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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, 2009.

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 Steve Koeser 33 12/29/09 12/29/09 St. Anna Fire Department New Holstein WI
Firefighter Richard Adam Miller 24 12/29/09 12/29/09 Belmont Fire Department Belmont NC
Firefighter/Paramedic Paul D. Holmes 37 12/26/09 12/28/09 Douglas County Fire Department Douglasville GA
Firefighter Peter James Coe 43 12/27/09 12/27/09 Shoreham Volunteer Fire Department Shoreham VT
Fire Chief Craig C. Starr 44 12/24/09 12/24/09 Plymouth Fire Department Plymouth UT
Assistant Fire Chief Bobby Joe Mullins
52 12/20/09 12/20/09 Dante Volunteer Fire Department Dante VA
Firefighter Richard Ibarra 42 11/??/09 12/16/09 Cosumnes Community Services District Fire Department Cosumnes CA
Battalion Chief Tommy Lee Adams 52 02/21/09 12/12/09 Shreveport Fire Department Shreveport LA
Fire Chief Jimmy Lee Davis, Sr.
63
12/10/09
12/10/09
White Oak Volunteer Fire Department
Maysville
NC
Fire Police Gary F. Neidig, Jr. 36 12/04/09 12/04/09 Mount Carmel Volunteer Fire Department Mount Carmel PA
Firefighter Walter Hessling 54 11/21/09 11/27/09 Dix Hills Volunteer Fire Department Dix Hills NY
Firefighter Clair Melvin Pierce 68 11/26/09 11/26/09 Wellsboro Fire Department Wellsboro PA
Firefighter Terrance D. Freeman Sr. 37 11/22/09 11/22/09 Rockford Fire Department Rockford IL
EMS Chief Harry Moore 77 11/22/09 11/22/09 Duquesne Emergency Medical Services Duquesne PA
Firefighter Ramon E. Hain 50 11/24/96 11/14/09 Saint Paul Fire Department Saint Paul MN
Pilot Jim Rogers 39 11/14/09 11/14/09 Mountain Life Flight Susanville CA
Chief Flight Nurse Clinton Reger 40 11/14/09 11/14/09 Mountain Life Flight Susanville CA
Chief Flight Paramedic Christopher Ritz 37 11/14/09 11/14/09 Mountain Life Flight Susanville CA
Captain David Deland 45 11/06/09 11/06/09 Lake-Sumter Emergency Medical Services Eustis FL
Deputy Chief Chad Eric Greene
34 11/04/09 11/04/09 Union Cross Fire and Rescue of Forsyth County, Inc. Kernersville NC
Firefighter Robert ''Stoney'' Paul Stone 47 11/03/09 11/04/09 Amity Fire Company Douglassville PA
Chief Phillip A Whitney 72 10/27/09 10/28/09 Springville Fire Department Springville UT
Lieutenant Roy Everett Westover, Jr. 41 10/24/09 10/24/09 Westover Area Volunteer Fire Company, Station No. 45 Westover PA
Captain John D. Thurman 52 10/21/09 10/21/09 Clinton Fire Department Clinton MS
Firefighter Gary David Street 60 10/17/09 10/17/09 East Lake Sinclair Volunteer Fire Department Sparta GA
Paramedic Thomas Widcamp 38 10/09/09 10/09/09 Cameron Parish Emergency Medical Services Cameron LA
Captain Carl Nordwall 56 10/03/09 10/06/09 Norfolk Airport Fire Department Norfolk VA
Firefighter Patrick Joyce, Jr. 39 10/02/09 10/02/09 Yonkers Fire Department Yonkers NY
Fire Management Officer Remy Hathaway Pochelon
54
09/30/09
09/30/09
U.S. Forest Service
Philipsburg
MT
Rescue Squad Member Joseph R. Barlow 57 09/15/09 09/18/09 Johnson County Rescue Squad Johnson County TN
Firefighter Terry Lynn Sharon 60 09/13/09 09/13/09 Monterey Volunteer Fire Department Owenton KY
Firefighter/Operator Ricky R. Christiana 44 09/11/09 09/11/09 David Crockett Volunteer Fire Company #2 Gretna LA
Firefighter Richard William Holst 60 09/09/09 09/09/09 Huntington Manor Fire Department Huntington NY
Captain Tedmund "Ted" Hall 47 08/30/09 08/30/09 Los Angeles County Fire Department Los Angeles CA
Firefighter Specialist Arnaldo "Arnie" Quinones 35 08/30/09 08/30/09 Los Angeles County Fire Department Los Angeles CA
Firefighter Kenneth Eugene Frizzell, Jr. 55 08/30/09 08/30/09 Charleston Volunteer Fire Department East Charleston VT
Lieutenant Charles ''Chip'' W. McCarthy Jr. 45 08/24/09 08/24/09 Buffalo Fire Department Buffalo NY
Firefighter Jonathan ''Sim'' S. Croom 34 08/24/09 08/24/09 Buffalo Fire Department Buffalo NY
Pilot David McKay Jamsa 45 08/20/09 08/20/09 U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management - Nevada State Office Reno NV
Fire Chief Jimmie L. Zeeks
54 08/15/09 08/15/09 Marion Township Rural Fire Department Mitchell IN
Paramedic Larry Wayne Faegin
49 08/14/09 08/14/09 Gemini Emergency Medical Services Falfurrias TX
Firefighter Paul Warhola
47 08/12/09 08/14/09 New York City Fire Department
Brooklyn NY
Firefighter John McNamara
44 06/??/06 (9/11/01) 08/09/09 New York City Fire Department Brooklyn NY
2nd Assistant Fire Chief Timothy Wayne Pigg
42
08/07/09
08/08/09
Amherst County Volunteer Fire Department
Amherst County
VA
Assistant Fire Chief John P. “Jack” Horton 68 08/06/09 08/06/09 Marlboro Volunteer Fire Company Marlboro VT
Captain/Paramedic Eric Allan Tinkham
44 08/01/09 08/01/09 Queen Creek Fire Department Queen Creek AZ
Lt. Harold Curtis 36 07/31/09 07/31/09 Hartford Motor Speedway Safety Lawrence Township MI
Firefighter Thomas ''TJ'' Marovich Jr. 20 07/21/09 07/21/09 National Forest Service - Modoc National Forest Alturas CA
Apparatus Operator Joseph T. Grace 47 07/09/09 07/10/09 Saint Tammany Fire Protection District #4 – Mandeville Fire Department Mandeville LA
Firefighter David Grass, Jr. 34 07/07/09 07/08/09 Ste. Genevieve Fire Department Ste. Genevieve MO
Firefighter Ryan Wingard 28 07/06/09 07/06/09 Strattanville Volunteer Fire Company, No. 1 Strattanville PA
Firefighter Robert Johnson 75 10/20/08 07/05/09 Mahopac Falls Volunteer Fire Department Mahopac Falls NY
Assistant Fire Chief Dale Elliott Haddix 70 07/04/09 07/04/09 Schell City Fire Department Schell City MO
Assistant Fire Chief Allan ''Pickles'' LePage 67 06/29/09 06/30/09 Kingston Fire District Kingston RI
Captain Brett Michael Stearns 29 06/26/09 06/26/09 Bureau of Land Management (BLM) - Little Snake Field Office Craig CO
Firefighter William ''Bill'' V. Thompson, Sr. 65 06/18/09 06/18/09 Dushore Fire Company Dushore PA
Firefighter Jimmy Edward Cameron 47 06/16/09 06/16/09 South Chester Fire Department Blackstock SC
Firefighter Lyle Chester Lewis 49 06/16/09 06/16/09 Osborne County Fire District #3 Alton KS
Firefighter Conrad A. Mansfield 45 06/10/09 06/14/09 Delaware Township Volunteer Fire Department Blanchard OH
Firefighter/Paramedic Debra Ann Cole 40 06/10/09 06/11/09 South Portland Fire Department South Portland ME
Firefighter Jeffrey Houston Reed 39 06/04/09 06/08/09 Pulaski Fire Department Pulaski VA
Firefighter Matthew Douglas Tramel 18 06/08/09 06/08/09 Town of Pembroke Fire Department Pembroke NC
Firefighter/EMT James ''Marty'' M. Hall 40 05/29/09 05/30/09 Greentown Volunteer Fire Department Uniontown OH
Firefighter Paul James Roberts 54 05/22/09 05/22/09 Beverly Fire Department Beverly MA
Lieutenant Stephen Michael Cospelich 56 04/17/09 05/19/09 Philadelphia Fire Department Philadelphia PA
Fire Captain Frankie Paul Nelson 51 05/09/09 05/10/09 Shreveport Fire Department Shreveport LA
Firefighter Cohnway Matthew Johnson 26 04/29/09 05/05/09 Houston Fire Department Houston TX
Captain/Pilot Thomas Lowell Risk (from Littleton, CO) 66 04/25/09 04/25/09 Neptune Aviation Services, Inc. Missoula MT
Crew Chief Brian Buss (from Alberton, MT) 32 04/25/09 04/25/09 Neptune Aviation Services, Inc. Missoula MT
First Officer/Copilot Michael Wayne Flynn (from Alamogordo, NM) 59 04/25/09 04/25/09 Neptune Aviation Services, Inc. Missoula MT
District Chief Dennis M. Simmons 63 04/21/09 04/21/09 Stafford County Fire Department St. John KS
Firefighter Patrick Reardon 42 04/11/09 04/21/09 New Haven Fire Department New Haven CT
Fire Chief Charles Fletcher "Buck" Clough, Jr. 41 04/15/09 04/15/09 Sudlersville Volunteer Fire Department Sudlersville MD
Captain James Arthur Harlow, Sr. 50 04/12/09 04/12/09 Houston Fire Department Houston TX
Probationary Firefighter Damion Jon Hobbs 29 04/12/09 04/12/09 Houston Fire Department Houston TX
Pilot Heath Jeffrey Van Handel 36 04/08/09 04/08/09 Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Madison WI
Firefighter John DeWayne Weber 77 04/04/09 04/04/09 Township Fire Department Eau Claire WI
Firefighter Robert Kubicki 60 04/02/09 04/02/09 Plains Township Fire Department Plains PA
Assistant Chief John William Jeffers 54 04/01/09 04/02/09 Wellington-Greer Fire Protection District Wellington IL
Firefighter George Albert Wimberly 63 04/01/09 04/01/09 Stonewall Volunteer Fire Department Stonewall MS
Firefighter Manuel ''Manny'' Rivera 43 02/09/09 03/31/09 Trenton Fire Department Trenton NJ
Firefighter/EMT-Training Officer Robert Allen France 45 03/30/09 03/30/09 Stateline Volunteer Fire Department Stateline MS
Fire Chief Mike Gilbreath 55 03/27/09 03/27/09 Double Springs Fire Department Double Springs AL
Lieutenant Robert L. Strang 60 03/26/09 03/26/09 Melbourne Fire Department Melbourne FL
Chief Nolan Ray Schmidt 37 03/23/09 03/23/09 Hydro Volunteer Fire Department Hydro OK
Firefighter Gregory Carroll Cooke 60 unknown 03/21/09 Salem Volunteer Fire Department Whitakers NC
Lieutenant William Roger Vorwark 49 03/14/09 03/14/09 Odessa Fire & Rescue Protection District Odessa MO
Special Division Ladies Auxiliary Member John G. Lawrence 52 03/07/09 03/07/09 Bart Township Fire Company Bart PA
Firefighter Alan Mack Hermel 62 03/01/09 03/03/09 Bossier Parish Fire District 1 Haughton LA
Corporal Christopher Allen Dill 43 03/04/09 03/04/09 Oklahoma City Fire Department Oklahoma City OK
Engineer Michael ''Mike D'' James Darrington 45 02/27/09 02/27/09 Toledo Fire and Rescue Toledo OH
Firefighter/EMT Charles Myshrall 67 01/30/09 02/26/09 North Coventry Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. Coventry CT
Firefighter/EMT Ferdinando 'Freddy' Pierno 55 10/??/06 02/25/09 Martin County Fire Rescue Stuart FL
Firefighter Derek Edward North 34 02/23/09 02/23/09 Stockton Fire Department, Lakeland/Lanier Fire and Rescue District Lakeland GA
Firefighter John Wayne Adams 45 02/20/09 02/20/09 Silver City Volunteer Fire Department Jennings OK
Lieutenant Johnnie Howard Hammons 49 02/19/09 02/19/09 Craigsville-Beaver-Cottle (C-B-C) Fire Department Craigsville WV
Firefighter Timothy ''Little Tim'' Allen Nicholas 26 02/19/09 02/19/09 Craigsville-Beaver-Cottle (C-B-C) Fire Department Craigsville WV
Fire Police Captain Albert G. Eberle, Jr. 74 02/15/09 02/16/09 Roslyn Fire Company Roslyn PA
Firefighter Jeffrey Isbell 33 02/10/09 02/10/09 City of Enterprise Fire Department Enterprise AL
Fire Chief Dean Walter Mathison 63 02/09/09 02/10/09 Clayton-Winchester Fire Department Larsen WI
Firefighter William Gray Parsons
58 01/31/09 02/01/09 Millers Creek Fire Department Millers Creek NC
Firefighter/EMT Mark Bradley Davis 25 01/30/09 01/31/09 Cape Vincent Volunteer Fire Department Cape Vincent NY
Firefighter Kyle Wayne Perkins
45 01/25/09 01/25/09 Kilgore Fire Department Kilgore TX
Firefighter Cory James Galloway 28 01/25/09 01/25/09 Kilgore Fire Department Kilgore TX
Captain Richard Lynn Rhea
60 01/24/09 01/24/09 Crawfordville Volunteer Fire Department Crawfordville FL
Lieutenant Kevin M. Kelley
52 01/09/09 01/09/09 Boston Fire Department Boston MA
Firefighter Charles "Woody" Woods 57 01/05/09 01/05/09 Morris Fire Department Morris AL
Firefighter/Mechanic John ''JC'' Covington Myers 61 01/03/09 01/03/09 Union Chapel Volunteer Fire Department Pittsburg OK
Firefighter Gary Stephens 57 01/02/09 01/02/09 Elizabeth Fire Department Elizabeth NJ

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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 incorrectly.

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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