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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, 2016.

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
Captain Fred A Newton, Sr.
66 12/27/16 12/27/16 Somerset Township Fire Department and EMS Somerset Center MI
Lieutenant Donald “Reid” Key II
31 12/25/16 12/27/16 Whispering Pines Fire Rescue Department Whispering Pines NC
Firefighter Richard Rehm 55 12/24/16 12/24/16 McCordsville Volunteer Fire Department McCordsville IN
Fire Chief Arthur "Art" Brault
54 12/20/16 12/20/16 Cumberland Head Volunteer Fire Department Plattsburgh NY
Firefighter Ruben E. Mast 43 12/19/16 12/19/16 Wayne Township Volunteer Fire Department Dundee OH
Firefighter/Smokejumper Ray Rubio 52 11/22/16 12/19/16 Deschutes National Forest Service Bend OR
Deputy Fire Coordinator Louis Kelly 70 12/08/16 12/16/16 Union County Fire Office of Emergency Management Westfield NJ
Assistant Fire Chief Jeffery A. Worsham
45 12/02/16 12/10/16 Whitesville Rural Volunteer Fire Department Moncks Corner SC
Senior Firefighter Ardythe “Ardy” Hope
48 09/24/16 12/01/16 Wilmington Fire Department Wilmington DE
Firefighter Darryl “Poor Boy” Elden Vielle 51 11/30/16 11/30/16 Blackfeet Tribal Fire Management Program Browning MT
Firefighter Charles “Doug” Archer
49 11/28/16 11/28/16 Spokane County Fire District 8 Valleyford WA
Firefighter Thomas Gary Walker
70 11/27/16 11/27/16 Otsego County Fire Department Gaylord MI
Fire Police Captain Merle L. Nell 78 11/26/16 11/26/16 Volunteer Fire Company of Vernon Vernon NY
Master Firefighter Michael W. Curry
42 11/19/16 11/19/16 Savannah Fire & Emergency Services Savannah GA
Captain Yuji Irie (from Ely, NV)
63 11/18/16 11/18/16 American Medflight Elko NV
Paramedic Jacob Jay "Jake" Shepherd (from Tooele County, UT) 24 11/18/16 11/18/16 American Medflight Elko NV
Flight Nurse Tiffany Urresti (from Elko, NV) 29 11/18/16 11/18/16 American Medflight Elko NV
Firefighter Ted Rodney Collett
41 10/29/16 11/17/16 Red Bird Volunteer Fire and Rescue Beverly KY
Fire Chief Michael Payne
58 11/07/16 11/08/16 Brookston Prairie Township Fire Department, Brookston IN
Firefighter (Former Fire Chief) Alfred A. Stewart
79 11/06/16 11/06/16 West Milford Volunteer Fire Company #6 West Milford NJ
Firefighter Adam Long
44 10/31/16 10/31/16 Defense Supply Center Columbus Fire and Emergency Services Columbus OH
Firefighter John C. Brocker 65 10/31/16 10/31/16 Town of Oneida Volunteer Fire Department Oneida WI
Firefighter Joseph Bichler 66 10/30/16 10/31/16 Evesham Fire-Rescue (Evesham Fire District #1) Marlton NJ
Paramedic-Firefighter Jermaine Frye
31 10/28/16 10/29/16 Cimarron Hills Fire Department Cimarron Hills CO
Captain Yaphet Miller 43 10/05/16 10/05/16 North Las Vegas Fire Department North Las Vegas NV
Firefighter Thomas R. Schmid
26 09/24/16 09/29/16 Orchard Farm Fire Protection District St. Charles County MO
Lieutenant Christopher M. Leach
41 09/24/16 09/24/16 Wilmington Fire Department Wilmington DE
Firefighter Jerry W. Fickes 51 09/24/16 09/24/16 Wilmington Fire Department Wilmington DE
Firefighter/Paramedic Sean McMullin
46 09/24/16 09/24/16 West County EMS & Fire West County MO
Fire Engineer Ryan Osler 38 09/21/16 09/21/16 Ventura County Fire Department Camarillo CA
Safety Officer Charles E. Horan 61 09/19/16 09/21/16 North Belle Vernon Volunteer Fire Department North Belle Vernon PA
Firefighter Daniel P. McCann III 51
09/15/16 09/15/16 Manasquan Hook & Ladder Company 1 Manasquan NJ
Firefighter Lowell Satterwhite
68 09/10/16 09/11/16 Dakota City Fire Department Dakota City NE
Senior Firefighter Eric C. Gustafson 40 09/09/16 09/09/16 Meridian Fire Department Meridian MS
Firefighter Colby Slaughter
36 09/07/16 09/07/16 Wink Volunteer Fire Department Wink TX
District Fire Chief Spencer J. Chauvin
36 08/28/16 08/28/16 St. John the Baptist Parish Office of Fire Services LaPlace LA
Firefighter Keith Lane 53 08/27/16 08/27/16 Oceanside Fire Department Oceanside NY
Firefighter Alan J. Swartz
25 08/27/16 08/27/16 Beartown Fire Department - Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Baraga MI
Firefighter James F. Shelifoe, Jr.
23 08/27/16 08/27/16 Beartown Fire Department - Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Baraga MI
Assistant Fire Chief Todd L. Hartlein
49 08/23/16 08/24/16 Matthews Volunteer Fire Department Matthews MO
Engine Operator Ian Howard
36 08/21/16 08/21/16 United States Forest Service-Plumas National Forest - Beckwourth Ranger District Quincy CA
Firefighter Justin Bebee
26 08/13/16 08/13/16 United States Forest Service – Lolo National Forest Missoula MT
Safety Officer Paul Price, Sr.
63 08/10/16 08/11/16 Audubon Fire Department Audubon NJ
Captain Michael Lee Schultz
47 07/27/16 07/27/16 Hoyt Rural Fire District #3 Hoyt KS
Dozer Operator Robert Oliver Reagan III
35 07/26/16 07/26/16 CAL FIRE Sacramento CA
Firefighter Edward Austin Cosgrove, Jr. 53 07/24/16 07/24/16 Green Township Fire Protection District Utica MO
Firefighter Charles Waterbury
56 07/24/16 07/24/16 Orford Fire Department Orford NH
Firefighter Gabriel Garnet Lee 42 07/23/16 07/23/16 Philadelphia Fire Department Philadelphia PA
Firefighter Donald R.  Ishman 60 07/23/16 07/23/16 Hilltop Volunteer Fire Department Cyclone PA
Fire Coordinator John Scott
71 07/20/16 07/20/16 Tioga County Bureau of Fire Owego NY
Firefighter Joseph T. DeMarinis
32 07/13/16 07/14/16 Clermont Fire Department Clermont FL
Captain Eric Kohlbauer
52 07/12/16 07/12/16 Freeport Rural Fire Protection District Freeport IL
Assistant Fire Chief Mitch Koski
56 07/11/16 07/11/16 Montreal Fire Department Montreal WI
Firefighter Tim McClanahan
46 07/11/16 07/11/16 Lewes Volunteer Fire Department
Lewes DE
Chief Engineer Richard N. Zadorozny 66 07/10/16 07/11/16 Eatontown Engine, Truck, and Hose Co. #1 Eatontown NJ
Firefighter Jacob Omalley (from Winnemucca) 27 07/10/16 07/10/16 BLM Nevada State Office Reno NV
Firefighter Will Hawkins (from Winnemucca) 22 07/10/16 07/10/16 BLM Nevada State Office Reno NV
Firefighter Lance A.  Crawford, Sr.
50 07/07/16 07/07/16 Plainview Fire Department Plainview AR
Lieutenant Andrew "Moose" Russell 48 01/24/16 07/02/16 Harrison Township Fire Department Harrison Township MI
Firefighter John R. Fritz
48 06/27/16 06/27/16 Austintown Fire Department Austintown OH
Captain Eric C. Speck
38 06/23/16 06/27/16 Dakota City Fire and Rescue Dakota City NE
Deputy Fire Chief Michael Morgan 48 05/03/16 06/26/16 Garrettford - Drexel Hill Volunteer Fire Company Drexel Hill PA
Fire Chief David K. Britt
54 06/17/16 06/18/16 Severn Volunteer Fire Department Severn NC
Firefighter Joshua Warren 34 06/16/16 06/16/16 Alexis Volunteer Fire Department Alexis NC
Firefighter III Clifford M. Rigsbee 63 06/14/16 06/16/16 Honolulu Fire Department Honolulu HI
Firefighter-AEMT Douglas A. Clement
43 06/14/16 06/14/16 New Hampton Fire Department New Hampton NH
Captain Bradley S. Long
28 06/06/16 06/06/16 Sherrills Ford-Terrell Fire and Rescue Sherrills Ford NC
Firefighter Prentice "Jay" Tyndall 45 05/08/16 05/12/16 Hugo Volunteer Fire & Rescue Grifton NC
Firefighter John Morris Davis Jr. 45 05/07/16 05/07/16 Kenly Volunteer Fire Department Kenly NC
Firefighter Steven Lapierre
58 04/27/16 05/05/16 Georgia Volunteer Fire Department Georgia VT
Firefighter Theodore A. Stafford
73 05/02/16 05/02/16 Sag Harbor Fire Department Sag Harbor NY
Firefighter Richard Sheltra
20 04/30/16 04/30/16 The Pineville-Morrow Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue, Inc. Pineville NC
Lieutenant Rodney Eddins
57 04/16/16 04/16/16 Memphis Fire Department Memphis TN
Firefighter/Paramedic John Ernest "Skillet" Ulmschneider 37 04/15/16 04/15/16 Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department Largo MD
Firefighter Charles M. Tucker
56 03/30/16 04/02/16 Lynn Fire & Rescue Lynn AL
Fire Cadet Steven Whitfield II
32 03/31/16 03/31/16 Houston Fire Department Houston TX
Pilot Chad Hammond (from Eufaula) 29 03/26/16 03/26/16 Haynes Lifeflight Coffee County AL
Critical Care Nurse Stacey Cernadas (from Montgomery) 38 03/26/16 03/26/16 Haynes Lifeflight Coffee County AL
Critical Care Medic Jason Snipes (from Chilton County) 35 03/26/16 03/26/16 Haynes Lifeflight Coffee County AL
Driver/Engineer Marco Davila
45 03/23/16 03/23/16 Dallas Fire-Rescue Department Dallas TX
Fire Technician/Industrial Firefighter Kenny Ray Jr.
32 03/20/16 03/20/16 TimkenSteel Fire and Security Canton OH
Firefighter II Christopher Gene Ray (from Green Sea) 42 03/20/16 03/20/16 Conway Fire Rescue Conway SC
Firefighter Earl J. Shoemaker
68 03/12/16 03/12/16 Eagle Fire Company of the Hanover Fire Dept West Manheim Township PA
Captain Peter Larlee
57 03/02/16 03/02/16 East Millinocket Fire Department East Millinocket ME
Inmate Firefighter Shawna Lynn Jones
22 02/25/16 02/26/16 CAL FIRE Sacramento CA
Assistant Fire Chief Daniel F. Cool
71 02/11/16 02/14/16 Jefferson County Fire Department #1 - Kaw Grantville KS
Lieutenant David W. Conley
48 02/10/16 02/10/16 Olive Hill Fire Department Olive Hill KY
Chief Driver James J Butler, Jr.
50 02/07/16 02/07/16 Derby Fire Department - Paugassett Hook & Ladder Company #4 Derby CT
Firefighter James R. Varnell 53 02/02/16 02/02/16 Bakertown Volunteer Fire Department Elm City NC
Lieutenant Ronald Jason Adams
29 01/22/16 01/22/16 East Pulaski County Fire Department North Little Rock AR
Firefighter Scott D. Bruggeman
45 03/18/14 01/18/16 Middletown Division of Fire Middletown OH
Deputy Chief Clarence "Speed" Hartbank
79 09/10/15 01/13/16 Fremont County Fire Protection District Riverton WY
Firefighter Joshua Woods
01/12/16 01/12/16 Siler City Fire Department Siler City NC
Firefighter/Paramedic Kenneth K. Harris
56 01/11/16 01/11/16 Village of Oak Park Fire Department Oak Park IL
Firefighter Trainee Charles C Adams, Jr.
47 01/02/16 01/02/16 Spring Arbor Township Fire Department Spring Arbor 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 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.

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