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News Archive» March 2008

3/29/08 Line of Duty Death - Caddo Parish, LA

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Speed family and the Caddo Parish Fire District #2 of Shreveport, Louisiana. FireFighter Eric Speed, 33, a 12 year volunteer of the Caddo Parish Fire District #2, died Friday March 28, 2008. Eric was responding to a mobile home fire in a neighboring District #1 when the 3,000 gallon tanker he was driving left the roadway, struck a tree, and overturned into a ditch. He was trapped in the wreckage for 45 minutes before he was extricated and airlifted to LSU Hospital in Shreveport where he was pronounced on arrival.

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


3/27/08 Line of Duty Death - Los Angeles, CA

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Lovrien family and the Los Angeles Fire Department of California. FireFighter Brent Lovrien, 35, a 10 year veteran of the Los Angeles Fire Department, died Wednesday March 26, 2008. Brent had responded with Engine 95 to a report of smoke and an explosion near the Water and Power Community Credit Union. Brent and Fire Engineer Anthony Guzman were entering the rear of the building when a second explosion occured, injuring both firefighters. Brent was transported to Centinela Freeman Regional Medical Center where passed away shortly after. Anthony was transported to UCLA Medical Center in Westwood, where he underwent surgery for bone fractures and facial trauma. One civilian was also injured in the blast.

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


3/26/08 Line of Duty Death - Worcester, MA

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Quinlan family and the Worcester Fire Department of Massachusetts. Lieutenant Donald Quinlan, 52, a 30 year veteran of the Worcester Fire Department, died Saturday March 22, 2008. Donald passed away at Rose Monahan Hospice Home from complications after he suffered a broken ankle at a New Year's Eve 2007 structure fire from slipping on some ice.

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


3/25/08 Line of Duty Death - Lewistown, IL

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Grubor family and the Lewistown Fire Protection District of Illinois. Deputy Chief Daniel Grubor, 42, a 21 year veteran of the Lewistown Fire Protection District, died Saturday March 22, 2008. Daniel had responded to a mutual aid structure fire late on Friday night. About an hour after returning home, he collapsed from an unknown cause. He was transported to Mason District Hospital by Fulton County EMS but passed away shortly after.

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


3/24/08 Attention WFD Members

     The 3rd Annual Jeff Trota Memorial Golf Tournament will be held a few months early this year on Saturday May 10, 2008 at Traditions Golf Course in Wallingford, Connecticut. Jeff was a 20 year veteran of the Waterbury Fire Department, and was 45 years old when he succumbed to cancer. Bill Unwin is the event organizer and is looking for golfers and sponsors. If you would like to play, click here. If you would like to sponsor a hole, click here. If you would like to read a more detailed biography about Jeff, click here.


3/20/08 Line of Duty Death - Kansas City, MO

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Crockett family and the Kansas City Fire Department of Missouri. FireFighter Terrance Crockett, 48, a 10 year veteran of the Kansas City Fire Department, died Monday March 17, 2008. Terrance was operating a hoseline during overhaul after a structure fire at a vacant one story home when he collapsed from an apparent heart attack. He was transported to Research Medical Center where he he died shortly after.

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


3/19/08 Line of Duty Death - Mesa, AZ

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Delaney family and the Mesa Fire Department of Arizona. Fire Captain John Delaney, 44, a 23 year veteran of the Mesa Fire Department, died Monday March 17, 2008. John was found in his office in full cardiac arrest. He was transported to Mesa General Hospital where he died shortly after.

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


3/17/08 Attention WFD Members

     It is with deep regret we announce the passing of Michelle Calabrese Garafola, mother of Waterbury Fire Lieutenant John Calabrese. There are no calling hours. A memorial service for Michelle will be held on Thursday March 20, 2008 11AM at Hickcox Funeral Home in Watertown.


3/14/08 Attention WFD Members

     The Waterbury Exchange Club honored the late Waterbury Fire Captain John Keane as 2007 Waterbury FireFighter of the Year. The award was accepted by his wife Monica, his son John, and his daughter Erica. The awards dinner was held Thursday night at the Villa Rosa.


3/12/08 Line of Duty Death - West Milford, NJ

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Barrett family, the West Milford Township Fire Department, and the Apshawa Volunteer Fire Company #1 of West Milford, New Jersey. FireFighter Raymond Barrett, 62, a 31 year veteran of the Apshawa Volunteer Fire Company #1, died Sunday March 9, 2008. Raymond was operating a hoseline with his son Wayne at a kitchen fire when he suffered an apparent heart attack. He was transported to Chilton Memorial Hospital but was unable to be resuscitated.

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


3/11/08 Attention WFD Members

     It is with deep regret we announce the passing of Nivette Nadeau, mother of Waterbury FireFighter Joseph Nadeau. Calling hours are Wednesday March 12, 2008 4-8PM at Slater Funeral Home in Cheshire. A funeral mass for Nivette will be held on Thursday March 13, 2008 11AM at St. Bridget Church in Cheshire followed by a burial at St. Bridget Cemetery.


3/10/08 Line of Duty Deaths - Salisbury, NC



Victor Isler


Justin Monroe
Line of Duty Death

     Our condolences to the Isler and Monroe families, and the Salisbury Fire Department of North Carolina. FireFighter Victor Isler, 40, and FireFighter Justin Monroe, 19, both members of the Salisbury Fire Department assigned to Squad 1, died Friday March 7, 2008. Victor and Justin were one of the first responding crews operating a hoseline at a five-alarm fire at Salisbury Millwork with nearly 100 other firefighters from many surrounding fire departments. They perished during the hours long blaze. At least four other firefighters were injured, though none seriously, as they tried to rescue the pair.

     For more news, information, and photos, please visit the Victor Isler and Justin Monroe Memorial in the Fallen Brothers Section.


3/9/08 Line of Duty Death - Lower Chichester, PA

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Picozzi family and the Lower Chichester Fire Company of Linwood, Pennsylvania. Lieutenant Nicholas Picozzi, 35, a 7 year volunteer of the Lower Chichester Fire Company, died Wednesday March 5, 2008. Nicholas had responded to a basement fire caused by trees falling on primary power lines in Upper Chichester. He was trapped in the basement and perished. Three other firefighters were injured attempting to rescue him. Two were treated and released but one remains in fair condition at the Crozer-Chester Medical Center Burn Unit.

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


3/7/08 Line of Duty Death - Pine Township, PA

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Holmes family and the Pine Township Engine Company of Grove City, Pennsylvania. FireFighter Brad Holmes, 21, a volunteer with the Pine Township Engine Company, died Wednesday February 5, 2008. Brad and Lt. Scott King entered a burning duplex and were trapped on the second floor while rescuing a victim. Both firefighters and the victim were rescued by a rapid intervention team and were tranported to UPMC Mercy Hospital. The victim did not survive, Lt. King was treated and released, but Brad remained hospitalized with burns to 75 percent of his body. He succumbed to his injuries six days later.

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


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