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.

M. Kent Stillwagon, 52 of Greenlawn, New York 04-17-18
Shortly after responding to numerous calls on the evening of Monday, April 16, 2018, Firefighter-Paramedic M. Kent Stillwagon was found just after midnight at his residence in cardiac arrest. His fellow volunteers and friends from the Greenlawn Fire Department responded and tried valiantly to resuscitate him, but after being transported to Huntington hospital and an extended resuscitation attempt by hospital staff, Firefighter-Paramedic Stillwagon passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Stillwagon family.


Gregory Jackson,50 of Fort Benning, Georgia 04-19-18
Firefighter Gregory Jackson became ill at the end of his shift on April 14, 2018. He was transported to a local hospital where he passed away on April 19, 2018. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be reported. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Jackson family.

Herbert "Butch" T. Wilcox, 77 of Rocky Mount, Virginia 04-19-18
Firefighter Wilcox responded to two fire calls on April 18, 2018, one at 1300hrs and a brush fire at 1605hrs. After returning from the brush fire, Wilcox complained of neck and back pain. He went to a local MediCenter where he was examined and then sent home. At approximately 0730hrs the next morning, Firefighter Wilcox’s wife tried to wake him but found him unresponsive and immediately called 911. Emergency responders arrived on scene and began CPR, but after 30 minutes of resuscitation efforts, Firefighter Wilcox was pronounced deceased at his residence. The nature and cause of fatal injury is still to be determined.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Wilcox family.

Anthony Colacino, 33 of Jamestown, California 04-21-18
Inmate Firefighter Trainee Anthony Colacino was participating in a training hike when he collapsed just before 0800hrs on April 21, 2018. Fellow inmate firefighters attempted to revive Colacino before other emergency services personnel took over care. Despite all efforts, Colacino succumbed to a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be determined.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Colacino family.

Philip H. Neubich, 69 of Spooner, Wisconsin 04-25-18
On April 24, 2018, at 2319hrs, Firefighter Philip H. Neubich responded to the fire station when his fire department was paged out for a gas leak inside of a residence. Several hours later, at approximately 0615hrs, at home, Firefighter Neubich was found unresponsive by his wife. Local EMS responded, but Firefighter Neubich was found to be deceased. The nature of fatal injury is reported to have been a heart attack.   Our thoughts and prayers are with the Neubich family.

Michael Godzak, 59 of Webster, Pennsylvania 04-29-18
While operating a fire engine as it returned to the station from a fire call, First Captain Michael Godzak died from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be reported.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Godzak family.

Jeffrey Holt, 60 of Lawrence, Indiana 04-30-18
Firefighter Jeffrey Holt collapsed from an apparent heart attack just after passing an annual physical assessment at Lawrence Fire Department Station 38. According to reports, medics were present and immediately provided aid. Firefighter Holt was then transported to the Indiana Heart Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Holt family. 

Thelonious "Theo" Adams, 54 of Las Vegas, Nevada 05-01-18
Captain Thelonious “Theo” Adams succumbed to injuries sustained as a passenger in a fire apparatus rollover in October of 2003. Adams was paralyzed from the neck down in the crash that occurred while the apparatus was responding to a false alarm call on Halloween night.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Adams family.

Mark Graziano, 47 of Hudson, New York 05-09-18
Firefighter Mark A. Graziano was found unresponsive at his residence after responding to two emergency calls during the preceding 24 hour period. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be determined. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Graziano family.

William F. Brinza III, 64 of Grove, Oklahoma 05-12-18
Firefighter William F. Brinza III responded to a reported structure fire near Elk River Marina. While still in the driver seat shortly after arriving on scene, Firefighter Brinza suffered a medical event. Despite the efforts of his fellow firefighters and Grove EMS paramedics already on scene, Firefighter Brinza succumbed to a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be determined. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Brinza family. 

Thomas A. Cannon, 63 of Attelboro, Massachusetts 05-14-18
On May 13, 2018, Firefighter Thomas Albert Cannon went into cardiac arrest at the beginning of his shift while performing truck and equipment checks in the firehouse. Firefighter Cannon was treated by fellow responders then rushed to the hospital where he passed away the following day. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cannon family. 

Juan J. Bucio, 46 of Chicago, Illinois 05-28-18
While searching for a 28-year-old man who fell off of a boat into the South Branch of the Chicago River, Firefighter/EMT Juan J. Bucio became separated from his dive partner and went missing. According to initial reports, Bucio's dive partner immediately declared a Mayday and, along with other divers, began to search the river for Firefighter Bucio. After approximately 20 minutes, Bucio was found and rescued from the river. Firefighter Bucio was then transported to the hospital where, despite all efforts to revive him by paramedics and hospital personnel, he was declared deceased. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bucio family. 

Tony Spencer III, 51 0f Engelhard, North Carolina 06-03-18
On 05/31/2018 at 2100hrs, Chief Tony Spencer III finished participating in a Firefighter I & II Hose certification class. A few hours later at approximately 0130hrs on 06/01/2018, Chief Spencer suffered a cardiac arrest at his residence and was airlifted to Norfolk Medical Center. Chief Spencer passed away on 06/03/2018 at Norfolk Medical Center from the injuries sustained.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Spencer family. 

Grant L. Froman, 55 of Dover, Pennsylvania 06-06-18
Fire Police Officer Grant L. Froman was performing maintenance on Service 9, the traffic control unit, when he passed away from an apparent heart attack. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Froman family. 

Douglas C. Ambrozewycz, 60 of Perth Amboy, New Jersey 06-10-18
On December 11, 1983 Firefighter Douglas C. Ambrozewycz responded to a building fire at 102 Smith Street (Frank's Bakery) with Protection Hook & Ladder Company # 1. While engaged in fire suppression, a section of the first floor collapsed, sending him through the floor into the fire below. He was injured with 2nd & 3rd degree burns and received extensive medical care including numerous blood transfusions. Due to the required blood transfusions for the injuries sustained, he contracted Hepatits C which appeared many years later. This disease caused many debilitating health conditions including liver failure which ultimately caused his death on June 10, 2018. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ambrozewycz family. 

Richard "Andy" Loller, Jr. 42 of Weatherford, Texas 06-10-18
While performing wildland firefighting operations, Firefighter Richard “Andy” Loller, Jr. suffered a medical emergency. Loller was flown by helicopter to receive medical treatment and was stabilized before being placed on a medical airplane to receive further treatment at a hospital in Odessa. While in flight, Firefighter Loller passed away from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be reported. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Loller family.  

Dakota Snavely, 17 of Albemarle, North Carolina 06-10-18
While en route to a water rescue at Morrow Mountain State Park with confirmed persons in the water, Firefighter Snavely was involved in a motor vehicle crash with a commercial motor vehicle on Hwy 205. Snavely passed away from traumatic injuries sustained during the crash. The incident is under investigation by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Snavely family. 

William Moore IV, 48 of Ameila Court House, Virginia 06-14-18
Firefighter William Moore IV suffered a fatal heart attack during a training exercise on June 14, 2018.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Moore family. 

Joe Patterson,  33 of Greenfield, Ohio 06-24-18

Firefighter/EMT Patterson was working with compressed air cylinders at the Paint Creek Joint EMS/Fire District Station 22 when he was critically injured by one of the cylinders. He was airlifted to the Kettering Medical Center where he passed away from injuries sustained in the accident.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Patterson family. 


David Robert Rosa, 45 of Long Beach, California 06-25-18

Captain Dave Rosa was shot while responding to a reported fire at the Covenant Manor, a senior living facility in Long Beach, California. Captain Rosa was transported to St. Mary Medical Center but passed away from the injuries he sustained. A person of interest is in custody and investigation into the incident continues.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Rosa family. 


Devon Coney, 34 of Austin, Texas 06-26-18

Fire Cadet Coney was performing physical fitness activities at the Austin Fire Department Training Academy when he suffered a medical emergency.  He was taken to Saint David's South Austin Medical Center where he passed away a short time later.  The nature and cause of the medical emergency has yet to be determined.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Coney family.  


Benny Hutchins, 62 of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 06-27-18
Fire Lieutenant Benny Hutchins was participating in a survival training exercise at the Philadelphia Fire Academy when he experienced a medical emergency. He was transported to Aria Torresdale Hospital where he passed away two days later from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be reported.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hutchins family. 

Michael Goodnight, 55 0f Salisbury, North Carolina 07-04-18
While responding to a reported traffic incident, Firefighter Goodnight was involved in a two motor vehicle accident and was pronounced dead at the scene. Two other adult civilians in the second vehicle involved in the accident had to be extricated from their vehicle and were airlifted to a hospital. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol continues to investigate the accident.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Goodnight family.

Cory Barr, 34 of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin 07-10-18
Captain Cory Barr responded with crews to a report of a natural gas leak after a contractor struck a natural gas main in downtown Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. After the firefighters, along with law enforcement, arrived on scene to investigate the source of the leak and evacuate the area, there was an explosion that leveled multiple buildings. Captain Barr suffered injuries after being knocked down under a rubble pile as a result of the explosion and was transported by Sun Prairie EMS to UW Madison where he later passed away. A second firefighter was also injured in the explosion and is in critical, but stable, condition. A third firefighter with a minor injury was also admitted to a hospital. Three additional firefighters, one police officer, and seven civilians also suffered minor injuries. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Barr family.

Michael F. Cherubini, 71 of Hague, New York 07-04-18
While riding as a passenger in a brush truck, at a parade in a nearby town, Lieutenant Cherubini became ill.  His wife, who is also a member of the department and was the driver of the brush truck, immediately drove home.  He was helped inside of his house by his wife and collapsed soon after.  The nature and cause of the medical emergency has yet to be determined.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cherubini family.

Braden Varney, 36 of Sacramento, California 07-14-18
Firefighter/Equipment Operator Braden Varney was assigned to the Madera-Mariposa CAL FIRE unit, which has been fighting the 130-acre Ferguson Fire in the Sierra National Forest. On 7/14/2018, Firefighter/Equipment Operator Varney was working on a ridge to create a fire break.  The bulldozer Varney was operating overturned and rolled down the ridge causing Varney to suffer fatal injuries. The wreckage was spotted by airplane on 07/15/2018 and crews reached the site and removed Varney’s body on 07/16/2018. The accident is being investigated by Cal/OSHA.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Varney family.

Zachary J. Fazekas, 19 of New Hyde Park, New York 07-14-18
While driving to an EMS training class, Firefighter Zachary Fazekas was involved in a single vehicle accident and ejected from his motorcycle. Fazekas was pronounced dead at the scene from the injuries he sustained in the accident.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Fazekas family. 

Braden Varney, 36 of Sacramento, California 07-14-18
Firefighter/Equipment Operator Braden Varney was assigned to the Madera-Mariposa CAL FIRE unit, which has been fighting the 130-acre Ferguson Fire in the Sierra National Forest. On 7/14/2018, Firefighter/Equipment Operator Varney was working on a ridge to create a fire break.  The bulldozer Varney was operating overturned and rolled down the ridge causing Varney to suffer fatal injuries. The wreckage was spotted by airplane on 07/15/2018 and crews reached the site and removed Varney’s body on 07/16/2018. The accident is being investigated by Cal/OSHA.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Varney family.

Nathan Flynn, 34 of Columbia, Maryland 07-23-18
At approximately 0200hrs, Firefighter Nathan Flynn responded with Howard County Fire and Rescue crews to a large residential fire that began after a reported possible lightning strike. When crews arrived, heavy smoke was visible and firefighters began an interior attack on the home. While inside, Flynn fell through the floor and a Mayday was called. Flynn was quickly removed by the RIT team and taken to Howard County General Hospital where he passed away as a result of his injuries. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Flynn family.

Jeremy Stoke, 37 of Redding, California 07-26-18
Fire Inspector Jeremy Stoke was killed when he was battling the Carr Fire in Northern California’s Shasta County. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be reported.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Stoke family.
 
Don R. Smith, 81 of Sacramento, California 07-27-18
Firefighter/Bulldozer Operator Don Smith was operating his bulldozer while battling the Carr Fire in Northern California’s Shasta County when he was overtaken by flames. Smith’s body was found by emergency personnel in the area of Benson Drive and Rock Creek Road in Redding, California. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be reported.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Smith family.

Brian Hughes, 33 of Three Rivers, California 07-29-18
Captain Brian Hughes and his crew were engaged in tactical fire operations on the east side of the Ferguson Fire in Mariposa County, California, when he was struck by a tree. Hughes was treated on scene, but passed away from the injuries he sustained before he could be transported to a hospital. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hughes family.

Pasquale "Pepper" DiBenedetto, 68 of Englishtown, New Jersey 08-02-18
On July 30, 2018, Chief Engineer/Firefighter DiBenedetto responded from his home to the firehouse for an activated CO alarm call. An in-station crew and the chief responded to investigate and found it due to a faulty battery.  DiBenedetto stood-by in-station for additional calls and to place the apparatus back into service.  Upon completion, he then returned home.  The next morning, DiBenedetto complained that he wasn’t feeling well and had a friend transport him to a local hospital.  He suffered a massive stroke while en route, and required immediate surgery upon arrival.  Life-saving measures were unsuccessful and he passed away in the hospital on August 2, 2018.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the DiBenedetto family.

Barry Everett, 42 of Tucker, Georgia 08-08-18
Firefighter Barry Everett worked a 24-hour shift and responded to multiple emergencies, the last emergency being at 0000hrs. During shift change, at 0800hrs, Everett was found deceased in bed at the fire station. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be reported.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Everett family.

Andrew Brake, 40 of Sacramento, California 08-09-18
On August 9, 2018, at approximately 00:19hours, in a single vehicle crash, Heavy Equipment Mechanic Andrew Brake, the sole occupant, had been driving northbound on Highway 99 when the CAL FIRE support vehicle ran off the road, hit a tree and burst into flames. The collision happened near Los Molinos in Tehama County. Brake was assigned to work the Carr Fire burning in Shasta and Trinity counties.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Brake family.


Madison "Maddy" Lee Clinton, Jr. 54 of Altus, Oklahoma 08-10-18

Assistant Chief Madison Clinton was engaged in fire suppression activities on a residential structure fire.  During the operation, the structure collapsed on Clinton pinning him under the roof of the dwelling.  Clinton was pronounced deceased at the scene.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Clinton family.


Matthew Burchett, 42 of Draper, Utah 08-13-18

Battalion Chief Matthew Burchett was injured while on the fire line of the Ranch Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex fire north of San Francisco, California. Burchett was airlifted to a local hospital where he passed away from the injuries he sustained. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be reported. Burchett was one of five firefighters sent from the Draper City Fire Department in Utah to help fight the California wildland fires through a mutual aid agreement with CAL FIRE.   Our thoughts and prayers are with the Burchett family.


Jeff Holden, 32 of Hillsborough, North Carolina 08-13-18

On 08/13/2018 at 1109hrs, Assistant Chief Jeff Holden responded to a call which required him to enter a trench on West Ten Road in Efland, North Carolina, to rescue a trapped person. At 1450hrs while still working his shift, Holden was found unresponsive at the fire station. All attempts to revive Holden by the crew on shift and additional emergency workers were unsuccessful. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be reported.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Holden family.


Michael Reese, 53 of Willow Street, Pennsylvania 08-23-18

Fire Chief Michael Reese responded to a vehicle accident during the early morning hours on 08/23/18.  Several hours later that day, Reese suddenly passed away at his home. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be reported. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Reese family.


Daniel "Danny" Lister, 34 of Queen Anne, Maryland 09-01-18

Assistant Fire Chief Daniel "Danny" Lister was operating at the scene of a motor vehicle accident with multiple medical patients on Maryland Route 404 at Old Queen Anne Road and suffered a medical emergency. Resuscitation efforts on scene were unsuccessful and Lister passed away at the University of Maryland Shore Regional Health at Easton.   Our thoughts and prayers are with the Lister family.


Eric Christopher Aarseth, 20 of Philomath, Oregon 09-04-18

Firefighter II Eric Aarseth worked the Horns Mountain Fire in Washington on August 27 and was released at 6:00 p.m.  On August 28, Aarseth was found unresponsive at his home in Oregon. Reports indicate that Aarseth developed pneumonia which became septic. Aarseth was treated at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Springfield, Oregon, but was taken off life support on September 3 after suffering irreversible damage to his organs. Aarseth passed away early the following morning on September 4.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Aarseth family.


David Fischer, 43 of Sturgis, South Dakota 09-07-18

At approximately 4 p.m. on Sept. 7, Assistant Fire Chief David Fischer responded with the Sturgis Volunteer Fire Department and other local first-responders to a residential structure fire in Tilford, South Dakota. Upon arrival, firefighters found a single-family home that was fully involved in fire. The intense fire ignited several outbuildings on the property and threatened nearby propane tanks.  Firefighters made their initial attack, sent out a mutual aid call, and evacuated nearby residents. Soon after, responders were informed of a resident that was unaccounted for and last seen in the involved residence. As firefighters continued to fight the fire and attempted to locate the missing resident, a nearby propane tank experienced a catastrophic failure causing a Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion, or BLEVE.  The explosion instantly killed Fischer. In addition, the remains of the missing resident, an 82 year-old male, were found the following morning.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Fischer family. 


Robert James Phillips II, 62 of Memphis, Michigan 09-23-18

On Sept. 22, Firefighter Robert James Phillips II responded to two emergency incidents, the last one being a motor vehicle accident at approximately 11:30 a.m.  On Sept. 23, at approximately 6:30 a.m., Phillips was found unresponsive by his wife at his residence. She called 911 and the Memphis Fire Department responded, but Phillips was pronounced dead at the scene. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be reported.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Phillips family.