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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, 2008.

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
Firefighter Richard Lee Montgomery 54 12/31/08 12/31/08 Hobo - Big V Volunteer Fire Department Booneville MS
Firefighter Jarrett Little 24 12/31/08 12/31/08 Walker County Fire Department Rock Spring GA
Fire Police Captain Norm Koch
79 12/30/08 12/30/08 East Pembroke Fire Department East Pembroke NY
Driver Dennis G. McClenahan 54 12/27/08 12/27/08 Princeton Junction Volunteer Fire Co. #1 Princeton Junction NJ
Lieutenant Steve Hagan, Sr. 50 12/22/08 12/23/08 Blenheim Fire Department Blenheim SC
Firefighter Michelle L. Smith 29 12/20/08 12/22/08 Delaware City Fire Company No. 1, Inc. Delaware City DE
Firefighter Jerry Parrick
59 12/17/08 12/17/08 West End Volunteer Fire and Rescue De Borgia MT
Lieutenant Rick H. Borkin 42 12/08/08 12/08/08 Thiensville Fire Department Thiensville WI
Lt. Robert J. Ryan, Jr. 46 11/23/08 11/23/08 Fire Department City of New York Brooklyn NY
Battalion Fire Chief Philip E. Rounds  55 unknown 11/21/08 University of Alaska Fire Department Fairbanks AK
Firefighter/Paramedic Steve D. Kline 37 11/18/08 11/18/08 Stone Park Fire Department Stone Park IL
Firefighter Michael Snowman 49 11/17/08 11/17/08 Hartland Fire Department Detroit ME
Firefighter Walter Harris 37 11/15/08 11/15/08 Detroit Fire Department Detroit MI
Firefighter Carol "Irene" Taylor 41 11/14/08 11/14/08 Goldsboro Fire Department Goldsboro City NC
Fire Chaplain the Rev. William Franklin
64 11/11/08 11/11/08 Sumter Fire Department Sumter SC
Probationary Firefighter Jamel M. Sears 33 11/10/08 11/11/08 Fire Department City of New York Brooklyn NY
Firefighter John Clasby 45 06/29/99 11/11/08 Hull Fire Department Hull MA
EMT/Firefighter Trainee Cecilia Turnbough
42 11/09/08 11/09/08 Dale City Volunteer Fire Department Dale City VA
Firefighter Leonard Riggins 52 11/05/08 11/05/08 St. Louis Fire Department St. Louis MO
Firefighter Roy Smith
17 11/07/08 11/07/08 McGaheysville Volunteer Fire Company Rockingham County VA
Firefighter Leonard Riggins 52 11/05/08 11/05/08 St. Louis Fire Department St. Louis MO
Fire Police Officer Wayne Brown 63 11/03/08 11/03/08 Bristol Fire and Rescue Department Bristol RI
Firefighter Adam Cody Renfroe III 24 10/29/08 10/29/08 Crossville Fire Department Crossville AL
Paramedic Michael "Boz" Garvin 39 10/18/08 10/19/08 Second Alarmers Association and Rescue Squad Montgomery County PA
Firefighter/Medic Brian D. Neville 32 10/16/08 10/16/08 Baltimore County Fire Department Towson MA
Pilot Del Waugh 69 10/15/08 10/15/08 Air Angels West Chicago IL
Paramedic Ronald Battiato 41 10/15/08 10/15/08 Air Angels West Chicago IL
Nurse William Mann 31 10/15/08 10/15/08 Air Angels West Chicago IL
Firefighter William Joseph Miller 24 10/13/08 10/13/08 Blue Mound Fire Department Blue Mound IL
Paramedic Bruce Harrolle 36 10/13/08 10/13/08 Arizona Department of Public Safety Phoenix AZ
Correctional Officer II Douglas Falconer 46 10/01/08 10/01/08 Arizona State Prison-Globe Globe AZ
Firefighter Dale Grider 36 09/29/08 09/29/08 De Kalb Volunteer Fire Department De Kalb TX
Firefighter Ralph Arabie
48 09/29/08 09/29/08 David Crockett Steam Fire Co. No. 1 Gretna LA
Firefighter Edward A. Junginger 82 09/23/08 09/26/08 Levittown Fire Department Levittown NY
Firefighter Dennis Rhodes 47 09/13/08 09/13/08 Argonia Fire Department Argonia KS
Contract Firefighter Curtis Hillman Sr. 77 08/25/08 09/11/08 United States Forest Service - Shasta-Trinity National Forest Redding CA
Firefighter Greg Northup 55 09/03/08 09/03/08 Gallipolis Fire Department Gallipolis OH
Chief Pilot Calvin Gene Wahlstrom 61 09/01/08 09/01/08 Neptune Aviation Services Missoula MT
First Officer/Pilot Gregory Jess Gonsioroski 41 09/01/08 09/01/08 Neptune Aviation Services Missoula MT
Crew Chief/Mechanic Zachary Jake VanderGriend 25 09/01/08 09/01/08 Neptune Aviation Services Missoula MT
Pilot Roger Warren 43 08/31/08 08/31/08 Air Evac Lifeteam Rushville IN
Flight Nurse Sandra Pearson 38 08/31/08 08/31/08 Air Evac Lifeteam Rushville IN
Paramedic/Base Manager Wade Weston 38 08/31/08 08/31/08 Air Evac Lifeteam Rushville IN
Fire Chief Jim Payne 53 04/04/08 08/26/08 Wheat Ridge Fire Protection District Wheat Ridge CO
Assistant District Forester Curtis Lloyd Jessen 32 08/21/08 08/21/08 North Carolina Division of Forest Resources, Region III
Asheville NC
Firefighter Robert Arnold Hales 40 08/17/08 08/17/08 Scappoose Rural Fire District Scappoose OR
Firefighter Tony McGough
44 08/14/08 08/14/08 Amity Fire Department Amity AR
Captain Sean T. Whiten 47 08/09/08 08/09/08 Roscoe Volunteer Fire Company Roscoe PA
Firefighter Shawn Blazer 30 08/05/08 08/05/08 Grayback Forestry Inc. Merlin OR
Firefighter Scott Charleson 25 08/05/08 08/05/08 Grayback Forestry Inc. Merlin OR
Firefighter Edrik Gomez 19 08/05/08 08/05/08 Grayback Forestry Inc. Merlin OR
Firefighter Matthew Hammer 23 08/05/08 08/05/08 Grayback Forestry Inc. Merlin OR
Firefighter Bryan Rich 29 08/05/08 08/05/08 Grayback Forestry Inc. Merlin OR
Firefighter David Steele 19 08/05/08 08/05/08 Grayback Forestry Inc. Merlin OR
Firefighter Steven Renno 21 08/05/08 08/05/08 Grayback Forestry Inc. Merlin OR
Pilot James Ramage 63 08/05/08 08/05/08 US Forest Service - Shasta-Trinity National Forest Redding CA
Pilot Roark Schwanenberg 54 08/05/08 08/05/08 Carson Helicopters, Inc. Grants Pass OR
Lieutenant Gerald R. Leduc
50 08/03/08 08/03/08 Tiverton Fire Department Tiverton RI
Fire Chief Daniel Bruce Packer 49 07/27/08 07/27/08 East Pierce Fire & Rescue Bonney Lake WA
Firefighter Andrew Palmer 18 07/25/08 07/25/08 Olympic National Park Port Angeles WA
Fire Chief Frank Louis Wichlacz
75 07/23/08 07/23/08 Pulaski Tri-County Pulaski WI
Firefighter Brian James Munz
24 07/22/08 07/22/08 Fairbury Fire Department Fairbury IL
Firefighter/Paramedic Ryan Andrew Hummert
22 07/21/08 07/21/08 Maplewood Fire Department St. Louis MO
Firefighter David P. Meron, Sr.
58 07/20/08 07/20/08 Hoosick Falls Fire Department Hoosick Falls NY
Firefighter Johnny Bajusz
69 01/16/08 07/18/08 Layton Volunteer Fire Department - Monroe County Fire/Rescue Long Key FL
Secretary/Treasurer/Firefighter Joe Pat Jordan
71 07/09/08 07/11/08 Pickton-Pine Forest Volunteer Fire Department Winnsboro TX
Lieutenant Jared Carson 38 ??/??/05 07/09/08 Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services Mableton GA
Firefighter Ryan Thomas Barker
25 07/08/08 07/08/08 West Hill Fire Department Elmira NY
Firefighter Richard L. Kear 58 07/07/08 07/07/08 Pitt Township Volunteer Fire Department Harpster OH
Chief Robert Leland Knight
42 07/05/08 07/05/08 Teague Volunteer Fire Department Teague TX
EMT Rico Torres 37 07/04/08 07/04/08 Middle Island Fire Department Suffolk County, Long Island NY
Firefighter Bill Poley 40 07/04/08 07/04/08 New Madrid Volunteer Fire Department New Madrid MO
Firefighter Joe Pat Jordan
71
07/02/08
07/04/08
Pickton-Pine Volunteer Fire Department
Pickton
TX
Flight Nurse James Taylor 36 06/26/08 07/04/08 Classic Helicopters Woods Cross UT
Firefighter Robert Roland 63 07/02/08 07/03/08 Anderson Valley Volunteer Fire Department Boonville CA
Firefighter Michael James MacDonald
26 06/27/08 06/29/08 Chief Mountain Interagency HotShot Crew, Blackfeet Tribe Browning MT
Captain Gary Lawrence Studer
61 06/20/08 06/28/08 Whitehouse Fire Department Whitehouse OH
Pilot Patrick Graham 51 06/26/08 06/26/08 Air Methods Englewood CO
Flight Nurse Shawn "Clyde" Shreeve Jr. 36 06/26/08 06/26/08 Air Methods Englewood CO
Pilot Tom Caldwell 54 06/26/08 06/26/08 Classic Helicopters Woods Cross UT
Flight Medic Tom Clausing 36 06/26/08 06/26/08 Classic Helicopters Woods Cross UT
Deputy Chief Jeff Powers
44 06/26/08 06/26/08 Southern Marin Fire Protection District Mill Valley CA
Fire Chief George E. Crocker
32 06/21/08 06/21/08 Pine Level Volunteer Fire Department Pine Level NC
Firefighter Kevin Patrick Pryor 31 06/16/08 06/17/08 Newport Beach Fire Department Newport Beach CA
Second Assistant Chief Colin Gene Thomas
51 06/14/08 06/14/08 Verona Volunteer Fire Department Jacksonville NC
Pilot Wayne Kirby 63 06/08/08 06/08/08 PHI Air Medical Bryan TX
Paramedic Stephanie Waters 27 06/08/08 06/08/08 PHI Air Medical Bryan TX
Nurse Jana Bishop 28 06/08/08 06/08/08 PHI Air Medical Bryan TX
Firefightern Rufus E. Brinson, Jr. 50 06/06/08 06/06/08 Reelsboro Fire Department New Bern NC
Firefighter Russell Thomas Topping 28 05/31/08 05/31/08 Barnsdall Volunteer Fire Department Barnsdall OK
Firefighter Richard "Rick" A. Burns 43 05/24/08 05/24/08 Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire Pittsburgh PA
Firefighter Jay C. Maddy 41 05/23/08 05/23/08 Eaton Volunteer Fire Department Eaton IN
Chief Raymond "Rocky" F. Eusden 57 05/19/08 05/20/08 Aston-Beechwood Volunteer Fire Company Aston PA
Training Captain Joseph "Randy" Randall Mixon
51 05/12/08 05/13/08 Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service Department Birmingham AL
Firefighter Tyler Heath Casey 21 05/10/08 05/12/08 Seneca Fire Protection District Seneca MO
Firefighter Jeremy L. Jylka
34 04/29/08 04/29/08 Pine City Fire Department Pine City MN
Firefighter Riley Joseph  Terrebonne, Jr. 29 04/20/08 04/21/08 Springfield Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, Livingston Parish Fire Protection District 2 Springfield LA
Firefighter Rick Stephens Morris 54 04/08/08 04/17/08 Sedalia Fire Department Sedalia MO
Fire Chief Terry W. DeVore 30 04/15/08 04/15/08 Olney Springs Volunteer Fire Department Olney Springs CO
Firefighter John Wesley Schwartz, Jr.
38 04/15/08 04/15/08 Olney Springs Volunteer Fire Department Olney Springs
CO
Pilot Gert "Jerry" H. Marais (from Fort Benton, MT)
42 04/15/08 04/15/08 Aero Applicators under contact to Colorado State Forest Service Fort Collins CO
Chief Charles Carter Fraley, Jr.
65 04/12/08 04/12/08 Macon Fire Department Macon MS
Deputy Chief Michael David Crotty
24 04/08/08 04/08/08 Lawrence Park Township Volunteer Fire Department Erie PA
Firefighter-EMT Brian William Schira 29 04/04/08 04/04/08 Colerain Township Department of Fire & EMS Cincinnati OH
Captain Robin Broxterman
37 04/04/08 04/04/08 Colerain Township Department of Fire & EMS Cincinnati OH
Firefighter Joseph J. Ritzenthaler
30 03/30/08 03/30/08 Henrico Division of Fire New Kent County VA
Firefighter Eric DeWayne Speed, Sr.
33 03/28/08 03/28/08 Caddo Parish Fire District #2 Shreveport LA
Firefighter Brent Allen Lovrien 35 03/26/08 03/26/08 Los Angeles Fire Department Los Angeles CA
Deputy Chief Donald Lee Grubor
42 03/21/08 03/22/08 Lewistown Fire Protection District Lewistown IL
Firefighter Terrance Dale Crockett
48 03/17/08 03/17/08 Kansas City Fire Department Kansas City MO
Firefighter Walter William Michl
76
03/16/08
03/16/08
Roanoke - Wildwood Fire Department
Littleton
NC
Lieutenant Robert T. Kilduff, Sr. N/A 05/??/03 03/13/08 Boston Fire Department Boston MA
Fire Captain Matthew P. Moore
43 10/24/07 03/10/08 City of Murrieta Fire Department Murrieta CA
Firefighter Raymond Barrett, Sr. 62 03/09/08 03/09/08 West Milford Township Fire Department, Apshawa VFC #1
West Milford NJ
Fire Control Specialist I Victor Anthony Isler 40 03/07/08 03/07/08 Salisbury Fire Department Salisbury NC
Fire Control Specialist I Justin Edward Monroe 19 03/07/08 03/07/08 Salisbury Fire Department Salisbury NC
Lieutenant Nicholas V. Picozzi, II 35 03/05/08 03/05/08 Lower Chichester Fire Company Linwood PA
Firefighter Brad Holmes 21 02/29/08 03/05/08 Pine Township Engine Company Grove City PA
Fire-Rescue Lieutenant Rafael Vazquez 42 03/03/08 03/03/08 Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue West Palm Beach FL
Fire Apparatus Operator Roger Dennis, Jr. 55 02/29/08 02/29/08 San Antonio Fire Department San Antonio TX
Captain Shane Michael Stewart 33 02/23/08 02/23/08 Ault-Pierce Fire Department Ault CO
Firefighter Joseph "Joey" Eugene Turner
48 02/21/08 02/22/08 Homerville/Clinch Company Volunteer Fire Department Homerville GA
Captain Vance Roland Tomaselli
66 02/16/08 02/21/08 San Bernardino County Fire Department San Bernardino CA
Firefighter Michael James Hays 64 02/19/08 02/19/08 Brazos Canyon Volunteer Fire Department Chama NM
Firefighter Larry Jack Lockhart
69 02/17/08 02/17/08 Dayton District Volunteer Fire Department Dayton PA
Fire Chief Kerry Richard Sheridan 75 02/12/08 02/12/08 Troy Township Fire Protection District Shorewood IL
Firefighter James Earl Arthur 19 02/11/08 02/11/08 Cold Water Fire & Rescue Concord NC
Fire Chief Matthew P. Hubly 43 02/01/08 02/07/08 Kankakee Township Fire Protection District Kankakee IL
Pilot Robert Lamar Goss 54 02/04/08 02/04/08 South Texas Emergency Care Harlingen TX
Flight Paramedic Raul Garcia, Jr. 40 02/04/08 02/04/08 South Texas Emergency Care Harlingen TX
Flight Paramedic Michael T. Sanchez 39 02/04/08 02/04/08 South Texas Emergency Care Harlingen TX
Captain David Sherfick 40 02/04/08 02/04/08 Brown Township Fire - Rescue Mooresville IN
EMT Edward Mueller 50 02/02/08 02/02/08 West Islip FD Suffolk County NY
Fire Chief Paul "Rosie" William Swander 73 01/31/08 02/02/08 Ohio City Fire Department Ohio City OH
Captain Donald W. Hubbel 42 02/01/08 02/01/08 Baltimore City Fire Department Baltimore MD
Fire Chief Walter Clyde Walker, Jr. 68 01/26/08 01/26/08 Collinsville Volunteer Fire Department Collinsville MS
Assistant Fire Chief/EMS Director Christa Dawn Burchett 33 01/22/08 01/22/08 Paintsville Fire-Rescue-EMS Paintsville KY
Lieutenant Herman Sylvester Jones 58 01/18/08 01/22/08 Raleigh Fire Department Raleigh NC
Firefighter Robert L. McAtee, Sr. 55 01/20/08 01/20/08 Huttonsville-Mill Creek Volunteer Fire Department Huttonsville WV
Firefighter Louis "Lou" Paul Berra 48 01/18/08 01/18/08 West County EMS & Fire Protection District Manchester MO
Fire Chief Steven Allan Sullivan 54 01/10/08
01/16/08
Nicol Volunteer Fire Department, Inc.
Tuscaloosa
AL
Fire Apparatus Driver Operator Jarrett Aliber Dixon 36 01/09/08 01/12/08 Baltimore County Fire Department Towson MD
Firefighter Harvey Jordan 71 01/07/08 01/07/08 Penn Hills #1 Volunteer Fire Department Pittsburgh PA
Fire Captain James L. Robeson 50 01/06/08 01/06/08 Scranton Fire Department Scranton PA
Lieutenant John Henry Martinson 40 01/03/08 01/03/08 Fire Department City of New York Brooklyn NY
Firefighter Paul Lewis Ellington 36 01/01/08 01/01/08 Oregon Hill Volunteer Fire Department Reidsville NC
Firefighter Donald G. Paterson 65 01/01/08 01/01/08 Kimball Township Fire Department Kimball MI

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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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