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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, 2015.

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
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
Date of Incident
Date of Death
Department City State
Firefighter Patrick R. Wolterman
28 12/28/15 12/28/15 Hamilton Fire Department Hamilton OH
Fire Police Officer Louis “Pop Pop” Patti
67 12/06/15 12/22/15 Warwick Township Fire Company 1 Jamison PA
Captain Willie Ratliff 66 12/21/15 12/21/15 Clarksdale Fire Department Clarksdale MS
Firefighter Stacy Crawford 47 12/19/15 12/19/15 Emergency Services District #1 Powell TX
Firefighter Jack H. Rose
19 12/19/15 12/19/15 Mount Marion Fire Department Saugerties NY
Firefighter Sidney "Sid" Winer 92 10/20/15 12/15/15 No. 7 Township Fire Rescue New Bern NC
Firefighter Daniel Capuano 42 12/14/15 12/14/15 Chicago Fire Department Chicago IL
Firefighter Lawrence “Larry” W. Millard
56 12/11/15 12/11/15 Endeavor Moundville Fire Department Endeavor WI
Firefighter Zachary Chase Clevenger
30 12/04/15 12/05/15 Estill County Fire Department Irvine KY
Firefighter/Paramedic Mark Zielinski
49 12/04/15 12/04/15 Matteson Fire Department Matteson IL
Captain Scott Carroll 48 11/28/15 11/30/15 City of Oxnard Fire Department Oxnard CA
Firefighter Richard J. Cano
35 11/22/15 11/29/15 Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department Houston TX
Assistant Fire Chief Terry “TC” Culver 65 11/12/15 11/24/15 Calvert City Fire Department Calvert City KY
Captain Walter Szelag
65 11/20/15 11/20/15 City of Detroit Fire Department Detroit MI
Sergeant Vince Smith
49 11/19/15 11/19/15 City of Detroit Fire Department Detroit MI
Deputy Chief Thomas J. Kolarick
59 09/17/15 11/11/15 Protection Fire Company #1 Keasbey NJ
Firefighter Larry O'Neil 58 10/25/15 10/25/15 Lone Camp Volunteer Fire Department Palo Pinto TX
Fire Police Officer Gerald Celecki
70 10/14/15 10/14/15 South Amboy Fire Police Department South Amboy NJ
Captain Charles “Chuck” Horning 54 10/13/15 10/13/15 Townsend Township Fire Department Collins OH
Fire Apparatus Operator Larry J. Leggio
43 10/12/15 10/12/15 Kansas City Fire Department Kansas City MO
Firefighter John V. Mesh 39 10/12/15 10/12/15 Kansas City Fire Department Kansas City MO
Lieutenant Antonio Smith
46 10/06/15 10/07/15 Memphis Fire Department Memphis TN
Firefighter Richard Leo Crosby, Sr.
67 09/24/15 09/26/15 Casnovia Township Fire Department Bailey MI
Battalion Chief James Costello 52 09/11/01 09/25/15 Fire Department of New York Brooklyn NY
Firefighter/EMT Stuart Hardy
31 09/13/15 09/24/15 Burton Fire District Beaufort SC
Firefighter (ex-Fire Chief) Shawn M. Benson 50 09/23/15 09/23/15 Paramus Fire Department Paramus NJ
Assistant Chief of EMS/Firefighter Barry Miller
50 09/23/15 09/23/15 Bergen Fire Department Bergen NY
Firefighter/EMT Daniel Edward Hampton
35 09/18/15 09/18/15 Burnet Fire Department Burnet TX
Battalion Chief Maywood Gaskins
56 09/16/15 09/16/15 Santee Circle Fire Department Santee Circle SC
Firefighter Dennis Rodeman
35 09/09/15 09/09/15 Lansing Fire Department Lansing MI
Firefighter-Paramedic Shane Clifton
38 08/31/15 08/31/15 St. Paul Fire Department St. Paul MN
Lieutenant Chris Phillips 42 08/26/15 08/26/15 Locke Township Fire Department Locke NC
Firefighter Lawrence G. Sesso
40 08/22/15 08/22/15 Sayville Fire Department Sayville NY
Firefighter Tom Zbyszewski (from Carlton)
20 08/19/15 08/19/15 Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Wenatchee WA
Firefighter Andrew Zajac (from Winthrop) 26 08/19/15 08/19/15 Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Wenatchee WA
Firefighter Richard Wheeler (from Wenatchee) 31 08/19/15 08/19/15 Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Wenatchee WA
Lieutenant Christopher Joe Daniels
40 08/17/15 08/17/15 Pine Level Volunteer Fire Department Pine Level NC
Fire Chief James “JD” D. Robinson
59 08/14/15 08/14/15 Brasstown Fire Department West Brasstown NC
EMT Samantha Agins (from Tobyhanna, PA) 22 08/07/15 08/11/15 New Jersey Jaycee Camp Effort PA
Firefighter Michael “Mike” Hallenbeck (from Shingle Springs, CA)
21 08/08/15 08/08/15 U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit South Lake Tahoe CA
Acting Assistant District Fire Management Officer David “Dave” Ruhl (from Rapid City, SD)
38 07/30/15 07/30/15 Big Valley Ranger District of the Modoc National Forest Alturas CA
Captain James Alan Hicks
44 07/26/15 07/27/15 North Carolina Air National Guard Fire and Emergency Services Charlotte NC
Firefighter Tyron Weston 51 07/03/15 07/26/15 Columbia Fire Department Columbia SC
EMT Hinal Patel (from Piscataway)
22 07/25/15 07/25/15 Spotswood Emergency Services Spotswood NJ
Paramedic Nicholas Hemingway 23 07/17/15 07/17/15 Bladesnburg Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad Baltimore MD
Fire Police Officer Melissa “Missy” Doll 41 07/15/15 07/16/15 Jefferson Volunteer Fire Department Codorus PA
Engineer John Whelan
46 06/28/15 07/15/15 Denver Fire Department Denver CO
Lieutenant/Paramedic Michael Miller
45 06/20/15 06/20/15 Green Bay Metro Fire Department Green Bay WI
Fire Operations Supervisor Terry K. Sonner
33 06/10/15 06/10/15 Boise District Bureau of Land Management Boise ID
Firefighter Wille O. Sensenich
69 06/08/15 06/09/15 North Huntingdon Township Circleville Volunteer Fire Department Station #8 North Huntingdon PA
Crewmember Ian Haxton 31 06/06/15 06/06/15 Student Conservation Association - Veteran Fire Corps Arlington VA
Lieutenant David Knapke
55 05/30/15 06/05/15 Williamsburg Township Emergency Services Williamsburg OH
Captain James Donald “Donnie” Keith 59 06/03/15 06/04/15 Mount Zion Fire & Rescue Jasper AL
Firefighter Thomas D. Miserendino
71 05/25/15 06/04/15 Beachwood Volunteer Fire Company #1 Beachwood NJ
Firefighter Dale J. Wege 59 05/31/15 06/01/15 Pine Lake Volunteer Fire Department Rhinelander WI
Lieutenant Terrance Morgan Pryor
48 05/25/15 05/25/15 Memphis Fire Department Memphis TN
Captain Jason Farley
46 05/23/15 05/24/15 Claremore Fire Department Claremore OK
Firefighter David Bourget 59 05/23/15 05/23/15 Phippsburg Fire Department Phippsburg ME
Firefighter Dwight Greer
44 05/06/15 05/06/15 Philadelphia Fire Department Philadelphia MS
Lieutenant Kevin McRae
44 05/06/15 05/06/15 Washington DC Fire Department Washington DC
Firefighter Timothy Gunther
54 05/04/15 05/05/15 Poughkeepsie Fire Department Poughkeepsie NY
Lieutenant Ricky Thurman
54 04/24/15 05/04/15 Swainsboro Fire Department Swainsboro GA
Engineer-Firefighter Larry Wayne Lawhorn
60 05/03/15 05/03/15 Orchard Farm Fire Protection District St. Charles MO
Firefighter Christopher Michael Blankenship 41 05/03/15 05/03/15 Madison County Fire Department Jackson TN
EMT Dennis Swenson 62 05/01/15 05/01/15 South Shore Ambulance Washburn WI
Firefighter Tim Peters
47 04/30/15 04/30/15 Pine Grove Hose Hook & Ladder Company Pine Grove PA
Nurse Kristin McLain 56 04/27/15 04/27/15 STARFlight Austin TX
Training Officer/Firefighter Mike Corn
68 04/27/15 04/27/15 Conway Springs Fire Department Conway Springs KS
Rescue Squad Member Vicky Ryan 46 04/25/15 04/25/15 Etowah County Rescue Squad Gadsden AL
Fire Police Lieutenant Curtis E. Nordsick
71 04/19/15 04/19/15 Wrightsville Steam Engine & Hose Company #1 Wrightsville PA
Firefighter Andrew "Andy" Zalme
42 04/18/15 04/18/15 Dakota City Fire and Rescue Dakota City NE
Inmate Firefighter Raymond Araujo
37 04/13/15 04/13/15 CAL FIRE Sacramento CA
Firefighter Steven Ackerman 38 04/12/15 04/12/15 Valley Springs Fire & Rescue Valley Springs SD
Fire Police Capt. John J. Doster
95 02/25/15 04/09/15 Edgely Fire Company #1, Inc. Levittown PA
Forest Service Engineering Technician Steve Cobb 55 03/30/15 03/30/15 United States Forest Service - National Forests in Mississippi Jackson MS
Pilot Brandon Ricks
40 03/30/15 03/30/15 United States Forest Service - National Forests in Mississippi Jackson MS
Firefighter Barry Van Horn
63 03/25/15 03/27/15 Somerville Fire Department - West End Hose Company #3 Somerville NJ
Firefighter Daryl Gordon 54 03/26/15 03/26/15 Cincinnati Fire Department Cincinnati OH
Firefighter John L Shoup
38 03/07/15 03/15/15 Ashland Volunteer Fire Department Ashland MS
Fire Chief Billy R. Jarvis
54 03/04/15 03/10/15 Allen Volunteer Fire Department Allen KY
Firefighter Jeffery Scott Buck 18 03/03/15 03/09/15 Lawrence Township Volunteer Fire Company #1 - Clearfield County Station #5 Clearfield PA
Pilot Jerold “Jerry” Bonner
72 03/06/15 03/06/15 CAL FIRE Sacramento CA
Paramedic Janice Livingston
38 03/02/15 03/02/15 West End Ambulance Services Johnstown PA
Captain Dwight Bazile
57 02/19/15 02/21/15 Houston Fire Department Houston TX
Firefighter Randy Hiti
57 02/18/15 02/18/15 Rice Lake Fire Department Duluth MN
Sergeant Kenneth M. Stanton
52 02/15/15 02/15/15 Sandy Springs Fire Department Pendleton SC
Lieutenant Randy Parker
46 02/11/15 02/11/15 Macon-Bibb County Fire Department Macon GA
Medic Ralph Oswald
64 02/09/15 02/09/15 Hampton Bays Volunteer Ambulance Corps Hampton Bays NY
Firefighter Garry Rose
67 02/06/15 02/06/15 McMechen Fire Department McMechen WV
Chief Kenneth Lehr (from Fidelity)
59 02/03/15 02/03/15 Medora Community Fire Protection District Medora IL
Firefighter Charlie V. Wallace
74 01/10/15 02/03/15 Montgomery Volunteer Fire Department Montgomery NY
Assistant Chief Mike "Coop" Cooper
61 01/31/15 01/31/15 Centerville Fire Department Centerville IA
Firefighter Clifford “Cliff” Sanders
55 01/28/15 01/29/15 Caney Volunteer Fire Department Caney KS
Firefighter Ronnie W. Peek 49 01/22/15 01/22/15 Garden City Fire Department Garden City KS
Firefighter Leslie “Les” W. Fryman
58 01/14/15 01/21/15 Rosendale Volunteer Fire Department Rosendale WI
Ocean Lifeguard Specialist Brian Kutil
42 01/15/15 01/15/15 Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Lifeguard Division Inglewood CA
Captain Franck W. Tremaine
58 01/09/15 01/10/15 Jackson Fire Department Jackson CA
Battalion Chief Christopher Allen Tindall
41 01/07/15 01/08/15 South Metropolitan Fire Protection District Raymore MO
Paramedic Erik Steciak
29 01/06/15 01/06/15 Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company Bel Air MD

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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 listings. In some cases, ask.com and facebook.com provide additional missing information. In some cases, my listings may differ from the USFA listings due to reporting delays and other crtieria.

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.

The background music is "Amazing Grace" by Isaac Watts & John Newton played on the bagpipes.
This version was sequenced by Barry Taylor. The file comes from godsgospel.com.
I wish to thank them very much for allowing me to use this very appropriate piece of music.

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