We lost a part of our world.
A man has been killed.
A brother has fallen.
A good friend is no longer here to help.
For days, we try to prepare to say goodbye.
We have many friends. They are all very wonderful.
They have help in many ways that no one on the outside even thought about-
Food & soft drinks seem to appear out of nowhere-companies from outside are
Here to cover our area while we are out of service.
All those who have come to help are our Brothers-we are not related by blood-
We are not of the same religion or skin color.
We are auto mechanics and computer engineers. Electricians, plumbers, school
Teachers & CPA's, truck driver & CEO, standing side by side in our tragic
The day is long and hot, it starts before the sun is up.
The truck is draped, the hall prepared, we can do this, we must.
The service is carried like a litter. All hands on. No one here will let it drop
If we should stumble, and stumble we do.
We are in pain, and we grieve.
We go on.
Now, the service is over.
Back the truck in & have another coffee it's been a long hard day.
Look forward to some rest & see the kids for a time………
Men & women, that an hour ago, were too choked with grief to speak, Jump
Out of patent leather & dress uniform into bunker gear & boots.
There are no reporters here now.
No camera crew.
It's just another fire call out of hundreds that no one will hear about.
They don't care if they get their picture on TV or get to read their name in the papers.
The truck that moments ago sat quiet & blacked- burst into red & wails off into the rain & wind. Someone needs help!!!!!!!!
They care about me, they care about you, they care about "our" homes & they go.
My heart is heavy, but it is lifted high by what I witness here.
Thank you God for the fire fighters!
Thank you firemen!
|Rank and Name||Age||
|Firefighter Jared Moore||19||12/29/04||Fairmount Township Fire Department||Basehor||KS|
|Firefighter John Stoudt||67||12/25/04||Diligence Fire Company #1||Summit Hill||PA|
|Chief Todd Rowe||30||12/23/04||Elkhorn City Fire Department||Elkhorn City||KY|
|Firefighter Nito Guajardo||24||12/20/04||Baytown Fire and Rescue, Station No. 1||Baytown||TX|
|Firefighter Theodore Myhre||73||12/20/04||Bishop Hill Volunteer Fire Department||Bishop Hill||IL|
|Firefighter Herbert C. Caldwell III||49||12/17/04||Newberry Township Fire Department||Etters||PA|
|Paramedic Doreen Renee Johnson||26||12/14/04||AirVac Ambulance Service||Queen City||AZ|
|Firefighter Michael R. Dunlap||47||12/14/04||Hydetown Volunteer Fire Department||Hydetown||PA|
|Chief James Larry Rogers||55||12/14/04||Claxton Fire Department||Claxton||GA|
|Firefighter Jackson H. Gerhart||65||12/05/04||Chambersburg Fire Department||Chambersburg||PA|
|EMT Molly Algren||47||11/30/04||Sitka Volunteer Fire Department||Sitka||AK|
|Administrative Battalion Chief Donald Kersting||47||11/15/04||Wichita Fire Department||Wichita||KS|
|Captain Edward G. Schnauss||54||11/13/04||Morrison Volunteer Fire Department||Morrison||MO|
|Firefighter Lt. Charlie "Littleman" Webb||63||11/06/04||Mayking Volunteer Fire Department||Mayking||KY|
|Fire Chief Gary Tilton||58||11/03/04||Katy Fire Department||Katy||TX|
|Firefighter Donald N. Carlson||60||11/02/04||Ute Fire Department||Ute||IA|
|Assistant Chief Lewis R. "Lewie" McNally||42||11/01/04||Newmanstown Volunteer Fire Department||Newmanstown||PA|
|Pilot Karl A. Kolb||56||10/24/04||Med Flight Air Ambulance Inc.||Albuquerque||NM|
|Co-pilot K. John Lamphere||30||10/24/04||Med Flight Air Ambulance Inc.||Albuquerque||NM|
|Nurse Laura A. Womble||47||10/24/04||Med Flight Air Ambulance Inc.||Albuquerque||NM|
|Paramedic Donald Womble||45||10/24/04||Med Flight Air Ambulance Inc.||Albuquerque||NM|
|Paramedic Marco E. Villalobos||33||10/24/04||Med Flight Air Ambulance Inc.||Albuquerque||NM|
|Fire Chief Gary Titlon||58||10/20/04||Katy Fire Department||Katy||TX|
|Firefighter/Paramedic Robert D. Heighton||40||10/20/04||South Walton Fire District Fire Department||Santa Rosa Beach||FL|
|Firefighter Jordan Nonnemaker||18||10/16/04||Amity Fire & Rescue||Amity||PA|
|Firefighter William Bierbower||72||10/15/04||Fairmont Hahntown Volunteer Fire Department||North Huntingdon||PA|
|Firefighter Steven Brack||36||10/11/04||Allentown Volunteer Fire Department||Allentown||GA|
|Frederick A. Smith, II||33||10/10/04||Salem Center Volunteer Fire Department||Pleasant Lake||IN|
|Assistant Fire Chief Mike Kilpatrick||58||10/07/04||North Lake Volunteer Fire Department||North Lake||WI|
|Firefighter Daniel Holmes||26||10/03/04||Arrowhead Hotshots||Kings Canyon National Park||CA|
|Assistant Fire Chief William "Bill" Weborg||42||09/26/04||Ephraim Fire Department||Ephraim||WI|
|Rescue Member/Firefighter William Jim Lightbody||46||09/18/04||Paramus Volunteer Rescue Squad, Inc.||Paramus||NJ|
|Firefighter Clint Romine||25||09/17/04||Goodsprings Volunteer Fire Department||Anderson||AL|
|Firefighter Eva Schicke||24||09/12/04||California Department of Forestry||Sacramento||CA|
|Firefighter Richard O'Brien||63||09/10/04||Warren Fire Department||Warren||RI|
|EMS Capt. Steve Rosenfeld||52||09/09/04||Salem Volunteer Fire Department, Inc.||Culpeper||VA|
|Acting Captain Gerald "Mac" McGowan||57||09/05/04||Kansas City Fire Department||Kansas City||MS|
|Deputy Chief James D'Heron||51||09/03/04||New Brunswick Fire Department||New Brunswick||NJ|
|Firefighter/EMS Director Cordell French||44||08/28/04||Towanda Fire Department||Towanda||KS|
|Firefighter and Former Chief Robert E. Woolf||63||08/25/04||Phillipsburg Fire Department||Phillipsburg||OH|
|Firefighter David Vinisky||49||08/25/04||Raccoon Township Volunteer Fire Department||Alquippa||PA|
|Firefighter/EMT Benjamin Lang||22||08/23/04||Polk County Fire Department/Cyprus Gardens Station 8||Bartow||FL|
|Captain John Taylor||53||08/20/04||Philadelphia Fire Department, Engine 28||Philadelphia||PA|
|Firefighter Rey Rubio||42||08/20/04||Philadelphia Fire Department, Engine 28||Philadelphia||PA|
|Firefighter USMC Corporal Robert (Bobby) M. Weber, Jr.||23||08/16/04||Marine Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting||Beaufort||SC|
|Firefighter Jaime L. Foster||25||08/14/04||Los Angeles Fire Department||Los Angeles||CA|
|Firefighter Barbara Bordenkircher||52||08/10/04||Wickliffe Rural Fire Department||Wickliffe||KY|
|Rescue Crew Member Michael J. Bliss||46||08/06/04||Speedway Safety Services||Claremont||NH|
|Fire Chief (and Founder) Lester Philips||72||08/04/04||Sunshine Volunteer Fire Department||Harlan||KY|
|Firefighter (Former Chief) Mike McAdams||69||08/04/04||Sapello-Rociada Volunteer Fire Company||Sapello||NM|
|Fire Police Captain Thomas Conway||78||08/03/04||Haddon Heights Fire Department||Haddon Heights||NJ|
|Fire Chief Ed Stallings||71||08/01/04||Carthage Volunteer Fire Department||Carthage||TN|
|Former Fire Chief George Raber||64||07/31/04||Hebron Fire Protection District||Hebron||ND|
|Pilot Bob Giard||41||07/13/04||Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System||Spartanburg||SC|
|Flight Paramedic David Bacon||31||07/13/04||Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System||Spartanburg||SC|
|Nurse Glenda Frazier Tessnear||42||07/13/04||Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System||Spartanburg||SC|
|Fire Captain Daniel Elkins||47||07/13/04||Los Angeles County Fire Department||Los Angeles County||CA|
|Firefighter Harold Dean Chappell||56||07/12/04||Arlington Fire and Rescue, Inc.||Jonesville||NC|
|Chief G. Don Fox||60||07/09/04||Bluegrove Volunteer Fire Department||Clay County||TX|
|Lt. Kenneth Lipyance||46||06/30/04||Churchill Volunteer Fire Company||Pittsburgh||PA|
|Junior Firefighter Joshua Martin||15||06/19/04||Duson Volunteer Fire Department||Duson||LA|
|Firefighter Gary Archibeque||39||06/19/04||Show Low Fire Department||Show Low||AZ|
|Lt. Edward Ned Neustrom||49||06/18/04||Johnson County Med-Act||Johnson County||KS|
|Firefighter Willie Lacy||47||06/17/04||Augusta Fire Department||Augusta||GA|
|Assistant Chief William Richard Grudzinski||46||06/08/04||Bridger Volunteer Fire Department||Bridger||MT|
|Protection Unit Forester Lawrence "Larry" Joseph Hoffman||51||06/05/04||Oregon Department of Forestry||The Dalles||OR|
|Firefighter/EMT Connie C. Bornman||56||05/17/04||Middle River Volunteer Ambulance Rescue Company||Middle River||MD|
|Firefighter Michael Martin||18||05/14/04||Ebenezer Fire Department||Belton||SC|
|Firefighter Randy Henderson||42||05/13/04||U.S. Forest Service, USDA||Forest||MS|
|Chief Harry Edward Suggs II||27||05/13/04||Green Pond Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service||Woodstock||AL|
|Firefighter Jeffrey W. Howell||42||05/13/04||Sharon Springs Fire Department||Sharon Springs||NY|
|Firefighter Joseph Edward Bowles||58||05/11/04||West Area Volunteer Fire Department, Inc.||Fayetteville||NC|
|Captain Grady "Roy" Austin||74||05/03/04||Henderson County Fire Department||Lexington||TN|
|Irwin "Buzz" Gross||58||05/03/04||Brookline Fire Department||Brookline||MA|
|Firefighter/Paramedic Jeffrey Bergstrom||34||04/27/04||Stone Park Fire Department||Stone Park||IL|
|Firefighter Alan David Toepke||30||04/24/04||Midewin Interagency Hotshot Crew||Wilmington||IL|
|Lieutenant Bruce Rogers||56||04/22/04||Chesterfield Fire Department||Chesterfield||SC|
|District Chief Kevin McIntyre||45||04/19/04||Rockford Fire Department||Rockford||IL|
|Acting Chief Mike Fenster||57||04/15/04||Capital City Fire/Rescue||Juneau||AK|
|Firefighter/EMT Kenneth Eugene Sterling||43||04/10/04||Westview-Fairforest Fire and EMS Department||Moore||SC|
|Firefighter Phillip Stephen Hulen||19||04/06/04||Vann Crossroads Fire Department, Inc.||Newton Grove||NC|
|EMT Tye Brown||31||04/04/04||Metropolitan Ambulance Service Trust||Edwardsville||KS|
|Paramedic Katherine Malone||30||04/04/04||Metropolitan Ambulance Service Trust||Edwardsville||KS|
|Probationary Firefighter Kevin Kulow||32||04/04/04||Fire Station 50, Houston Fire Department||Houston||TX|
|Supply Lieutenant Jerald Stalker||62||04/03/04||Castleton Volunteer Ambulance Service||Castleton||NY|
|Chief James Harold Pennington||63||03/28/04||Unity-Frost Prairie Volunteer Fire Department||Crossett||AR|
|Fire Chief Rick Wilbur||56||03/28/04||Eaton Rapids Fire Department||Eaton Rapids||MI|
|Firefighter Ken Temke||45||03/25/04||Campbell County Fire District # 5||Alexandria||KY|
|Firefighter Terri Eiland||40||03/21/04||Forts Lake-Franklin Creek Fire Department||Moss Point||MS|
|Assistant Chief Mike Lehnen||57||03/20/04||Bethalto Fire Department||Bethalto||IL|
|Deputy Chief Victor Scott||61||03/17/04||Otter Creek Volunteer Fire Department||Otter Creek||FL|
|Pilot James E. Towell||63||03/16/04||National Aviation Office (NAO)||Boise||ID|
|EMT James Dodridge||52||03/15/04||Old Bridge First Aid and Rescue Squad||Old Bridge||NJ|
|Firefighter Mario F. Cunha||32||03/14/04||Soledad Fire Department||Soledad||CA|
|Probationary Firefighter Robert Griffin||38||03/13/04||Volunteer Fire Department of Prospect||Prospect||CT|
|Battalion Chief Charles G. Brace||55||03/13/04||Pittsburgh Fire Bureau||Pittsburgh||PA|
|Firefighter Richard A. Stefanakis||51||03/13/04||Pittsburgh Fire Bureau||Pittsburgh||PA|
|Lieutenant Mark Miller||43||03/11/04||Laconia Fire Department||Laconia||NH|
|Forest Ranger Edward 'Eddie' Peters||40||03/03/04||Florida Division of Forestry||Rosewood||FL|
|Firefighter Rich Gabrielli||
||02/23/04||George G. McMurtry Volunteer Fire Department||Vandergrift||PA|
|Firefighter Eddie Conricote||
||02/23/04||Liberty Township Fire Department||Youngstown||OH|
|Deputy Fire Chief Bret Eugene Neff||
||02/23/04||Harford Fire Department||Harford||NY|
|Fire Commissioner Elliott Davis Jr.||
||02/22/04||Gloster Rural Volunteer Fire Department||Gloster||MS|
|Firefighter Steve Fierro||
||02/22/04||Carthage Fire Department||Carthage||MO|
|Captain Kenny Woitalewicz||
||02/17/04||Wood River Fire Department||Wood River||NE|
|Captain Robert Heminger||
||02/15/04||Wood River Fire Department||Wood River||NE|
|Firefighter (Ex-Commissioner) Glenn "Galdo" Galderisi||
||02/04/04||Pompton Falls Volunteer Fire Department No. 3||Wayne||NJ|
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