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Fallen Brothers» Coos Bay Collapse

Line of Duty Death      Our condolences to the Carpenter, Common, and Hanners families and the Coos Bay Fire Department of Oregon. Lieutenant Randall Carpenter, 46, Volunteer FireFighter/Engineer Jeffrey Common, 30, and Volunteer FireFighter/ Engineer Robert Hanners, 33, died Monday November 25, 2002. Randall and Jeffrey were killed when they were trapped by debris after the roof caved in following an explosion at an auto body shop fire. They were operating on the second floor. Robert was pronounced dead after being transported to Bay Area Hospital. Several other firefighters were treated for smoke inhalation.

     The fire started on the roof with an exhaust chimney at the Far West Truck and Auto Supply on South Second in downtown Coos Bay. The fire burned for an hour and a half and companies from outlying towns also responded.

     Our brother Randall, a 13 year veteran of the Coos Bay Fire Department, had 20 years experience fighting fires. He leaves behind two adult daughters.

     Our brother Jeffrey, a 3 year veteran volunteer with the Coos Bay Fire Department, had 8 years experience fighting fires. He leaves behind three children.

     Our brother Robert, an 8 year veteran volunteer with the Coos Bay Fire Department, had 13 years experience fighting fires. He leaves behind a wife and 6 children.

     A memorial funeral will be held for our three brothers on Sunday December 1, 2002. A procession of firefighters will begin at noon followed by a memorial service at 2PM at Marshfield Stadium on 10th and Ingersoll in Coos Bay. For more information email Oregon Fire Chief's Association. A memorial fund has been established and donations can be made to:


Coos Bay Firefighter's
Memorial Fund

Account# 153654447124
400 Anderson Avenue
Coos Bay, OR 97420

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