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News Archive» January 2008

1/29/08 Line of Duty Death - Collinsville, MS

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Walker family and the Collinsville Volunteer Fire Department of Mississippi. Fire Chief Walter Walker, 68, an over 30 year veteran of the Collinsville Volunteer Fire Department, died Saturday January 26, 2008. Walter responding to a motor vehicle accident in his personal vehicle when he lost control on Highway 19 in wet road conditions and struck a tree. Walter was killed on impact.

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


1/28/08 Line of Duty Death - Huttonsville, WV

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the McAtee family and the Huttonsville-Mill Creek Volunteer Fire Department of Huttonsville, West Virginia. FirFighter Robert McAtee, 55, a 38 year veteran of the Huttonsville-Mill Creek Volunteer Fire Department, died Sunday January 20, 2008. Robert had responded to a chimney fire and reported that he thought that he had pulled a muscle opening the apparatus bay door. He refused treatment and returned the apparatus to the fire station before returning home. Later his wife called their son, Fire Chief Rodney McAtee, to the home where Robert was unresponsive. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

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


1/27/08 Attention WFD Members

     It is with deep regret we announce the passing of Remo DiMichele, father-in-law of Waterbury FireFighters David Valente and Kevin Stokes. Calling hours will be held on Monday January 28, 2008 5-8PM at Maiorano Funeral Home in Waterbury. A funeral mass will be held on Tuesday January 29, 2008 10:20AM at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Waterbury followed by entombment at Calvary Queen of Peace Mausoleum in Waterbury.


1/25/08 Line of Duty Death - Raleigh, NC

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Jones family and the Raleigh Fire Department of North Carolina. Lieutenant Herman Jones, 58, a 27 year veteran of the Raleigh Fire Department, died Tuesday January 22, 2008. Herman was exercising behind the fire station on Friday January 18, 2008 when an EMS call came in. While responding he noted to his supervisor that he thought he had pulled his hamstring but did not complain again until later that night. He was found sweating and complaining of indigestion and pain in his left leg. No pulse could be found in his left foot and he was transported to Wake Medical Center. Examination showed he was suffering from a torn aorta. He was later transferred to UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill where he passed away from his injury on Tuesday January 22, 2008.

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


1/24/08 Line of Duty Death - Painstville, KY

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Burchett family and the Paintsville Fire-Rescue-EMS Department of Kentucky. Assistant Fire Chief/EMS Director Christa Burchett, a veteran of the Paintsville Fire-Rescue-EMS Department, died Tuesday January 22, 2008. Christa had responded to an MVA involving an injured pregnant woman on US 460. She was evaluating and assisting the injured woman back to the ambulance when a coal truck crested the the hill and was unable to stop in icy conditions, hitting a police cruiser before striking Christa and her patient Erica Brown. Erica Brown was pronounced at the scene. Christa was transported to Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center where she died shortly after.

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


1/23/08 Line of Duty Death - Manchester, MI

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Berra family and the West County EMS and Fire Protection District of Manchester, Missouri. Paramedic-FireFighter Louis Berra, 49, an 11 year veteran of the West County EMS and Fire Protection District and the IAFF Local 2665, died Friday January 18, 2008. Louis was a runner and usually woke early for his morning run. When his brother firefighters awoke and he was not awake, they found him expired in the bedroom of his Manchester Road fire station.

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


1/22/08 Attention WFD Members

     It is with deep regret we announce the passing of Dennis Barnes, brother of Waterbury FireFighter Coral Barnes. Calling hours and a funeral service for Dennis will be held on Thursday January 24, 2008 10AM until the time of the funeral service at Zion Baptist Church in Waterbury.


1/17/08 Line of Duty Death - Cambria, WI

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Jones family and the Cambria Volunteer Fire Department of Wisconsin. FireFighter Ryan Jones, 20, a member of the Cambria Volunteer Fire Department and the Cambria Community Ambulance Service since he graduated high school, died Tuesday January 15, 2008. Ryan was killed when when his car crossed into opposing traffic and collided with two semi-trucks on Highway 33 north of the Cambria.

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


1/14/08 Line of Duty Death - Towson, MD

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Dixon family, the Baltimore County Fire Department, and the Liberty Road Volunteer Fire Company of Maryland. FireFighter Jarrett Dixon, 33, a Fire Driver for the Baltimore County Fire Department and member of the Liberty Road Volunteer Fire Company, died Sunday January 13, 2008. On Wednesday January 9, 2008 Jarrett was performing physical fitness training while on duty at his station when he experienced chest pain. He was treated and transported to the hospital. He was subsequently taken to a second hospital/heart center for further treatment including a cardiac catheterization. He was then cleared for release and allowed to go home. While at home on Sunday January 13, 2008 Jarrett suffered a seizure, followed by cardiac arrest while being transported by his volunteer company (Liberty Road VFC) EMS to a local hospital where he passed away.

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


1/10/08 Armpatch Gallery Update

     Today I updated the Armpatch Gallery with 24 new armpatches, including these from the DCFD Engine Company 16, Protecting the President of the United States and the Tulsa Fire Department's FireFighters Association IAFF Local 176 of Oklahoma.

     These new armpatches can be found on pages Armpatch 214 and Armpatch 215. There are now 2,580 armpatches in the gallery.


1/9/08 Line of Duty Death - Pittsburgh, PA

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Jordan family and the Penn Hills #1 Volunteer Fire Department of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. FireFighter Harvey Jordan, 71, a 4 year veteran of the Penn Hills #1 Volunteer Fire Department, died Monday January, 2007. Harvey was responding the Lincoln Park fire hall for an automatic fire alarm when he experienced shortness of breath. He was treated and transported to UPMC/St. Margaret's Hospital where he passed away shortly after.

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


1/8/08 Line of Duty Death - Scranton, PA

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Robeson family and the Scranton Fire Department of Pennsylvania. Captain James Robeson, 50, a 25 year veteran of the Scranton Fire Department, died Sunday January 6, 2008. James was operating in the bucket of a ladder truck at a structrure fire in the City's Hill section when the bucket came in contact with power lines. He was transported to Community Medical Center where he was pronounced. An elderly couple perished in the fire and three other firefighters were injured at the incident.

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


1/7/08 Line of Duty Death - FDNY, NY

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Martinson family and the Fire Department of New York City. Lieutenant John Martinson, 40, a 14 year veteran of the FDNY, died Thursday January 3, 2008. John was on Engine 249, the first arriving company at a structure fire in the 14-story Ebbets Field Apartments in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. He went into cardiac arrest after running out of air. He was rescued and transported to Kings County Hospital where he died from his burns and smoke inhalation.

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


1/4/08 Line of Duty Death - Kimball Twp, MI

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Paterson family and the Kimball Township Fire Department of Michigan. FireFighter Donald Paterson, 65, a 35 year veteran of the Kimball Township Fire Department, died Tuesday January 1, 2008. Donald had responded to a wires down call during a winter storm. He didn't make the call but stayed behind to perform station duties. Later that evening, after returning home, he suffered chest pains. He was transported to Port Huron Hospital where died shortly after during surgery.

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


1/3/08 Line of Duty Death - Reidsville, NC

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Ellington family and the Oregon Hill Volunteer Fire Department of Reidsville, North Carolina. FireFighter Paul Ellington, 36, a 17 year veteran of the Oregon Hill Volunteer Fire Department, died Tuesday January 1, 2007. Paul was responding to a mobile home fire in his personal vehicle when he lost control of his vehicle before striking a group of trees and sliding down an embankment. Paul did not survive the crash.

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


1/2/08 Attention WFD Members

     It is with deep regret we announce the passing of John Solomita, uncle of the late Waterbury Fire Captain John Keane. John Keane lost his life in a line of duty apparatus accident in May of 2007, he was named after his uncle. Calling hours for John will be held on Wednesday January 2, 2008 10-11AM at Mulville Funeral Home in Waterbury. A funeral service for John will be held on Wednesday January 2, 2008 11AM at the funeral home followed by a burial in Calvary Cemetery.


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.


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