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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, 2014.

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 James Woods, II
44 12/25/14 12/25/14 Jersey Fire Department Jersey City NJ
Firefighter Joseph "Junior" Sanford, Jr. 43 12/19/14 12/23/14 Inwood Fire Department Inwood NY
Fire Chief Ricky Wooten Doub
61 12/16/14 12/16/14 Forbush Volunteer Fire Department Yadkinville NC
Firefighter Gus Losleben 69 12/09/14 12/09/14 District 6 (Olivet-Walkertown), Hardin County Fire Department Savannah TN
Firefighter Joyce M. Craig-Lewis 36 12/09/14 12/09/14 Philadelphia Fire Department Philadelphia PA
Lieutenant John Morgan Burns
60 12/03/14 12/03/14 Myrtle Beach Fire Department Myrtle Beach SC
Firefighter-EMT James “Tom” Thomas Rhamey
71 11/18/14 11/28/14 Western Holmes County Fire and EMS – Lakeville Station Lakeville OH
Stephen “Brad” Bradley McCoy 36
11/21/14
11/21/14
Nantahala Volunteer Fire and Rescue Topton NC
Fire Marshal Samir “Sam” P. Ashmar
51 11/20/14 11/20/14 Upper Macungie Township Station 56, Inc. Allenton PA
County Fire Coordinator / Deputy OEM Coordinator Arthur “Art” E. Treon
62 11/18/14 11/19/14 Cape May County Office of Emergency Management Cape May Court House NJ
Firefighter James Steven Foote
57 11/18/14 11/18/14 Summit Fire Department Summit NY
Pump Operator/Paramedic Alejandro Castro 40 11/16/14 11/16/14 Fire Station No. 8, Brownsville Fire Department Brownsville TX
Firefighter Richard D. Weisse, Sr. 59 11/15/14 11/15/14 St. James Fire District St. James NY
Lieutenant Christoper J. Hunter 38 11/14/14 11/15/14 Cinnaminson Fire Department Cinnaminson NJ
Lieutenant James E. Bethea 62 11/12/14 11/12/14 Baltimore City Fire Department Baltimore MD
Firefighter Kellen Andrew Fleming 29 11/01/14 11/01/14 Westview-Fairforest Fire Department Spartanburg SC
Major Malcom W. Jenkins 53 10/30/14 10/30/14 Fern Creek Fire Department Louisville KY
Firefighter Donald “Pete” Martin 84 10/30/14 10/30/14 Sanborn Fire Company Sanborn NY
Captain Troy Magee 39 10/24/14 10/27/14 New Orleans Fire Department New Orleans LA
Firefighter Christi M. Rodgers 26 10/24/14 10/24/14 Robert Fulton Fire Company Peach Bottom PA
Fire Chief Eddie Johnson, Jr. 45 10/20/14 10/20/14 Alton Fire Department Alton MO
Fire Chief Paul Franklin Walters, II
55 09/30/14 10/11/14 Bethlehem Fire Department Wheeling WV
Pilot Geoffrey “Craig” Hunt 62 10/07/14 10/07/14 CAL FIRE Sacramento CA
Firefighter Kevin L. Bell 48 10/07/14 10/07/14 Hartford Fire Department Hartford CT
Assistant Fire Chief J.B. Hutton, Jr. 73 10/01/14 10/01/14 Dermott Volunteer Fire Department Dermott AR
Firefighter Allen R. Westby 67 09/22/14 09/23/14 East Islip Fire Department East Islip NY
Captain Anthony “Tony” Lynn Grider 41 08/21/14 09/20/14 Campbellsville Fire-Rescue Department Campbellsville KY
Firefighter John Derek Gupton 24 09/16/14 09/16/14 Justice Rural Volunteer Fire Department Spring Hope NC
Paramedic Mike Howard 46 09/13/14 09/13/14 Jewett EMS Leon County TX
Assistant Chief William “Uncle Will” Russell Wiita 47 09/08/14 09/08/14 Coldsprings-Excelsior Fire and Rescue Station #6 Kalkaska MI
Firefighter Richard L. Choate 66 09/08/14 09/08/14 Bryam Township Fire Department Byram NJ
Firefighter/Paramedic Kevin J. Ollier 60 09/04/14 09/05/14 Anderson Township Fire & Rescue Department Anderson Township OH
Pilot Freddy Martinez (from El Paso, Texas) 29 08/28/14 08/28/14 Elite Medical Transport Las Cruces NM
Flight Paramedic Tauren Summers (from El Paso, Texas) 27 08/28/14 08/28/14 Elite Medical Transport Las Cruces NM
Flight Nurse Monica Chavez (from El Paso, Texas) 35 08/28/14 08/28/14 Elite Medical Transport Las Cruces NM
Fire Chief Dave "Chief 5" Anderson 66 07/22/14 08/25/14 Fort Shaw Fire Department Fort Shaw MT
Chaplain/Firefighter Darrell D.  Parker 56 08/10/14 08/13/14 Fairbury Rural Fire Department Fairbury NE
Lieutenant Michael Matheson 54 08/11/14 08/11/14 Henry County Fire Department (Station 13) McDonough GA
Safety Officer Douglas James Casson 46 08/06/14 08/06/14 Vaughn Rural Volunteer Fire Department Vaughn MT
Firefighter Jonathan E. French 25 08/06/14 08/06/14 Glendale Fire Department Glendale KY
Assistant Fire Chief James "Jamie" C. Middlebrook 41 08/05/14 08/05/14 New Carlisle Fire Department New Carlisle IN
Firefighter Matthew David Goodnature 21 07/29/14 07/29/14 Fremont-Winema National Forrest Lakeview OR
Fire Chief Billy Glen Norris, Sr. 62 07/21/14 07/21/14 Lecompte Volunteer Fire Department Lecompte LA
Firefighter Richard L. Marchman
67 07/09/14 07/09/14 Indian Peaks Fire Protection District Ward CO
Firefighter Daniel D. Groover 47 07/09/14 07/09/14 Houston Fire Department Houston TX
Lieutenant Gordon “Matt” Matthew Ambelas 40 07/05/14 07/05/14 Fire Department City of New York New York NY
Captain Robert B. Thomas 52 06/30/14 06/30/14 Bienville Parish Fire Protection District 7 Saline LA
Fire Chief Todd Allen Rummel 44 06/19/14 06/19/14 Three Forks Fire Department Three Forks MT
Firefighter Robert “Hawk” C.  Meyer 54 06/08/14 06/08/14 Union Beach Fire Department Union Beach NJ
Assistant Fire Chief Donovan Garcia, Jr. 52 06/05/14 06/05/14 Hungry Valley Volunteer Fire Department Sparks NV
Battalion Chief John “Mac” McDonald 54 05/30/14 05/30/14 Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Naval District Washington Fire and Emergency Services Central Battalion Washington DC
Chief Ivor J. Brooks 57 05/28/14 05/28/14 Birmingham Fire/Rescue Department Birmingham AL
Deputy Chief David Fiori 59 05/25/14 05/26/14 New Britain Fire Department New Britain CT
Fire Apparatus Driver Operator Robert W. Fogel III 58 05/25/14 05/25/14 Baltimore County Fire Department Townson MD
Fire Crew Supervisor Ted F. Drake 62 05/17/14 05/17/14 Wyoming State Forestry Division Newcastle WY
Captain-Safety Officer David W. Millett 62 05/10/14 05/10/14 Norway Fire Department Norway ME
Fire Chief Robert 'Bud' Glenn Webster Sr. 64 07/04/06 05/06/14 Glencoe Fire-Rescue Department Glencoe KY
Lieutenant Jeffrey B. Newland 50 04/23/14 05/01/14 North Port Fire Rescue North Port FL
Firefighter Charles "Charlie" E. Goff 53 04/27/14 04/27/14 McQuady Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department Falls of Rough KY
Fire Chief Hugh "Bubba" Ferguson 52 04/21/14 04/21/14 Damon Volunteer Fire Department Damon TX
Fire Chief George D. Underwood 64 04/02/14 04/02/14 Lake Volunteer Fire Department Lake WV
Lieutenant Edward J. Walsh, Jr.
43 03/26/14 03/26/14 Boston Fire Department Boston MA
Firefighter Michael R. Kennedy 33 03/26/14 03/26/14 Boston Fire Department Boston MA
Firefighter "Lance" Edwin J. Wentzel 57 03/22/14 03/22/14 Youngwood Volunteer Fire Department Youngwood PA
Firefighter/Paramedic Rickie K. Halcomb 56 06/06/00 03/21/14 Dayton Fire Department Dayton OH
Assistant Fire Chief Tom D. Stevens, Sr. 59 03/16/14 03/17/14 Bright Volunteer Fire Company Lawrenceburg IN
Captain/EMT Wayne O'Neal Jeffers 64 03/15/14 03/16/14 South Montgomery County Volunteer Fire Department Ramer AL
Firefighter Joseph Edward Bove, III 53 03/13/14 03/13/14 Spotswood Fire Department Spotswood NJ
Deputy Fire Coordinator Frank L Obremski
64 03/10/24 03/23/14 Suffolk County Department of Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Services Suffolk VA
Lieutenant Robert "Bobby" Mollere
61 03/08/14 03/08/14 Hellsgate Fire Department Star Valley AZ
Senior Captain Jeffery E. Bayless 51 03/07/14 03/07/14 Anchorage Fire Department Anchorage AK
Fire Chief Jamie A. Peite 43 03/04/14 03/05/14 Ironwood Township Volunteer Fire Department Ironwood MI
Firefighter Kevin J. Bristol 48 03/03/14 03/03/14 Peekskill Fire Department Peekskill NY
Firefighter Jerry Campbell (from Morristown, TN) 61 02/28/14 03/01/14 Tennessee Division of Forestry Nashville TN
Firefighter First Class Steven J. Knaus 47 02/28/14 02/28/14 Willowick Fire Department Willowick OH
Firefighter Gregory "Barney" D. Barnas 57 02/28/14 02/28/14 Wallington Fire Department Wallington NJ
Firefighter/EMT Ross E Huffner
66 02/26/14 02/27/14 Nesconset Fire Department Nesconset NY
Lieutenant Homer "J.R." Harrell 46 02/24/14 02/24/14 Orange City Fire Department Orange City FL
Lieutenant Bruce E. Britt 48 02/22/14 02/22/14 Columbia Fire Department Columbia MO
Fire Chief Randall "Randy" R. Pogue 49 02/02/14 02/19/14 Oak Grove Fire District #25 Maumelle AR
Paramedic Raymond Bernard Allison 52 02/11/14 02/11/14 Sterling City Ambulance Sterling City TX
Fire Rescue Officer William Scott Tanksley 40 02/10/14 02/10/14 Dallas Fire Rescue Department Dallas TX
Assistant Fire Chief Roger Dale Tome 71 02/10/14 02/10/14 Kennedy Space Center Fire and Rescue Kennedy Space Center FL
Firefighter Dennis Channell
55 02/09/14 02/09/14 Poyen Fire Department Poyen AR
Assistant Chief James C. Wilber 58 02/09/14 02/09/14 Franklin Volunteer Fire Department Franklin NY
Fire Chief James J. Knesek, Sr. 59 02/08/14 02/08/14 Munster Fire Department Munster IN
Lieutenant Bruce A. Stayner 49 02/03/14 02/04/14 Scioto Township Fire Department Ostrander OH
Firefighter/EMT-1 Michael D. Garrett 28 02/01/14 02/01/14 Nutter Fort Fire Department Clarksburg WV
Firefighter Dwight R. Hilton 57 02/01/14 02/01/14 East Central Volunteer Fire Department Liberty MS
Firefighter Thomas Gerald Lee
67 01/31/14 02/01/14 Four Oaks Fire Department Four Oaks NC
Pilot Jacob "Jake" T. Harrell 34 01/31/14 01/31/14 Arkansas Forestry Commission Little Rock AR
Fire Chief Ricky L. Winkles, Sr.
53 01/28/14 01/28/14 Trumann Fire Department Trumann AR
Firefighter Stephen A. Machcinski 42 01/26/14 01/26/14 Toledo Fire Department Toledo OH
Firefighter James A. Dickman 31 01/26/14 01/26/14 Toledo Fire Department Toledo OH
Fire Engineer Gregory J. Hennessey 49 01/20/14 01/20/14 Orange County Fire Association, Fire Station No. 45 Rancho Santa Margarita CA
Cameron Mitchell Goins 47 01/18/14 01/18/14 David Thompson Search & Rescue Libby MT
Firefighter/EMT James Brooks 62 01/07/14 01/15/14 Prince George's Fire/ EMS Department Largo MD
Firefighter Christ K. Swan 57 01/10/14 01/10/14 Lockeed Martin Aeronautical Fire Department Marietta GA
Firefighter Cosmo Paris
59 01/06/14 01/08/14 Cliffside Park Fire Department Cliffside Park 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 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 newsletter. I use the USFA FireFighters Memorial Database to complete and find listings. In some case, ask.com provides additional 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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