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News Archive» February 2008

2/29/08 Attention WFD Members

     It is with deep regret we announce the passing of Thomas Paternostro, son of retired Waterbury Deputy Fire Marshal Thomas Paternostro. Tom was missing for 3 weeks until a tipster informed the police of the foul play that ended his life. His body was found in the woods a mile from his home, with a gunshot wound to the back. The suspect has been captured and confessed to the shooting. Calling hours for Tom will be held on Sunday March 2, 2008 4-7PM at Chase Parkway Memorial/Abini Family Funeral Home in Waterbury. A funeral mass for Tom will be held on Monday March 3, 2008 10AM at St. Patrick Church in Waterbury.


2/27/08 Attention WFD Members

     Breaking news in Waterbury. Off-duty Waterbury Battalion Chief Felix Sambuco was shot in the leg during a bank robbery this afternoon at Webster Bank on Highland Avenue. His injury was non-life threatening. Local schools and roads were closed in the search for the robbery suspect who fled on foot. A car accident closed Route 8 South of the mixmaster when a vehicle that wouldn't stop for police conducting their search resulted in a car chase with gunshots fired and ended in a violent crash. The search for the suspect continues.


2/27/08 Line of Duty Death - Homerville, GA

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Turner family and the Clinch/Homerville Volunteer Fire Department of Homerville, Georgia. FireFighter Joseph Turner, 48, a volunteer with the Clinch/Homerville Volunteer Fire Department, died Thursday February 22, 2008. Joey was participating in a non-burn training exercise in full turnout at the Georgia Fire Academy when he suffered an apparent heart attack. He received immediate CPR and AED treatment and was transported to a local hospital in critical condition. He was tranferred to Macon Medical Center where he was removed from life support the following day.

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


2/26/08 Line of Duty Death - Ault-Pierce, CO

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Stewart family and the Ault-Pierce Fire Protection District of Colorado. FireFighter Shane Stewart, 33, a 3 year veteran of the Ault-Pierce Fire Protection District, died Saturday February 23, 2008. Shane was responding to a medical call in Ault from the Pierce Fire Station by himself in a tanker with a full load of water, when the vehicle left the roadway on Weld County Road 33 and overturned. Shane was ejected and pronounced at the scene.

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


2/24/08 Line of Duty Death - San Bernadino, CA

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Tomaselli family and the San Bernadino County Fire Department of California. Captain Vance Tomaselli, 60, a 28 year veteran of the San Bernadino County Fire Department, died Thursday February 21, 2008. On Saturday February 16, 2008, Vance was responding to a structure fire in the San Bernadino Mountains when he suffered a stroke. The fire engine he was operating sidewiped a tree, but Vance was able to keep the apparatus from veering over an embankment. The firefighter riding as his passenger radioed for help and Vance was airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center where he underwent surgery. He passed away from his injuries days later.

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


2/22/08 Line of Duty Death - Brazos Canyon, NM

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Hays family and the Brazos Canyon Volunteer Fire Department of Chama, New Mexico. Fire Chief Michael Hays, 64, a 9 year veteran of the Brazos Canyon Volunteer Fire Department, died Tuesday February 19, 2008. Michael had recently retired as Fire Chief. While visiting the fire station to perform duties related to the tranisiton to the new chief, Michael passed away from injuries sustained when there was an explosion at the fire station. The cause of the explosion is being investigated, but a propane leak is the initial suspect.

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


2/21/08 Attention WFD Members

     It is with deep regret we announce the passing of Helen Schlosser, wife of retired Waterbury Drillmaster John Schlosser and mother-in-law of Waterbury FireFighter Bruce Bachinsky. A funeral mass will be held on Friday February 22, 2008 10AM at St. Joseph Church in Waterbury followed by a burial will in Calvary Cemetery. There are no calling hours.


2/20/08 Line of Duty Death - Dayton, PA

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Lockhart family and the Dayton District Volunteer Fire Department of Pennsylvania. FireFighter Jack Lockhart, 69, a 49 year veteran of the Dayton District Volunteer Fire Department, died Sunday February 17, 2008. Jack was preparing to respond to a furnace explosion when he did not feel well. He asked his son Barry, who is Chief of the Department, to drive to the call and decided to stay behind and monitor the radio at the fire station during the call. He was found collapsed from an apparent heart attack in the radio room and tranported to Armstrong County Memorial Hospital where he died shortly after.

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


2/19/08 New FireFighting Videos

     The Waterbury Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 21 East Hawkins Street at 0130 hours yesterday morning. Engine 2 was first on scene and reported a vacant church fully involved. Companies went defensive with many lines, monitors, and a water tower. I was wearing my helmet camera and captured as much of the action as I could. The video is edited quite a bit. Due to low light conditions and a little too much head movement, alot of the video was scrapped. I put together 2 minutes from the video and added titling and some music.

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2/14/08 Line of Duty Death - Troy Twp, IL

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Sheridan family and ther Troy Township Fire Protection District of Shorewood, Illinois. Fire Chief Kerry Sheridan, 75, a 50 year veteran of the Troy Township Fire Protection District, died Tuesday February 12, 2008. Kerry was found unresponsive in his office and was transported to Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet where he died shortly after.

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


2/13/08 Line of Duty Death - Cold Water, NC

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Arthur family and the Cold Water Volunteer Fire Department of Concord, North Carolina. FireFighter James Arthur, 19, a 4 year veteran of the Cold Water Volunteer Fire Department, died Monday February 11, 2008. James was responding to a motor vehicle accident in his personal vehicle when his truck left the roadway, overturned, and he was ejected. He was transported to CMC-Northeast in Concord, but died shorthly after.

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


2/12/08 Armpatch Gallery Update

     Today I updated the Armpatch Gallery with 24 new armpatches, including these from the Blue Ball Fire Company of Blue Ball, Pennsylania and the Wallops Fire Department of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

     These new armpatches can be found on pages Armpatch 218 and Armpatch 219. There are now 2,628 armpatches in the gallery.


2/8/08 Line of Duty Death - Kankakee Twp, IL

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Hubly family and the Kankakee Township Fire Protection District of Illinois. Fire Chief Matthew Hubly, 43, a 16 year veteran of the Kankakee Township Fire Protection District, died Thursday February 7, 2008. Matthew had been shoveling snow at the fire station prior to attending a meeting regarding fire protection at an industrial facility. At the facility he became warm and diaphoretic. The Assistant Chief convinced him to let him take him to the hospital, but he became unresponsive before leaving the facility. He was transported to Provena St. Mary's Hospital in Kankakee where he arrived in full cardiac arrest. He was revived but succumbed to his injuries six days later.

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


2/7/08 Photo Gallery Update

     Last night I learned that I was soon being transferred and it was my last night with Truck 1 A-Shift. Almost on cue we got a 2 alarm structure fire at 11PM. Menachem Karolitzky of WaterburyBlog.com submitted 20 great photos from the fire scene. Waterbury Fire Department E8 E10 E11 T1 T3 R9 C5 were dispatched to 31 Robbins Street with E8 first in reporting heavy fire on the #2 & #3 floor in the rear. E7 & T2 were dispatched for the 2nd alarm. The aggressive interior attack by the WFD brought the fire under control in under an hour. There are 20 photos in the Menachem Karolitzky Photo Gallery.


2/6/08 Line of Duty Death - Mooresville, IN

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Sherfick family and the Brown Township Fire-Rescue of Mooresville, Indiana. Captain David Sherfick, 40, an 18 year veteran of the Brown Township Fire-Rescue, died Monday February 4, 2008. David was operating an ambulance returning from an emergency run on Indiana 144 when a Jeep Cherokee traveling in the opposite direction, crossed center line and struck the ambulance head-on. Both David and the driver of the other vehicle were killed the accident. Another firefighter riding in the passenger seat of the ambulance was treated and released from a local hospital.

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


2/5/08 New FireFighting Videos

     Truck 1 was needed for a live burn exercise at Wolcott Fire School on January 28, 2007. The Waterbury Fire Department Recruit Trainees were perforing extinguishment, search & rescue, and ventilation drills. So yours truely was taking pictures for the traning division and filming the exercise with my Fire Helmet Camera. I was sitting on the engine that was drafting from a cistern to feed the engine with lines off. I added the Milwaukee Best Light Ending at the expense of the new guys. Pretty funny stuff. So funny I added it to YouTube.com and created my own channel:

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Click here to watch this video on FireFightingLinks.com

2/5/08 Line of Duty Death - Baltimore City, MD

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Hubbel family and the Baltimore City Fire Department of Maryland. Captain Donald Hubbel, 42, a 14 year veteran of the Baltimore City Fire Department, died Friday February 1, 2008. Donald had participated in strenuous fire rescue company training activities at the fire academy on Thursday January 31, 2007. The following day at his residence he suffered an apparent heart attack while working out.

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


2/4/08 Line of Duty Death - Ohio City, OH

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Swander family and the Ohio City Fire Department of Ohio. Fire Chief Paul Swander, 74, an over 50 year volunteer member of Ohio City Fire Department, died Saturday February 2, 2008. On Thursday January 31, 2008 Paul was found by his son, unconcious at the foot of the ladder to the loft in the fire station. It is believed he was refueling the generator in anticipation of a forecasted winter storm when he fell. He was taken to Van Wert County Hospital and then flown to Parkview Memorial Hospital in Fort Wayne where he passed away two days later.

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


2/1/08 Armpatch Gallery Update

     Today I updated the Armpatch Gallery with 24 new armpatches, including these from the Beaver Brook Volunteer Fire Department of Danbury, Connecticut and the Waldwick Fire Department of Bergen County, New Jersey.

     These new armpatches can be found on pages Armpatch 216 and Armpatch 217. There are now 2,604 armpatches in the gallery.


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