Cohnway Matthew Johnson

Fire Fighter/ EMT

USFA Releases 2009 Statistics

USFA: 2009 on-duty fatalities total among lowest on record

The annual USFA firefighter fatalities report listed 90 on-duty deaths; heart attacks remained the leading cause of death.

EMMITSBURG, Md. — Heart attacks were still the leading cause of fatalities for firefighters on duty in 2009, which had fewer overall on-duty deaths than recent years.

The annual USFA firefighter fatalities report released Wednesday listed 90 on-duty deaths for the year, which the administration says is "one of the lowest totals in more than 30 years of record."

Stress/overexertion accounted for 50 of the deaths, including 39 deaths due to heart attacks.

The remaining on-duty deaths were split among various other causes like vehicle collisions, falls, and fatal injuries of other origins.

The report also showed:

  • 16 firefighters died in duties associated with wildland fires, compared to 26 such fatalities in 2008
  • 30 firefighters died while engaging in activities at the scene of a fire
  • 15 firefighters died while responding to or returning from 13 emergency incidents in 2009, which compares to 24 responding/returning fatalities in 2008
  • 10 firefighters died while they were engaged in training activities

The report points out that the death total matches the lowest on record when factoring out the Hometown Heroes Act of 2003, which counts firefighters who die as a result of a heart attack or stroke within 24 hours of duty-related activities.

"When not including these fatalities in a trend analysis, the 2009 total 77 firefighter fatalities equals the lowest number of firefighter losses on record (77 on-duty firefighter deaths occurring in 1992) over the past 33 years," the report said.

The USFA sees the low total as part of a greater overall trend in the decline of on-duty deaths.

"Over the past ten years alone, the trend shows a 14 percent reduction in on-duty firefighter fatalities but we must continue every effort to be sure that when it comes to firefighter health and safety, everyone goes home," Acting United States Fire Administrator Glenn Gaines said.

 

 

Steve Koeser, 33 of New Holstein, Wisconsin 12-29-09
Richard Adam Miller, 24 of Belmont, North Carolina 12-29-09

Firefighter Miller collapsed while on duty at the Belmont Fire Department headquarters station, reportedly while participating in physical fitness training activities. Belmont firefighters immediately began resuscitative efforts andFirefighter Miller was transported to Gaston Memorial Hospital where he later passed away. Investigation continues into the cause and type of fatal injury resulting in Firefighter Miller's death. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Miller Family.

Paul D. Holmes, 37 of Douglasville, Georgia 12-28-09

Firefighter Holmes was responding to a vehicle fire with injuries when the fire department rescue in which he was riding reportedly was struck by a privately owned vehicle that they were attempting to pass; according to news accounts, the rescue vehicle rolled several times, ejecting Holmes. Firefighter Holmes was transported by medivac helicopter to a Level-I trauma center where he was reported to be in stable condition, however, his condition worsened and he subsequently passed away from his injuries. Investigation into the incident continues by the Georgia State Police. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Holmes Family.

Craig C. Starr, 44 of Plymouth, Utah 12-24-09

Fire Chief Starr passed away from an apparent heart attack while working an EMS incident. The family suggests donations to the Plymouth Fire Department. PO Box 130, 20110 North, Plymouth, UT 84330-0130. Our thoughts and Prayers go out to the Starr Family.

Gregory Paul Thompson, Jr., 33 of Olympia, Washington 12-12-09

Assistant Chief Thompson died while on-duty from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Our thoughts and Prayers go out to the Thompson Family.

Tommy Lee Adams, 51 of Shreveport, Louisiana 12-12-09

Chief Adams fell from a fire department ladder truck following the Crew of Gemini Mardi Gras parade earlier this year. At the end of the parade route, the fire trucks pulled to the side of the road to secure any loose empty boxes that held beads or cups.  While clearing debris and boxes from the ladder truck, Adams fell approximately 10 feet, landing head first on the concrete roadway. Chief Adams’ heart stopped and CPR was performed. Chief Adams was transported to Willis Knighton Pierremont hospital where he regained a heart rate, and his condition was listed as criticalHe suffered fractures to his cervical (neck) spine and was placed on a breathing machine. In early March, Chief Adams was transferred to a rehab facility in Atlanta, Georgia. Our thoughts and Prayers go out to the Adams Family.

Jimmy Lee Davis, Sr., 63 of Maysville, North Carolina 12-10-09

As he was preparing to leave his residence to respond to an alarm for a motor vehicle accident, Fire Chief Davis suffered a medical emergency and collapsed. Although Chief Davis was subsequently treated by first responders and transported to the hospital, he succumbed to his injury. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Davis Family.

Gary F. Neidig, Jr., 36 of Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania 12-04-09

Shortly after clearing the scene of a mutual aid call, a motor vehicle accident with confinement and injuries, Fire Police Officer Neidig fell ill from a cause still to be determined. Neidig was transported to the hospital but succumbed to his injuries. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the family to help defray funeral expenses in the care of the Mount Carmel Volunteer Fire Department, 137 West 4th Street, Mount Carmel, PA 17851. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Neidig Family.

Walter Hessling, 54 of Dix Hills, New York 11-27-09

On November 21, 2009, Firefighter Hessling responded to motor vehicle accident call at 1033 hours and subsequently, after clearing the scene, suffered a stroke at 1554 hours. Firefighter Hessling passed away several days later due to complications from that medical emergency. The family is requesting in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the Brady Intemann Foundation, 4 Pine Hollow Lane, Greenlawn, NY 11740. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Hessling Family.

Clair Melvin Pierce, 68 of Wellsboro, Pennsylvania 11-26-09

Firefighter Pierce passed away at home after responding to a series of EMS and fire calls. The cause and nature of Firefighter Pierce’s fatal injury are still to be reported. Memorials may be made in memory of Firefighter Clair Melvin Pierce to the Wellsboro Firemen's Ambulance Association Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 81, Wellsboro, Pa. 16901. Our thoughts and Prayers go out to the Pierce Family.

Terrance Freeman, 36 of Rockford, Illinois 11-22-09

Firefighter Freeman passed away from a cause still to be determined several hours after coming off of his shift during which he had responded to multiple emergency calls. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Freeman Family.

Ramon E. Hain, 50 of Saint Paul, Minnesota 11-14-09

Firefighter Hain passed away as a result of heart failure reportedly caused by a rare disease he contracted through a documented exposure to hazardous substances (body fluids) while treating a patient. of sympathy or condolences can be sent to Local 21 at 411 Main Street, Suite 316, Saint Paul, MN 55102-1031. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Hain Family.

Chad Eric Greene, 34 of Kernersville, North Carolina 11-14-09

Deputy Chief Greene completed his shift at approximately 0830hrs immediately after responding to a motor vehicle accident.  After completing his shift, he left the station, dropped his son off at pre-school, and went home.  When Deputy Chief Greene’s wife returned home, she found him unresponsive and subsequently called 911 and began CPR.  Deputy Chief Greene was transported to the NC Baptist Hospital where he was pronounced dead at approximately 1230hrs.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Greene Family.

Robert Stone, 47 of Douglassville, Pennsylvania 11-04-09

Upon returning to the station after responding to a residential carbon monoxide alarm on November 3, 2009, Firefighter Stone began complaining of chest pains and was subsequently transported to Reading Hospital .  After undergoing surgery at the hospital, Firefighter Stone went into cardiac arrest and was pronounced dead at approximately 0730hrs the following morning. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Stone Family.

Phil Whitney, 72 of Springville, Utah 10-28-09

After having made an emergency run on his shift the night before, Chief Whitney called the fire department early in the morning of October 28, 2009, to say he was not feeling well.  Chief Whitney was found dead in his Springville home later that morning.  The cause of death is pending further examination. The family requests that donations be made to the Springville Fire Department Statue Fund in memory of Chief Whitney, 75 W. Center Street, Springville, Utah 84663. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Whitney Family.

Roy Everett Westover Jr., 41 of Westover, Pennsylvania 10-24-09

Lieutenant Westover began to feel ill while on a hose line at the scene of a structure fire. An advance life support team that was on the scene of the fire rendered immediate care to Westover before transporting him to Miners Medical Center, PA, where he succumbed to his injury. The nature of the fatal injury appears to have been a heart attack.  The causes of both the fire and firefighter fatality, however, remain under investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal's Office and Cambria County Coroner's Office respectively. Memorial contributions can be made in honor at “Roy E. Westover, Jr. Memorial Fund”, First National Bank, 297 Beaver St, Hastings, PA 16646. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Westover Family.

John Thurman, 52 of Clinton, Mississippi 10-21-09 

Captain Thurman passed away from a cause still to be determined while on-duty performing fitness activities in a park adjacent to his fire station. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Thurman Family.

Gary D. Street, 60 of Sparta, Georgia 10-17-09

Firefighter Street was operating at the scene of an emergency medical call. After moving a fire department squad so that a responding ambulance could be brought forward to transport the patient, Street collapsed and subsequently passed away from an apparent heart attack. Memorial contributions can be made In honor of Firefighter Gary D. Street, c/o East Lake Sinclair Volunteer Fire Department, 4029 Lake Sinclair Drive, Sparta, GA 31087. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Street Family.

Carl Nordwall, 56 of Norfolk, Virginia 10-06-09

While he and his crew were participating in shift change and roll call, Captain Nordwall complained of not feeling well and collapsed. Medical assistance (CPR/AED) was rendered immediately by fellow firefighters and Nordwall was transported to the hospital. Despite all efforts of medical personnel, Captain Nordwall succumbed to his injury several days later. Expressions of sympathy or condolences can be sent to Local 3406 at 4710 Pinehurst Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23513-3755. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Nordwall family.

Patrick Joyce, 39 of Yonkers, New York 10-02-09

Firefighter Joyce, along with two other firefighters, was forced by rapidly progressing fire conditions to jump from the third story of a residence. Firefighter Joyce did not survive the injuries he sustained as a result of the fall and the other two firefighters are reported to be in the hospital in critical condition. All residents of the home escaped the fire. The fire has been deemed "suspicious" and officials are continuing to investigate. Memorial contributions can be made In honor of Firefighter Patrick Joyce, c/o Yonkers Fire Department, 5-7 New School ST, Yonkers, NY 10701. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Joyce Family 

Terry Sharon, 60 of Owenton, Kentucky 09-13-09

Firefighter Sharon was operating fire department apparatus, a 1978 Ford F350 Mini Pumper, and returning from a motor vehicle accident. As Sharon approached the fire department, he suffered a medical emergency. Subsequently, the apparatus left the roadway traveling approximately 150 feet before coming to a final resting position when the vehicle struck an unoccupied fifth-wheel camper trailer parked on the property neighboring the fire station. Firefighter Sharon was taken to New Horizons Medical Center by the Owen County EMS where he was later pronounced dead. The cause of the medical emergency and vehicle accident are still under investigation by the state police. Memorial cotributions can be made In honor of Firefighter Terry Sharon, c/o Monterey Fire Department, 340 Sawdridge Creek RD, Owenton, KY 40359-8706 . Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Sharon Family.

Ricky Christiana, 44 of Gretna, Louisiana 09-11-09

Firefighter Christiana was performing fire suppression operations at a structure fire when he suddenly collapsed from an apparent heart attack. Care was initiated on scene and he was transported to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Memorial contributions can be made In honor of Firefighter/Operator Ricky Christiana, c/o David Crockett Volunteer Fire Company #2, PO Box 217, Gretna, LA 70054-0217. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Christiana Family.

Richard Holst, 60 of Huntington, New York 09-09-09

After smelling smoke and reporting a fire at an eating establishment located near his home, Firefighter Holst walked around the burning structure to investigate.  While performing his Fire Police duties, Firefighter Holst collapsed and was transported to Huntington Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.  The official cause of death has not yet been determined. Viewing, Saturday 09-12-09 and Sunday 09-13-09 at the Huntington Manor Fire Department Headquarters; Internment, Monday 09-14-09 . Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Holst Family.

Arnaldo "Arnie" Quinones, 34 of Los Angeles, California 08-30-09 

Firefighter Specialist Quinones suffered fatal injuries when they drove off the side of a treacherous road in the Mt. Gleason area, south of Acton while fighting a fire in the Angeles National Forest. Investigation of the incident continues, but heavy smoke and fire conditions are thought to have contributed to the accident. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Quinones Family.

Tedmund "Ted" Hall, 47 of Los Angeles, California 08-30-09

Captain Hall suffered a fatal injury when he drove off the side of a treacherous road in the Mt. Gleason area, south of Acton while fighting a fire in the Angeles National Forest. Investigation of the incident continues, but heavy smoke and fire conditions are thought to have contributed to the accident. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Hall Family.

Kenneth Frizzell Jr., 55 of East Charleston, Vermont 08-30-09 

While returning from a structure fire incident and coming down and near the bottom of a very steep hill, the tanker apparatus Firefighter Frizzell was operating struck a telephone pole and crashed off of the roadway. Firefighter Frizzell, the only occupant of the truck, was reportedly ejected and died from injuries sustained during the crash. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Frizzell Family.

Jonathan Croom, 34 of Buffalo, New York 08-24-09

Firefighter Croom, a 10 year veteran career Fire Fighter, was killed while searching a burning commercial structure when the main floor collapsed and trapped the firefighter. Investigation into the cause of the fire and firefighter deaths continues. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Croom Family.

Charles "Chip" McCarthy , 45 of Buffalo, New York 08-24-09

Lieutenant McCarthy, a 22 year veteran career Fire Fighter, was killed while searching a burning commercial structure when the main floor collapsed and trapped the firefighter. Investigation into the cause of the fire and firefighter deaths continues. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the McCarthy Family.

David Jamsa, 45 of Reno, Nevada 08-20-09

A single engine air tanker (SEAT) crashed in the Clan Alpine Mountains of Churchill County on Thursday (8/20) dropping fire retardant on the Hoyt Fire.  The pilot, Dave Jamsa, a 4 year veteran, was transported by helicopter to medical facilities in Lovelock, Nevada, where he was pronounced dead.  The aircraft was an Air Tractor AT-802A, owned by Minuteman Aerial Application, Inc., of Missoula, Montana.  The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have an investigation team in-route. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Jamsa Family.  

Jimmie Zeeks, 54 of Mitchell, Indiana 08-15-09

Fire Chief Zeeks, a 31 year volunteer fire fighter, passed away from an apparent heart attack while in command at the scene of a serious motor vehicle accident. Members of the fire department immediately started life saving efforts.  Chief Zeeks was rushed to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injury. Memorials may be made in Jimmie’s name to Marion Township Fire Department, c/o Chastain Funeral Home, 705 West Warren Street, Mitchell, Indiana, 47446. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Zeeks Family.

Paul Warhola, 47 of Brooklyn , New York 08-14-09

Firefighter Warhola, who was driving the fire engine, responded with other members of Engine 221 to a fire alarm activation in Brooklyn , New York , on August 12, 2009.  Upon arrival, Firefighter Warhola checked for a working fire hydrant outside the structure while other firefighters entered the building to investigate.  When the other firefighters returned to the street, Firefighter Warhola was experiencing dizziness and had difficulty breathing.  As a result, he was provided medical treatment and was transported back to the firehouse.  After examining Firefighter Warhola at the firehouse, paramedics recognized his symptoms as possibly stroke-related and transported him to the hospital.  Firefighter Warhola’s condition worsened, however, and he passed away at the hospital on August 14, 2009. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Warhola Family.

John "Jack" Horton, 57 of Marlboro, Vermont 08-06-09

Chief Horton was run over by fire apparatus at 1430 hours on Thursday during a response to a one-car rollover. Chief Horton was standing behind Marlboro's Engine No. 2 as the vehicle was being backed up by FF Anthony Gordon, 57. When an ambulance arrived on the accident scene to assist with a rollover, Horton and Gordon decided to move the fire apparatus so it wouldn't interfere with emergency medical technicians. FF Gordon saw Horton in the rear view mirror of the fire truck, stated the press release, and began backing up. Gordon did not see Horton in his mirrors again, but after moving the truck forward and getting out of the vehicle, he saw Horton lying in the gravel roadway. Emergency personnel immediately began life-saving efforts, even though he showed no signs of life. Chief Horton was transported to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital by Rescue Inc. and was pronounced dead at 1532 hours. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Horton Family.

MISSISSIPPI FIREFIGHTER KILLED AT WAR WHILE SERVING AS A SOLDIER

Army Staff. Sgt. Johnny Roosevelt Polk, 39, who grew up in North Gulfport (MS) and was a member of their Fire Department, died July 25 from injuries he suffered when his vehicle was struck by an anti-tank grenade on July 23 in Kirkuk, Iraq. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, at Fort Hood, Texas, and died supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was a highly decorated soldier and among Polk's survivors are a daughter, Mary, and a son, Antoine, who family said also serves in the military. We honor Staff Sgt Polk in his service to our Country with our condolences to his family, friends, the members of the NGFD. Our sincere thanks to ALL who are serving in our armed forces and related services.

from http://www.firefighterclosecalls.com/

Harold Curtis, 36 of Lawrence, Michigan 08-01-09

Harold Curtis, a Lieutenant with Lawrence Township (Mich.) Fire Department, died in the Line of Duty Saturday, 08-01-09 following an accident at a race track on Friday Night. The 36-year-old Firefighter was seriously injured while working as a member of the fire safety crew at Hartford Motor Speedway in Hartford, Michigan. Additional information is indicating that Curtis fell from the back of the race track fire apparatus and suffered what turned out to be a fatal and tragic injury. Curtis was initially taken to Watervliet Community Hospital and then transfered to Borgess where he succumbed to his injuries, Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Curtis Family.

Erik Tinkham, 44 of Queen Creek, Arizona 08-01-09

Captain Erik Tinkham, 24 year career Fire Fighter, was found early Saturday morning at shift change in cardiac arrest. He was treated at the station by his crew and transported to Gilbert Emergency Room where he was pronounced dead. He was 44 years old and is survived by his wife and 3 daughters. Captain Tinkham was one of Queen Creeks inaugural fire fighters that started the town's Department on January 1, 2008. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Tinkham Family.

Thomas Marovich, 20 of Alturas, California 07-21-09

Firefighter Marovich incurred fatal injuries when falling while performing routine rappel proficiency skill training, at the Backbone Helibase in Willow Creek. He was working with the Chester Helitack Crew from the Lassen National Forest that had been assigned to the Backbone Fire in the Trinity Alps Wilderness. Firefighter Marovich was provided advance life support treatment immediately at the scene. The Base medical staff, the Humboldt County Coroner's Office, and the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office were involved in the response. The Forest Service has mobilized an accident investigation team and is working with the National Transportation Safety Board. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Marovich Family.

Joseph T. Grace, 47 of Mandeville, Louisianna 07-10-09

On the evening of 7/8/09, Joseph Grace participated in a departmental drill for a "man down" drill. He had also responded to multiple incidents during the day of the 7/8/09 and over night into the early morning of 7/9/09. At approximately 0645 hours on 7/9/09, he responded to an incident prior to going off shift around 0730 hours. He reported to his second job as a paramedic and was in the process of cooking breakfast when crew members entered the kitchen and found him collapsed around 0830 hours. Care was initiated on scene and he was transported to a local care facility before being transferred to a larger medical center where he remained until his death. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Grace Family.

David Grass Jr., 34 of Ste. Genevieve Fire Department 07-08-09

 Career Firefighter Grass was at the fire station and participating in department sponsored physical fitness training when he experienced a medical emergency on 07-07-09. Grass was flown to St. Louis University Medical Center by air ambulance where he succumbed to an apparent brain injury. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Grass Family.

Ryan Wingard, 28 of Strattanville, Pennsylvania 07-06-09

Volunteer Firefighter Wingard was working a debris fire shortly after arriving at the site of a recently demolished house in Strattanville. After telling fellow firefighters that he was not feeling well, Wingard collapsed. CPR was initiated immediately by members at the scene and an ambulance was called for at 0409hrs. Firefighter Wingard was transported to the hospital where he passed away. Both the nature of the fatal injury and the cause of the fire are under investigation. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Wingard Family.

Robert Johnson, 75 of Mahopac Falls, New York 07-05-09

Firefighter Johnson passed away from a head injury he received from a fall while retrieving SCBA from fire apparatus during a fire safety demonstration at the Pine Grove Nursery School in Mahopac. The fire department reported that the cause of the fall is unknown; Johnson went around to the far side of the apparatus to get the air-pack and, when he did not return, was discovered by other firefighters unconscious on the ground. Firefighter Johnson was treated on-scene and transported to the hospital. However, he never regained consciousness and succumbed to his injury approximately nine months later. Memorial donations may be made to Toys for Tots, Putnam-Westchester chapter, c/o Bill Lewis, 44 Somerset Lane, Putnam Valley, NY 10579. Our thoughs and prayers go out to the Johnson Family.

Dale Elliott Haddix, 70 of Schell City, Missouri 07-04-09

Upon arrival with a fire crew at a scene of a vacant residential structure fire, Assistant Volunteer Fire Chief Dale Elliot Haddix engaged the pump on the department apparatus and then slumped over when he experienced a medical emergency. Assistant Cheif Haddix was rendered aid on-scene by a stand-by medical crew but sucummbed to his injury. The nature of the fatal injury is under investigation. The cause of the fire was intentional and charges have been filed against one 18 year old and other charges are being considered. Memorial fund donations can be made in honor of Assistant Dale Elliot Haddix to the Schell City Fire Department, 101 Main Street, Schell City, Missouri 64783. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Haddix Family.

Allen Lapage, 67 of Kingston, Rhode Island 06-30-09

Assistant Fire Chief Allen Lapage, a 42 year volunteer with the Kingston Fire District, passed away from a head injury he suffered while working on a ladder truck. Details from the accident have not been released and it is still under investigation. He passed away on June 30, 2009 at 1430 hours. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the LaPage Family.

Brett Sterns, 29 of Craig, Colorado 06-26-09

Captain Brett Sterns, a 10 year career Fire Fighter with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), was stuck and killed by a falling tree while working at Freeman Reservoir on a hazard tree abatement project with a dozen other BLM fire fighters. He died on June 26, 2009 at 1630 hours. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Stern Family.

William Thompson, 65 of Dushore Pennsylvania 06-18-09

William Thompson, a 30 year volunteer with the Dushore Fire Company, suffered an apparent heart attack and died at approximately 7:15 a.m. on Thursday, June 18, 2009, while on his way to work. Fire Fighter Thompson had responded to an emergency call the evening prior to. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Thompson Family.

Lyle Lewis, 49 of Alton, Kansas 06-16-09

Fire Fighter Lyle Lewis, a volunteer with the Osborne County Fire District #3, had been assisting with an interior attack at a farm house when he reported not feelingwell and exited the structure where he subsequently collapsed. Care was initiated on the scene and he was transported to the local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. It was reported that he had used and switched out several SCBA bottles and that the temperatures were in the high 90's with extremely high humidity. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Lewis Family.

Jimmy E. Cameron, 47 of  Blackstock, South Carolina 06-16-09

Fire Fighter Jimmy Cameron, a 20 year veteran with the South Chester Fire Department, passed away in his personal vehicle from a heart attack while perfoming a damage assessment survey for the Fire Department in the aftermath of a major storm that struck the Chester, South Carolina area. The Family has asked that any memorials in honor of Fire Fighter Cameron be made to the South Chester Fire Department, 2252 Columbia Hwy, Blackstock, SC 29014. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Cameron Family.

Conrad Mansfield, 45 of Blanchard, Ohio 06-14-09

Fire Fighter Conrad Mansfield, a 25 year volunteer with the Deleware Township Volunteer Fire Department, collapsed while participating in pump training on June 10, 2009. Mansfield was transported to the local hospital and then airlifted to a hospital in Toledo, where he was placed on life support. Fire Fighter Mansfield succumbed to his injury on June 14, 2009. Preliminary results indicated the nature of the fatal injury was a stoke but a final determination is pending investigation. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Mansfield Family.

Debra A. Cole, 40 of South Portland, Maine 06-11-09

Fire Fighter / Paramedic Debra A. Cole, a 12- year careeer firefighter with the South Portland Fire Department, collapsed in the station while on duty after having run at least one emergency call. Her collapse was not witnessed but was overheard and she was tended to immediately by the rest of her crew. Cole was transported to Maine Medical Center in Portland, where she was treated and underwent 11 hours of surgery. Fire FIghter Cole succumbed to her injury at approximately 4:30 p.m. the following day. The cause of death was reported by the department to have been a stroke. Memorial fund contributions can be sent in honor of Fire Fighter / Paramedic Debra A. Cole, c/o South Portland Fire Department, 20 Anthoine St., South Portland, Maine 04106. Our thoughts and prayers go out the the Cole Family.

Jeffrey H. Reed, 39 of Pulaski, Virginia 06-08-09

Fire Fighter Jeffrey H. Reed, a 7 year career fire fighter with the Pulaski Fire Department, was operating a fire engine at the scene of a residential structure fire. While the department was cleaning up the incident at approximately 12:50 a.m., Reed began to experience a medical issue. He was transported to the Pulaski community Hospital and subsequently transfered to the UVA Medical Center in Charlottesville, where he passed away on June 8th. The nature of his injuries as well as the cause of the fire are still under investigation. Memorial fund contributions can be sent in honor of Fire Fighter Jeffrey H. Reed, c/o Pulaski Fire Department, 117 N. Jefferson Ave., Pulaski, Virginia 24301. Out thoughts and prayers go out to the Reed Family.

Matthew Douglas Tramel, 18 of Pembroke, North Carolina 06-05-09

Matthew Douglas Tramel, a volunteer fire fighter with the Town of Pembroke Fire Department, was responding to a reported car fire when he lost control of his personal vehicle and struck a tree. The North Carolina Highway Patrol reported that wet road conditions and speed were contributing factors to the accident, and seat belts were operational but not in use at the time of the accident. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Tramel Family.

James M. Hall, 40 of Uniontown, Ohio 05-30-09

On May 29, 2009, Fire FIghter / EMT James M. Hall, a volunteer with the Greentown Volunteer Fire Department, was on duty from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.. During that time he responded to two EMS calls. On May 30, 2009, while participating in a charity basketball game for his employer, Canton Fire Department, he collapsed due to a medical emergency. Care was initiated on the scene and he was transported to the local medical facility where despite resuscitative efforts, he succumbed to his injuries. Our thoughts and prayer go out to the Hall Family.

Paul J. Roberts, 54 of Beverly, Massachusetts 05-22-09 

Firefighter Roberts' Engine Company was dispatched for a coverage assignment after another Beverly Engine was sent to a mutual aid fire out of town. Roberts' Company Officer found him in cardiac arrest at the station after he did not respond to the alert tone. Fellow firefighters and paramedics worked to revive Firefighter Roberts but he succumbed to his injury. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Roberts Family.

Stephen Michael Cospelich, 56 of Philadelphia, PA 05-20-09

Lieutenant Stephen Cospelich, a 23 year veteran of the Philadelphia Fire Department, collapsed on April 17, 2009 several hours after finishing his duty shift and fighting a working house fire. Cospelich was transported to the hospital but succumbed to his injury on May 20, 2009, having never regained consciousness. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Cospelich Family.

Frankie P. Nelson 51 of Shreveport, Louisiana 05-10-09

On May 9, 2009 at 2240 hours, Captain Nelson responded to a motor vehicle collision. He carried out emergency response procedures that included Incident Command, EMS assistance, and traffic safety control measures while on scene. He cleared the scene and returned to service at approximately 2315 hours. He was relieved of duty at 1400 hours on May 10, 2009. Approximately eight hours after being relieved of duty at 2141 hours on May 10, 2009, he suffered a heart attack in which Shreveport Fire Department EMS responded to and transported him to the Schumpert Medical Center. He was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Nelson Family.

Cohnway Matthew Johnson, 26 of Houston, Texas 05-04-09

Fire Fighter Cohnway Matthew Johnson, a career fire fighter with the Houston Fire Department, formerly of the Oak Hill Fire Department, passed away on May 4, 2009 while in the hospital from complications from a heat stroke. On April 29, 2009, Johnson collapsed while at the Houston Fire Department Val Jahnke Training Facility after participating in a department mandated physical fitness training activity, a 4 mile formation run. Fire Fighter Johnson was enrolled in the Houston Fire Department's "Certified Fire Fighter / EMT Fast Track" Academy Class, which is made up of members who are Texas Certified Fire Fighters and have a Texas Department of State Health Services EMT Basic or higher. Memorial contributions can be made to the National Fallen Fire Fighters Association. I love you Cohnway and miss you dearly. BUB.

Thomas L. Risk, 66 of Missoula, Montana 04-25-09

An air tanker (Neptune Tanker 42) under contract to the United States Forest Service was lost when it crashed in the Oquirrh Mountains, Utah. The crew of three was lost in the incident. The aircraft and crew were responding from Montana to battle a wildland fire in New Mexico at the time of the incident. The cause of the crash is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration. Cards and letters may be sent for the Risk Family, Flynn Family, and Buss Family, c/o Neptune Aviation Services, Inc., 2 Corporate Way Missoula, MT 59808. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Risk Family.

Michael Wayne Flynn, 59 of Missoula, Montana 04-25-09

An air tanker (Neptune Tanker 42) under contract to the United States Forest Service was lost when it crashed in the Oquirrh Mountains, Utah. The crew of three was lost in the incident. The aircraft and crew were responding from Montana to battle a wildland fire in New Mexico at the time of the incident. The cause of the crash is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration. Cards and letters may be sent for the Risk Family, Flynn Family, and Buss Family, c/o Neptune Aviation Services, Inc., 2 Corporate Way Missoula, MT 59808. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Flynn Family.

Brian Joseph Buss, 32 of Missoula, Montana 04-25-09

An air tanker (Neptune Tanker 42) under contract to the United States Forest Service was lost when it crashed in the Oquirrh Mountains, Utah. The crew of three was lost in the incident. The aircraft and crew were responding from Montana to battle a wildland fire in New Mexico at the time of the incident. The cause of the crash is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration. Cards and letters may be sent for the Risk Family, Flynn Family, and Buss Family, c/o Neptune Aviation Services, Inc., 2 Corporate Way Missoula, MT 59808. A "Brian Buss Memorial Fund" has been established for his two daughters at the First National Bank of Montana, 201 N. Higgins Ave., Missoula, MT 59802, Tele: (877) 362-6752. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Buss Family.

Dennis M. Simmons, 63 of Saint John, Kansas 04-21-09

Fire Fighter Dennis M. Simmons, a 7 year volunteer with the Stafford County Fire Department, was returning to the station following a grassfire when he suffered a heart attack. He was transported to the Central Kansas Medical Center, where he passed away a short time later. Memorial contributions can be made in honor of Fire Fighter Simmons to the County Fireman's Relief Fund in care of the Bryant Funeral home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend, Kansas, 67530. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Simmons Family.

Patrick Reardon, 42 of New Haven Connecticut 04-21-09

On April 11, 2009, Patrick Reardon, a 14 year career firefighter with the New Haven Fire Department, sustained a serious head injury when he had a seizure and fell in the firehouse. After remaining in the hospital in critical condition, Fire Fighter Reardon passed away on April 21, 2009. Our thoughts and prayer go out to the Reardon Family.

Charles Fletcher Clough, Jr., 41 of Sudlersville, Maryland 04-15-09

Chief Charles Clough, Jr., a 26 year volunteer with the Sudlersville Volunteer Fire Company, was responding as the sole occupant in a department SUV to a reported appliance fire when he was involved in a single car motor vehicl accident. Clough was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are still investigating the accident. Memorial fund contributions can be made in memory of Chief Charles Fletcher Clough, Jr., c/o Sudlersville Volunteer Fire Company, PO box 61, Sudlersville, Maryland 21668. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Clough Family.

James Harlow, 50, Houston, Texas 04-12-09                                             

 Captain James Harlow, a 30 year veteran of the Houston Fire Department perished while fighting a house fire on April 12, 2009. The Houston Fire Department was dispatched to a house fire just after midnight in Southeast Houston. Fire Fighters quickly called for a defensive attack on the fire but Captain Harlow of Station 26 was unable to exit the structure and succumbed to the fire. The accident still remains under investigation. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Harlow Family.

Damion Hobbs, 29 of Houston, Texas 04-12-09

Probationary Fire Fighter, formerly deployed with the military in Iraq, Damion Hobbs, perished while fighting a house fire on April 12, 2009. The Houston Fire Department was dispatched to a house fire just after midnight in Southeast Houston. Fire Fighters quickly called for a defensive attack on the fire but Fire Fighter Damion Hobbs of station 26 was unable to exit the structure and succumbed to the fire. The incident remains under investigation. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Hobbs Family.  

Heath Van Handel, 36 of Madison, Wisconsin 04-08-09

Heath Van Handel, a 36 year old pilot with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, was killed when the Cessna 337 he was flying during wildland fire suppression operations in coordination with Pittsville Fire Fighters working on the ground, crashed into a field. The cause of the accident is under investigation. Memorial fund donations can be made to " Heath Van Handel Family Fund ", c/o Trent Marty, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resouces, P.O. Box 7921, Madison, Wisconsin 57307. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Handel Family.

John Weber, 77 of Eau Claire, Wisconsin 04-04-09

John Weber, a 44 year member of the Township Fire Department, passed away from unknown causes on April 4, 2009. The Township Fire Department was dispatched to a reported brushfire, and Fire Fighter Weber responded to the fire station to prepare the trucks for the call. After his colleagues returned to the station, they found Fire Fighter Weber had passed away. An investigation is pending. Memorial fund contributions can be made to the Township Fire Department, 4601 E. Hamilton Avenue, Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54701. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Weber Family.

John William Jefers, 54 of  Wellington, Illinois 04-02-09

Following a meeting at the fire station, Assistant Fire Chief John William Jefers and other Fire Fighters were testing fire hose. After reloading the hose on an engine, Jefers sat down on the tail board of the apparatus, stated that he was not feeling well, and asked to be taken home. A friend stopped by the next afternoon to see him and there was no response at the door, and the fire department was called. After gaining access to the home, they discovered Assistant Chief had passed away from a reported myocardial infraction. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wellington- Greer Fire Department, the Wellington United Methodist Church of to the charity of the donor's choice. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Jefers Family.

George A. Wimberly, 63 of Stonewall, Mississippi 04-01-09

Volunteer Firefighter Wimberly was operating his privately owned vehicle in response to a reported structure fire when he slowed to a stop approx 1/2 mile form the incident scene and passed away, having succumbed to an apparent heart attack.  The cause of the fire is under investigation by state authorities as being intentionally set.  Donations in honor of Firefighter George A. Wimberly may be made to Stonewall Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 657, Stonewall, MS 39363.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Wimberly Family. 

Manny Rivera 43 of Trenton, New Jersey 03-31-09

Career Fire Captain Rivera climbed up a ladder and rescued a fire victim dangling from the window of a residence. After safely reaching the ground, Rivera collapsed from an apparent heart attack. Captain Rivera has remained in a coma since the February incident and passed away on the 31st of March. Memorial contributions can be made In honor of Firefighter Manny Rivera, c/o Trenton Fire Department, 244 Perry ST, Trenton, NJ 08618. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Rivera Family.

Robert Allen France, 45 of Stateline, Mississippi 03-30-09

Fire Fighter/ EMT Training Officer Robert Allen France, a three year member of the Stateline Volunteer Fire Department, attended a fire training meeting at the Green CountyEmergency Services Office. Upon completion of the meeting, he was returning to his home jurisdiction on his motorcycle when he struck a deer. France was treated on the scene by emergency services personnel and was subsequently transported via helicopter to the USA Medical Center in Mobile, Alabama, where he succumbed to his injuries. Memorial fund contributions can be made in honor of Fire Fighter/ EMT Robert Allen France, c/o Stateline Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 411, Stateline , Mississippi 39362. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the France Family.

Mike Gilbreath, 55 of Double Springs, Alabama 03-27-09

Fire Chief Mike Gilbreath, a 37 year volunteer with the Double Springs Fire Department, was dispatched with his fire company to a "trees down call" on County Road 25. While working to clear the roadway, a vehicle coming around the curve over the rise of a hill was unable to stop in time before striking Chief Gilbreath. Emergency medical assistance was rendered on scene by other responders, including the Chief's Fire Fighter/ EMT son. Chief Gilbreath was transported to the hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. Memorial fund contributions can be sent to: Fire Chief Mike Gilbreath Memorial Fund, Traders and Farmers Bank, 10 Blake Drive, Double Springs, Alabama 35553. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Gilbreath Family.

Robert Strang, 60 of Melbourne, Florida 03-26-09

Lieutenant Robert Strang, a 29 year career Fire FIghter with the Melbourne Fire Department, responded to and operated at a commercial structure fire. Upon returning to the station, he went to his quarters. Approximately 40 minutes later, he was discovered to be unresponsive by another Fire Fighter. Care was initiated on the scene. He was subsequently transported to the local hospital where he passed away. An investigation is pending. Our thoughts and prayer go out to the Strang Family.

Nolan Schmidt, 37 of Hydro, Oklahoma 03-23-09

At approximately 10:30 a.m., Chief Nolan Schmidt, a 19 year member of the Hydro Volunteer Fire Deparmtent, responded to a fire at a soy bean storage bin at a grain elevator. While on the scene, Chief Schmidt was killed. Three other Fire Fighters, two of which are the brothers of Chief Schmidt, from this department, were injured as well as a Fire Fighter from theWeatherford Fire Department. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Schmidt Family.

Gregory Carroll Cooke, 60 of Whitakers, North Carolina 03-21-09

Fire FIghter Gregory Carroll Cooke, a 20 year member of the Salem Volunteer Fire Department, was working at a woods fire late in the week of march 16, 2009, when he went into cardiac arrest. He was transported by air to the Wake Medical Center in Raleigh, North Caorlina. On Saturday, March 21, 2009, Fire Fighter Cooke passes away. Memorial fund donations can be made to Salem Volunteer Fire Department, 4559 Swift Creek School Road, Whitakers, North Carolina 27891 or to the American Cancer Society, 930- B Wellness Drive, Greenville, North Carolina 27834. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Cooke Family.

William Roger Vorwark, 49 of Odessa, Missouri 03-14-09

Lieutenant William Vorwark, a 5 year career Fire Fighter with the Odessa Fire & Rescue Protection District, was working on the third outdoor fire call of the day on March 14, 2009, mopping up hotspots when he collapsed from an appartent heart attack. Vorwark's crew carried him back to their apparatus parked along the roadway nearby, where they immediately began CPR and utilized their AED. All efforts to revive Lieutenant Vorwark were unsucessful. Memorial fund contributions can be made in honor of Lieutenant William Roger Vorwark, c/o Odessa Fire & Protection District, P.O. box 345, 301 West Dryden, Odessa, Missouri 64076. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Vorwark Family.  

Christopher Allen Dill, 43 of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 03-04-09

Corporal Christopher Dill, a 14 year career Fire FIghter with the Oklahoma City Fire Department, responded to the scene of an apartment fire at 1405 hours on March 4, 2009. At approximately 1600 hours and after supression operations were completed, units on the scene were cleaning up and preparing to return to the station when Corporal Dill collapsed. Care was initiated on the scene and he was transported to the hospital where he later passed away. The cause of Corporal Dill's passing is pending a full investigation. Memorial fund contributions can be made in memory of Corporal Christopher Allen Dill, c/o Oklahoma City Fire Department, 820 NW 5th Street., Oklahoma City, OK 73106. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Dill Family.

Alan M. Hermal, 63 of Haughton, Louisiana 03-03-09

On 03/01/09 at 1810 hours, Volunteer Firefighter Hermel responded to a report of a vehicle into a power pole. Upon his arrival on scene, he was assigned to assist with traffic control. The incident was terminated at 1823 hours and Firefighter Hermel cleared the incident scene. On 03/02/09 at 0248 hours, the fire department and EMS were summoned to Firefighter Hermel's residence and found him unable to ambulate or speak. Care was initiated and he was transported to the local hospital where he was diagnosed as having suffered an inter-cranial bleed. He was then transferred to a larger hospital where he underwent surgery at 0700 hours and again at 1800 hours. He succumbed to his injuries at 0447 hours on 03/03/09. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Hermel Family.

Michael J. Darrington, 45 of Toledo, Ohio 02-27-09

Fire Fighter Michael J. Darrington, a 24 year career firefighter with the Toledo Fire and Rescue Department, passed away on February 27th. After returning to the fire house from an emergency run, Fire Fighter Darrington reported to fellow fire fighters that he was feeling ill. When Darrington failed to respond to another alarm call, he was discovered in the fire house unresponsive. Fire Fighters and a medical director were unable to revive him. The cause of Darrington's passing is under investigation. Memorial fund information is pending and will be posted at http://www.iaff92.org/. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Darrington Family.

Charles Myshrall, 67 of Coventry, Connecticut 02-26-09

Fire Fighter / EMT Charles Myshrall, a 26 year volunteer with the North Coventry Volunteer Fire Department, responded to an EMS call on January 30, 2009. At the conclusion of the call, he was walking down the residents driveway when he slipped and fell on an unmaintained area. He was transported to the hospital where it was determined that he tore his quadricepts from the ligaments connecting it to the knee. After consultation with a speciatlist, he underwent surgery on February 3, 2009. Myshrall had been sent home and was recuperating when he suddenly collapsed and passed away on February 26th in his home from complications of the surgery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the North Coventry Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. box 337, Coventry, Connecticut 06238 or to the charity of your choice. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Myshrall Family.

Ferdinando " Freddy " Pierno, 55 of Stuart, Florida 02-25-09

Fire Fighter / Paramedic Ferdinando " Freddy " Pierno, an 18 year career fire fighter with the Martin County Fire and Rescue passed away from a Hepatitus C virus (HCV) infection that he sustained while on duty. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Pierno Family.

Derek Edward North, 34 of Lakeland, Georgia 02-23-09

Fire Fighter Derek North, a 3 year volunteer with the Stockton Fire Department in the Lakeland Lanier Fire and Rescue District, was riding in the officer seat of the departments 1966 Ford Fire Knocker in response to a fire call. For a cause still under investigation, the apparatus overturned at an intersection when it reportedly swerved to avoid a collision with other traffic. Three fire fighters are reported to have been in the apparatus. Fire Fighter Derek North passed away from his injuries and the others, including his brother, Fire Fighter Chad North, the driver of the apparatus, sustained serious injuries. The fire apparatus was leased from the State of Georgia and is reported to have a baffled tank. It is unknown at this time if the vehicle had seat belts or if they were in use. Memorial contributions can be sent in Memory of Fire Fighter Derek North to the Lakeland / Lanier Fire and Rescue, P.O. box 68, Lakeland, Georgia 31635. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the North Family.

John W. Adams, 45 of Jennings, Oklahoma 02-20-09

Fire Fighter John W. Adams and other members of the Silver City Volunteer Fire Department responded to a suspected arson grass fire. At 2200 hours, nearly 12 hours after the 600 acre brush fire began, Fire Fighter Adams, a 5 year member of his department, collapsed and stopped breathing while he was backing his fire apparatus along the side of Highway 51. Adams was assisted by other first responders however, he was pronounced dead at the scene. his family has requested that any honorariums be made in memory of Fire Fighter John Adams to the Silver City Volunteer Fire Department at 5550 South 433rd West Avenue, Jennings, Oklahoma 74038. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Adams Family.

Johnnie Hammons, 49 of Craigsville, West Virginia 02-19-09

Lieutenant Johnnie Hammons, an 11 year member of the Craigsville Beaver Cottle Fire Department perished on February 19, 2009 at 2157 hours while fighting a mobile home fire. initial reports indicate that Lieutenant Hammons was completing a search of the mobile home when its roof collapsed killing him. The initial fire is believed to have begun by a candle in a camping trailer adjacent to the mobile home and spread to the home. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Hammons Family.

Timothy Nicholas, 26 of Craigsville, West Virginia 02-19-09

Timothy Nicholas, a first year volunteer with the Craigsville Beaver Cottle Fire Department perished on February 19, 2009 at 2157 hours while fighting a mobile home fire. Initial reports indicate that Fire Fighter Timothy Nicholas  was completing a search of the mobile home when its roof collapsed killing him. The initial fire is believed to have begun by a candle in a camping trailer adjacent to the mobile home and spread to the home. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Nicholas Family.

Albert G. Eberle, Jr., 74 of Rosyln, Pennsylvania 02-16-09

Fire Police Captain Albert G. Eberle, Jr., a 50 year volunteer with the Roslyn Fire Company, passed away shortly after he suffered a cardiac arrest while working traffic control at the scene of a motor vehicle accident. Memorial contributions can be made in memory of Captain Eberle to the Roslyn Fire Company, P.O. Box 1081, 1128 Bradfield Road, Roslyn, Pennsylvania 19001. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Eberle Family.

Dean Walter Mathison, 63 of Larsen Wisconsin 02-10-09

Fire Chief Dean Walter Mathison, a 42 year volunteer with the Clayton- Winchester Fire Department, passed away on February 10, 2009 from a yet to be determined cause. Fire Chief Mathison responded to a vehicle fire incident on February 9th, then returned to the station to assist with the clean-up and returning the equipment to service. The following day while Mathison was attending a quarterly fire department regional safety league, he was discovered unresponsive in the restroom. Care was initiated and Chief Mathison was transported to the hospital but could not be revived. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Mathison Family.

Jeffrey Isbell, 33 of Enterprise, Alabama 02-10-09

Jeffrey Isbell, a 2nd year career fire fighter with the Enterprise Fire Department, passed away in his hotel room while attending fire department assigned training at the Alabama Fire College in Tuscaloosa. The cause of his untimely death is still under investigation. Our thoughs and prayers go out to the Isbell Family.

William Gray Parsons, 58 of Millers Creek, North Carolina 02-01-09

Engineer William Gray Parsons, a 20 year volunteer with the Millers Creek Fire Department, perished on February 1, 2009 from an apparent heart attack. Upon arrival to the scene of a residential structure fire, Engineer Parsons, the apparatus operator, complained to a fellow fire fighter that he was not feeling well and was experiencing serious discomfort in his chest. Engineer Parsons then slumped over the steering wheel of the apparatus. He was treated by paramedics on the scene and was transported to Wilkes Regional Medical Center. He was then taken to the wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center via Air Care, where he passed away. Memorial contributions to the Gray Parsons Memorial Fund can be made through any North Carolina State Employees Credit Union. www.ncsecu.org Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Parsons Family.

Mark Bradley Davis, 25 of Cape Vincent, New York 01-31-09

Fire Fighter/ EMT Mark Bradley Davis, a 2 year member of the Cape Vincent Volunteer Fire Department, responded along with three other emergency services personnel to a medical call at a residence at 2358 hours on January 30, 2009. While they were treating the patient, he became agitated adn retrieved and high powered rifle from a bedroom. As the emergency personnel were retreating from the residence, the patient allegedly fired two rounds, one striking and killing Fire Fighter/ EMT Davis. Memorial contributions can be sent to the Mark Davis Memorial Fund, c/o Citizens Bank of Cape Vincent, P.O. Box 277, Cape Vincent, New York 13618. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Davis Family.

Kyle Perkins, 45 of Kilgore, Texas 01-25-09

Fire Fighter Kyle Perkins, a 14 year veteran of the Kilgore Fire Department perished while participating in a training excercise at the Kilgore College Fire Academy. Fire Fighter Perkins was in the bucket of a 95' E-One Rear Mount Platform truck when for a cause still under investigation, fell approximately 8 stories. He succumbed to his injuries that he recieved from that fall. Memorial fund contributions can be made to Fire Fighter Perkins & Galloway Memorial Fund, Citizens National Bank, 301 East Main Street, Kilgore, Texas 75662. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Perkins Family.

Cory Galloway, 28 of Kilgore, Texas 01-25-09

Fire Fighter Cory Galloway, a first year fire fighter with the Kilgore Fire Department perished while participating in a training excercise at the Kilgore College Fire Academy. Fire Fighter Galloway was in the bucket of a 95' E-One Rear Mount Platform truck when for a cause still under investigation, fell approximately 8 stories. He succumbed to his injuries that hew recieved from that fall. Memorial fund contributions can be made to Fire Fighters Perkins & Galloway Memorial Fund, Citizens National Bank, 301 East Main Street, Kilgore, Texas 75662. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Galloway Family.

Richard Lynn Rhea, 60 of Crawfordville, Florida 01-24-09

On January 24, 2009 at 0230 hours, Captain Richard Lynn Rhea, a 32 year member of the Crawfordville Volunteer Fire Department, perished at the scene of a motor vehicle accident. At the scene of the incident, Captain Rhea reportedly slipped on wet grass located on the roadway shoulder and fell, causing him to come into contact with a live downed power line. Rhea passed away from his injuried. Memorial fund contributions can be made in honor of Fire Captain Richard Lynn Rhea, c/o Crawfordville Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 490, Crawfordville, Florida 32326. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Rhea Family.

Kevin M. Kelley, 52 of Boston, Massachusetts 01-09-09

Several fire fighters on board Boston Fire Department's Ladder 26, a 1995 E-One 110' RMA, were seriously injured when, for a cuase still to be determined, the truck was unable to stop while coming down Parker Hill Avenue, shortly after clearing a medical assistance call. Lieutenant Kevin Kelley, a 30 year veteran of the Boston Fire Department, passed away at the scene from his injuries. The apparatus, at the bottom of a steep hill, reportedly left no skid marks as it crossed Huntington Avenue, striking two parked vehicles, crashing through a brick wall, and then striking a building and coming to a final restin position inside the entrance area of a multi-story residential structure. Memorial fund information for Lieutenant Kelley will be posted at www.bostonfirelocal718.org. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Kelley Family.

John C. Myers, 61 of Pittsburg, Oklahoma 01-03-09

Fire FIghter John C. Myers, a 6 year member of the Union Chapel Volunteer Fire Department, passed away from injuries recieved in a motor vehicle accident while working at the scene of an outdoor grass fire. Myers was operating a fire department vehicle and traveling south on County Road Wesley, near the Pittsburg County Line (OK), when his son, Fire FIghter Juston Myers, also working the fire and operating a privately owned vehicle heading north on County Road Wesley, crossed left of center on the narrow gravel road in heavy smoke obstructed conditions, and collided head on with the fire department vehicle his father was driving. Personnel from several fire departments in the area worked fro more than an hour and a half to free Fire Fighter John C. Myers from the wreckage. Fire Fighter Juston Myers and a passenger in the privately owned vehicle were both injured in the accident. Juston was treated at the scene and his passenger, Clayton Rice, was taken to a nearby hospital with head, leg and arm injuries. Memorial fund contributions can be made in honor of Fire Fighter John C. Myers, c/o Union Chapel Volunteer Fire Department, HC Box 3030, Pittsburg, Oklahoma 74560. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Myers Family.  

Gary Stephens, 57 of Elizabeth, New Jersey 01-02-09

At 2 a.m. EST on January 2, 2009, Gary Stephens, a 28 year career fire fighter with the Elizabeth Fire Department, responded to a house fire on Marshall Street in Elizabeth, New Jersey. At the scene of the fire, Fire Fighter Stephens was momentarily distracted, and he stook in the path of a fire truck that was slowly backing up to lay hose to a hydrant. The truck accidentally ren him over, and he was immediately rushed to the Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth, New Jersey where he succumbed to his injuries. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Stephens Family.