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This page honors all United States rescue workers (that have come to my attention) who have died in the line of duty since January 1, 2007.

May all these rescue workers and all other rescue workers who have died in the line of duty or in retirement rest in peace.

The following is a poem which I found in my research for the 2004 page that I thought fit with the theme of these pages perfectly. It was written by Greg Gray of the Raccoon Township Volunteer Fire Department in Aliquippa, PA (used with his generous permission) to honor his fallen comrade, Firefighter David Vinisky, who was lost August 25, 2004:

With A Heavy Heart I Witness

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
Loss.
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………
TONES!!!!!!!!!!
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
Date of Incident
Date of Death
Department City State
Pilot Michael Baker 41 12/30/07 12/30/07 Air Evac Lifeteam Sheffield AL
Nurse Tiffany Miles 29 12/30/07 12/30/07 Air Evac Lifeteam Sheffield AL
Paramedic Allan Bragwell 40 12/30/07 12/30/07 Air Evac Lifeteam Sheffield AL
Firefighter Walter C. Fagan 48 12/28/07 12/29/07 East Greenwich Township Fire/Rescue Mickleton NJ
Assistant Captain Theresa Maria Lynn 38 12/21/07 12/21/07 Luminary-Frostbite Volunteer Fire Department, Inc Spring City TN
Firefighter Raymond Simonis 48 12/18/07 12/19/07 Wissahickon Fire Company Ambler PA
Firefighter/Medical First Responder Peter G. Neilson 74 12/17/07 12/17/07 Kenockee Township Fire Department Avoca MI
Firefighter Donald Wallis 68 12/08/07 12/16/07 Forked River Fire Company Forked River NJ
First Assistant Chief Alphonse Vincent Germano, Jr. 60 12/15/07 12/15/07 Derry Borough Fire Company Derry PA
Flight Nurse John Stumpff 47 12/03/07 12/03/07 LifeGuard Alaska Anchorage AK
Pilot Lance Brabham 42 12/03/07 12/03/07 LifeGuard Alaska Anchorage AK
Paramedic Cameron Carter 25 12/03/07 12/03/07 LifeGuard Alaska Anchorage AK
Assistant Fire Chief Jon Bingham 48 11/30/07 11/30/07 Geary Volunteer Fire Department Geary OK
Firefighter John Curry 30 11/27/07 11/27/07 Volusia County Fire Services Unit Daytona Beach FL
Senior Firefighter Michael J. Tluscik 48 11/21/07 11/21/07 Kansas City Fire Department Kansas City KS
Fire Chief Stanley Engdahl 78 11/12/07 11/12/07 McPherson County Rural Fire Department #2 Marquette KS
Paramedic Matthew Lamb 25 11/07/07 11/07/07 Empire State Ambulance Corporation Fishkill NY
Firefighter Jeremy Wach 31 11/05/07 11/05/07 Wymore Fire and Rescue Department Wymore NE
Lieutenant Scott Mumm 34 10/29/07 10/29/07 Mendota Fire Department Mendota IL
Battalion Chief Charles John Smith 33 10/27/07 10/27/07 Ammon Fire Department Ammon ID
Assistant Fire Chief Ralph Cross 73 10/27/07 10/27/07 Charlevoix Township Fire Department Charlevoix MI
Firefighter Bob Phillips 64 10/25/07 10/25/07 Athelstane Fire Department Marinette County WI
Fire Trainee Eric Allen 23 10/15/07 10/15/07 Washington DC Training Academy Washington DC
Firefighter Matthew Richard Will 30 10/09/07 10/09/07 California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Big Sur CA
Firefighter Adam Cole 24 10/04/07 10/04/07 Buchanan Valley Fire Department Orrtanna PA
Firefighter Michael Regan 19 09/26/07 09/28/07 Sharon Hill Fire Department Sharon Hill PA
Firefighter John Lietzke 47 09/25/07 09/25/07 Olivet Fire Department Olivet MI
Firefighter Bryon Wayne Johnson 37 09/24/07 09/24/07 Sedgwick County Fire District #1 Wichita KS
Firefighter Chris Johnson 32 unknown 09/20/07 Fresno County Fire Protection District-Cal Fire Del Rey CA
Fire Police Captain William D. McDaniels, Sr. 51 09/15/07 09/15/07 Mocanaqua Volunteer Fire Department No. 1 Shickshinny PA
Firefighter-EMT Jerry W. Stucker 53 09/14/07 09/14/07 Loss Prevention Department, Dow Corning Corporation Carrollton KY
Firefighter Kelly Page 38 09/14/07 09/14/07 City of Lowell Fire Department Lowell MA
Fire Chief Lenny Bailey 56 09/11/07 09/11/07 Elizabeth Volunteer Fire Company Elizabeth PA
Captain Michael Dean Stanfield 30 09/10/07 09/10/07 Anderson Township Volunteer Fire Department Burlington NC
Firefighter Jared W. Zimmerly 20 09/09/07 09/09/07 Prairie Township Volunteer Fire Department Millersburg OH
Engineer George Crotts 70 09/08/07 09/09/07 Willow Grove Volunteer Fire Company Willow Grove PA
Firefighter Paul J. Cahill 55 08/29/07 08/29/07 Boston Fire Department Boston MA
Firefighter Warren J. Payne 53 08/29/07 08/29/07 Boston Fire Department Boston MA
Forestry Aide 2 M.L. Hopper 74 08/24/07 08/24/07 Tennessee Division of Forestry Nashville TN
Probationary Firefighter Glen Miller 34 08/14/07 08/20/07 Whispering Pines Fire Department (Moore County Station 51) Moore County NC
Firefighter Jeffrey Swartz 36 08/19/07 08/19/07 Wagener Fire Department Wagener SC
Firefighter Joseph Graffagnino 34 08/18/07 08/18/07 FDNY New York City NY
Firefighter Robert Beddia 53 08/18/07 08/18/07 FDNY New York City NY
Fire Chief Mike Heuer 55 08/14/07 08/15/07 Sierra City Fire Department Sierra City CA
Fire Captain Anthony "Tony" P. Cox 44 08/13/07 08/13/07 Topeka Fire Department Topeka KS
Firefighter Todd Hage 43 08/11/07 08/11/07 Wesley Chapel Volunteer Fire Department Union County NC
Lt. Paul D. Baker 39 08/10/07 08/10/07 Turtle Creek Volunteer Fire Department Turtle Creek AR
Deputy Fire Chief Jerry Donley 45 08/08/07 08/08/07 Swepsonville Fire Department Swepsonville NC
Pilot Ricky Byers 56 08/05/07 08/05/07 Southwest Medivac Las Cruces NM
Flight Nurse Brian Miller 44 08/05/07 08/05/07 Southwest Medivac Las Cruces NM
Paramedic Deanna Palmer 40 08/05/07 08/05/07 Southwest Medivac Las Cruces NM
Captain Kevin Williams 42 08/03/07 08/03/07 Noonday Volunteer Fire Department Tyler TX
Firefighter Austin Cheek 19 08/03/07 08/03/07 Noonday Volunteer Fire Department Tyler TX
Firefighter James Miller 43 07/27/07 07/27/07 Sesser Fire Protection District Sesser IL
Firefighter/Fire Equipment Operator Nemeth F. Sanders 43 07/27/07 07/27/07 North Carolina Division of Forest Resources Raleigh NC
Firefighter Cornelius "Storm" Nolton 37 07/23/07 07/25/07 Newark Fire Department Newark NJ
Firefighter Jon Trainer 38 07/24/07 07/24/07 Mechanicsburg Fire Department Mechanicsburg OH
Pilot Dennis Davis 60 07/23/07 07/23/07 USDA Forest Service - Klamath National Forest Yreka CA
Captain Matt Burton 34 07/21/07 07/21/07 Contra Costa County Fire Protection District, Station 70 San Pablo CA
Fire Engineer Scott Desmond 37 07/21/07 07/21/07 Contra Costa County Fire Protection District, Station 70 San Pablo CA
EMT Sammy R. Smith 64 07/20/07 07/20/07 Antwerp Emergency Medical Services Paulding OH
EMT Heidi L. McDougall 31 07/20/07 07/20/07 Antwerp Emergency Medical Services Paulding OH
EMT Kelly J. Rager 25 07/20/07 07/20/07 Antwerp Emergency Medical Services Paulding OH
Firefighter Stephen R. Dembski 41 07/15/07 07/15/07 Ridgefield Park Fire Department Ridgefield Park NJ
Driver/Engineer Mike Douthitt 48 07/02/07 07/13/07 Broward Sheriff's Office Department of Fire/Rescue Fort Lauderdale FL
Firefighter James McRae III 34 07/07/07 07/07/07 District of Columbia Fire/EMS Washington DC
Firefighter Eric Lyons 38 07/05/07 07/05/07 Kennewick Fire Department Kennewick WA
Chief Michael J. Penovich 38 07/05/07 07/05/07 Saratoga Springs Fire Department Saratoga Springs UT
Firefighter Dennise M. Leslie 37 07/02/07 07/02/07 Coal City Volunteer Fire Department Coal City IN
Captain Samuel W. Downing 45 06/30/07 06/30/07 Mobile Fire-Rescue Department Mobile AL
Firefighter Edward Summers 69 06/28/07 06/28/07 Patchogue Fire Department Patchogue NY
Fleet Mechanic Shokry Guirguis 65 06/24/07 06/24/07 Jersey City Medical Center Emergency Medical Service Department Jersey City NJ
Firefighter Tim Sanborn 56 06/22/07 06/22/07 Clinton Area Fire and Rescue St. Johns MI
Firefighter Daniel Pujdak 23 06/21/07 06/21/07 Fire Department City of New York Brooklyn NY
Paramedic Joe Murawski 51 06/18/07 06/18/07 Perth Amboy First Aid Squad Perth Amboy NJ
Firefighter James "Earl" Drayton 56 06/18/07 06/18/07 Charleston Fire Department Charleston SC
Capt. William "Billy" Hutchinson 48 06/18/07 06/18/07 Charleston Fire Department Charleston SC
Capt. Mike Benke 49 06/18/07 06/18/07 Charleston Fire Department Charleston SC
Capt. Louis Mulkey 34 06/18/07 06/18/07 Charleston Fire Department Charleston SC
Engineer Mark Kelsey 40 06/18/07 06/18/07 Charleston Fire Department Charleston SC
Engineer Bradford "Brad" Baity 37 06/18/07 06/18/07 Charleston Fire Department Charleston SC
Assistant Engineer Michael French 27 06/18/07 06/18/07 Charleston Fire Department Charleston SC
Firefighter Brandon Thompson 27 06/18/07 06/18/07 Charleston Fire Department Charleston SC
Firefighter Melven Champaign 46 06/18/07 06/18/07 Charleston Fire Department Charleston SC
Firefighter David Allan Rufer 42 06/12/07 06/12/07 Monroe Fire Department Monroe WI
Engineer Mark S. Carter 53 06/04/07 06/04/07 Phoenix Fire Department Phoenix AZ
Firefighter David A. Middleton 38 05/28/07 05/28/07 Engine 52 Boston Fire Department Boston MA
Firefighter II Felix M. Roberts 41 05/28/07 05/28/07 Fulton County Fire Department Atlanta GA
Firefighter Dennis Cheshire 48 05/20/07 05/20/07 Red Oak Area Volunteer Fire Department Andalusia AL
Captain John Keane 37 05/19/07 05/22/07 Waterbury Fire Department Waterbury CT
Deputy Chief & Fire Police Captain Joe Piazzi 76 05/16/07 05/16/07 Briarcliff Manor Fire Department Briarcliff Manor NY
Fire Captain Edward Andrews 53 05/14/07 05/14/07 Redding Fire Department Redding CA
Firefighter/EMT Jeffrey Jeans 46 05/11/07 05/11/07 Eudora Fire Department Hernando MS
Firefighter Brandon Daley 19 05/11/07 05/11/07 Butler County Fire District # 3 Rose Hill KS
Firefighter Ottis Earl Stephenson 61 05/08/07 05/09/07 Angier & Black River Fire Department Angier NC
Firefighter Peter Beebe-Lawson 50 05/07/07 05/07/07 Springfield Fire Department Springfield ME
Firefighter Joseph Zumwalt 53 05/06/07 05/06/07 Sheldon District Fire Department Sheldon IL
Captain William Church 64 05/03/07 05/03/07 Columbus Volunteer Fire Department Columbus PA
Captain Joe "Ed" Ivy 51 04/28/07 04/28/07 Nacogdoches Fire Department Nacogdoches TX
Captain/Paramedic Billy A. Gafford 56 04/25/07 04/25/07 Birmingham Fire & Rescue Service Birmingham AL
Battalion Chief/EMS Director Joseph Newsome 40 04/23/07 04/23/07 IAFF Local 2803 Chesterfield County VA
Firefighter - Technician One Kyle Robert Wilson 24 04/16/07 04/16/07 Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue Prince William VA
Firefighter George H. Linnell ?? 12/??/05 04/15/07 Landover Hills Volunteer Fire Department Prince George County MD
Staff Chief of Operations Bryan Zollner 44 04/12/07 04/12/07 CAL FIRE Sacramento CA
Firefighter Christopher Jaros 24 04/07/07 04/07/07 Ceredo Volunteer Fire-Rescue Department Ceredo WV
Fire Police Captain Edgar Hamlin Scott 75 04/03/07 04/03/07 Menands Fire Department Menands NY
Firefighter Steve Olinik 65 03/29/07 03/30/07 Rome Volunteer Fire Department Rome OH
Firefighter Billy Harold Williams 45 03/24/07 03/24/07 Rhodestown Volunteer Fire Department Jacksonville NC
Firefighter Brandon Whimple 19 03/24/07 03/24/07 Rhodestown Volunteer Fire Department Jacksonville NC
Firefighter William Grant 44 03/23/07 03/23/07 Chicago Fire Department Chicago IL
Captain Lucien Dale Breaux 60 03/17/07 03/17/07 Crowley Fire Department Crowley LA
Fire Chief Eddy G. Ivers 59 03/13/07 03/13/07 Concord - Greene Township Volunteer Fire Department Washington OH
Firefighter Michael D. Sowich 50 03/02/07 03/02/07 New Hartford Fire Department New Hartford NY
Firefighter Steven Eric Vanderpool Jr. 28 02/01/07 02/24/07 White Oak Volunteer Fire Department West Liberty KY
Firefighter Theodore "Ted" Abriel 44 02/19/07 02/19/07 Albany Fire Department Albany NY
Firefighter/EMT & Vice President David Sauder 35 02/16/07 02/16/07 Leola Ambulance Association Leola PA
Firefighter Jeff Murray 40 02/13/07 02/13/07 Sharon Township Fire Department Sharon Center OH
Firefighter-Paramedic Apprentice Racheal Wilson 29 02/09/07 02/09/07 Baltimore City Fire Department Baltimore MD
Fire Engineer Operator Joseph Torkos 47 02/07/07 02/07/07 City of Detroit Fire Department Detroit MI
Pilot Vince Kirol 58 02/06/07 02/06/07 Benefis Healthcare Mercy Flight Great Falls MT
Flight Nurse Darcy Dengel 27 02/06/07 02/06/07 Benefis Healthcare Mercy Flight Great Falls MT
Paramedic Paul Erickson 33 02/06/07 02/06/07 Benefis Healthcare Mercy Flight Great Falls MT
David Kelty 53 02/05/07 02/05/07 "Signal 22" Association Trenton NJ
Firefighter John Broom-Smith 44 02/04/07 02/04/07 Seaside Heights Fire Department Seaside Heights NJ
Firefighter Jeremy LaBella 27 02/04/07 02/04/07 Washington Fire Department Washington PA
Firefighter Shane Todd King 29 02/03/07 02/03/07 Danville Fire Department Danville KY
Lieutenant Robert H. Hegney 53 02/01/07 02/03/07 Se-Wy-Co Volunteer Fire Company Bethlehem PA
Firefighter Mike Fox 37 02/02/07 02/02/07 Vergennes Fire Department Vergennes IL
Fire Commissioner & Safety Officer Anthony Catania 76 01/28/07 02/02/07 Middle Island Fire Department Middle Island NY
EMT Janeze Case 51 02/01/07 02/01/07 Clayton Emergency Medical Services Clayton OK
Firefighter-EMT Craig Dorsey II 24 01/30/07 01/30/07 Ghent Volunteer Fire Department Ghent WV
Firefighter Frederick Burroughs 52 01/30/07 01/30/07 Ghent Volunteer Fire Department Ghent WV
Firefighter Shane Daughetee 24 01/26/07 01/26/07 Highway 58 Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. Harrison TN
Firefighter Kenneth Patrick Fahey 35 01/25/07 01/25/07 United States Forest Service - Francis Marion National Forest - Witherbee Ranger Station Cordesville SC
Firefighter Kevin Reed 47 01/21/07 01/21/07 Oakland Fire Department Oakland CA
Fire Chief Jeremy Chris Adams 40 01/16/07 01/16/07 Springfield Fire Department Springfield FL
Firefighter Sidney Hall 52 01/03/07 01/05/07 Upland Fire Department Upland IN

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If you know of a rescue worker who has died in the line of duty that you would like to see me list here, please e-mail me at frrykid@yahoo.com with verifying information so that I don't honor someone too soon.

All Line of Duty Death information verified from firehouse.com and from links on that site and the Montana Fire Services Training School (based in Great Falls) daily newsleter. In some case, Yahoo! Maps provides and/or verifies city and state information. I also use the USFA FireFighters Memorial Database to find missing information.

Any errors that may creep into a new entry (such as a wrong department name, wrong spelling of a name, etc. will be corrected as soon as I can after I am made aware of such an error and have the correct information. Thank you for your understanding.

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