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.