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News Archive» November 2007

11/29/07 Attention WFD Members

     It is with deep regret we announce the passing of Arthur Chieffo, grandfather of Waterbury Fire Lieutenant Daniel Chieffo. Calling hours for Arthur will be held on Friday November 30, 2007 8-9AM at St. Leo the Great Church in Waterbury followed by a funeral mass at 9:30AM. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery.


11/28/07 Line of Duty Death - Volusia County, FL

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Curry family and the Volusia County Fire Services Unit of Florida. FireFighter John Curry, 30, a member of the Volusia County Wildland Firewalker Team, stationed at Station 41 in DeLeon Springs since January, died Tuesday November 27, 2007. John was practicing power and chain saw use at the Volusia County Emergency Services Institute near Daytona Beach when a pine tree fell on him striking him in the head. He was pronounced on the scene.

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


11/27/07 Waterbury Firefighters Calendars Released

     The 2008 Waterbury Firefighters Calendars have been released. The premeire signing event was a little slower than expected but Black Friday cast its shadow. There will be a second signing event at the Crossroads Cantina in Waterbury at a date to be announced. I also run the website for the WaterburyFirefightersCalendar.com. Visit the link for more information.

     The 5th Annual Waterbury Fire Department Christmas Ornament is also available and can be purchased online at WaterburyFire.org. This years ornament features Waterbury Station 4 on Baldwin Street built in 1907.

     All proceeds from the sale of both the Calendar and the Ornament benefit the Childrens Care Burn Camp of Connecticut.


11/22/07 Line of Duty Death - Kansas City, KS

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Tluscik family and the Kansas City Fire Department of Kansas. FireFighter Michael Tluscik, 48, a 15 year veteran of the Kansas City Fire Department, died Wednesday November 21, 2007. Michael was on duty at his fire station when he collapsed from an apparent heart attack. He was transported to a local hospital but efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.

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


11/17/07 Line of Duty Death - Orcutt, CA

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Bennett family and the Orcutt Fire Department of California. Fire Chief Ronny Bennett, 39, a 23 year veteran of the Orcutt Fire Department, died Tuesday November 13, 2007. Ronny was paged at home for a medical call and suffered an apparent heart attack while preparing to depart. He was found at his residence deceased the following day by fire department personnel.

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


11/14/07 Line of Duty Death - Marquette, KS

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Engdahl family and the McPherson County Rural Fire Department #2 of Marquette, Kansas. Fire Chief Stanley Engdahl, 78, the Marquetee Volunteer Fire Chief for over 20 years, died Monday November 12, 2007. Stanley had responded to the scene of a residential stove fire. Shortly after the fire was under control and units were clearing the scene, he suffered an apparent heart attack and passed away.

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


11/13/07 Armpatch Gallery Update

     Today I updated the Armpatch Gallery with 24 new armpatches, including these from the Converse Fire Department of South Carolina and Long Wood Fire Rescue Department of Florida.

     These new armpatches can be found on pages Armpatch 212 and Armpatch 213. There are now 2,556 armpatches in the gallery.


11/8/07 Incident Command System Training Videos

     Today I updated the FireFighting Videos section with 2 new trailer videos for Incident Command System (ICS) training systems. Click on the left thumbnail to view the trailer from ICS Toolbox for their tabletop training simulator. Click on the right thumbnail to view the trailer from Visual Purple for their computer web browser based 3D training simulator.

Click here to view all 21 FireFighting Videos

11/6/07 Line of Duty Death - Wymore, NE

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Wach family and the Wymore Fire Department of Nebraska. FireFighter Jeremy Wach, 31, a volunteer with the Wymore Fire Department, died Monday November 5, 2007. Jeremy was performing search and rescue for a mother and two children trapped in an early morning residential structure fire when the roof collapsed, trapping him and injuring two other firefighters. Jeremy was pronounced at the scene. The mother and children were rescued unharmed.

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


11/3/07 Attention WFD Members

     It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Rose Trainor, mother of retired Waterbury Fire Assistant Chief and current Meriden Fire Chief James Trainor. A visitation will be held on Sunday November 4, 2007 4-7PM at Casey-O'Donnell Funeral Home in Waterbury. A funeral mass will be held on Monday November 5, 2007 9:30AM at Saint Francis Xavier Church in Waterbury followed by a burial in Calvary Cemetery.


11/2/07 Line of Duty Death - Mendota, IL

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Mumm family and the Mendota Fire Department of Illinois. Lieutenant Scott Mumm, 34, a 13 year veteran of the Mendota Fire Department, died Monday October 29, 2007. Scott had operated as a water tender at a coal rail car fire during the early evening. After returning home, he took a nap before his other job started at midnight. When his wife attempted to wake him, he was unresponsive. He was transported to Mendota Community Hospital where he died shortly after.

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


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