month veteran of the Wesley Chapel Volunteer Fire Department, died Saturday August 11, 2007. Todd was alone while responding to a fire alarm at an elementary school when the pumper he was driving, Engine 261, left the roadway and overturned. Todd passed away from his injuries at the scene.

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


8/11/07 Line of Duty Death - Benton, AR

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Baker family and the Turtle Creek Fire Department of Benton, Arkansas. Lieutenant Paul Baker, 39, a 23 year veteran of the Turle Creek Fire Department, died Friday August 10, 2007. Paul had responded to an early morning motor vehicle accident on the Saline Bridge of Interstate 30. While working to extract the victim, he lost his footing and fell off the bridge to the ground 40 feet below, suffering fatal injuries.

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


8/9/07 Line of Duty Death - Swepsonville, NC

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Donley family and the Swepsonville Fire Volunteer Department of North Carolina. Deputy Fire Chief Jerry Donley, 41, a 28 year veteran career and volunteer of the Swepsonville Fire Volunteer Department, died Wednesday August 8, 2007. Jerry had responded to a fire call during the day on Monday and reported for his 24 hour shift on Tuesday. During his shift he responded to several EMS calls. Later during his shift, Donley went to bed at the station where he was discovered the following morning passed away from a cause still to be determined.

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


8/7/07 Attention WFD Members

     It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Bret Strang, son of retired Waterbury FireFighter John Strang. Calling hours will be Thursday August 9th 4-8PM at Buckmiller Brothers Funeral Home in Prospect. Funeral services will be held on Friday August 10th 9AM at St. Anthony's in Prospect followed by a burial at Calvary Cemetery in Waterbury.


8/6/07 Line of Duty Deaths - Tyler, TX



Austin Cheek


Kevin Williams
Line of Duty Death

     Our condolences to the Cheek family, the Williams family, and the Noonday Volunteer Fire Department of Tyler, Texas. FireFighter Austin Cheek, 19, and Captain Kevin Williams, 42, volunteer firefighters with the Noonday Volunteer Fire Department, died Friday August 3, 2007. Austin and Kevin were operating at an early morning residential structure fire when they were overcome by fire conditions. Two other firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion and smoke inhalation at East Texas Medical Center after entering the structure and rescuing the two trapped firefighters.

     For more news, information, and photos, please visit the Austin Cheek and Kevin Williams Memorial in the Fallen Brothers Section.


8/3/07 Armpatch Gallery Update

     Today I updated the Armpatch Gallery with 24 new armpatches, including these two submissions from the High Rollers of Engine 16 and Ladder 16 of Charlotte, North Carolina; and the Echo Hose Hook and Ladder Company of Shelton, Connecticut.

     These new armpatches can be found on pages Armpatch 202 and Armpatch 203. There are now 2,436 armpatches in the gallery.


8/1/07 Line of Duty Death - Wilson, NC

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Sanders family and the North Carolina Division of Forest Service. FireFighter Nemeth Sanders, 43, a member of the North Carolina Division of Fire Service for a year, died Friday July 27, 2007. Nemeth was returning from pumper training in the western part of North Carolina in his personal vehicle when a tractor trailer heading in the other direction was struck by vehicles and crossed the median of Interstate 40 striking several vehicles in the eastbound lane including Nemeth's. Several people were injured and transported to area hospitals but Nemeth passed away from his injuries at the scene.

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


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