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News Archive» December 2007

12/31/07 Happy New Year!

I would like to wish everyone a Safe and Happy New Year,
especially my brothers on ALL three shifts (Ray) of the WFD.

12/30/07 Line of Duty Death - Mount Royal, NJ

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Fagan family and the East Greenwich Fire and Rescue Mount Royal Fire Company of New Jersey. FireFighter Walter Fagan, 48, a 10 year veteran of the Mount Royal Fire Company, died Saturday December 29, 2007. Walter was responding to a report of a fire at a construction site when he suffered an apparent heart attack in the crew cab of the apparatus. He was treated by EMS personnel responding to the same call and was transported to Underwood-Memorial Hospital in Woodbury, where he was pronounced dead.

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


12/26/07 Line of Duty Death - Luminary-Frostbite, TN

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Lynn family and the Luminary-Frostbite Volunteer Fire Department of Spring City, Tennessee. Assistant Captain Theresa Lynn, 38, a member of the Luminary-Frostbite Volunteer Fire Department for six months, died Friday December 21, 2007. Theresa was responding to a motor vehicle rollover in her personal vehicle. While responding in rain and fog conditions, she lost control of her vehicle on Summer City Road atop Waldens Ridge and left the roadway before striking a tree. She succumbed to her injuries at the scene.

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


12/24/07 Merry Christmas



     I would like to wish everyone a Safe and Merry Christmas, especially my brothers on the B & C working 24 hour shifts in Waterbury on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Check out this patch I found from the Palenville Fire Department of New York, with a firefighter who looks likes a lot to me like Santa Clause.

Shawn McDonald
Webmaster


12/23/07 Line of Duty Death - Wissahickon, PA

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Simonis family and the Wissahickon Fire Company of Ambler, Pennsylvania. FireFighter Raymond Simonis, 48, a volunteer with the Wissahickon Fire Company, died Wednesday December 19, 2007. Raymond had operated at an afternoon mutual aid structure fire in Upper Dublin Township. Later that same evening he had shortness of breath, a cough but no chest pains. He was transported to Abington Memorial Hospital where he coded upon arrival and passed away.

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


12/21/07 Line of Duty Death - Kenockee Twp, MI

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Neilson family and the Kenockee Township Fire Department of Avoca, Michigan. FireFighter Peter Neilson, 74, a former department chief of the Kenockee Township Fire Department, died Monday December 17, 2007. Peter had responded with a crew to an EMS response. He was speaking with family members in an adjoining room when he sat down in a chair and passed out after suffering an apparent heart attack. He was transported to a local hospital where he died shortly after.

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


12/19/07 Line of Duty Death - Forked River, NJ

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Wallis family and the Forked River Volunteer Fire Company of New Jersey. FireFighter Donald Wallis, 68, a life long member of the Forked River Fire Company for over 50 years, died Sunday December 16, 2007. Donald was operating at a holiday community gathering at the firehouse promoting fire prevention, fire department recruiting, retention, and fundraising, when he suffered a heart attack. He was transported to Community Medical Center in Toms River where he remained in critical condition until he passed away a week later.

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


12/17/07 Line of Duty Death - Derry Township, PA

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Germano family and the Derry Volunteer Fire Department of Pennsylvania. Assistant Chief Alphonse Germano, 60, a lifelong volunteer and member of the Derry Volunteer Fire Department for 18 years, died Saturday December 15, 2007. Alphonse had responded to an automatic alarm and returned to the firehouse. Another alarm came in but he stayed behind to finish cooking lunch. Shortly after, he was found unresponsive on the kitchen floor. CPR was administered and he was transported to Excela Health Latrobe Hospital where he was pronounced.

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


12/13/07 Attention WFD Members

     It is with deep regret we announce the passing of Elizabeth Curtin, mother-in-law of Waterbury Deputy Chief Dave Martin. Calling hours will be on Wednesday December 12, 2007 4-8PM at Murphy Funeral Home in Waterbury. A funeral will be held on Thursday December 13, 2007 9AM at Immaculate Conception Church in Waterbury followed by a burial at St. James Cemetery in Naugatuck.


12/10/07 Attention WFD Members

     It is with deep regret we announce the passing of Harry Hart, father of Waterbury Fire Battalion Chief Rick Hart. Calling hours for Harry will be held on Thursday December 13, 2007 5-7PM at Robinson, Wright & Weymer Funeral Home, 34 Main Street, Centerbrook, CT. A funeral mass will be held for Harry on Friday December 14, 2007 10AM at First Congregational Church in Westbrook, CT.


12/8/07 Attention WFD Members

     It is with deep regret we announce the passing of Domenic Tremaglio, father-in-law of Waterbury FireFighter Elac Aviles.

     Domenic was a WWII veteran of the U.S. Army. He served in battles of Central Europe, Rhineland, Rome-Arno and Anzio, and was a POW for 14 months in a German prison camp. He was a recipient of the American Service Medal, the Bronze Star Medal, the POW Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal.

     Calling hours for Domenic will be held on Monday December 10, 2007 4-8PM at Chase Parkway Memorial/Albini Family Funeral Home in Waterbury. A funeral mass will be held at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Waterbury followed by a military burial at Calvary Cemetery.


12/5/07 Line of Duty Death - Geary, OK

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Bingham family and the Geary Fire Department of Oklahoma. Assistant Fire Chief Jon Bingham, 48, a 19 year veteran of the Geary Fire Department, died Friday November 30, 2007. Jon had responded to a structure fire at the Grand Valley Apartments with a fatality late on the night of Wednesday November 28th and stayed on scene for 18 hours until the body was recovered before returning to the fire station and then to his home. Several hours after returning to his home and going to bed, he passed away from an apparent heart attack.

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


12/3/07 Metal Storm Firefighting Video

     Today I found a fascinating video on YouTube showcasing the Metal Storm 'electronically initiated, stacked projectile' technology paired with Pyrogen Corporation's 'pyrogen condensed aerosol' suppression technology. This video caught my attention because I have seen the Metal Storm line of explosive munitions on the Future Weapons tv show and found the technology amazing. The video is cgi and shows a laser-sighted fire apparatus deploying canisters of pyrogen at a jumbo jet fire and also at a 9th floor high rise structure fire. More info can be found at the Metal Storm and Pyrogen websites.

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