Cohnway Matthew Johnson

Fire Fighter/ EMT

USFA 2013 Statistics

One hundred six firefighters (47 volunteer, 29 career and 30 wildland agency) died while on duty in 2013, an increase of 24 firefighters over the previous year’s total. 


Activities related to emergency incidents resulted in the deaths of 77 firefighters.  This includes all firefighters who died responding to an emergency or at an emergency scene, returning from an emergency incident, and during other emergen­cy-related activities.


Nonemergency activities accounted for 29 fatalities. Nonemergency duties include training, administrative activities, performing other functions that are not related to an emergency incident, and post-incident fatalities where the firefighter does not experience the illness or injury during the emergency. 

The 106 deaths in 2013 resulted from a total of 76 fatal incidents including four multiple firefighter fatality incidents killing 34 firefighters. Three of the four mul­tiple fatality incidents were in the state of Texas (Bryan — 2; West — 9; Houston — 4), and one, taking 19 wildland firefighters’ lives, was in the state of Arizona.

Fifty-five firefighters were killed during fireground operations in 2013, the fourth highest fireground loss of the past 25 years (1994 and 1999 — 56; 2001 — 383). When not including the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, the average fireground loss over the past 25 years was 36 firefighters killed. Of the 55 firefighters killed during fireground operations in 2013, 27 were at the scene of a structure fire, one at the scene of a vehicle fire, one while working a weather or natural disaster related incident, and 26 others at the scene of a wild­land or outside fire. The average age of the firefighters killed during fireground operations was 37 years old. Eighteen of the deaths were from volunteer fire de­partments, 12 were career, and 25 were wildland (or wildland related).


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For 37 years, the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has tracked the number of firefighter fatalities and con­ducted an annual analysis. Through the collection of information on the causes of firefighter deaths, USFA is able to focus on specific problems and contribute to efforts aimed at finding solutions to reduce the num­ber of firefighter fatalities in the future. This informa­tion is also used to measure the effectiveness of current programs directed toward firefighter health and safety.


This information is obtained from the U.S. Fire Administration website.  For further information, please visit their website:  http://www.usfa.fema.gov/


Jeffrey L. Fields, 51 of Youngsville, North Carolina 12-25-2013

Within 24 hours of responding to a motor vehicle accident on December 12th, Chief Fields suffered a heart attack. Fields remained in the hospital and underwent heart bypass surgery on December 17th returning home on the 23rd where he passed away on December 25th, 2013.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Fields family. 


David Lidke, 51 of Hightstown, New Jersey 12-23-2013

Having just returned to the station from working scene safety at two residential structure fires, Fire Police Lieutenant Lidke suffered a medical emergency and collapsed while directing traffic to assist apparatus back into quarters. The nature and cause of Lidke’s fatal injury is still to be determined.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Lidke family. 


Jon F. Schondelmayer, 44 of Cary, North Carolina 12-18-2013

On the morning of December 18, 2013, Firefighter Schondelmayer was working with Swift Creek Fire Department as a firefighter when he begin to feel ill. He communicated to his crew at approximately 1130hrs that he was going to go home to get some medicine and return to the station. His crew became concerned when he left and called him on his cell phone to check to see how he was doing. At the same time, a Swift Creek firefighter was sent to his residence. While on the telephone, Schondelmayer communicated that he did not feel well and needed assistance. When the other Swift Creek firefighter arrived at the residence, he found Firefighter Schondelmayer unresponsive. Schondelmayer's fellow responder began rendering medical aid and contacted his company at Swift Creek for assistance. Emergency responders worked for 50 minutes to try to revive Firefighter Schondelmayer but he passed away from a nature and cause of injury still to be determined and reported. Firefighter Schondelmayer was also a Fire Captain with the Cary Fire Department, North Carolina, and had just come off of a busy shift with Cary that included several emergency response runs before beginning duty that day with the Swift Creek Rural Fire Department.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Schondelmayer family. 


John J. Wayman Sr. 69 of Jefferson, Ohio 12-15-2013

Fire Chief Wayman passed away from an apparent heart attack within 24 hours of working with his fire department at the scene of a motor vehicle accident involving a truck and train at a railroad crossing.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Wayman family. 


Jeff Little, 50 of Waycross, Georgia 12-15-2013

Crews were performing overhaul operations on a residential structure fire when the ceiling collapsed trapping Lieutenant Little. Rescue efforts were immediately initiated and Little was transported to the Mayo Clinic of Waycross where he succumbed to injuries sustained in the collapse. According to fire department officials, the fire has been ruled intentionally set and Lieutenant Little’s death is being investigated as a homicide.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Little family. 


Terry Richard Guss, Sr. 72 of South Zanesville, Ohio 12-15-2013

After returning to the station from working a residential fire call, Firefighter Guss slipped and fell from the running board of an engine striking his head on the apparatus bay floor. According to reports, Guss was transported to the hospital alert and in little pain. While at the hospital Guss’ condition worsened and he was transferred to ICU then underwent surgery to address pressure on the brain from bleeding. In spite of best efforts from fellow first responders and medical personnel at the hospital, Firefighter Guss succumbed to his injuries passing away on Sunday, December 15th.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Guss family. 


Joshua T. Smith, 25 of LaCrosse, Virginia 12-14-2013

While responding to the fire station for an alarm, Firefighter Smith was killed from injuries sustained when the privately owned vehicle he was operating left the roadway and crashed. Investigation of the fatal accident continues by local and state authorities.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Smith family. 


Matt Frantz,  42 of Duluth, Minnesota 12-09-2013

Chief Frantz passed away from an apparent heart attack within 24 hours of responding to his fire station for a mutual aid fire call.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Frantz family. 


Charles A. Pierson, 76 of Kenna, West Virginia 12-07-2013

After responding to the fire station for the report of a motor vehicle accident, Chief Pierson suffered a medical emergency and collapsed while boarding the first due apparatus. Although fellow responders came to his aid, Chief Pierson passed away in the fire station from a nature of injury still to be reported.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Pierson family. 


Russ "Rooster" Gow, 58 of Factoryville, Pennsylvania 11-20-2013

While at the scene of a residential structure fire, First Assistant Chief Gow collapsed from a nature of illness still to be reported. Gow was treated on scene by fellow responders and transported to the hospital where he succumbed to his injury.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Gow family. 


James C. Goodman Jr., 52 of Nedrow, New York 11-11-2013

Lieutenant Goodman passed away while at the fire station from a cause still to be officially reported. According to fire department officials, Goodman was found unresponsive in the exercise room of the firehouse.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Goodman family. 


David Roland Barr Jr., 64 of Perryville, Maryland 11-07-2013

While working a traffic control point protecting the scene of a motor vehicle accident, Fire Police Captain Barr was struck by a car and seriously injured. Barr was treated at the scene by fellow responders and transported to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries almost two weeks later.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Barr family. 


James Michael Hill, 52 of Cincinnati, Ohio 11-05-2013

Lieutenant Hill passed away at home in his sleep. Hill had been on-duty and responded to an emergency incident within 24 hours of his passing. The cause of death is still to be officially reported but initial findings indicate a sudden cardiac arrest.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hill family. 


Blaine E. Wildnauer Jr., 58 of Kersey, Pennsylvania 11-02-2013

Firefighter Wildnauer suffered an apparent heart attack while assisting with loading a patient into an ambulance at the scene of a motor vehicle accident.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Wildnauer family.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Wildnauer family. 


Arlie Hill III, 37 of Whitley City, Kentucky 10-27-2013

Lieutenant Hill and his brother-in-law, Lt. Adam Stephens who is also a firefighter with Whitley City Fire Department, witnessed a fire in a residence near Hill’s home. After reporting the fire to which their fire department also responded, the two initiated a search of the home. While inside the structure, the firefighters were caught by rapid fire progress and injured. Stephens suffered fewer injuries and was able to rescue Hill from the burning home. Lieutenant Hill succumbed to his injuries, severe burns, after nearly two months in the hospital.

Memorial Fund Information - The Bank of McCreary Cunty has a funds account that has been set up by the Whitley City Fire Department for Lt. Arlie "Pooh" Hill and his family.  If you would like to make a donation you can contact the bank by the following information: Telephone: 606-376-5031 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 160, Whitley City, KY 42653

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hill family. 


Leroy Murphy Jr., 56 of Gettysburg, Ohio 10-20-2013

Firefighter Murphy responded to a fire call involving farm equipment while on duty with the Gettysburg Rural Fire Department. The following morning, Murphy fell ill while teaching at a local fire academy. Firefighter Murphy was treated and transported to the hospital but passed away a short while later from an embolism.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Murphy family. 


Jantzen Murrell Frazier, 28 of Eva, Alabama 10-17-2013

Firefighter Jantzen Murrell Frazier was responding to the scene of a structure fire when the apparatus he was driving ran off the road, flipped and slammed into a power pole. Frazier, the only person aboard the apparatus, was killed instantly from the injuries sustained as a result of the accident. Investigation into the cause of the accident continues.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Frazier family. 


Richard Floersch, 59 of Milan, Tennessee 10-02-2013

Fire Captain Richard Floersch suffered an apparent heart attack while on duty at the fire station. Although fire and emergency personnel administered life support measures, Captain Floersch succumbed to the injuries sustained.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Floersch family.


John Allison, 51 of Custer, Michigan 10-14-2013

On October 7, Chief Allison responded with his fire department to a personal injury auto accident as a mutual aid request. After assisting in extricating the victims and providing medical care, Chief Allison and the fire departments remained on scene to assist the Mason County Sheriff’s Office in conducting an accident investigation. After clearing the scene, Chief Allison returned to the department and assisted other personnel in restocking the trucks to put them back in service. In addition, because an accident victim was the wife of a fellow firefighter, Chief Allison stayed at the fire department for a while with other members for a debriefing discussion. The following day, October 8, Chief Allison was at home and stated to family that he was not feeling well. That evening, Chief Allison suffered a cardiac event. Even though family members and fellow responders immediately took actions to revive Chief Allison after his collapse, he never regained consciousness. Chief Allison was transported to Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital before being transferred to a hospital in Grand Rapids, MI. Chief Allison later passed away on October 14, having never recovered from the cardiac event on October 8.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Allison family.


Mark T. Urban, 40 of Boise, Idaho 09-27-2013

Firefighter Urban, a smokejumper for the Bureau of Land Management, died from injuries sustained while performing a proficiency jump. Investigation into the fatal incident continues.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Urban family. 


Iran D. Rivers, 48 of Tampa, Florida 09-22-2013

Firefighter Rivers responded to an emergency medical call during the early morning hours then returned to the station. Later at shift change, Rivers was discovered in quarters deceased from a cause still to be determined.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Rivers family.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Rivers family. 


Token Adams, 41 of Santa Fe, New Mexico 08-30-2013

Captain Adams disappeared August 30 while riding an ATV and checking on a report of smoke in the Santa Fe National Forest. A week later after extensive search operations, Adams was discovered by searchers deceased as a result of an accident involving the ATV.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Adams family. 


Joe Darr, 62 of Chillicothe, Missouri 09-04-2013

While working his shift and performing duties at the firehouse on August 17, 2013, Assistant Fire Chief Darr was found unresponsive. Darr was transported to the Hedrick Medical Center in Chillicothe and subsequently transported by air ambulance to St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, MO. Although he was released by the hospital, Darr was again found unresponsive while still on medical leave on September 4, 2013. He was transported back to St. Luke's Hospital where he passed away that day from a cause still to be determined.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Darr family.


Oscar Montano-Garcia, 50 of Medford, Oregon 08-25-2013

During operations on the Nabob fire in Northern California, Firefighter Montano-Garcia succumbed to a medical condition the nature of which is still to be reported.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Montano-Garcia family.


James Fellows, 45 of Rapid City, Michigan 08-20-2013 

Lieutenant Fellows passed away at home from a sudden illness within 24 hours of having responded to a rescue call.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Fellows family. 


Charles Eugene Kessel, 52 of Maysville, West Virginia 10-16-2006

Firefighter Kessel was transporting fire department fundraising equipment in his pickup truck from a local fairground to the fire station. Some of the items fell off the back of the truck. Firefighter Kessel stopped to pick up the items. While he was away from the vehicle, Firefighter Kessel realized that the vehicle was rolling away. He attempted to stop the vehicle but did not make it fully into the vehicle. Firefighter Kessel was dragged several feet before the vehicle hit a culvert and a road sign. Firefighter Kessel’s head was caught between the pickup truck and the road sign and he received serious facial and head injuries. Firefighter Kessel never fully recovered from his injuries. He died on October 16, 2006, as a result of complications of his injury.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Kessel family. 


Francis Arghur Ladue Jr., 63 of Santa Rosa, Texas 01-09-2011

Firefighter Ladue was operating an engine company performing resupply operations for a brush truck at a grass/brush fire in Cameron County. The engine featured an open passenger cab with the pump controls located mid-mount between the cab and tank. Firefighter Ladue slipped while stepping down from the pump controls to the passenger side and hit the back of his head. Firefighter Ladue indicated he was not injured and refused treatment at the scene. After the fire was controlled, he returned to the fire station. At approximately 1830hrs, he went home after refusing medical attention. Complaining of a headache to his wife, he went into a bedroom to rest. He was later found by his wife unconscious and unresponsive. He was transported by ambulance to a hospital where an examination revealed an intracranial hemorrhage. Firefighter Ladue remained on life support until passing away on January 9, 2011.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ladue family. 


Steven Francis Bouchard, 19 of Montgomery, Alabama 11-11-2008

Firefighter Bouchard and the members of his fire department were dispatched to a vehicle crash. Firefighter Bouchard responded in his personal vehicle and was involved in a single-vehicle crash. He died as a result of injuries received in the crash on November 11, 2008.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bouchard family. 


Remy Hathaway Pochelon, 54 of Philipsburg, Montana 09-30-2009

Fire Safety Officer Pochelon was assigned as the Safety Officer on the Table Mountain Fire on September 25, 2009. On September 29, 2009, Fire Safety Officer Pochelon was out on the fire line performing his duties, hiking long distances with a heavy pack and working with firefighters and command officers. The next morning while still assigned to the fire, Fire Safety Officer Pochelon suffered a CVA and died.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Pochelon family. 


Juan Pablo Casanova, 53 of Brownsville, Texas 08-10-2013

Pump Operator/Engineer Casanova suffered a heart attack while on duty. Casanova experienced three more heart attacks while in the hospital where he passed away on August 10th.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Casanova family. 


Matthew G. McKnight, 51 of Los Angeles, California 08-12-2013

Fire Captain/Paramedic McKnight was found unresponsive while on duty at the LAFD Metropolitan Fire Communications Center. Although immediately treated by colleagues who performed CPR, applied a defibrillator and instituted advanced life support measures, Captain McKnight was pronounced deceased at a nearby medical center a short time later. The nature of fatal the injury is yet to be determined.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the McKnight family. 


Kevin Hall, 59 of Vale, Oregon 08-10-2013

Firefighter Hall was found unresponsive while supporting a bulldozer crew as it worked to repair an existing fire line on the Grassy Mountain fire. BLM and other firefighters administered CPR until an air ambulance arrived but Hall reportedly died at the scene.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hall family. 


George R. Davidson, III 58 of Youngsville, New York 04-25-2007

Training Officer Davidson led and participated in a live fire training exercise for his fire department during the evening of April 27, 2007. During the event, Training Officer Davidson complained to the fire chief of not feeling well. The training exercise ended at approximately 2200hrs and Training Officer Davidson went home. Training Officer Davidson showered and went to bed when he arrived home. At 2315hrs, he began to have difficulty breathing and got out of bed. By midnight, his wife called 911 and requested an ambulance. Training Officer Davidson was transported to the hospital but was pronounced dead at 0122hrs on April 25, 2007, due to a heart attack.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Davidson family. 


Jesse Trader, 19 of Central Point, Oregon 08-06-2013

Firefighter Trader was returning from the evening shift when the water tender (tanker) he was driving hit an embankment and rolled over on the Bear Camp Road near Soldier Camp. Firefighters in vehicles driving behind Trader immediately stopped to assist. An advanced life support ambulance arrived on scene within minutes and life flight was quickly launched; however, all efforts to save Firefighter Trader were unsuccessful. The water tender, owned Ace Earthmoving, was being utilized by County Fire, a private fire suppression company serving the Merlin area and contracted to assist with the Big Windy Complex fire at the time. An accident investigation team from Josephine County and cooperating law enforcement agencies arrived on scene shortly after the accident and their investigation continues.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Trader family. 


John Hammack, 58 of Bend, Oregon 08-01-13

Firefighter Hammack was killed by the top portion of a snag that fell and struck him and another firefighter who was injured in the incident. The firefighters were clearing away hazardous trees on a wildfire, Incident #398, in the Mt. Washington Wilderness Area of Oregon. Hammack was taken to the Redmond Memorial Chapel the following afternoon after a recovery effort by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office who is also conducting an investigation into the death.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hammack family. 


Mark Anthony Shepard, Sr. 49 of Tomball, Texas 04-20-12

On April 18, 2012, Firefighter Shepard complained of feeling ill while at the fire station. He told an EMS Assistant Chief that he had not felt well since performing maintenance at the fire station during his shift on April 17, 2012. While speaking with the Assistant Chief, Firefighter Shepard became very pale and stated that he was having chest pains. Firefighter Shepard was escorted to the ambulance for a cardiac workup and transported to a local hospital. Firefighter Shepard remained in the hospital for tests and on April 20, 2012, he collapsed and all resuscitative efforts failed. Firefighter Shepard died at approximately 1725hrs. The Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office prepared a detailed report on this incident. The report is available at http://www.tdi.state.tx.us/fire/fmloddinvesti.html  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Shepard family. 


David Brier, 50 of Middleborough, Massachusetts 07-22-2013

While working his 24-hour shift which started at 8 a.m. on July 12, 2013, Firefighter Brier told his shift commander that he did not feel well and rested for a while. Although his shift commander told Brier that he should go home sick, Brier decided to finish out his shift. Upon completion of the shift, Brier returned home where he soon suffered a heart attack. He was rushed to Tufts New England Medical Center in Boston and was on life support until July 22, 2013, when he passed away. Brier never regained consciousness.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Brier family. 


Rodney Hardee, 66 of Loris, South Carolina 07-09-2013

Assistant Fire Chief Hardee responded to a brush fire late in the evening of July 6th, 2013. Upon return from the response, Hardee complained of having a headache and then departed the station and returned home. Early the next morning, Chief Hardee failed to respond on another emergency call. His wife noticed he was seriously ill and contacted 911 Fire/EMS for a possible stroke. Chief Hardee was transported to Grand Strand Hospital in Myrtle Beach where surgery was performed that day. Assistant Fire Chief Hardee succumbed to CVA injury and passed away around 0200hrs on the morning of July 9th.

Memorial Fund Information - A scholarship fund is being established in his memory for students that have survived life's obstacles. Memorials may be made to The Rodney C. Hardee Memorial Scholarship Fund, 925 Heritage Road Loris, SC 29569.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hardee family.


Bruce Sensenig, 20 of Quentin, Pennsylvania 07-22-2013

While operating his privately owned vehicle enroute to the station in response to a MVA call, Firefighter Sensenig lost control of his car and crossed the center line sideways into the oncoming lane of travel where the passenger side of his car was struck broadside by an oncoming minivan. Sensenig was killed at the scene in the crash and the reported 70 year old operator of the van was injured and transported to the hospital. While still under investigation, wet weather and road conditions were cited by authorities as possible contributing factors in the incident. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Sensenig family.


Matthew Blankenship, 38 of Marshfield, Missouri 07-20-2013

Lieutenant Blankenship passed away from injuries one week after sustaining burns over 75 percent of his body resulting from a flashover of a fire in the basement of a two-story residential structure. Blankenship had been in a medically induced coma at the hospital since he suffered the injuries. Two other firefighters injured in the same incident were treated at the hospital and released. The fatal incident remains under investigation by local authorities and the State Fire Marshal’s Office. 

Memorial Fund Information - http://marshfieldfiredepartment.com/Firefighter_Down.phpOur thoughts and prayers are with the Blankenship family. 


Dennis Long of Kamiah, Idaho 07-08-2013

Heavy Equipment Operator Long became ill while operating a dozer and putting in a fire line during suppression operations on the Pardee fire located between Greer and Kamiah, Idaho, on the east side of the Clearwater River. The dozer boss performed CPR on Long before Life Flight and emergency medical services arrived on scene, where Long was pronounced dead. The nature of fatal injury is still to be reported.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Long family. 


John Austin,  37 of Quincy, Massachusetts 07-08-2013

Firefighter Austin became unresponsive from a cause still to be reported as he and other firefighters were preparing to leave the firehouse in response to an emergency call. Firefighter Austin was treated by fellow responders and then transported to the Quincy Medical Center where he succumbed to his injury.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Austin family. 


Mickey Yates, 47 of Hickory, Mississippi 07-06-2013

Fire Chief Yates was responding to a motor vehicle accident in his privately owned vehicle when it collided with a Newton County Sheriff's Deputy's vehicle. Yates’ 2001 Chevy pickup overturned and he was ejected from the truck. Chief Yates was killed from injuries sustained in the crash but the Deputy was reported to have not been injured. Investigation by the Mississippi Highway Patrol into the fatal incident continues.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Yates family. 


Christopher Douglas, 41 of Perris, California 07-05-2013

Engineer/Paramedic Douglas was hit by a passing vehicle while standing on the Monterey Avenue onramp along Interstate 10. Douglas was taken to Desert Regional Medical Center where he died from his injuries. The accident remains under investigation by California Highway Patrol’s (CHP) Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Douglas family. 


Garret Zuppiger, 27 of Prescott, Arizona 06-30-2013

Nineteen firefighters, members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew, were killed while working the Yarnell Hill fire near Yarnell, Arizona, when their position was overrun by flames. The Yarnell Hill fire was listed at 800 acres on Sunday morning. When a thunder cell passed over, the fire blew up. Wind gusts of 40-50 mph occurred. Fire crews were reported to have deployed their fire shelters at about 1755hrs. Because of poor visibility, fire behavior, and high wind, no contact was made with the crew for a little more than an hour. Shortly thereafter, confirmation of the multiple firefighter fatalities was made. Investigation into the fatal incident continues.

Memorial Fund Information - Organizations helping the families of the fallen Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew: The 100 Club of Arizona - http://www.100club.org/web/100Club; Wildland Firefighter Foundation - http://www.wffoundation/.org; National Fallen Firefighters Foundation - c/o Yarnell Hill Fallen Firefighters Fund, P. O. Drawer 498, Emmitsburg, MD 21727 or online at http://www.regonline.com/yarnellhill

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Zuppiger family.


Kevin Woyjeck, 21 of Prescott, Arizona 06-30-2013

Nineteen firefighters, members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew, were killed while working the Yarnell Hill fire near Yarnell, Arizona, when their position was overrun by flames. The Yarnell Hill fire was listed at 800 acres on Sunday morning. When a thunder cell passed over, the fire blew up. Wind gusts of 40-50 mph occurred. Fire crews were reported to have deployed their fire shelters at about 1755hrs. Because of poor visibility, fire behavior, and high wind, no contact was made with the crew for a little more than an hour. Shortly thereafter, confirmation of the multiple firefighter fatalities was made. Investigation into the fatal incident continues.

Memorial Fund Information - Organizations helping the families of the fallen Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew: The 100 Club of Arizona - http://www.100club.org/web/100Club; Wildland Firefighter Foundation - http://www.wffoundation/.org; National Fallen Firefighters Foundation - c/o Yarnell Hill Fallen Firefighters Fund, P. O. Drawer 498, Emmitsburg, MD 21727 or online at http://www.regonline.com/yarnellhill

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Woyjeck family.


Clayton Whitted, 28 of Prescott, Arizona 06-30-2013

Nineteen firefighters, members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew, were killed while working the Yarnell Hill fire near Yarnell, Arizona, when their position was overrun by flames. The Yarnell Hill fire was listed at 800 acres on Sunday morning. When a thunder cell passed over, the fire blew up. Wind gusts of 40-50 mph occurred. Fire crews were reported to have deployed their fire shelters at about 1755hrs. Because of poor visibility, fire behavior, and high wind, no contact was made with the crew for a little more than an hour. Shortly thereafter, confirmation of the multiple firefighter fatalities was made. Investigation into the fatal incident continues.

Memorial Fund Information - Organizations helping the families of the fallen Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew: The 100 Club of Arizona - http://www.100club.org/web/100Club; Wildland Firefighter Foundation - http://www.wffoundation/.org; National Fallen Firefighters Foundation - c/o Yarnell Hill Fallen Firefighters Fund, P. O. Drawer 498, Emmitsburg, MD 21727 or online at http://www.regonline.com/yarnellhill

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Whitted family.


William Warneke, 25 of Prescott, Arizona 06-30-2013

Nineteen firefighters, members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew, were killed while working the Yarnell Hill fire near Yarnell, Arizona, when their position was overrun by flames. The Yarnell Hill fire was listed at 800 acres on Sunday morning. When a thunder cell passed over, the fire blew up. Wind gusts of 40-50 mph occurred. Fire crews were reported to have deployed their fire shelters at about 1755hrs. Because of poor visibility, fire behavior, and high wind, no contact was made with the crew for a little more than an hour. Shortly thereafter, confirmation of the multiple firefighter fatalities was made. Investigation into the fatal incident continues.

Memorial Fund Information - Organizations helping the families of the fallen Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew: The 100 Club of Arizona - http://www.100club.org/web/100Club; Wildland Firefighter Foundation - http://www.wffoundation/.org; National Fallen Firefighters Foundation - c/o Yarnell Hill Fallen Firefighters Fund, P. O. Drawer 498, Emmitsburg, MD 21727 or online at http://www.regonline.com/yarnellhill

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Warneke family.


Travis Turbyfill, 27 of Prescott, Arizona 06-30-2013

Nineteen firefighters, members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew, were killed while working the Yarnell Hill fire near Yarnell, Arizona, when their position was overrun by flames. The Yarnell Hill fire was listed at 800 acres on Sunday morning. When a thunder cell passed over, the fire blew up. Wind gusts of 40-50 mph occurred. Fire crews were reported to have deployed their fire shelters at about 1755hrs. Because of poor visibility, fire behavior, and high wind, no contact was made with the crew for a little more than an hour. Shortly thereafter, confirmation of the multiple firefighter fatalities was made. Investigation into the fatal incident continues.

Memorial Fund Information - Organizations helping the families of the fallen Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew: The 100 Club of Arizona - http://www.100club.org/web/100Club; Wildland Firefighter Foundation - http://www.wffoundation/.org; National Fallen Firefighters Foundation - c/o Yarnell Hill Fallen Firefighters Fund, P. O. Drawer 498, Emmitsburg, MD 21727 or online at http://www.regonline.com/yarnellhill

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Turbyfill family.


Joe Thurston, 32 of Prescott, Arizona 06-30-2013

Nineteen firefighters, members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew, were killed while working the Yarnell Hill fire near Yarnell, Arizona, when their position was overrun by flames. The Yarnell Hill fire was listed at 800 acres on Sunday morning. When a thunder cell passed over, the fire blew up. Wind gusts of 40-50 mph occurred. Fire crews were reported to have deployed their fire shelters at about 1755hrs. Because of poor visibility, fire behavior, and high wind, no contact was made with the crew for a little more than an hour. Shortly thereafter, confirmation of the multiple firefighter fatalities was made. Investigation into the fatal incident continues.

Memorial Fund Information - Organizations helping the families of the fallen Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew: The 100 Club of Arizona - http://www.100club.org/web/100Club; Wildland Firefighter Foundation - http://www.wffoundation/.org; National Fallen Firefighters Foundation - c/o Yarnell Hill Fallen Firefighters Fund, P. O. Drawer 498, Emmitsburg, MD 21727 or online at http://www.regonline.com/yarnellhill

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Thurston family.


Jesse Steed, 36 of Prescott, Arizona 06-30-2013

Nineteen firefighters, members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew, were killed while working the Yarnell Hill fire near Yarnell, Arizona, when their position was overrun by flames. The Yarnell Hill fire was listed at 800 acres on Sunday morning. When a thunder cell passed over, the fire blew up. Wind gusts of 40-50 mph occurred. Fire crews were reported to have deployed their fire shelters at about 1755hrs. Because of poor visibility, fire behavior, and high wind, no contact was made with the crew for a little more than an hour. Shortly thereafter, confirmation of the multiple firefighter fatalities was made. Investigation into the fatal incident continues.

Memorial Fund Information - Organizations helping the families of the fallen Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew: The 100 Club of Arizona - http://www.100club.org/web/100Club; Wildland Firefighter Foundation - http://www.wffoundation/.org; National Fallen Firefighters Foundation - c/o Yarnell Hill Fallen Firefighters Fund, P. O. Drawer 498, Emmitsburg, MD 21727 or online at http://www.regonline.com/yarnellhill

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Steed family.


Anthony Rose, 23 of Prescott, Arizona 06-30-2013

Nineteen firefighters, members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew, were killed while working the Yarnell Hill fire near Yarnell, Arizona, when their position was overrun by flames. The Yarnell Hill fire was listed at 800 acres on Sunday morning. When a thunder cell passed over, the fire blew up. Wind gusts of 40-50 mph occurred. Fire crews were reported to have deployed their fire shelters at about 1755hrs. Because of poor visibility, fire behavior, and high wind, no contact was made with the crew for a little more than an hour. Shortly thereafter, confirmation of the multiple firefighter fatalities was made. Investigation into the fatal incident continues.

Memorial Fund Information - Organizations helping the families of the fallen Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew: The 100 Club of Arizona - http://www.100club.org/web/100Club; Wildland Firefighter Foundation - http://www.wffoundation/.org; National Fallen Firefighters Foundation - c/o Yarnell Hill Fallen Firefighters Fund, P. O. Drawer 498, Emmitsburg, MD 21727 or online at http://www.regonline.com/yarnellhill

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Rose family.


John Percin, 24 of Prescott, Arizona 06-30-2013

Nineteen firefighters, members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew, were killed while working the Yarnell Hill fire near Yarnell, Arizona, when their position was overrun by flames. The Yarnell Hill fire was listed at 800 acres on Sunday morning. When a thunder cell passed over, the fire blew up. Wind gusts of 40-50 mph occurred. Fire crews were reported to have deployed their fire shelters at about 1755hrs. Because of poor visibility, fire behavior, and high wind, no contact was made with the crew for a little more than an hour. Shortly thereafter, confirmation of the multiple firefighter fatalities was made. Investigation into the fatal incident continues.

Memorial Fund Information - Organizations helping the families of the fallen Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew: The 100 Club of Arizona - http://www.100club.org/web/100Club; Wildland Firefighter Foundation - http://www.wffoundation/.org; National Fallen Firefighters Foundation - c/o Yarnell Hill Fallen Firefighters Fund, P. O. Drawer 498, Emmitsburg, MD 21727 or online at http://www.regonline.com/yarnellhill

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Percin family.


Wade Parker, 22 of Prescott, Arizona 06-30-2013

Nineteen firefighters, members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew, were killed while working the Yarnell Hill fire near Yarnell, Arizona, when their position was overrun by flames. The Yarnell Hill fire was listed at 800 acres on Sunday morning. When a thunder cell passed over, the fire blew up. Wind gusts of 40-50 mph occurred. Fire crews were reported to have deployed their fire shelters at about 1755hrs. Because of poor visibility, fire behavior, and high wind, no contact was made with the crew for a little more than an hour. Shortly thereafter, confirmation of the multiple firefighter fatalities was made. Investigation into the fatal incident continues.

Memorial Fund Information - Organizations helping the families of the fallen Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew: The 100 Club of Arizona - http://www.100club.org/web/100Club; Wildland Firefighter Foundation - http://www.wffoundation/.org; National Fallen Firefighters Foundation - c/o Yarnell Hill Fallen Firefighters Fund, P. O. Drawer 498, Emmitsburg, MD 21727 or online at http://www.regonline.com/yarnellhill

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Parker family.


Scott Norris, 28 of Prescott, Arizona 06-30-2013

Nineteen firefighters, members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew, were killed while working the Yarnell Hill fire near Yarnell, Arizona, when their position was overrun by flames. The Yarnell Hill fire was listed at 800 acres on Sunday morning. When a thunder cell passed over, the fire blew up. Wind gusts of 40-50 mph occurred. Fire crews were reported to have deployed their fire shelters at about 1755hrs. Because of poor visibility, fire behavior, and high wind, no contact was made with the crew for a little more than an hour. Shortly thereafter, confirmation of the multiple firefighter fatalities was made. Investigation into the fatal incident continues.

Memorial Fund Information - Organizations helping the families of the fallen Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew: The 100 Club of Arizona - http://www.100club.org/web/100Club; Wildland Firefighter Foundation - http://www.wffoundation/.org; National Fallen Firefighters Foundation - c/o Yarnell Hill Fallen Firefighters Fund, P. O. Drawer 498, Emmitsburg, MD 21727 or online at http://www.regonline.com/yarnellhill

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Norris family.


Sean Misner, 26 of Prescott, Arizona 06-30-2013

Nineteen firefighters, members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew, were killed while working the Yarnell Hill fire near Yarnell, Arizona, when their position was overrun by flames. The Yarnell Hill fire was listed at 800 acres on Sunday morning. When a thunder cell passed over, the fire blew up. Wind gusts of 40-50 mph occurred. Fire crews were reported to have deployed their fire shelters at about 1755hrs. Because of poor visibility, fire behavior, and high wind, no contact was made with the crew for a little more than an hour. Shortly thereafter, confirmation of the multiple firefighter fatalities was made. Investigation into the fatal incident continues.

Memorial Fund Information - Organizations helping the families of the fallen Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew: The 100 Club of Arizona - http://www.100club.org/web/100Club; Wildland Firefighter Foundation - http://www.wffoundation/.org; National Fallen Firefighters Foundation - c/o Yarnell Hill Fallen Firefighters Fund, P. O. Drawer 498, Emmitsburg, MD 21727 or online at http://www.regonline.com/yarnellhill

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Misner family.


Grant McKee, 21 of Prescott, Arizona 06-30-2013

Nineteen firefighters, members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew, were killed while working the Yarnell Hill fire near Yarnell, Arizona, when their position was overrun by flames. The Yarnell Hill fire was listed at 800 acres on Sunday morning. When a thunder cell passed over, the fire blew up. Wind gusts of 40-50 mph occurred. Fire crews were reported to have deployed their fire shelters at about 1755hrs. Because of poor visibility, fire behavior, and high wind, no contact was made with the crew for a little more than an hour. Shortly thereafter, confirmation of the multiple firefighter fatalities was made. Investigation into the fatal incident continues.

Memorial Fund Information - Organizations helping the families of the fallen Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew: The 100 Club of Arizona - http://www.100club.org/web/100Club; Wildland Firefighter Foundation - http://www.wffoundation/.org; National Fallen Firefighters Foundation - c/o Yarnell Hill Fallen Firefighters Fund, P. O. Drawer 498, Emmitsburg, MD 21727 or online at http://www.regonline.com/yarnellhill

Our thoughts and prayers are with the McKee family.


Eric Marsh, 43 of Prescott, Arizona 06-30-2013

Nineteen firefighters, members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew, were killed while working the Yarnell Hill fire near Yarnell, Arizona, when their position was overrun by flames. The Yarnell Hill fire was listed at 800 acres on Sunday morning. When a thunder cell passed over, the fire blew up. Wind gusts of 40-50 mph occurred. Fire crews were reported to have deployed their fire shelters at about 1755hrs. Because of poor visibility, fire behavior, and high wind, no contact was made with the crew for a little more than an hour. Shortly thereafter, confirmation of the multiple firefighter fatalities was made. Investigation into the fatal incident continues.

Memorial Fund Information - Organizations helping the families of the fallen Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew: The 100 Club of Arizona - http://www.100club.org/web/100Club; Wildland Firefighter Foundation - http://www.wffoundation/.org; National Fallen Firefighters Foundation - c/o Yarnell Hill Fallen Firefighters Fund, P. O. Drawer 498, Emmitsburg, MD 21727 or online at http://www.regonline.com/yarnellhill

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Marsh family.


Christopher MacKenzie, 30 of Prescott, Arizona 06-30-2013

Nineteen firefighters, members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew, were killed while working the Yarnell Hill fire near Yarnell, Arizona, when their position was overrun by flames. The Yarnell Hill fire was listed at 800 acres on Sunday morning. When a thunder cell passed over, the fire blew up. Wind gusts of 40-50 mph occurred. Fire crews were reported to have deployed their fire shelters at about 1755hrs. Because of poor visibility, fire behavior, and high wind, no contact was made with the crew for a little more than an hour. Shortly thereafter, confirmation of the multiple firefighter fatalities was made. Investigation into the fatal incident continues.

Memorial Fund Information - Organizations helping the families of the fallen Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew: The 100 Club of Arizona - http://www.100club.org/web/100Club; Wildland Firefighter Foundation - http://www.wffoundation/.org; National Fallen Firefighters Foundation - c/o Yarnell Hill Fallen Firefighters Fund, P. O. Drawer 498, Emmitsburg, MD 21727 or online at http://www.regonline.com/yarnellhill

Our thoughts and prayers are with the MacKenzie family.


Duston Deford, 24 of Prescott, Arizona 06-30-2013

Nineteen firefighters, members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew, were killed while working the Yarnell Hill fire near Yarnell, Arizona, when their position was overrun by flames. The Yarnell Hill fire was listed at 800 acres on Sunday morning. When a thunder cell passed over, the fire blew up. Wind gusts of 40-50 mph occurred. Fire crews were reported to have deployed their fire shelters at about 1755hrs. Because of poor visibility, fire behavior, and high wind, no contact was made with the crew for a little more than an hour. Shortly thereafter, confirmation of the multiple firefighter fatalities was made. Investigation into the fatal incident continues.

Memorial Fund Information - Organizations helping the families of the fallen Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew: The 100 Club of Arizona - http://www.100club.org/web/100Club; Wildland Firefighter Foundation - http://www.wffoundation/.org; National Fallen Firefighters Foundation - c/o Yarnell Hill Fallen Firefighters Fund, P. O. Drawer 498, Emmitsburg, MD 21727 or online at http://www.regonline.com/yarnellhill

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Deford family.


Travis Carter, 31 of Prescott, Arizona 06-30-2013

Nineteen firefighters, members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew, were killed while working the Yarnell Hill fire near Yarnell, Arizona, when their position was overrun by flames. The Yarnell Hill fire was listed at 800 acres on Sunday morning. When a thunder cell passed over, the fire blew up. Wind gusts of 40-50 mph occurred. Fire crews were reported to have deployed their fire shelters at about 1755hrs. Because of poor visibility, fire behavior, and high wind, no contact was made with the crew for a little more than an hour. Shortly thereafter, confirmation of the multiple firefighter fatalities was made. Investigation into the fatal incident continues.

Memorial Fund Information - Organizations helping the families of the fallen Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew: The 100 Club of Arizona - http://www.100club.org/web/100Club; Wildland Firefighter Foundation - http://www.wffoundation/.org; National Fallen Firefighters Foundation - c/o Yarnell Hill Fallen Firefighters Fund, P. O. Drawer 498, Emmitsburg, MD 21727 or online at http://www.regonline.com/yarnellhill

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Carter family.


Robert Caldwell, 23 of Prescott, Arizona 06-30-2013

Nineteen firefighters, members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew, were killed while working the Yarnell Hill fire near Yarnell, Arizona, when their position was overrun by flames. The Yarnell Hill fire was listed at 800 acres on Sunday morning. When a thunder cell passed over, the fire blew up. Wind gusts of 40-50 mph occurred. Fire crews were reported to have deployed their fire shelters at about 1755hrs. Because of poor visibility, fire behavior, and high wind, no contact was made with the crew for a little more than an hour. Shortly thereafter, confirmation of the multiple firefighter fatalities was made. Investigation into the fatal incident continues.

Memorial Fund Information - Organizations helping the families of the fallen Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew: The 100 Club of Arizona - http://www.100club.org/web/100Club; Wildland Firefighter Foundation - http://www.wffoundation/.org; National Fallen Firefighters Foundation - c/o Yarnell Hill Fallen Firefighters Fund, P. O. Drawer 498, Emmitsburg, MD 21727 or online at http://www.regonline.com/yarnellhill

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Caldwell family.


Andrew Ashcraft, 29 of Prescott, Arizona 06-30-2013

Nineteen firefighters, members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew, were killed while working the Yarnell Hill fire near Yarnell, Arizona, when their position was overrun by flames. The Yarnell Hill fire was listed at 800 acres on Sunday morning. When a thunder cell passed over, the fire blew up. Wind gusts of 40-50 mph occurred. Fire crews were reported to have deployed their fire shelters at about 1755hrs. Because of poor visibility, fire behavior, and high wind, no contact was made with the crew for a little more than an hour. Shortly thereafter, confirmation of the multiple firefighter fatalities was made. Investigation into the fatal incident continues.

Memorial Fund Information - Organizations helping the families of the fallen Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew: The 100 Club of Arizona - http://www.100club.org/web/100Club; Wildland Firefighter Foundation - http://www.wffoundation/.org; National Fallen Firefighters Foundation - c/o Yarnell Hill Fallen Firefighters Fund, P. O. Drawer 498, Emmitsburg, MD 21727 or online at http://www.regonline.com/yarnellhill

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ashcraft family.


John T. Appleton, 62 of Charleston, West Virginia 06-24-2013

While conducting exterior operations with other firefighters at a residential structure fire on Happy Hollow Road in Sissonville, Firefighter Appleton suffered a medical emergency. Appleton reportedly went into cardiac arrest and was treated at the scene then transported to the hospital but passed away from his injury.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Appleton family. 


Katrina Sims, 24 of Atlanta Georgia 06-18-2013

Firefighter Sims was found deceased while on duty in the fire station. Investigation into the circumstances related to the death is underway by authorities.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Sims family. 


Thomas Burley, 20 of Youngstown, New York 06-18-2013

While returning from fire department mandated training at the Niagara County Public Safety Training Facility, Firefighter Burley died from injuries sustained when his privately owned vehicle was involved in an accident.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Burley family. 


Edward C. Vanner Jr., 58 of North Kingstown, Rhode Island 06-17-2013

Assistant Chief of Operations Vanner was found by a fellow firefighter in his office unconscious and unresponsive. Chief Vanner was transported to Kent Hospital where despite the best efforts of EMTs and doctors from the 143d FES, North Kingstown Fire Department, and Kent Hospital, Chief Vanner passed away from an apparent heart attack.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Vanner family. 


Tony Barker, 36 of Hays, North Carolina 06-13-2013

Wind from a storm in the Wilkes County, NC, area blew part of a maple tree across power lines igniting a fire in a small structure. A witness said that Firefighter Barker, one of the first to arrive at the scene, was bending over to look more closely where the fire was coming from and was less than 3 feet away from the structure when he collapsed. While witnesses said they never saw Barker touch the structure, the electricity from the power lines on the structure likely moved through the building and unpaved ground, electrocuting Barker. Reports indicate that the ground was saturated with rainwater which helped conduct the electricity. Other firefighters were able to pull Firefighter Barker away from the structure. Efforts to revive Barker with CPR, however, were unsuccessful. Firefighter Barker was pronounced dead at Wilkes Regional Medical Center.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Barker family. 


Luke Sheehy, 28 of Vallejo, California 06-10-2013

Firefighter Sheehy, a member of the California Smokejumpers, was struck by a falling portion of a tree while operating on the Saddle Back Fire in the Modoc National Forest. Sheehy was treated by fellow firefighters and flown by helicopter to a hospital in Alturas, California, but succumbed to his injuries.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Sheehy family. 


Matthew Renaud, 35 of Houston, Texas 05-31-2013

The Houston Fire Department responded to a structure fire. While battling the blaze, the roof of the motel collapsed, trapping the firefighters in burning debris. All four firefighters perished.

Memorial Fund Information - Pending

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Renaud family.


Robert Garner, 29 of Houston, Texas 05-31-2013

The Houston Fire Department responded to a structure fire. While battling the blaze, the roof of the motel collapsed, trapping the firefighters in burning debris. All four firefighters perished.

Memorial Fund Information - Pending

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Garner family.


Robert Bebee, 41 of Houston, Texas 05-31-2013

The Houston Fire Department responded to a structure fire. While battling the blaze, the roof of the motel collapsed, trapping the firefighters in burning debris. All four firefighters perished.

Memorial Fund Information - Pending

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bebee family. 


Anne Sullivan, 24 of Houston, Texas 05-31-2013

The Houston Fire Department responded to a structure fire. While battling the blaze, the roof of the motel collapsed, trapping the firefighters in burning debris. All four firefighters perished.

Memorial Fund Information - Pending

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Sullivan family. 


Stanley A. Wilson, 51 of Dallas, Texas 05-20-2013

Fire Rescue Officer Wilson died of injuries sustained in a multi-unit residential structure fire. Wilson became caught and trapped when a portion of the condominium unit in which he was operating collapsed. Investigation into the fatal incident continues by authorities.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Wilson family.


Brad Harper, 23 of Phoenix, Arizona 05-19-2013

Firefighter Harper was pinned between two fire department vehicles at the scene of an outside fire. He was treated at the scene and transported to the hospital by other firefighters but did not survive.

Memorial Fund Information - To be determined.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Harper family. 


Albert A. Nejmeh, 59 of Tacoma, Washington 05-14-2013

While working at the scene of an EMS incident, Firefighter Nejmeh collapsed from an apparent heart attack. Fellow responders rendered basic and advanced life support to Nejmeh and transported him to St. Joseph Medical Center where, despite the best efforts of the medical staff, he succumbed to his injury.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Nejmeh family. 


Brian Woehlke, 29 of Westland, Michigan 05-08-2013

Firefighter Woehlke passed away from injuries sustained in a commercial structure fire at a strip mall. Woehlke was caught and trapped when the roof of the structure collapsed. Initial reports indicate that a Mayday call was made shortly after the collapse. Further details regarding the incident are pending and it remains under investigation by authorities.

Memorial Fund Information - Donations in Brian's honor may be made to the Westland Fire Fighters Charity, PO Box 851320, Westland, Michigan 48185.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Woehlke family.


Stanley Martin Jr., 71 of Eutaw, Alabama 05-06-2013

Assistant Fire Chief Martin fell ill while working at the scene of a residential structure fire. While aid was being rendered to Martin by fellow firefighters, he went into cardiac arrest. Assistant Fire Chief Martin was transported to the hospital by ambulance but passed away from a nature of injury still to be reported.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Martin family. 


Daniel Davidson, 26 of Cloudcroft, New Mexico 05-05-2013

Firefighter Davidson was working on project work near Mayhill, NM, with two other engine crew members when he collapsed. CPR was administered immediately. However, when emergency personnel responded with the Life Flight helicopter, Davidson was pronounced deceased at the scene. The nature and cause of Davidson’s fatal injury remain under investigation.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Davidson family. 


Gene Kirchner, 25 of Towson, Maryland 05-02-2013

Firefighter Kirchner passed away from injuries sustained at the scene of a working residential fire. Kirchner was found unconscious and rescued by fellow firefighters on the second floor of the structure after he had reportedly issued a Mayday call. A resident of the home, who did not survive the fire, had also been found and removed from the burning structure by firefighters. Investigation into the fatal fire continues by authorities.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Kirchner family. 


Dale Scott Queen, 37 of Hartselle, Alabama 04-29-2013

Firefighter Queen became ill while working a call of an explosion in the area. Aid was rendered to Firefighter Queen by fellow responders and he was transported to the hospital but succumbed from a type of injury still to be reported.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Queen family. 


Rodney P. Miller, 45 of Loganville, Pennsylvania 04-27-2013

While directing traffic near the scene of a motor vehicle accident (MVA) on southbound Interstate 83, Fire Chief Miller was struck and killed by a motorist attempting to drive around the traffic control point and Miller’s fire department vehicle which was well marked with emergency lights operating at the time. The driver of the vehicle did not stop his vehicle after striking the chief. After being caught further down the Interstate in the backed traffic from the original MVA, the driver was arrested and subsequently charged with homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence along with several other violations.

Memorial Fund Information - In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations in honor of Fire Chief Rodney Paul Miller be made to the fire department of one’s choice.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Miller family. 


Robert Snokhous, 48 of West, Texas 04-17-2013

Firefighters and other responders were operating at the scene of a fire at the West Fertilizer Company in West, Texas. Initial reports indicate that as the situation on the fireground worsened, the fire chief ordered all personnel to evacuate the property. Shortly thereafter, a massive explosion occurred damaging or destroying a portion of the City of West. Many people were injured or killed as a result of the explosion, including five firefighters from the West Volunteer Fire Department. Due to the timely efforts of first responders and other volunteers working in the face of pending catastrophe to evacuate occupancies nearby the fertilizer plant, many other lives were saved. Several other emergency responders were also killed in the incident. Their names and additional information about their deaths will be forwarded, as appropriate, as additional information becomes available. Investigation into the cause of the fire, explosion, and resulting fatalities continues by local, state and federal authorities.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Snokhous family. 


Cody Dragoo, 50, of West, Texas 04-17-2013

Firefighters and other responders were operating at the scene of a fire at the West Fertilizer Company in West, Texas. Initial reports indicate that as the situation on the fireground worsened, the fire chief ordered all personnel to evacuate the property. Shortly thereafter, a massive explosion occurred damaging or destroying a portion of the City of West. Many people were injured or killed as a result of the explosion, including five firefighters from the West Volunteer Fire Department. Due to the timely efforts of first responders and other volunteers working in the face of pending catastrophe to evacuate occupancies nearby the fertilizer plant, many other lives were saved. Several other emergency responders were also killed in the incident. Their names and additional information about their deaths will be forwarded, as appropriate, as additional information becomes available. Investigation into the cause of the fire, explosion, and resulting fatalities continues by local, state and federal authorities. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Dragoo family.


Joseph Pustejousky, of West, Texas 04-17-2013

Firefighters and other responders were operating at the scene of a fire at the West Fertilizer Company in West, Texas. Initial reports indicate that as the situation on the fireground worsened, the fire chief ordered all personnel to evacuate the property. Shortly thereafter, a massive explosion occurred damaging or destroying a portion of the City of West. Many people were injured or killed as a result of the explosion, including five firefighters from the West Volunteer Fire Department. Due to the timely efforts of first responders and other volunteers working in the face of pending catastrophe to evacuate occupancies nearby the fertilizer plant, many other lives were saved. Several other emergency responders were also killed in the incident. Their names and additional information about their deaths will be forwarded, as appropriate, as additional information becomes available. Investigation into the cause of the fire, explosion, and resulting fatalities continues by local, state and federal authorities. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Pustejousky family.


Douglas Snokhous, 50 of West, Texas 04-17-2013

Firefighters and other responders were operating at the scene of a fire at the West Fertilizer Company in West, Texas. Initial reports indicate that as the situation on the fireground worsened, the fire chief ordered all personnel to evacuate the property. Shortly thereafter, a massive explosion occurred damaging or destroying a portion of the City of West. Many people were injured or killed as a result of the explosion, including five firefighters from the West Volunteer Fire Department. Due to the timely efforts of first responders and other volunteers working in the face of pending catastrophe to evacuate occupancies nearby the fertilizer plant, many other lives were saved. Several other emergency responders were also killed in the incident. Their names and additional information about their deaths will be forwarded, as appropriate, as additional information becomes available. Investigation into the cause of the fire, explosion, and resulting fatalities continues by local, state and federal authorities.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Snokhous family. 


Morris Bridges, 41 of West, Texas  04-17-2013

Firefighters and other responders were operating at the scene of a fire at the West Fertilizer Company in West, Texas. Initial reports indicate that as the situation on the fireground worsened, the fire chief ordered all personnel to evacuate the property. Shortly thereafter, a massive explosion occurred damaging or destroying a portion of the City of West. Many people were injured or killed as a result of the explosion, including five firefighters from the West Volunteer Fire Department. Due to the timely efforts of first responders and other volunteers working in the face of pending catastrophe to evacuate occupancies nearby the fertilizer plant, many other lives were saved. Several other emergency responders were also killed in the incident. Their names and additional information about their deaths will be forwarded, as appropriate, as additional information becomes available. Investigation into the cause of the fire, explosion, and resulting fatalities continues by local, state and federal authorities.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bridges family. 


Lawrence A. Stone, 37 of West Union, Illinois 04-13-2013

Firefighter Stone was operating his privately owned vehicle en route to a fire call when the vehicle left the roadway and rolled. Firefighter Stone was ejected from the vehicle and passed away at the scene of the accident which is still under investigation by authorities.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Stone family. 


James B. Clark, 56 of Bedford, New Hampshire 04-11-2013

Several hours after working a very active shift at the fire department that included a number of emergency calls, Lieutenant Clark was found deceased at his residence from a cause still to be determined.

Memorial Fund Information - In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mount Zion Christian School, 132 Titus AVE, Manchester, NH 03103; and/or the Bedford Professional Firefighters Association, 55 Constitution DR, Bedford, NH 03110.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Clark family. 


Harold Hollingsworth, 47 of Buckner, Missouri 04-07-2013

Assistant Fire Chief Hollingsworth was en route to a reported structure fire on Atherton Road during an active severe weather event. He was involved in a single vehicle accident during this response striking a tree. Assistant Chief Hollingsworth was transported to a local hospital where he received treatment but succumbed to his injuries.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hollingsworth family. 


John M. Janos, 57 of Binghamton, New York 04-06-2013

After having responded to an automatic fire alarm on the 5th floor of an occupied multiple dwelling earlier in the morning, Firefighter Janos was found deceased in bed at the firehouse. 

Memorial Fund Information - In lieu of flowers, donations in John's name can be made to: The Professional Firefighters Cancer Research Fund, 4 Loretta Dr., Binghamton NY, 13905 (www.letsfirecancer.org).

 Our thoughts and prayers are with the Janos family. 


Michael R. Goodwin Sr., 53 of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 04-06-2013

Captain Goodwin passed away while fighting a three alarm blaze after a third-floor roof collapsed beneath him. Captain Goodwin is to be promoted posthumously to the position of Battalion Chief. Investigation into the fatal fire continues by authorities. 

Memorial Fund Information - In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mike’s memory to the Firefighters Widow Fund would be appreciated c/o Local 22, 415 N. 5th St. Philadelphia, PA 19123.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Goodwin family. 


Jeffrey Scheurer, 35 of Andover, New Jersey 03-28-2013

While conducting a controlled burn in Hunterdon County with the New Jersey Forest Fire Service, Firefighter Scheuerer was struck by a motor vehicle driven by a civilian. The accident apparently happened after the wind shifted causing heavy smoke from the controlled burn to reduce visibility on the road where Scheuerer was present. Firefighter Scheuerer did not survive the injuries he sustained when struck by the vehicle.

Memorial Fund Information - In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Readington Volunteer Fire Company, 6 Hillcrest Road, Whitehouse Station, NJ.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Scheurer family. 


Michael L. Broz, 58 of St. George, South Carolina 03-10-2013

Firefighter Broz passed away from injuries sustained when his personally owned vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree while he was responding to an outdoor fire in the Francis Beidler Forest. The cause of the accident remains under investigation. Broz was reported to have been wearing seat restraints at the time of the accident. 

Memorial Fund Information - In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cummings Chapel, PO Box 351, Ridgeville, SC 29472; and/or, Dorchester County Fire Rescue, 109 Dutch Krakeel RD, St. George, SC 29437.  

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Broz family. 


George A. Turner Jr., 60 of Jericho, New York 03-08-2013

Captain Turner passed away from an apparent heart attack while responding to a motor vehicle accident.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Turner family. 


Lonnie Nutt, 49 of Marietta, Georgia 03-07-2013

The Marietta Fire Department was responding to a motor vehicle accident. Firefighter Engineer Nutt was the driver of the responding apparatus accompanied by two other firefighters. After arriving on the scene, the firefighters were performing aid to the injured motorist when Firefighter Engineer Nutt collapsed. Aid was immediately given and Firefighter Engineer Nutt was rushed to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The cause of death is still to be determined.

Memorial Fund Information - Pending

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Nutt family. 


Donald Mize, 62 of League City, Texas 03-06-2013

Firefighter Cadet Mize was cooling down after the training exercise at the department's training facility when he fell ill from a cause still to be determined. Mize was treated and transported to the hospital but succumbed to his injury.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Mize family. 


Christopher Brown, 39 of Hudson Illinois, 03-05-2013

Firefighter Brown was working with other responders on a multiple vehicle accident on Interstate 39 when a southbound semi-tractor trailer lost control and slid into the accident scene killing Brown and injuring several others. Investigation into the fatal accident continues. 

Memorial Fund Information - Max and Mason Brown Education Fund, c/o Hudson Community Fire Protection District , 502 N Broadway ST, Hudson, IL 61748-9451

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Brown family.


Scott Morrison, 45 of Knotts Island, North Carolina 03-03-2013

Fire Chief Morrison was operating at the scene of a brush fire when he collapsed from an apparent heart attack. Morrison was treated by fellow responders on scene and en route to a hospital where he passed away from his injury. 

Memorial Fund Information - Pending

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Morrison family. 


Nate Fruin, 22 of Mattawan Michigan 02-26-2013

Firefighter Fruin was responding to a structure fire when he fell ill from a cause still to be determined. Shortly after leaving the station, Fruin's partner, who was driving, called to report the medical emergency. He then pulled over to the side of the road, and according to reports, Fruin went into cardiac arrest. Other responders stopped and rendered aid, but Firefighter Fruin succumbed to his injury.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Fruin family. 


David Schnepp, 43 of  Church Hill, Tennessee 02-24-2013

A short time after fighting a brush fire Sunday evening, February 24, Firefighter Schnepp passed away from a cause still to be determined.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Schnepp family. 


Claudia Sokol, 55 of Summit Hill, Pennsylvania 02-22-2013

Fire Police Officer Sokol suffered a medical emergency while on traffic control duties at the scene of a motor vehicle accident on Thursday and passed away Friday evening, February 22.

Memorial Fund Information - Memorials in honor of Fire Police Officer Claudia Sokol may be made to the Diligence Fire Company No.1, 114 W Ludlow ST POB 114, Summit Hill, PA 18250-0114.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Sokol family. 


Eric Wallace, 36 of Bryan, Texas 02-15-2013

While battling a blaze at a Knights of Columbus Hall, Lieutenant Wallace became trapped inside the structure. He notified others on the scene by radio, stating he was low on air. Lieutenant Pickard, accompanied by two other firefighters, entered the building to rescue Lieutenant Wallace. During the rescue, the roof collapsed. Lieutenant Wallace died at the scene and Lieutenant Pickard was rushed to the hospital where he later passed away from his injuries. Both firefighters died from burns sustained in the collapse. The two other firefighters involved are in stable but serious condition. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Memorial Fund Information - Pending

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Wallace family. 


Gregory Pickard, 54, of Bryan, Texas 02-16-2013

While battling a blaze at a Knights of Columbus Hall, Lieutenant Wallace became trapped inside the structure. He notified others on the scene by radio, stating he was low on air. Lieutenant Pickard, accompanied by two other firefighters, entered the building to rescue Lieutenant Wallace. During the rescue, the roof collapsed. Lieutenant Wallace died at the scene and Lieutenant Pickard was rushed to the hospital where he later passed away from his injuries. Both firefighters died from burns sustained in the collapse. The two other firefighters involved are in stable but serious condition. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Memorial Fund Information - Pending

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Pickard family. 


Matthew J. Porcari, 34 of Owego, New York 01-22-2013

The Owego Fire Department Company #3 responded to a mutual aid call. While performing interior attack on the structure, Captain Porcari and another firefighter fell through the floor of the structure. Both firefighters were transported to separate facilities. Captain Porcari succumbed to his injuries shortly after arrival to the hospital. The other firefighter received burns and remains in serious condition.

Memorial Fund Information - Pending.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Porcari family.


Jonathan Wayne Burgess, 33, of Andalusia, Alabama 01-08-2013

Firefighter Burgess passed away from an apparent heart attack while performing safety checks on the runway at the South Alabama Regional Airport.

Memorial Fund Information - The family requests that memorials in honor of Fire Captain Jonathan Wayne Burgess be made to the Opp Fire Department, 200 N Main ST POB 610, Opp, AL 36467

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Burgess family.