Eric M. Hosette, 33 of Clinton, Ohio 01-05-19
At 5:45 a.m., the Clinton Fire Department’s on-duty crew responded to a reported smoldering fire in a silo storage bin at Archer-Daniels-Midland loading facility. At 7:00 a.m., the scene was handed off to the next crew coming on-duty which included Lieutenant Eric Hosette. Nearly two hours later at 8:45 a.m., Hosette was injured in an explosion at the scene. Hosette was transported to Mercy Medical Center where, despite all efforts, he passed away. A second firefighter was critically injured during the explosion but survived. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hosette family.
Steven H. Pollard, 30 of Brooklyn, New York 01-06-19
Firefighter Steven Pollard arrived with the Fire Department of New York City’s Ladder Co. 170 at the scene of a motor vehicle accident on the Belt Parkway, just east of Flatbush Avenue. As he was assisting at the scene, Pollard fell through a gap dividing the eastbound and westbound lanes of an overpass bridge and plummeted 52 feet to the ground. Pollard was transported to Kings County Hospital where he passed away a short time later from the critical injuries he sustained in the fall. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Pollard family.
Jason Byrd, 42 of Somerville, Tennessee 02-18-19
District Chief (Station 14) Jason Byrd suffered an apparent heart attack
while at the scene of a residential structure fire. Within 15 seconds
of the medical emergency, responders administered advanced life support
measures to Byrd and then transported him to a local hospital where he
was pronounced deceased. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Byrd family.
Brenden A. Pierce, 21 0f Pinson, Alabama 02-23-19
On 02/19/19, Firefighter Brenden Pierce started his shift at the
Palmerdale Fire District, Station 3. During this shift at approximately
12:30 a.m. on 02/20/2019, Pierce suffered a medical emergency after
responding to a weather-related call. He was immediately transported to
the Grandview Medical Center where he was declared brain dead on
02/20/2019. Because Pierce was an organ donor, his organs were
transplanted to multiple recipients over the next few days. Pierce’s
official date of death was 02/23/2019. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Pierce family.
Thomas Nye, 72 of Marion, Massachusetts, 02-27-19
On 02/26/2019, Firefighter Thomas Nye helped extinguish a residential
chimney fire and then returned home. He collapsed early the next morning
on 02/27/2019 after suffering an apparent cardiac incident. Nye was
transported to Tobey Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Nye family.
Joel Barnes, 32 of Berwick, Maine 03-01-19
Captain Joel Barnes was one of five firefighters who went into a
three-story apartment building to fight a four-alarm fire. While inside
the structure, conditions rapidly worsened. Three of the firefighters
were able to escape. Barnes and one other firefighter became trapped in a
room of a third-floor apartment. While waiting to be rescued, Barnes
reportedly used his body to shield the other firefighter from the
intense fire. Upon rescue, Barnes was unresponsive, and EMTs and other
colleagues immediately performed life-saving measures on him. Barnes was
then transported to Wentworth-Douglass Hospital where he was pronounced
deceased from the injuries he sustained. The four other firefighters
were treated and released by Wentworth-Douglass Hospital. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Barnes family.
Jacob "Jake" Ringering, 37 of Godfrey, Illinois 03-05-19
While at the scene of a residential structure fire, Captain Jacob
Ringering and three additional firefighters were injured when a portion
of the structure collapsed as they attacked the fire. Ringering was
taken to the hospital where he passed away from the injuries he
sustained. One of the additional firefighters was flown by helicopter to
the hospital where he is in stable condition. The two remaining
firefighters were treated and released. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ringering family.
Michael Bernstein, 46 of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 03-20-19
Firefighter Michael Bernstein suffered a medical emergency while on-duty
at Engine 78 at Philadelphia International Airport. Bernstein was
transported to Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital where he passed away. The
nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be determined. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bernstein family.
Daniel Laird, 41 of Nevada City, California 03-27-19
While conducting aerial ignition operations on a prescribed burn in the
Sam Houston National Forest in Texas, Captain Daniel Laird’s helicopter
went down. Laird passed away from the injuries he sustained in the
crash. Other crew members sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Laird family.
James "Woody" Woodman, 55 of Westhaven, Connecticut 03-29-19
Firefighter/Paramedic James “Woody” Woodman was a member of Recruit
Class #15 at the Connecticut State Fire Academy. Only two days after
being out of the academy, on October 5, 1999, Woodman was part of an
ambulance crew transporting a child who had been struck by a vehicle to
the Yale-New Haven Hospital. As they neared the hospital, the ambulance
was broadsided by a bus and rolled over multiple times. Woodman
sustained a traumatic brain injury that resulted in his living in a
long-term care facility until his death on March 29, 2019. The child who
was being transported and other crew members of the ambulance were
seriously injured but have all made complete recoveries. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Woodman family.
John "Jack" Leming, 78 of Cape May Point, New Jersey 04-15-19
Firefighter John Leming attended a drill on
4/15/2019 at the fire station at approximately 7:00 pm. At the
conclusion of the drill, he returned home. During the night, he became
ill. His wife called 911 and EMS responded. During transport to a local
hospital, Leming went into cardiac arrest and life saving measures were
not successful. Leming was pronounced deceased shortly after his arrival
at the hospital. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Leming family.
Dwain Hudson, 73 of Custer, South Dakota 04-17-19
On April 17, 2019, Argyle Volunteer Fire Department was called to an
active wildland fire that was endangering structures. While responding
as a passenger in the department’s compressed air foam truck,
Firefighter Dwain Hudson experienced a medical emergency. Firefighters
and EMS personnel immediately provided emergency medical aid to Hudson.
He was transported to Custer Regional Hospital where resuscitation
efforts continued but were not successful. Hudson was pronounced
deceased at the hospital. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hudson family.
Michael Watkins, 75 of Mountain Home, Arkansas 04-24-19
On April 21, 2019, Driver/Engineer Michael Watkins was responding to a
brush fire when he suffered a heart attack. He was immediately taken to
the hospital where he passed away on April 24, 2019. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Watkins family.
Brad Gregrich, 30 of Arcadia, Florida 04-27-19
On April 14, 2019, while on-duty at the fire station, Firefighter/EMT
Brad Gregrich complained to his co-worker that he wasn’t feeling well,
with a headache and feeling tired. The next morning, returning home
after his shift, Firefighter/EMT Gregrich was still ill. His wife
transported him to the hospital. The hospital then released him after
an evaluation. He returned home but became unresponsive and 9-1-1 was
called. He was rushed back to the hospital where he suffered a major
stroke and never regained consciousness. He passed away at the hospital
on Saturday, April 27, 2019. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Gregrich family.
Kody Vanfossan, 24 of Christopher, Illinois 05-05-19
Firefighter Kody Vanfossan responded to a multi-alarm two-story vacant
structure fire in Christopher, Illinois. Upon arrival, heavy smoke could
be seen coming out of the top floor of the structure. Vanfossan, along
with a second firefighter, began an interior attack on the fire. An
additional firefighter later called for the two firefighters to exit the
building. As the two firefighters started down steps in the rear of the
building, the steps collapsed. While the second firefighter was able to
make it out of the building, a Mayday was issued for Vanfossan.
Vanfossan was recovered from the building and placed into an ambulance
where he was pronounced deceased. Investigation into the incident
continues. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Vanfossan family.
Barry Boulton Sr., 67 of Plantation, Florida 05-07-19
On May 7, 2019, Lieutenant Barry Boulton, Sr., collapsed after
completion of a Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) drill. Resuscitation
efforts were immediately rendered to Boulton who was then rushed to the
Westside Regional Medical Center in Plantation, FL, where he passed away
from cardiac arrest. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Boulton family.
William Norman Franck, 81 of Willow Street, Pennsylvania 05-12-19
On May 12, 2019, Firefighter William N. Franck was performing scene
safety at a motor vehicle accident. While at the accident, he suffered a
CVA. He was immediately taken to Penn Medicine Lancaster General
Hospital in Lancaster, PA, where he passed away a short time later. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Franck family.
Mitchell F. Lundgaard, 36 of Appleton, Wisconsin 05-15-19
On May 15, 2019, firefighters from the Appleton Fire Department, the
Appleton Police Department, and the Gold Cross Ambulance Crew, responded
to a medical emergency at the Valley Transit Center in downtown
Appleton, WI. While treating the patient, the situation escalated into
shots being fired, striking Firefighter Lundgaard, a police officer, and
a bystander. Aid was immediately rendered to Firefighter Lundgaard and
he was rushed to the ThedaCare Regional Medical Center in Appleton,
WI. Despite all life-saving efforts, Lundgaard passed away from the
injuries he sustained from the shooting. Investigation into the
incident continues. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Lundgaard family.
Charles Ruffing, 53 of Boise, Idaho 05-21-19
Senior Firefighter/Driver Engineer Charles Ruffing, who had been
diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, was found deceased in
Boise Fire Department Station 6 as a result of a suicide. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ruffing family.
Christopher Moore, 42 of Maryland Heights, Missouri 06-08-19
Firefighter/Paramedic Christopher Moore was on duty at the fire station
on Thursday, June 6, 2019, and Friday, June 7, 2019. He responded to
several fire and EMS calls during his 48 hour shift. He complained of
not feeling well in the late morning of Friday, June 7, 2019, and was
relieved of duty to go home and rest. He stated that he was going to
follow-up with his personal physician. He was found deceased Saturday
morning, June 8, 2019, at his residence. Investigation into the
incident is ongoing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Moore family.
Todd Lanthrip, 53 of Mathiston, Mississippi 06-13-19
Captain Lanthrip responded to an automobile accident on the evening of
June 12, 2019. He returned home after the response. At approximately
0130hrs the morning of June 13, 2019, he became unresponsive. Attempts
by his wife and first responders were unsuccessful and he passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Lanthrip family.
Jared Wayne Echols, 35 of Springville, Alabama 06-17-19
Firefighter/Paramedic Jared Wayne Echols was participating in a recruit
training exercise in Anniston, AL. While at the training, he became ill
and was immediately transported to the RMC Hospital in Anniston, where
he passed away a short time later. Investigation into the incident
continues. Firefighter/Paramedic Echols was also an active member of
the Pleasant Hill Volunteer Fire Department in Springville, AL. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Echols family.
Coleman Loadholt, 51 of Ridgeland, South Carolina 06-21-19
On June 17, 2019, Firefighter/EMT Coleman Loadholt was on-duty at the
Jasper County Fire Rescue Department in Ridgeland, SC. At approximately
0815hrs, he complained to his co-worker that he wasn’t feeling well and
suffered a medical emergency. Firefighter/EMT Loadholt was treated by
his co-worker and was immediately transported to the Coastal Carolina
Hospital where he was stabilized. The same day he was then transported
to the Hilton Head Hospital, and was ultimately transported to the MUSC
Hospital in Charleston, SC, where he passed away on June 21, 2019. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Loadholt family.
Michael “Mike” Powers,70 of Libertytown, Maryland 06-25-19
Firefighter Michael Powers responded to the scene of a fatal vehicle
accident. While at the scene, he collapsed and suffered a medical
emergency. He was immediately transported to the Frederick Memorial
Hospital where he passed away a short time later. Investigation into
the incident continues. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Powers family.
William Casey White, 70 of Artesia, New Mexico 07-02-19
On July 1, 2019, Chief William "Casey" White responded to a grass fire
mutual aid call to a neighboring county at approximately 2130 hours.
After returning from the call, Chief White retired for the evening at
home around 2400hrs. The next day, July 2, 2019, he returned to the
station at 0930hrs to outfit a new apparatus with equipment. Chief
White was found deceased at approximately 1730hrs that afternoon on the
bay floor near the apparatus. Our thoughts and prayers are with the White family.
Neil B. Cope, 46 of Belle Vernon, Pennsyllvania 07-16-19
The North Belle Vernon Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched at
0132hrs to assist on a mutual aid residential fire. Lieutenant Cope was
part of the engine crew assigned to staging in full PPE and SCBA with
masks doffed. After approximately 45 minutes the crew was released by
command and cleared the scene. After returning to his residence,
Lieutenant Cope spoke to his wife at 0730hrs via phone. His wife then
attempted to call him multiple times during the day without success. At
approximately 1600hrs his wife came home and found him not breathing
and cold to the touch on the floor of the bedroom. EMS was called and
Lieutenant Cope was pronounced deceased at home. The cause and nature
of death are under investigation. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cope family.
Jeff Stroble, 46 of Roswell, New Mexico 07-21-19
On June 5, 2019, the City of Roswell Fire Department was preparing for
the community July 4th fireworks show. Driver/Operator Stroble was
assisting with this preparation when an explosion occurred, injuring
him. Stroble was immediately taken to the hospital but passed away on
July 21, 2019, from the injuries he sustained in the explosion. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Stroble family.
Yaroslav Katkov, 29 of Sacramento, California 07-29-19
On Sunday, July 28, 2019, Firefighter Katkov was on a training hike with
his crew in San Diego County. During the hike, he suffered a medical
emergency and was immediately flown to Temecula Valley Hospital in
Riverside County where he passed away on Monday, July 29, 2019. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Katkov family.
James E. Sommers, 40 of Live Oak, Florida 08-06-19
On the evening of August 6, 2019, Fire Chief/Public Safety Director
James E. Sommers was returning home on his motorcycle from a Suwannee
County Commission Meeting, where he was representing the Suwannee Fire
Rescue Department, when he was struck by a vehicle. Sommers was
immediately transported to the Lake City Medical Center where he died
from the injuries he sustained in the accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Sommers family.
Norman Edward Klenow, 78 of East Tawas, Michigan 08-10-19
On Saturday, August 10, 2019, Firefighter Norman Edward Klenow responded
to a motor vehicle accident. While providing traffic control at the
scene, he complained of not feeling well and was assisted into the
apparatus. After returning to the fire station, he went home, when at
approximately 1946hrs, was found in cardiac arrest. He was immediately
transported to the hospital where he passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Klenow family.
Brian J. Sullivan, 54 of Bronx, New York 08-10-19
On Friday, August 9, 2019, Lieutenant Brian J. Sullivan worked a 24-hour
shift in which he responded to seven emergency calls. During his
shift, Sullivan complained to others of having pain and discomfort but
continued to respond to calls. When he returned home after his tour of
duty, he suffered a heart attack and was immediately transported to the
Orange County Regional Medical Center where he passed away in the early
morning of Saturday, August 10, 2019. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Sullivan family.
Walter Wagaman, 46 of Orrtanna, Pennsylvania 08-14-19
On Friday, August 2, 2019, Assistant Chief Walter Wagaman was responding
to an emergency as a passenger in an apparatus when he was ejected from
it. Wagaman was treated by emergency personnel at the scene and was
immediately flown to the York Trauma Center where, on Wednesday, August
14, 2019, he passed away from the injuries he sustained from the
accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Wagaman family.
Michael Bell, 68 of Farmington, Maine 09-16-19
Employees inside of a recently renovated two-story administrative office
for Life Enrichment Advancing People (LEAP) Inc., a nonprofit that
helps adults with developmental, cognitive, and intellectual
disabilities, made an emergency call reporting that they smelled
propane. No patients were inside and all employees inside of the
building evacuated immediately. Captain Michael Bell responded with the
Farmington Fire Rescue to the emergency call. Soon after firefighters
arrived on scene and began to investigate, there was an explosion that
leveled the building. Captain Bell was killed as a result of injuries
sustained in the explosion. Six other firefighters, including the fire
chief, and a maintenance worker were reportedly injured and transported
to hospitals around the state. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bell family.
Edward Nulton, 60 of Dallas, Pennsylvania 09-19-19
On September 21, 2018, Firefighter Edward Nulton was directing traffic
at the scene of a vehicle accident when he was struck by a dump truck.
He suffered critical injuries, including traumatic brain injury, from
which he was unable to recover. Nulton passed away as a result of his
injuries on September 19, 2019. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Nulton family.
Claud G. Messer, 74 of Waynesville, North Carolina 09-20-19
While operating a fire department vehicle, Captain Claud Messer was
involved in a vehicle accident on Jonathan Creek Road (Highway 276
North) as he responded to another emergency traffic accident call.
Messer passed away as a result of the injuries sustained in the
accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Messer family.
Kevin Stavinoha, 36 of Houston, Texas 09-21-09
While on duty at Houston Fire Department’s Station 27, Firefighter
Kenneth Stavinoha suffered a medical emergency and did not survive. The
cause of death is pending an autopsy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Stavinoha family.
Scott R. Neumann, 52 of Stuart, Florida 09-26-19
After returning home from his shift at the Martin County Fire Rescue
Department, Station 16, in which he participated in physical fitness
training, Firefighter-Paramedic Scott R. Neumann passed away from a
medical incident which has not yet been determined. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Neumann family.
Paul Edwin Quattlebaum, 46 of Lexington, South Carolina 10-04-19
Fire Engineer Paul Quattlebaum was dispatched to a medical call. While
headed to the call, he and his partner saw a vehicle accident in the
5200 block of Fairview Road and stopped to help. While checking on
those involved, Quattlebaum was struck by a semi-truck. EMS treated
Quattlebaum at the scene and then transported him to a nearby hospital
where he passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Quattlebaum family.