Cohnway Matthew Johnson

Fire Fighter/ EMT

USFA Releases 2010 Firefighter Fatatlity Statistics

EMMITSBURG, MD — The United States Fire Administration (USFA) announced today there were 87 onduty firefighter fatalities in the United States as a result of incidents that occurred in 2010, a 6 percent decrease from the 90 fatalities reported for 2009.

Acting U.S. Fire Administrator Glenn Gaines noted that "When evaluating the trend in onduty firefighter fatalities over more than three decades, the past two years have seemed to reflect a possible change in the firefighting culture of the United States where Everyone Goes Home, including all firefighters." Gaines then added, "Working closely with our partners, USFA will continue every effort to be sure that when it comes to firefighter health and safety this downward trend in onduty firefighter deaths continues."

Eighty-seven onduty firefighters from 31 states lost their lives as the result of 83 fatal incidents that occurred in 2010. This is the second consecutive year of substantially fewer firefighter deaths in the United States. During the previous six-year period of 2004-2009, the average number of annual onduty firefighter deaths was 112. Illinois experienced the highest number of fatalities with nine firefighters killed; New York and Ohio had the next highest totals with eight firefighter deaths each.

An overview of the 87 firefighters that died while on duty in 2010:

  • The total break down included 56 volunteer, 28 career, and 3 wildland agency firefighters.
  • There were 4 firefighter fatality incidents where 2 firefighters were killed in each, claiming a total of 8 firefighters.
  • 11 firefighters died in duties associated with wildland fires. Along with 11 such deaths in 2007, it was the lowest number of annual firefighter deaths associated with wildland fires in a decade.
  • Activities related to emergency incidents resulted in the deaths of 48 firefighters.
  • 22 firefighters died while engaging in activities at the scene of a fire.
  • 16 firefighters died while responding to or returning from 15 emergency incidents. 9 of the firefighters killed while responding to incidents died from heart attacks (8) or stroke (1).
  • Heart attacks were the most frequent cause of death with 50 firefighter deaths.
  • 12 firefighters died while they were engaged in training activities.
  • 15 firefighters died after the conclusion of their onduty activity.

For 34 years, USFA has tracked the number of firefighter fatalities and conducted an annual analysis. Through the collection of information on the causes of firefighter deaths, the USFA is able to focus on specific problems and direct efforts toward finding solutions to reduce the number of firefighter fatalities in the future. This information is also used by many organizations to measure the effectiveness of their current efforts directed toward firefighter health and safety.

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation also maintains a list of firefighters who die in the line-of-duty and are honored during the annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend held each October in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Visit www.FireHero.org for more information about the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and their assistance to the families of the firefighters lost in 2010 and beyond.

For additional information on firefighter fatalities, including the annual fatality reports from 1986-2010, 2011 firefighter fatality notices, and the report Firefighter Fatality Retrospective Study 1990-2000, please visit the USFA's website.


Corey Ankum, 34 of Chicago, Illinois 12-22-2010

While working a fire at a vacant commercial building, 16 firefighters reportedly became trapped and were injured after the roof of the building collapsed.  Two firefighters, Firefighter Edward Stringer, and Firefighter Corey Ankum, who according to reports had been on the roof of the building with other firefighters when it collapsed, passed away from injuries sustained in the incident. Ten other firefighters are reported to be in stable condition while four others are reported to be in critical condition. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ankum Family.

Edward Stringer, Age not given,  of Chicago, Illinois 12-22-2010

While working a fire at a vacant commercial building, 16 firefighters reportedly became trapped and were injured after the roof of the building collapsed.  Two firefighters, Firefighter Edward Stringer, and Firefighter Corey Ankum, who according to reports had been on the roof of the building with other firefighters when it collapsed, passed away from injuries sustained in the incident. Ten other firefighters are reported to be in stable condition while four others are reported to be in critical condition. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Stringer Family. 

Chad Null, 33 of Sullivan, Indiana 12-16-2010

After returning from two emergency medical services calls, Firefighter/Paramedic Null was at the fire station when he was found unresponsive on the floor by colleagues.  They immediately performed CPR, and Firefighter/Paramedic Null was rushed to the hospital where he died from an apparent heart attack.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Null Family.

Jimmy Tuberville, 64 of Midgeville, Tennessee 12-13-2010

Fire Chief Tuberville passed away from an apparent heart attack while working at the scene of grass fire adjacent to Highway 22A, approximately 100 meters north of the Milledgeville fire station.   Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Tuberville Family. 

Kenneth Marshall Jr., 33 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts 11-25-2010

Firefighter Kenneth Marshall Jr. was driving Engne Company 2 en route to a residential fire when members of his department in the apparatus noticed that he was in distress.  The members immediately stopped Engine 2 and performed CPR.  Firefighter Marshall was rushed by Rehoboth Ambulance to the hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Marshall Family. 
Dillon C. Denton, 64 of Lancaster, South Carolina 12-07-2010

Lieutenant Denton was participating in a training activity when he informed other members that he wasn't feeling well. He was assisted by fellow firefighters and Lancaster County EMS then airlifted to the Carolina Medical Center where he passed away early in the morning of December 7th from a reported brain aneurysm. Incident Location: Next door to the fire department in the parking lot of the Trinity Presbyterian Church.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Denton Family. 

Gary M. Valentino, 41 of Brooklyn, New York 11-26-2010
Firefighter Valentino was found unconscious in the firehouse bunkroom where, according to initial reports, he went to rest after stating that he was not feeling well.  The cause of Firefighter Valentino’s passing is sl to tilbe determined. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Valentino Family. 
Fernando Sanchez, 25 of South Sacramento, California 11-23-2010
Inmate Firefighter Sanchez was killed when the crew carrying vehicle (CCV) he was riding in was struck head-on by a car that, according to press reports, had crossed over the center of the roadway into oncoming traffic. Sanchez, along with other inmate firefighters, was reported to have been ejected from the heavily damaged CCV as it rolled at least one time along the shoulder of the roadway coming to a final resting position on its right side.  Four of the other inmates were critically injured.  Eight additional people, including a Los Angeles County Fire Department firefighter who drove the CCV and served as the crew's leader, received minor-to-moderate injuries. The driver of the car that struck the CCV was also killed and pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Incident Location: Highway 138 near Interstate 5 south of Gorman.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Sanchez Family. 
Worne T. Hall, 86 of Hitchins, Kentucky 11-19-2010

Captain Hall responded to a reported ATV rollover and was coordinating the landing zone for a medical helicopter when he began experiencing chest pain. Treatment was initiated on-scene and he was transported to King's Daughters' Medical Center in Ashland where he passed away of an apparent heart attack. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hall Family.

Chance Zobel, 23 of Columbia, South Carolina  11-13-2010

Firefighter Zobel was killed and another firefighter was seriously injured when they were struck by a motor vehicle while working a median fire on Interstate 20. Initial reports indicate that two vehicles were approaching the scene from behind. One vehicle slammed into the rear of the other, which had slowed or stopped, pushing it into a small gap between the fire apparatus and the guardrail, striking both, and also striking the two firefighters. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Zobel Family. 

James Gumbert, 63 of North Irwin, Pennsylvania 11-10-2010

While responding to a residential structure fire, Firefighter Gumbert began experiencing chest pains and was rendered unconscious at the fire station. Some firefighters started CPR to revive him, while the rest responded to the fire scene. Paramedics transported Firefighter Gumbert to Forbes Regional Medical Center in Monroeville where he passed away.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Gumbert Family. 

Leonard Aruthur Murray, 53 of Nashville, Indiana 11-05-2010

Captain Leonard Arthur Murray was working at the fire station when he was killed.  Incident Location:  4831 Helmsburg Road, Nashville, IN  47448-8896  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Murray Family. 

Rick Drake, 39 of Taylorsville, Indiana 11-01-2010
Lieutenant Drake suffered a massive heart attack while on station. He and other members of German Township Fire Department had responded earlier to a report of a person having difficulty breathing.  After clearing the run and returning to the fire station, Lieutenant Drake began conducting equipment checks.  Shortly thereafter, his wife, who was visiting him at the firehouse, called 911 to report he was having severe chest pain.  Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department, Columbus Regional Hospital EMS, and German Township Fire Department personnel responded. As he was being transported to the hospital, Lieutenant Drake suffered cardiac arrest.  Resuscitation efforts were initiated, but he was pronounced dead at Columbus Regional Hospital. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Drake Family. 
Gary L. Cummins, 62 of Brocton, Illinois 10-31-2010

Firefighter Cummins died from an apparent heart attack while responding to structure fire. Cummins was driving a piece of apparatus when he suddenly collapsed, causing the apparatus to leave the roadway and come to rest in a ditch.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Cummins Family. 

Kevin Quinn, 52 of Dayton, Ohio 10-30-2010

Lieutenant Quinn passed away from a cause still to be determined while on duty at the Montgomery County (OH) Regional Dispatch Center.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Quinn Family. 

Bruce Bachinsky, 47, of Waterbury, Connecticut 10-26-2010 
Lieutenant Bachinsky passed away form an apparent heart attack several hours after completing his duty shift during which he responded to several emergencies.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bachinsky Family.
Randall Scott Davenport, 37 of Marshall, Missouri 10-24-2010

Firefighter Davenport was found deceased on Sunday morning at the Marshall Firehouse within hours of fighting two structure fires. The cause of Firefighter Davenport death is still to be determined. Incident Location: 471 W Arrow ST, Marshall, MO  65340-1904.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Davenport Family.   

Daniel C. Wilson, 58 of Curtice, Ohio 10-23-2010

On October 19, 2010 at approximately 1515 hours, Firefighter Wilson responded for an EMS call.  At the conclusion of the call, he returned home.  It was noted tht he appeared to be feeling poorly when he left.  On October 20, 2010 at approximately 1000 hours, he requested EMS to his residence due to feeling ill.  He was transported to the hospital where he underwent emergency heart surgery and remained hospitalized until his death on October 23, 2010.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Wilson Family. 

William Akin Jr., 52 of Ghent New York 10-19-2010
Fire Police Captain Akin was operating his privately owned vehicle with emergency lighting in response to a motor vehicle accident. After stopping and clearing his intersection, Akin proceeded across the roadway and struck a telephone pole. Authorities are investigating the incident to determine a cause of death and whether Captain Akin suffered a medical emergency causing the accident.   Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Akin Family. 
Thomas Innes, 61 of Hindsboro, Illinois 10-03-2010

Assistant Fire Chief Innes responded to a medical call in the town of Hindsboro. After the call was completed and the patient was transported, Innes went back to the station, readied the equipment, and then returned home. Shortly after returning home, Chief Innes became ill and was taken to a hospital where he passed away from a cause still to be reported. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Innes Family. 

Robert Hall, 57 of Lynchburg, Ohio 09-27-2010

Upon completion of a firehouse meeting and as he was preparing to perform apparatus checks, Firefighter Hall became ill.  While being transported to the hospital by Advance Life Support personnel, Firefighter Hall went into cardiac arrest. Despite all resuscitative efforts, however, Firefighter Hall passed away from complications as a result of the cardiac arrest. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Hall Family. 

Ronald W. Stephan, 61 of Lynn, Indiana 09-25-2010

Firefighter Stephan suffered an apparent fatal heart attack the morning following his participation in a mutual-aid response to a large brush fire in Ohio. Incident Location: 9849 Fourman Road, Laura, OH   Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Stephan Family. 

William Harold "Hal" Clark, 54 of Atlantic, Virginia  09-24-2010
Firefighter Clark passed away at the Peninsula Regional Medical Center after he was transported to the hospital due to possible heat related injuries incurred while fighting a fast moving woods fire on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.  Investigation into the cause of death continues. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Clark Family. 
Ryan Neil Seitz, 26 of McArthur, Ohio 09-24-2010

While working with other firefighters to bring an outdoor fire under control, Firefighter Seitz was struck and killed by a part of a pressurized water tank that exploded. Although the investigation continues, initial reports from local authorities indicate that a pressure valve or pressure plate on the water tank had malfunctioned.  The explosion injured a second McArthur firefighter who was treated at a hospital and released.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Seitz Family. 

Mark Johnson, 55 of Hinsdale, Illinois 09-20-10

Deputy Fire Chief Johnson responded to an emergency medical call with fire department units and, after returning to the fire station, collapsed while conducting department mandated physical training. Deputy Fire Chief Johnson was treated by fire department paramedics and other medical personnel, but passed away from a cause still to be reported. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Johnson Family. 

Edward Mosely, 65 of Morgan, Texas 09-26-10

While on the ground level, Firefighter Edward Mosely was assisting other firefighters who were working on the roof of a Steele Creek Acres Station.  His heel caught on a stack of sheet metal and he fell backwards onto the concrete floor hitting his head.  Firefighter Mosely went into a coma and died on September 26, 2010 from injuries sustained from this accident. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Mosely Family. 

Jonathan Lewis "Johnny" Littleton, 40 of Pine Level, North Carolina 08-20-2010

Captain Littleton was participating in fire department training when he started feeling ill and departed early for his residence. Captain Littleton was discovered the following day at his residence having passed away from a cause still to be determined.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Littleton Family. 

John Kelly, 51 of Tarrytown, New York 09-06-2010

Firefighter Kelly died after being overcome by fumes while climbing down into an approximately 15-foot manhole attempting to rescue a village Department of Public Works employee, Anthony Ruggiero, also a volunteer firefighter with Hope Hose Company Engine 79. Ruggiero, who also died in the incident, had been investigating a reported sewer system problem in the area and was overcome by fumes as he descended into the manhole.

According to press reports, a hazardous materials team measured the oxygen level at 14 percent after the men were pulled out. An assistant fire chief for the fire department was quoted as saying he did not know if deadly gases were detected.  Our thoughts and prayers to out to the Kelly Family. 

 

Larry Suiter, 66 of Lorraine, Kansas 09-04-2010

Fire Chief Suiter responded to an anhydrous ammonia leak at a grain elevator.  After returning home from the incident, Chief Suiter passed away from a cause still to be reported.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Suiter Family. 

Douglas Farrington, 44 of  Delta, Pennsylvania 08-23-10

Firefighter Farrington responded the fire station to man a backup engine as the company responded to a barn fire in Peach Bottom Township of York County, PA. After the fire company returned to the station, Farrington assisted in cleaning and a putting away the equipment and then went home at approximately 2330hrs.

The following morning after he had reported to duty at his full-time job with the Aberdeen Proving Ground Fire Department, Firefighter Farrington stayed just a short time and then returned home where he passed away from a fatal heart attack approximately 1116hrs.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Farrington Family.

Christopher Wheatley, 31 of Chicago, Illinois 08-09-10

Firefighter Wheatley was working a grease-chute fire at a restaurant when he fell approximately 35 feet from a ladder suffering fatal injuries while he was making his way up to the roof of the burning building with his equipment.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Wheatley Family.      

Chris Adams, 25 of Little Rock, Arkansas 08-02-10

Firefighter/Ranger Adams was operating an Arkansas Forestry Commission apparatus, a 2002 International tractor-trailer, and was en route to check on the status of an earlier fire. For a cause still under investigation, the rig reportedly crossed the roadway center line, went into a ditch and overturned. Firefighter/Ranger Adams did not survive the accident. Memorial contributions can be made In honor of Firefighter/Ranger Chris Adams, c/o Arkansas Forestry Commission, Attn; Human Resources Department, 3821 West Roosevelt Road, Little Rock, AR 72204. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Adams Family.

Stephen N. Costello , 46 of Burlington, Vermont  07-30-10

On July 23rd, Fire Lieutenant Costello was found by the members of his fire crew in cardiac arrest at Fire Station #2. Members of Engine 2 and Rescue 2 performed CPR, and transported Costello to Fletcher Allen Health Care Emergency Department. In the Emergency Department, Lieutenant Costello regained his pulse and after further medical interventions, was admitted to the Intensive Care unit where his condition was listed as critical. He succumbed to his injuries on Friday July 30th..Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Costello Family.

William Daniel “Danny” Altice, 67 of Rocky Mount, Virginia 07-26-10

While responding to a residential structure fire, Fire Chief Dillon and Firefighter Altice were both killed when their fire department apparatus was struck by an SUV at an intersection. The fire truck rolled several times and came to a final resting position on top of another car. The cab of the apparatus was heavily damaged; neither occupant was reported to be wearing seat belts. One of the civilian motor vehicle operators suffered non life-threatening injuries and the other was uninjured in the incident. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Altice Family.

Posey Dillon, 59 of Rocky Mount, Virginia 07-26-10

While responding to a residential structure fire, Fire Chief Dillon and Firefighter Altice were both killed when their fire department apparatus was struck by an SUV at an intersection. The fire truck rolled several times and came to a final resting position on top of another car. The cab of the apparatus was heavily damaged; neither occupant was reported to be wearing seat belts. One of the civilian motor vehicle operators suffered non life-threatening injuries and the other was uninjured in the incident. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Dillon Family.

David Sullivan, 70 of Otis, Massachusetts 07-25-10

Firefighter Sullivan worked at the scene of a structure fire on July 24th at approximately 1500hrs, clearing the scene and returning home several hours later. The following day near his home, Sullivan complained to others that he was not feeling well and retired to his residence where he was later discovered having passed away from a cause still to be determined. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Sullivan Family.

Michel Baik, 49 of Bridgeport, Connecticut 07-24-10

Lieutenant Velasquez and Firefighter Baik were operating on the third floor of a burning residential structure performing search and rescue and ventilating the house when they became caught and trapped. After "mayday" calls were made, the two firefighters were recovered within a matter of minutes by the fire department's rapid intervention team and CPR was administered at the scene. Both firefighters died from injuries sustained in the incident. Lieutenant Velasquez was pronounced dead at St. Vincent’s Medical Center and Firefighter Baik was pronounced dead at Bridgeport Hospital. Officials suspect the fire broke out in a second floor apartment. Three other firefighters were taken to the hospital. One had a broken ankle and the other two were treated for heat exhaustion. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Baik Family.

Steven Velasquez, 40 of Bridgeport, Connecticut 07-24-10

Lieutenant Velasquez and Firefighter Baik were operating on the third floor of a burning residential structure performing search and rescue and ventilating the house when they became caught and trapped. After "mayday" calls were made, the two firefighters were recovered within a matter of minutes by the fire department's rapid intervention team and CPR was administered at the scene. Both firefighters died from injuries sustained in the incident. Lieutenant Velasquez was pronounced dead at St. Vincent’s Medical Center and Firefighter Baik was pronounced dead at Bridgeport Hospital. Officials suspect the fire broke out in a second floor apartment. Three other firefighters were taken to the hospital. One had a broken ankle and the other two were treated for heat exhaustion. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Velasquez Family.

Richard L. Springman, 20 of Trout Run, Pennsylvania 07-14-10

Firefighter Springman was responding in his personal vehicle to a fatal two-vehicle collision on Route 15 when his truck reportedly struck a guardrail and crashed. Firefighter Springman was ejected from his vehicle and passed away from injuries sustained in the accident. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Springman Family.

Charles Hornberger, 60 of Milmont Park, Pennsylvania 07-12-10

On Wednesday, June 30, 2010, at approximately 1140hrs, Engineer Hornberger responded to the fire station for an alarm of a commercial building fire.  He arrived at the station but missed the truck.  He stayed at the station until his company returned and then went home.  While leaving his house a short while later, he collapsed.  He was immediately given CPR and rushed to the Taylor Hospital.  He remained in the hospital where he passed away from irreversible damage to the heart. Our thoughts and prayer go out to the Hornberger Family.

Charles Robert “Bob” Flintom, 61 of Greer, South Carolina 07-04-10

Firefighter Flintom was in the fire station kitchen preparing lunch when he blacked-out, fell, and struck his head. Flintom went to the hospital and discovered his fall had caused some internal bleeding. The following day, Firefighter Flintom’s condition worsened and he became unconscious, passing away from his injury on July 4th. Memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation 500 Taylor Street, Suite 101, Columbia, South Carolina 29201. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Flintom Family.

Douglas L. Smith, 50 of Williamstown, Pennsylvania 07-09-10

Firefighter Smith passed away due to an apparent heart attack as he entered the fire station while responding to a fire call in nearby Porter Township. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Williamstown EMS, PO Box 74, Williamstown, PA 17098. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Smith Family.

Thomas Araguz III, 30 of Wharton, Texas 07-03-10

Captain Araguz was killed when he became caught and trapped by rapidly progressing fire conditions inside of a 25,000 square feet 250-foot-long processing building at a poultry farm. A contributing factor fueling the fire was large fans used to keep the animals cool. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by state and local authorities. An account has been established for Captain Thomas Araguz III at The First State Bank of Louise, 505 East Bowling Hwy, Wharton, Texas 77488. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Araguz Family.

 

Frank William Fouts, V, 37 of Kankakee, Illinois 07-01-10

Lieutenant Fouts passed away from cardiac arrhythmia after completing two fire and two EMS calls on his last shift. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Frank William Fouts, V Memorial Fund for his children. Other expressions of sympathy or condolences can be sent to Local 653 at 1136 Flossie Circle, Bourbonnais, Illinois 60914. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Fouts Family.

 

Jay C. Brown, 42 of Gresston, Georgia 06-27-10

Fire Chief Brown passed away from an apparent heart attack while working with his fire department to clear away trees that were knocked down during severe storms in the area. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Brown Family.

Chet Bauermeister, 47 of Mesa, Washington 06-23-10

Fire Chief Bauermeister passed away from injuries sustained at a mutual aid wildland fire call in neighboring Adams County when the Firecat (Snowcat conversion) fire apparatus he was operating in steep terrain flipped over backwards. Another firefighter on board the apparatus with Chief Bauermeister at the time, sustained minor injuries and was taken to Othello Community Hospital where he was treated and released. Memorial Contributions can be made at Chet Bauermeister Memorial Fund, Bank of Whitman, PO Box 2776, Pasco, WA 99302-2776. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Bauermeister Family.

Scott W. Davis, 46 of Oswego, New York 06-20-10

Firefighter Davis passed away from an apparent heart attack shortly after completing a tour of duty that included several emergency responses. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Oswego Firefighters Association, 35 E. Cayuga St, Oswego, New York 13126. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Davis Family.

Edward Eckert, 71 of Manahawkin, New Jersey 06-06-10

Stafford Township Fire Department was dispatched to a fire call.  Upon his pager alerting FF Eckert walked across his living room to go to his vehicle to respond to the call.  At this point, he fell to the floor.  He was reported to be disoriented.  EMS responded and he was transported to the local hospital.  His condition deteriorated and he passed away on June 6, 2010 from what was discovered to have been a brain hemorrhage. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Eckert Family. 

Donald A. Schneider Jr., 63 of Belleville, Wisconsin 05-29-10

Firefighter Schneider passed away from an apparent heart attack while at the Belleville Fire Station. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Schneider Family.

David IRR, 48 of Yuma, Arizona 05-22-10

Captain IRR passed away in his sleep on duty and was discovered at shift change. Memorial Contributions can be made In honor of Captain David IRR, c/o the Rural/Metro Firefighters Fund, 2029 S Arizona AVE, Yuma, AZ 85364. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the IRR Family.

John Glaser, 33 of Shawnee, Kansas 05-22-10

While performing search and rescue operations at a residential structure fire, Firefighter Glaser became separated from his crew and reported that he was in trouble. A crewmember requested a Mayday and immediately began searching for Firefighter Glaser. Additional firefighters then entered to locate Glaser, and on locating him, Glaser was removed from the structure and provided medical care by paramedics on the scene. Firefighter Glaser was transported to the Shawnee Mission Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead. Visitation will be Wednesday (05/26/2010) from 1600-2000hrs at the Church of the Resurrection, 13720 Row Ave, Leawood, KS. Thursday morning (05/27/2010), a fire apparatus procession will begin at the Amos Family Funeral Home, 10901 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, and will pass by the Shawnee Fire Department Station #71 then proceed to the Church of the Resurrection for a 1030hrs memorial service. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Glaser Family.

 

David Curlin, 40 of Pine Bluff, Arkansas 05-22-10

Lieutenant Curlin suffered numerous serious injuries from a wall and support beam collapse while operating at the scene of an office supply store fire in early January 2010. After a number of surgeries and ongoing hospital care, Lieutenant Curlin succumbed to his injuries. Lieutenant Curlin’s family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be given to the Arkansas Fallen Firefighters Memorial Inc., PO Box 56470, Little Rock, Arkansas 72215. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Curlin Family.

Kurt Meusel, 25 of Scales Mound, Illinois 05-22-10

Firefighter Meusel died from injuries sustained in a single motor vehicle accident while responding to a search and rescue incident. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Meusel Family.

Donnie Caldwell, 75 of Ghent, West Virginia 05-13-10

Lieutenant Caldwell, one of the firefighters injured in the 2007 Little General Store explosion in Ghent, West Virginia, has passed away from complications related to the injuries he sustained in the blast. The propane explosion killed two other firefighters at the incident scene, Captain Fred Burroughs, and Firefighter-EMT Craig Dorsey. Two propane service technicians were also killed and five other people were injured. The explosion leveled the store, destroyed a responding ambulance, and damaged other nearby vehicles. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Caldwell Family.

John Polimine, 51 of Windber, Pennsylvania 05-01-10

Firefighter Polimine suffered a heart attack and collapsed after finishing a fire-suppression session at the Cambria County Fire School. Polimine and others were in a basic essentials class for firefighters, with multiple stations and tasks, including interior firefighting operations. Firefighter Polimine was treated at the scene and then transported to the Miners Medical Center where he passed away. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Polimine Family.

 

Steven Scott Crannell, 47 of Guthrie Center, Iowa 04-22-10

Firefighter Steven Crannell participated in a fire department training drill on the evening of 04/21/2010.  He went home after assisting with cleanup from the drill.  EMS was dispatched to his home at 12:05 am on 4/22/2010.  He was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead at 1:20 am from an apparent heart attack. Memorial contributions may be made to the Guthrie Center Fire Department 101 State Street, Guthrie Center Iowa, 50115. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Crannell Family.

Vincent Iaccino, 65 of Hyde Park, New York 04-12-10

During a training exercise at the Dutchess County Fire Training Center, Captain Iaccino experienced severe chest pains.  While en route, via ambulance, to a local hospital, he went into cardiac arrest and never regained consciousness. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Iaccino Family.

Harold Reed, Sr, 74 of Peru, Kansas 04-11-10

While assisting at a rural brush fire, Captain Reed was overcome by smoke.  He was treated and subsequently transported to the Sedan City Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Donations may be sent to the First National Bank, 101 West Main Street, Sedan, Kansas 67361. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Reed Family.

Garrett Loomis, 26 of Sackets Harbor, New York 04-11-10

Assistant Fire Chief Loomis was among members of his fire department that had arrived on-scene of a reported silo fire. Loomis had climbed the silo to investigate the situation and was returning back down the ladder when the silo exploded. Assistant Fire Chief Loomis died from injuries sustained in the explosion. The incident remains under investigation. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Loomis Family.

 

Donald E. Schaper, 53 of Gainsville, Missouri 04-09-10

Firefighter Schaper responded to an Emergency request for aid for an unknown type of incident. Arriving at the scene in his personal vehicle, Schaper suffered an unknown medical emergency. Life saving efforts were provided by other responders on scene, and Firefighter Schaper was transported to Baxter Regional Hospital in Mountain Home Arkansas where he died. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Schaper Family.

Leo Powell, 74 of Lucasville, Ohio 04-03-10

At approximately 1200hrs on 04/03/2010, Firefighter Powell responded to a brush fire with the fire department.  After clearing the scene, Powell collapsed at his residence at approximately 1500hrs from an apparent heart attack and could not be revived. Memorial contributions in honor of Firefighter and former Fire Chief Leo Powell may be made to the Morgan Township Volunteer Fire Department, 7106 Big Bear Creek Road, Lucasville, OH 45648. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Powell Family.

Dennis Robinson, 61 of Tucson, Arizona 03-31-10

A few hours after participating in roof ventilation training on the fire department’s portable burn trailer, Captain Robinson fell ill at Three Point’s Station 92.  He was transported to Saint Mary’s Hospital, but succumbed to his injury the following day. The nature of the fatal injury is still under investigation. Memorials may be made to the Three Points Fire Department, 11200 S. Sierrita Mountain Rd., PMB 328, Tucson, AZ 85736 to the attention of Chief John Williams. Our thoughts and prayers fo out to the Robinson Family.

 

Edward Teare, 53 of Independence, Ohio 03-31-10

Lieutenant Teare complained of not feeling well after a training session, lied down and was found by crew members in cardiac arrest a short time later. Memorial contributions can be made In honor of Lieutenant Edward Teare, c/o Independence Fire Department, 6305 Selig DR, Independence, OH 44131-4926. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Teare Family.

 

Brian Carey, 28 of Homewood, Illinois 03-30-10
John P. Moore, 56 of Columbus, Ohio 03-29-10

Firefighter Moore was assigned as a Paramedic Instructor at the Columbus Fire Division Training Academy. He was found unresponsive in his office from an apparent heart attack. Efforts to revive Firefighter Moore were unsuccessful. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Moore Family.

 

Jeremy Bolick, 23 of Blowing Rock, North Carolina 03-21-10

Firefighters Bolick and Wright were returning home from fire department mandated training when the vehicle in which they were traveling was involved in a two vehicle collision. Both Bolick and Wright were killed and the cause of the accident is under investigation by the North Carolina State Police.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Bolick Family.

 

Donald “Donnie” Adkins, 32 of Glasgow, West Virginia 03-13-10
Firefighter Adkins was part of a swift water rescue team working on a mutual aid rescue detail. He and two others were in a boat when the motor struck a piece of submerged material causing the motor to quit and the boat to drift away and capsize. Two team members made it to safety but Firefighter Adkins went missing. The men were attempting a rescue in the Beaver area at the time and had already fought the currents to rescue 11 people in another part of the county.
After almost seven days of searching in challenging terrain under very difficult circumstances, a body has been recovered from
Beaver Creek near the accident site where the rescue boat tipped over. Identification is pending autopsy.  Donations in honor of Firefighter Donald Adkins can be made c/o the Glasgow Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 190, 119 Tompkins AVE, Glasgow, WV 25086-0190. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Adkins Family.  

Kevin Swan, 69 of Beacon Falls, Connecticut 03-10-10
Gerard Marcheterre, 50 of Skaneateles, New York 03-06-10

While riding in a rescue pumper en route to a barn collapse caused by heavy snow in the town of Spafford, Firefighter Marcheterre’s breathing became labored. An ambulance met the apparatus at the Spafford Fire Department on Route 41 and transported Firefighter Marcheterre to Cortland Regional Medical Center, where he succumbed to an apparent heart attack. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Marcheterre Family.

 

Brian Rowe, 66 of West Fork, Maine 03-05-10
Brian P. Waynant, Sr., 45 of Wilmington, Delaware 03-01-10

Firefighter/Inspector Waynant died after being struck, while on foot, by an Amtrak train. The City of Wilmington is assisting the Delaware State Police and Amtrak Police with the ongoing investigation of the incident. Additional information will be made available by the Delaware State Police which is the lead investigating agency on this case. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Waynant Family.

Jonathan Siemers, 44 of Clay Center, Kansas 02-20-10

Upon completion of his shift during which he responded to an apartment building fire, Fire Chief Siemers returned home.  Early the next morning, Fire Chief Siemers complained of shoulder pain and subsequently collapsed from and succumbed to an apparent heart attack. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Siemers Family.

 

Donald G. Mellott, 62 of Woolrich, Pennsylvannia 02-12-10

After establishing and working traffic control and scene protection for more than an hour at the scene of a motor vehicle accident, Fire Police Captain Mellott was struck and killed by an approaching civilian vehicle. The fatal incident is still under investigation by both local and state authorities. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Donald G. Mellott Memorial Fund through the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home Inc. 231 High St., Flemington, PA 17745. Our thoughts and prayer go out to the Mellott Family.

 

Stanley L. Giles, 65 of Linn Valley, Kansas 02-10-10

Fire Chief Giles passed away from injuries sustained when he was pinned between a fire apparatus backing into the station after returning from a fire call and another fire department vehicle. In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of  Fire Chief Stanley L. Giles may be made to the Linn Valley Lakes Fire Department Auxiliary, c/o Linn Valley Lakes Fire Department, 1794 Lakeview Lane, Linn Valley, KS 66040.

John Coyle, 63 of Priest River, Idaho 02-08-10

Assistant Fire Chief Coyle passed away from an apparent heart attack while working at the department’s new fire station that is under construction. Donations can be made in honor of Assistant Fire Chief Coyle to the West Pend Oreille Fire District for the new fire station, PO Box 1267, 1104 Ninth ST, Priest River, ID 83856. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Coyle Family.

Henry Sandy, 52 of Batesville, Arkansas 01-26-10

Firefighter Sandy was working water supply and pumper operations at the scene of a residential structure fire when he collapsed from an apparent heart attack moments after refueling one of the motors.  Firefighters and other responders worked to resuscitate Firefighter Sandy, but he succumbed to his injury. Memorial contributions can be made In honor of Firefighter Henry Sandy, c/o Northside Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 2521, Batesville, AR  72503-2521. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Sandy Family.

Terry Cannon, 52 of Louisville, Kentucky 01-17-10

Major Cannon passed away from an apparent heart attack shortly after responding to a residential fire alarm. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to be made to WHAS Crusade for Children, PO Box 1100, Louisville, KY 40201. Out thoughts and prayers go out to the Cannon Family.

Joseph Mack McCafferty, 59 of Lancaster, Ohio 01-16-10

Lieutenant McCafferty was incident commander at the scene of a residential structure fire when he collapsed on the fireground and later succumbed to an apparent stroke. Memorial contributions can be made to; Local 291 Memorial Fund, 1596 East Main Street, Lancaster, Ohio 43130 ATTN: Dana Hiles. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the McCafferty Family.

 

Jerry Thompson, 55 of Union, Mississippi 01-14-10

While at the scene of a structure fire, Firefighter Thompson collapsed.  CPR efforts were started immediately by firefighters on-scene and Firefighter Thompson was transported by LifeCare EMS to Laird Hospital where he succumbed to an apparent heart attack. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Thompson Family.

Leroy Kemp, 85 of Tioga Center, New York 01-13-10

Firefighter Leroy Kemp was responding to a mutual aid call when he was involved in a multiple vehicle crash. He was killed upon impact. Memorial contributions can be made to the Tioga Center Fire Deparment in honor of Firefighter Kemp 60 Fifth Avenue, Tioga Center, New York, 13845, (607) 687-4102. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Kemp Family.

Urban A. Eck, 51 of Wichita, Kansas 01-02-10