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.