Cohnway Matthew Johnson

Fire Fighter/ EMT

Charles "Chuck" McCormick, 30 of Peculiar, Missouri 01-05-2020
On Sunday, January 5, 2020, at approximately 1104hrs., Firefighter Charles “Chuck” McCormick responded to a residential structure fire.  When Firefighter McCormick entered the structure, the floor collapsed and he fell into the basement.  He was rushed to the Belton Regional Medical Center where he later passed away from the injuries he sustained in the fall.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the McCormick family. 

John A.. Bresnan, 58 of Homewood, Alabama 01-10-2020
On Friday, January 10, 2020, Fire Chief John A. Bresnan was found unresponsive in his office at the Homewood Fire and Rescue Service.  He was immediately transported to Brookwood Baptist Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased from a medical emergency that has yet to be determined.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bresnan family. 

David Eric Hill, 39 of Lubbock, Texas 01-11-2020
On Saturday, January 11, 2020, Lieutenant David Hill and another firefighter responded to the scene of a vehicle crash on the northbound lanes of Interstate 27 in Lubbock, Texas.  While working at the scene, Lieutenant Hill, the firefighter, and a police officer were hit by a passing vehicle.  Lieutenant Hill and the firefighter were immediately transported to the hospital where Lieutenant Hill passed away from the injuries he sustained.  The other firefighter is listed in critical condition. The police officer died at the scene.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hill family and the family of the fallen police officer.

Mark Horwich, 51 of Spencer, West Virginia 01-11-2020
On Saturday, January 11, 2020, Firefighter Mark Horwich was responding to a structure fire in an engine when it was involved in a rollover crash.  Firefighter Horwich died at the scene from the injuries he sustained in the crash.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Horwich family.

Daryl “Taddy” Drusch, 49 of Howard Lake, Minnesota 01-13-2020
On Sunday, January 12, 2020, late in the evening, Chief Daryl “Taddy” Drusch responded to an EMS call for a car submerged in ice.  Early Monday morning, January 13, 2020, he suffered an apparent heart attack at his home and was rushed to the hospital where he passed away.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Drusch family. 

Roger D. DeLongChamp, 66 of Wasilla, Alaska 01-16-2020
On Saturday, January 18, 2020, Driver-Operator Roger D. DeLongchamp was preparing to depart the station in a tanker on an emergency response for a reported structure fire when he collapsed.  He was immediately treated by other responders but efforts were unsuccessful.  Driver-Operator DeLongchamp was declared deceased at 0300hrs from an apparent heart attack. Our thoughts and prayers are with the DeLongChamp family. 

Timothy P. Smith, 56 of Orange, Connecticut 01-19-2020
On Sunday, January 19, 2020, Fire Marshal Timothy P. Smith was returning home after responding to a house fire in Orange, CT.  His vehicle left the road and hit a tree.  Fire Marshal Smith died instantly from the injuries he sustained in the accident.   Our thoughts and prayers are with the Smith family. 

John Kevin Cash, 43 of Alpharetta, Georgia 01-21-2020
On Monday, January 20, 2020, Firefighter John Kevin Cash worked a 24-hour shift at the Roswell Fire Department.  The next morning, Tuesday, January 21, 2020, the incoming day crew noticed that he had not yet left the station to go home.  They entered his bunk room to awaken him but found him deceased.  The nature and cause of his death are currently under investigation.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cash family. 

Corbin Rogers, 21 of Spring Lake, North Carolina 01-31-2020
On Friday, January 31, 2020, Firefighter Corbin Rogers was returning home from a mandated aerial training class at the Spring Lake Fire Department when he was involved in a vehicle accident.  Rogers passed away at the scene.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Rogers family. 

Manuel Galindo Jr. , 71 of Fort Hancock, Texas 02-12-2020
On Wednesday evening, February 12, 2020, Fire Chief Manuel Galindo, Jr., was driving a fire apparatus on East Highway 20 in Hudspeth County when he suddenly veered off the road.  He attempted to get the vehicle back on the highway but overcorrected. The apparatus flipped over and Galindo was ejected.  He was pronounced deceased at the scene.  Investigation into the accident continues.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Galindo family.  

Ramon "Ray" Figueroa, 35 of Porterville, California 02-18-2020
On Tuesday afternoon, February 18, 2020, at approximately 1614hrs., firefighters from the Porterville Fire Department, as well as the counties of King, Fresno, and Tulare, responded to a fire at the Porterville Public Library.  Captain Ramon “Ray” Figueroa and Firefighter Patrick Jones perished in the blaze.  Two teen boys have been arrested on suspicion of starting the fire. Investigation into the incident continues.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Figueroa family.

Patrick Jones, 25 of Porterville, California 02-18-2020
On Tuesday afternoon, February 18, 2020, at approximately 1614hrs., firefighters from the Porterville Fire Department, as well as the counties of King, Fresno, and Tulare, responded to a fire at the Porterville Public Library.  Captain Ramon “Ray” Figueroa and Firefighter Patrick Jones perished in the blaze.  Two teen boys have been arrested on suspicion of starting the fire. Investigation into the incident continues.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Jones family. 

Donald "Donny" Lepper, 46 of Indianola, Nebraska 02-23-2020
On the morning of Sunday, February 23, 2020, after returning home from a grass fire, Firefighter/EMT Donald “Donny” Lepper collapsed.  He was immediately taken to the Community Hospital of McCook, where he was pronounced deceased.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Lepper family. 

Joe J. Tucker, Jr., 62 of Goldsboro, North Carolina 03-08-2020
On Sunday, March 8, 2020, Safety Officer Joe Tucker was driving the department’s engine to a structure fire before complaining that he wasn’t feeling well to his coworkers.  After arriving at the scene, Tucker was immediately transported to the Wayne UNC Hospital where he passed away.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Tucker family.  

Jerome Guise, 39 of Mount Holly Springs, Pennsylvania 03-09-2020
While battling a fire at a single-family home, Firefighter Jerome Guise was fatally injured when the structure’s heavy timber front porch roof collapsed on him.  Firefighter Guise was pronounced deceased at the scene.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Guise family. 

Benjamin "Ben" Lauren, 23 of Gwinn, Michigan 03-13-2020
On Friday, March 13, 2020, at approximately 2130hrs, Firefighter Benjamen “Ben” Lauren and Forsyth Township Fire Department personnel arrived at the scene of a fire in a duplex.  While working the interior of the structure, part of the floor collapsed and Lauren became trapped between the first and basement floors.  He was pronounced deceased at the scene.  An investigation into the cause of the fire is under investigation.   Our thoughts and prayers are with the Lauren family. 

Zachary S. Blankenship, 26 of Montcalm, West Virginia 03-15-2020
On Thursday, March 5, 2020, Firefighter Zachary S. Blankenship and the Montcalm Volunteer Fire Department responded to a fire at a residential structure.  Upon returning home, approximately 5 hours later, he collapsed.  Blankenship was immediately taken to the Bluefield Regional Medical Center where it was determined he suffered a stroke.  He was later flown to a hospital in Roanoke, Virginia.  Blankenship was pronounced deceased at 1442hrs on Sunday, March 15, 2020.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Blankenship family.

Israel "Izzy, Nudge" Tolentino, Jr., 33 of Passaic, New Jersey 03-31-2020
On March 14, 2020, Firefighter/EMT Israel Tolentino, Jr., responded with his fire department to an ongoing gas rupture at a residence.  All members, including Firefighter/EMT Tolentino, entered the surrounding structures, including multi-family dwellings and apartments, to check for gas seepage and levels.  Three of the residences he entered had individuals with known cases of COVID-19.  Firefighter/EMT Tolentino subsequently became ill, was diagnosed with COVID-19, and passed away on March 31, 2020.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Tolentino family. 

Mario Araujo, 49 of Chicago, Illinois 04-07-2020
While on official duty, Firefighter Mario Araujo contracted COVID-19 from exposure from a patient with a known case of COVID-19.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Araujo family.

James "Tank" Waters, 40 of Tryon, North Carolina 04-07-2020
On Tuesday, April 7, 2020, Chief James “Tank” Waters was assigned to work from his residence due to being quarantined for COVID-19 precautions.  While on official duty, he fell ill and suffered a medical emergency. EMS crews responded and treated Chief Waters to where he was pronounced deceased at the hospital. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Waters family. 

Michael Field, 59 of Valley Stream, New York 04-08-2020
On March 24, 2020, Firefighter/EMT Michael Field responded to a medical emergency at a residence where a patient had a known case of COVID-19. He subsequently contracted the virus and passed away on Wednesday, April 8, 2020.   Our thoughts and prayers are with the Field family. 

Franklin Williams,  57 of Detroit, Michigan 04-08-2020
While on duty, Fire Captain Franklin Williams contracted COVID-19 from working with another firefighter who had subsequently tested positive for the virus.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Williams family. 

John Schoffstall 41, of Terre Haut, Indiana 04-12-2020
While on duty, Firefighter John Schoffstall contracted COVID-19 from working with another firefighter who had subsequently tested positive for the virus.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Schoffstall family. 

Edward Singleton, 55 of Chicago, Illinois 04-14-2020
Firefighter Edward Singleton contracted COVID-19 during the course of his official duties at the firehouse.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Singleton family. 

John "Andy" Andrew Kuchar, 39 of Burlington, Kentucky 04-16-2020
Sergeant Andy Kuchar was injured while performing station duties on 03/02/2020. Since that time, he was off work as a result of the injury. Sergeant Kuchar recently underwent surgery for the injury and passed away at his residence on 04/16/2020. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be determined.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Kuchar family. 

David Clark, 47 of Bay Head, New Jersey 04-17-2020
While on official duty, Firefighter David Clark contracted COVID-19 from the firehouse and subsequently passed away.   Our thoughts and prayers are with the Clark family. 

Eduardo Ramirez, 43 of El Paso, Texas 04-21-2020
On Tuesday evening, April 21, 2020, while performing department mandated physical fitness training, Fire Suppression Technician Eduardo Ramirez collapsed.  He was immediately taken to the hospital where he passed away.  The cause of his death is under investigation.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ramirez  family.

Harold "Eddie" Moore Jr., 42 of Jackson, Maine 04-28-2020
On Tuesday afternoon, April 28, 2020, Lieutenant Harold “Eddie” Moore, Jr., responded to a fire at a residence.  Later in the evening, after arriving home, Lieutenant Moore suffered a cardiac arrest and passed away.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Moore family. 

Robert David Reisinger, 57 of River Grove, Illinois 04-28-2020
Firefighter/Paramedic Robert David Reisinger responded to a medical emergency on March 24, 2020.  The patient had a known case of COVID-19.  Firefighter/Paramedic Reisinger subsequently contracted the virus.  He was quarantined at home and was scheduled to return to work on Wednesday, April 29, 2020.  Monday evening, April 27, 2020, he suffered a stroke and was immediately taken to the hospital.  Upon arrival, hospital staff performed a COVID-19 test which came back positive.  Firefighter/Paramedic Reisinger passed away on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 from the stroke that was attributed to COVID-19.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Reisinger family.  

Donald DiPetrillo, 70 of Hollywood, Florida 04-30-2020
In early March of this year, while on official duty, Fire Chief Donald DiPetrillo was attending the EMS Today Conference in Tampa, Florida, where he contracted COVID-19, traced by the Department of Health.  He subsequently died from the virus on Thursday, April 30, 2020.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the DiPetrillo family. 

Mike A. Tipoti, 44 of Pago Pago, American Samoa 04-30-2020
After responding to a residential fire, Captain Mike Tipoti and Captain Allen Velega were returning to the firehouse when the apparatus they were in crashed at a sharp curve after coming down a mountain road. Captain Tipoti, who was driving the apparatus, was pronounced deceased at the scene. Captain Velega was pronounced deceased shortly after his arrival at the hospital emergency room.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Tipoti family. 

Allen Velega, 50 of Pago Pago, American Samoa 04-30-2020
After responding to a residential fire, Captain Mike Tipoti and Captain Allen Velega were returning to the firehouse when the apparatus they were in crashed at a sharp curve after coming down a mountain road. Captain Tipoti, who was driving the apparatus, was pronounced deceased at the scene. Captain Velega was pronounced deceased shortly after his arrival at the hospital emergency room.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Velega family. 

Edward J. Ciocca, 62 of White Plains, New York 05-01-2020
While on duty, Deputy Fire Chief Ciocca contracted COVID-19 from working with other firefighters who subsequently tested positive for the virus.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ciocca family.  

Andrew DiMaggio, 57 of New Rochelle, New York 05-03-2020
Fire Captain Andrew DiMaggio contracted COVID-19 during the course of his official duties at the firehouse.   Our thoughts and prayers are with the DiMaggio family. 

David F. Jameson Jr., 52 of Independence, Missouri 05-07-2020
On May 7, 2020, at approximately 1300hrs, Firefighter/Hazmat Technician David F. Jameson, Jr., from the Independence Fire Department, responded to a report of a residential fire.  Upon arrival, he was not feeling well and was experiencing shortness of breath.  He remained in the truck while others addressed the fire, which was determined to be an illegal open burn.  When the crew returned to the pumper, Firefighter/Hazmat Technician Jameson became unresponsive.  Medical care was immediately provided and he was transported to the Centerpoint Medical Center where he later passed away.  The cause of death has not yet been determined.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Jameson family. 

Joseph Nealon, Jr., 58 of Nanticoke, Pennsylvania 05-30-2020
On Saturday, May 30, 2020, Firefighter/Chaplain Joseph Nealon, Jr. experienced a medical emergency while on-duty at the firehouse.  He was immediately transported to the local hospital where he passed away.  The cause of his death has not yet been determined.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Nealon family. 

Eric Gore, 49 of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 06-02-2020
Firefighter Eric Gore responded to an emergency at a residence where he came in contact with a person with a known case of COVID-19.  He subsequently passed away on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 from the virus.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Gore family.

Klayton Manning, 18 of Luling, Texas 06-09-2020
On Tuesday, June 9, 2020, at approximately 1808hrs., Firefighter Klayton Manning, driving the fire department’s ATV, responded to reports of smoke in the area.  While at the scene, he was approached by a man with a gun and was shot and killed.  Firefighter Manning’s cousin was with him and also died from gunshot wounds.  The assailant is in custody.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Manning family. 

Russell K. Roberson,  42 of Laeger, West Virginia 06-21-2020
On Saturday evening, June 20, 2020, firefighters from the Iaeger Volunteer Fire Department, as well as several other departments, responded to the scene of a residential fire.  On Sunday, June 21, 2020, firefighters again responded to the same residence for a possible rekindle. While at the scene, Firefighter Russell K. Roberson evacuated a home owner from a second residence that had started to burn.  He became ill and while being transported to the hospital, passed away.  The cause of his death has not yet been determined.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Roberson family. 

Ron Wehlage, Jr., 40 of DeSoto, Missouri 06-30-2020
On Saturday evening, June 27, 2020, Fire Lieutenant/Fire Marshal Ron Wehlage, Jr., responded to a residential fire.  After his work duty ended on Sunday morning, June 28, 2020, he returned home.  On Tuesday, June 30, 2020, he did not show up for his next shift.  Someone was sent to check on him and found Fire Lieutenant/Fire Marshal Wehlage deceased at his home from an apparent heart attack.  Individuals attempted to contact Fire Lieutenant/Fire Marshal Wehlage on Sunday, June 28, 2020, but all attempts were unsuccessful.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Wehlage family.  

Jason Cuffee, 27 of Charleston, West Virginia 07-20-2020
At approximately 2330hrs., on Sunday, July 19, 2020, Firefighter/Medic Jason Cuffee was working at the Charleston Fire Department, Station 3.  When he failed to respond to a call, his co-workers became concerned and went to check on him.  They found Firefighter/Medic Cuffee unresponsive.  They immediately performed CPR, and was then transported to the hospital where Firefighter/Medic Cuffee was pronounced deceased in the early morning hours of Monday, July 20, 2020.  The cause of his death has not yet been determined.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cuffee family.  

Leroy Lucio 62 of Houston, Texas 07-20-2020
On July 20, 2020, Captain Leroy Lucio was battling the COVID-19 virus at a local hospital in San Antonio, TX, when he passed away.  Captain Lucio contracted the virus from exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace.   Our thoughts and prayers are with the Lucio family.  

Justin Robinson, 50 of Buchanan, Georgia 07-21-2020
On Tuesday, July 14, 2020, Firefighter Justin Robinson was at the scene of a motor vehicle accident performing extrication of injured patients.  While at the crash site, he went into cardiac arrest.  Crews immediately initiated life saving measures and Firefighter Robinson was transported to the local hospital, where he passed away on Tuesday, July 21, 2020.   Our thoughts and prayers are with the Robinson family. 

Jose M. Perez, 44 of Los Angeles, California 07-25-2020
Firefighter III/Paramedic Jose M. Perez contracted COVID-19 as a result of numerous exposures from positive COVID-19 patients during the course of his official duty for the Los Angeles City Fire Department.  He subsequently passed away on July 25, 2020, from the virus.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Perez family.  

Steven Splan, 46 of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 08-02-2020
On August 2, 2020, Sergeant Steven Splan was on fire duty and, at approximately 1200hrs, helped to remove a tree blocking a roadway. Sergeant Splan, later in the evening during patrol, went on a meal break to the public safety building, where he was found unresponsive in the department kitchen.  CPR was immediately performed and he was taken to the local hospital where he was pronounced deceased from an apparent heart attack late in the evening on August 2, 2020.   Our thoughts and prayers are with the Splan family. 

Gerardo "Jerry" Pacheco, 50 of Houston, Texas 08-03-2020
On August 3, 2020, Firefighter/Paramedic Gerardo “Jerry” Pacheco was battling COVID-19 when he passed away.  Firefighter/Paramedic Pacheco contracted the virus from exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace.
Our thoughts and prayers are wih the Pacheco family.  

Anthony "Tony" Craig Christensen, 55 of Naples, Florida 08-04-2020
Firefighters from the City of Naples Fire-Rescue responded to a medical emergency at a nursing home.  The patient was exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 and results were received the next day that showed the patient was positive for the virus.  Firefighter Anthony Craig “Tony” Christensen did not respond to this call.  However, he was in direct contact with fellow firefighters who had been exposed to the virus from the nursing home.  He subsequently contracted COVID-19 and passed away on Tuesday, August 4, 2020.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Christensen family.  

Alec Tannenbaum, 29 of Vails Gate, New York 08-04-2020
Firefighter Alec Tannenbaum completed an on-duty shift Tuesday with the West Point Fire Department before responding to numerous storm-related alarms as a member of the Vails Gate Fire Department. Firefighter Tannenbaum was found unresponsive in his home late Tuesday, August 4, 2020. He was immediately transported to St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased from an apparent heart attack.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Tannenbaum family. 

Eric Hayashi, 49 of Hilo, Hawaii 08-08-2020
On Saturday, August 8, 2020, Fire Equipment Operator Eric Hayashi responded to an EMS call at a residence.  While at the scene, Fire Equipment Operator Hayashi experienced a medical emergency.  He was immediately taken to the Hilo Medical Center where he passed away a short time later from an apparent heart attack.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hayashi family. 

Peter Hein, 61 of Big Pine, California 08-11-2020
On August 11, 2020, Fire Engineer Peter Hein was working with the U.S. Forest Service at the Stagecoach Wildfire in Kern County.  He suffered a medical emergency and was immediately transported to the hospital where he passed away from an apparent heart attack.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hein family.