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||
Fred A Newton, Sr.
||66||12/27/16||12/27/16||Somerset Township Fire Department and EMS||Somerset Center||MI|
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|
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|
Fire Chief Jeffery A. Worsham
||45||12/02/16||12/10/16||Whitesville Rural Volunteer Fire Department||Moncks Corner||SC|
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|
Charles “Doug” Archer
||49||11/28/16||11/28/16||Spokane County Fire District 8||Valleyford||WA|
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|
Firefighter Michael W. Curry
||42||11/19/16||11/19/16||Savannah Fire & Emergency Services||Savannah||GA|
Yuji Irie (from Ely, 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|
Ted Rodney Collett
||41||10/29/16||11/17/16||Red Bird Volunteer Fire and Rescue||Beverly||KY|
Chief Michael Payne
||58||11/07/16||11/08/16||Brookston Prairie Township Fire Department,||Brookston||IN|
(Former Fire Chief) Alfred A. Stewart
||79||11/06/16||11/06/16||West Milford Volunteer Fire Company #6||West Milford||NJ|
||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|
||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|
Thomas R. Schmid
||26||09/24/16||09/29/16||Orchard Farm Fire Protection District||St. Charles County||MO|
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|
||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|
||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|
||36||09/07/16||09/07/16||Wink Volunteer Fire Department||Wink||TX|
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|
Alan J. Swartz
||25||08/27/16||08/27/16||Beartown Fire Department - Keweenaw Bay Indian Community||Baraga||MI|
James F. Shelifoe, Jr.
||23||08/27/16||08/27/16||Beartown Fire Department - Keweenaw Bay Indian Community||Baraga||MI|
Fire Chief Todd L. Hartlein
||49||08/23/16||08/24/16||Matthews Volunteer Fire Department||Matthews||MO|
Operator Ian Howard
||36||08/21/16||08/21/16||United States Forest Service-Plumas National Forest - Beckwourth Ranger District||Quincy||CA|
||26||08/13/16||08/13/16||United States Forest Service – Lolo National Forest||Missoula||MT|
Officer Paul Price, Sr.
||63||08/10/16||08/11/16||Audubon Fire Department||Audubon||NJ|
Michael Lee Schultz
||47||07/27/16||07/27/16||Hoyt Rural Fire District #3||Hoyt||KS|
Operator Robert Oliver Reagan III
|Firefighter Edward Austin Cosgrove, Jr.||53||07/24/16||07/24/16||Green Township Fire Protection District||Utica||MO|
||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|
Coordinator John Scott
||71||07/20/16||07/20/16||Tioga County Bureau of Fire||Owego||NY|
Joseph T. DeMarinis
||32||07/13/16||07/14/16||Clermont Fire Department||Clermont||FL|
||52||07/12/16||07/12/16||Freeport Rural Fire Protection District||Freeport||IL|
Fire Chief Mitch Koski
||56||07/11/16||07/11/16||Montreal Fire Department||Montreal||WI|
Volunteer Fire Department
|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|
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|
John R. Fritz
||48||06/27/16||06/27/16||Austintown Fire Department||Austintown||OH|
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|
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|
Douglas A. Clement
||43||06/14/16||06/14/16||New Hampton Fire Department||New Hampton||NH|
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|
||58||04/27/16||05/05/16||Georgia Volunteer Fire Department||Georgia||VT|
Theodore A. Stafford
||73||05/02/16||05/02/16||Sag Harbor Fire Department||Sag Harbor||NY|
||20||04/30/16||04/30/16||The Pineville-Morrow Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue, Inc.||Pineville||NC|
||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|
Charles M. Tucker
||56||03/30/16||04/02/16||Lynn Fire & Rescue||Lynn||AL|
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|
||45||03/23/16||03/23/16||Dallas Fire-Rescue Department||Dallas||TX|
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|
Earl J. Shoemaker
||68||03/12/16||03/12/16||Eagle Fire Company of the Hanover Fire Dept||West Manheim Township||PA|
||57||03/02/16||03/02/16||East Millinocket Fire Department||East Millinocket||ME|
Firefighter Shawna Lynn Jones
Fire Chief Daniel F. Cool
||71||02/11/16||02/14/16||Jefferson County Fire Department #1 - Kaw||Grantville||KS|
David W. Conley
||48||02/10/16||02/10/16||Olive Hill Fire Department||Olive Hill||KY|
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|
Ronald Jason Adams
||29||01/22/16||01/22/16||East Pulaski County Fire Department||North Little Rock||AR|
Scott D. Bruggeman
||45||03/18/14||01/18/16||Middletown Division of Fire||Middletown||OH|
Chief Clarence "Speed" Hartbank
||79||09/10/15||01/13/16||Fremont County Fire Protection District||Riverton||WY|
||01/12/16||01/12/16||Siler City Fire Department||Siler City||NC|
Kenneth K. Harris
||56||01/11/16||01/11/16||Village of Oak Park Fire Department||Oak Park||IL|
Trainee Charles C Adams, Jr.
||47||01/02/16||01/02/16||Spring Arbor Township Fire Department||Spring Arbor||MI|
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