Cohnway Matthew Johnson

Fire Fighter/ EMT

John Randle, 67 of Wamego, Kansas 01-02-2018
At 0450hrs, January 1, 2018, the Wamego Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire. Upon completion of the call and after returning to the station, Firefighter John Randle sustained a life threatening injury from a fall while returning fire apparatus to service. Firefighter Randle, was air lifted from Wamego Health Center to Stormont Vail Hospital where on January 2, 2018, Firefighter Randle succumbed to his injuries.   Our thoughts and prayers are with the Randle family.

Matthew LeTourneau, 42 of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 01-06-2018
Lieutenant Matthew LeTourneau of Philadelphia Fire Department Engine 45 succumbed to injuries suffered from a structural collapse while fighting a row house fire. Our thoughts and prayers are with the LeTourneau family.

Russell Achord, 48 of Saint Francisville, Louisiana 01-17-2018
While at the scene of a motor vehicle collision involving a tractor-trailer that had run off the side of a highway due to icy conditions, the driver of a second vehicle, a pickup truck pulling a trailer, lost control and crashed into scene. Several people were struck and injured, including Deputy Fire Chief Russell Achord, who was pinned under a vehicle. Fellow responders rushed to extract Chief Achord and provided medical aid measures while he was transported to the West Feliciana Hospital where he died from his injuries.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Achord family.

Derrick Ryan Webb, 31 of Cookville, Tennessee 01-17-2018
Firefighter Derrick Ryan Webb fell ill while preparing a training drill at the fire station. Webb was found unresponsive in the apparatus bay beside his turn-out gear and SCBA. The PASS device on the SCBA was still sounding. CPR was initiated but firefighter Webb was pronounced deceased at the hospital from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be reported. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Webb family.

Dwayne "Yogi" Thomas, 57 of St. Croix, Virgin Islands 01-24-18
Shortly after driving a tanker to the scene of a structure fire, Firefighter/Driver-Operator Dwayne "Yogi" Thomas assisted with forced entry of the burning building. Firefighter Thomas then returned to his apparatus as other fire engines arrived on scene to set up water supply. Soon thereafter, Firefighter Thomas was found unresponsive by fellow responders. Thomas was attended to immediately, but succumbed to his injury, a reported heart attack, while being transported to the hospital. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Thomas family.

Jason Dickey, 38 of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee 02-12-18
Engineer Jason Dickey died from injuries sustained in a structural collapse while operating at the scene of a residential structure fire. Two other firefighters were injured in the collapse and taken to the hospital.  The fire started in a two-story residence along Lakeview Drive at around 1630hrs. According to media reports, crews transmitted a “Mayday Emergency” near 2000hrs when the three firefighters became trapped as the result of a collapse. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by authorities.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Dickey family.

Richard Jenks, 72 of Pascoag, Rhode Island 02-14-18
Lieutenant Richard Jenks collapsed while fighting a residential chimney fire. Other responders performed CPR on Lieutenant Jenks and transported him to Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket, RI, where he was pronounced deceased. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be determined.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Jenks family.

Earnest McDuffie, 51 of Hinesville, Georgia 02-20-18
While performing fire department mandated physical fitness training, Captain Earnest McDuffie was running at a local park and fell unconscious. CPR was rendered immediately and Captain McDuffie was transported to Liberty Regional Medical Center where he passed away from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be determined.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the McDuffie family.

Christopher Pryor, 46 of LaVale, Maryland 02-25-18
After returning home from an early morning response for a motor vehicle crash, Assistant Fire Chief Christopher Pryor complained to his wife that he was not feeling well. According to reports from FirefighterCloseCalls.com, Chief Pryor's wife then took him to the emergency room where, upon arrival, he collapsed. Despite all efforts to revive him, Assistant Fire Chief Pryor passed away from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be reported.  Our thoughts and prayers are  with the Pryor family.

Casey Stephen Kuhns, 30 of Morrisville, Vermont 02-28-18
On February 27, at 1526hrs, Lieutenant Casey Stephen Kuhns responded to a motor vehicle crash. Later that day, Lieutenant Kuhns participated in fire department training that ended at approximately 2130hrs. At 0600hrs on February 28, Lieutenant Kuhns was found deceased at home from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be reported.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Kuhns family.

Daryel Richards, 58 of Hollywood, Florida 03-09-18
Driver Engineer Daryel Richards succumbed to a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be reported while on duty at the fire station on March 9, 2018.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Richards family.

M. V. Hudson, 86 of New London, Texas 03-10-18
Firefighter M.V. Hudson was injured in a fire tender (tanker) crash on the evening of February 28th. Hudson and two other firefighters were responding to a grass fire when the apparatus left the right side of the roadway and rolled over, badly damaging the cab and injuring all three occupants. The three firefighters had to be extracted from the vehicle and were rushed to the hospital. Two firefighters were subsequently released, but Firefighter Hudson died while in the hospital on March 10, 2018. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hudson family.

Stacey Leigh Boulware, 44 of Marietta, Georgia 03-12-18
Firefighter Stacey Leigh Boulware collapsed while on duty at Cobb County Fire Station 5. Firefighter Boulware was reported to having responded to two emergency calls and passing a fire department physical agility test in the hours prior to her falling ill. Boulware was treated by fellow responders then transported to Kennestone Hospital where, despite all efforts, she succumbed to a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be determined. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Boulware family.

Rodney D. Baker Jr., 47 of Kunkle, Ohio 03-16-18
After attending an earlier fire department training meeting, Assistant Chief Rodney D. Baker, Jr., responded to a grass fire at 2229hrs on March, 15, 2018. Chief Baker (Chief 51) was first on scene as the commanding officer for the incident and was back in service at 2336hrs. The following day, while attending a family event, Chief Baker became ill and collapsed at 1638hrs. Family members trained in CPR immediately came to Chief Baker’s aid while the Pioneer Fire Department and Williams County EMS were called to the scene. Assistant Chief Baker was transported to Bryan hospital where, despite all efforts, he later passed away from a reported cardiac event.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Baker family.

Allen Headley, 31 of Belle Chasse, Louisiana 03-16-18
While on-duty at the fire station, Firefighter-Operator Allen Headley was found unresponsive in the fire station day room. Firefighter-Operator Headly was treated by fellow responders and transported to the hospital but succumbed to a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be determined.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Headley family.

Zachary Anthony, 29 of York, Pennsylvania 03-22-18
Firefighter Zachary Anthony and Firefighter Ivan Flanscha were killed from a collapse at the scene of a multi-alarm fire that began the previous day. Fire crews were still on-scene putting out hot spots that were flaring up nearly twenty-four hours later. Firefighters Flanscha and Anthony were transported to the hospital where they succumbed to their injuries. Two other firefighters injured in the collapse are reported to be in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries. Prior to the fire breaking out, the 150 year old multi-story structure, known as the Weaver Organ and Piano building, was being renovated into apartments. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by authorities.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Anthony family.

Ivan Flanscha, 50 of York, Pennsylvania 03-22-18
Firefighter Zachary Anthony and Firefighter Ivan Flanscha were killed from a collapse at the scene of a multi-alarm fire that began the previous day. Fire crews were still on-scene putting out hot spots that were flaring up nearly twenty-four hours later. Firefighters Flanscha and Anthony were transported to the hospital where they succumbed to their injuries. Two other firefighters injured in the collapse are reported to be in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries. Prior to the fire breaking out, the 150 year old multi-story structure, known as the Weaver Organ and Piano building, was being renovated into apartments. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by authorities.  Our thouoghts and prayers are with the Flanscha family.

Michael R. Davidson, 37 of Brooklyn, New York 03-22-18
Firefighter Michael R. Davidson was killed and two other firefighters were seriously injured in a Harlem five-alarm fire that broke out in a former jazz club that was being used as a film set. Firefighter Davidson was operating the fire hose nozzle in the basement of the building when fire conditions intensified and Davidson became separated from the other firefighters. Firefighter Davidson was removed from the structure and taken to Harlem hospital where he was declared deceased. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by authorities.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Davidson family.

Larry Marusik, 68 of La Grange, Texas 03-23-18
On behalf of Fayette County Office of Emergency Management, the Caldwell County Office of Emergency Management has reported the death of Firefighter Larry Marusik. Firefighter Marusik passed away at the Brooke Army Medical Center on March 23, 2018, from injuries sustained while battling a large grass fire on March 10, 2018.  Our thoughts and prayers are  with the Marusik family.

Tom Craigo, 40 of West Pratt, Virginia 03-24-18
Lieutenant Tom Craigo and Assistant Fire Chief Michael Edwards were killed and three other firefighters were injured when, for a cause still under investigation, the apparatus they were in left the narrow roadway and crashed into a rock wall. At the time, the firefighters were responding to a multiple fatality motor vehicle crash on the West Virginia Turnpike. Of the three firefighters injured, Fire Chief Timothy Walker remains in the hospital in critical condition; Firefighter Billy Hypes is in stable condition; and Firefighter Kyle Jenkins was released with minor injuries.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Craigo family.

Michael Edwards, 46 of West Pratt, Virginia 03-24-18
Lieutenant Tom Craigo and Assistant Fire Chief Michael Edwards were killed and three other firefighters were injured when, for a cause still under investigation, the apparatus they were in left the narrow roadway and crashed into a rock wall. At the time, the firefighters were responding to a multiple fatality motor vehicle crash on the West Virginia Turnpike. Of the three firefighters injured, Fire Chief Timothy Walker remains in the hospital in critical condition; Firefighter Billy Hypes is in stable condition; and Firefighter Kyle Jenkins was released with minor injuries.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Edwards family.

Timothy Wayne Royce, 58 of Mapleton, Minnesota 03-30-18
Second Assistant Fire Chief Timothy Wayne Royce died from an apparent heart attack on March 30, 2018, several hours after responding with his fire department to a motor vehicle crash and a medical call, as well as participating in fire department training at the station.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Royce family.

Richard L. Garner Jr., 29 of Madison, Wisconsin 04-01-18
Firefighter-Paramedic Richard L. Garner Jr. completed a 48 hour shift at 0700hrs on April 1, 2018, during which he responded to nineteen emergency calls. Later that day, between the times of 1200hrs and 1300hrs, Garner collapsed at a private residence in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin. Firefighter-Paramedic Garner was treated at the scene by the local EMS and transported to the hospital where he passed away from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be determined. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Garner family.


Caleb Scott, 29 of North Richland Hills, Texas 04-03-18
Firefighter Caleb Scott suffered a reported heart attack while at his fire station on the morning of April 3, 2018. Fellow responders immediately came to his aid at the firehouse before transporting him to Medical City North Hills Hospital, where Firefighter Scott later succumbed to his injury.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Scott family.

Bernard Olive, 68 of Baytown, Texas 04-05-18
Assistant Fire Chief Bernard Olive passed away while on duty from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be determined. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Olive family.

Richard L. Sales, 52 of Asheville, North Carolina 04-08-18
Fire Chief Richard L. Sales was killed in a single vehicle crash while traveling on fire department business. According to initial reports, Sales was on I-40 Eastbound when he struck barriers in the middle of the road, lost control of his vehicle, and went down an embankment onto roadways below before coming to a stop. The cause of the wreck is still under investigation, but the local news reported it was the same area where a motorcyclist and the driver of a semi-trailer died in separate wrecks on March 31, 2018.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Sales family.