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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, 2017.

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
Lieutenant Jeffrey S. White
53 12/26/17 12/26/17 Oklahoma City Fire Department Oklahoma City OK
Firefighter-Paramedic Jason Garrett
46 12/26/17 12/26/17 Kansas City Fire Department Kansas City KS
Firefighter Frank Matagrano
75 12/13/17 12/23/17 New Milford Volunteer Fire Department New Milford NJ
Firefighter Craig A. Maull 71 12/19/17 12/21/17 Haddon Fire Company #1 Haddonfield NJ
Firefighter Jeffery Alan Blackmer
42 12/20/17 12/20/17 Hamilton Township Volunteer Fire Company Muncie IN
Chief Jeffrey A. Vollmer 40 12/18/17 12/19/17 Mayer Fire & Rescue Mayer MN
Engineer Jeffery Atkinson
43 12/15/17 12/15/17 Tallahassee Fire Department Tallahassee FL
Engineer Cory Iverson (from Escondido, CA)
32 12/14/17 12/14/17 CAL FIRE Sacramento CA
Fire Captain Dene Barber 56
12/14/17 12/14/17 Brazoria Fire Department Brazoria TX
Deputy Chief State Fire Marshal Sander Cohen
33 12/08/17 12/08/17 Office of the State Fire Marshal - Maryland Department of State Police Rockville MD
Firefighter Charles Edward Patterson 60 12/01/17 12/07/17 Bowie Rural Volunteer Fire Department Bowie TX
Fire Chief Stephen Frye 59 12/05/17 12/05/17 Montgomery Volunteer Fire Department Montgomery MA
Firefighter/Safety Officer Robert A. Fitch
60 11/27/17 11/28/17 East Herkimer Fire Department Herkimer NY
Flight Nurse James “Jim” Lawson Spruiell, (from Sulligent, AL)
61 11/19/17 11/19/17 Pafford Air One under contract with Air Methods Corporation Pine Bluff AK
Flight Paramedic “Trey Auld” John Auld III (from Shreveport, LA) 26 11/19/17 11/19/17 Pafford Air One under contract with Air Methods Corporation Pine Bluff AK
Michael “Mike” Bollen (from Hot Springs, AK) 46 11/19/17 11/19/17 Air Methods Corporation Pine Bluff AK
Firefighter David E. Carr
62 11/03/17 11/04/17 Brasher-Winthrop Fire Department Winthrop NY
Firefighter Edward J. Frenenski
31 10/23/17 10/23/17 Stanhope Hose Company 1
Stanhope NJ
Firefighter Ronald W. Hinkle
71 10/17/17 10/17/17 Loch Sheldrake Fire Department Loch Sheldrake NY
Firefighter/Paramedic Steven R. Terry 53 10/16/17 10/16/17 Hernando County Fire Rescue Brooksville FL
Firefighter/Driver Garrett Paiz
38 10/16/17 10/16/17 CAL FIRE Sacramento CA
Fire Chief Donald F. "Donny" Manger 54 10/14/17 10/14/17 Presho Fire Department Presho SD
Probationary Firefighter Jason Keith Hensley
40 10/09/17 10/09/17 Triple Community Fire Department Inc Morganton NC
Captain Eric J. Balliet
41 09/27/17 09/27/17 Fort Wayne Fire Department Fort Wayne IN
Firefighter-EMT Matthew Mark Deicher
47 07/31/03 09/23/17 Mosinee Fire Department Mosinee WI
Lieutenant Kenneth Greene, Sr.
60 09/03/17 09/14/17 Philadelphia Fire Department Philadelphia PA
Battalion Chief Terry Smerdel
59 09/10/17 09/10/17 San Francisco Fire Department San Francisco CA
Captain Scott Ferguson 57 09/08/17 09/08/17 Rural Metro Fire Department Tucson AZ
Battalion Chief Gary Helming
47 08/31/17 08/31/17 Los Padres National Forest - Santa Lucia District Goleta CA
Firefighter Thomas P. McBride
60 08/24/17 08/24/17 Campbellsburg Fire and Rescue Campbellsburg KY
Fire Chief Tom Martin 61 08/19/17 08/18/17 Black Eagle Volunteer Fire Department Black Eagle MT
Lieutenant Dale Clinton “Clint” Hardemon 59 08/13/17 08/13/17 West Blocton Fire Department West Blocton AL
Firefighter Brent M. Witham (from Mentone, CA)
29 08/02/17 08/02/17 Vista Grande Hotshots - San Bernardino National Forest San Bernardino CA
Assistant Fire Chief Jay Hinkie 61 08/02/17 08/02/17 Silsbee Volunteer Fire Department Silsbee TX
Firefighter Richard W. Leonard
70 04/19/93 07/30/17 Perth Amboy Fire Department Perth Amboy NJ
Firefighter Kevin Ramsey
50 07/29/17 07/29/17 Detroit Fire Department Detroit MI
Firefighter Trenton Martin Johnson (from Missoula,MT)
19 07/19/17 07/19/17 Grayback Forestry, Inc - Missoula, Montana Base Merlin OR
Firefighter Allen Charles Howard 49 07/17/17 07/18/17 Adrian Charter Township Fire Department Adrian MI
Engineer Michael Freeman N/A ??/??/?? (Cancer) 07/16/17 South Metro Fire Rescue Centennial CO
Interim Fire Chief Robert Spinner
50 07/14/17 07/14/17 Lynden Fire Department Lynden WA
Fire Captain John Kemper
59 07/05/17 07/12/17 Saint Louis Fire Department St. Louis MO
Inmate Firefighter Frank Anaya
22 07/05/17 07/11/17 CAL FIRE Sacramento CA
Fire Engine Operator William “Bill” Jaros
38 07/08/17 07/08/17 Six Rivers National Forest - Gasquet Ranger District/Smith River National Recreation Area Eureka CA
Firefighter Ronda Sylvest Varnado
54 07/06/17 07/06/17 Washington Parish Fire Protection District #2 Franklinton LA
Firefighter John C Cammack
74 06/21/17 06/22/17 Nara Visa Fire Department Nara Visa NM
Firefighter Jeffery Mason Sanders 55 06/19/17 06/19/17 Mayview Fire Protection District Mayview MO
Firefighter Lawrence Matthews
36 06/10/17 06/10/17 Dolton Fire Department Dolton IL
Firefighter Kelly Wong 29 06/03/17 06/05/17 Los Angeles Fire Department Los Angeles CA
Lieutenant David Jatczsk 57 06/01/17 06/01/17 Lake Station Fire Department Lake Station IN
Firefighter Mark Strow 52 05/29/17 05/29/17 Alpharetta Department of Public Safety Volunteer Fire Corporation Alpharetta GA
Firefighter Jesse Ketchum (from Downing)
33 05/29/17 05/29/17 City of Memphis Volunteer Fire Department Memphis MO
Inmate Firefighter Matthew Beck
26 05/25/17 05/25/17 CAL FIRE Sacramento CA
Firefighter Darrell Lavon Plank 29 05/20/17 05/23/17 Macon County Fire Rescue Montezuma GA
Fire Engineer Brian Massey 56 05/19/17 05/20/17 Kern County Fire Department Bakersfield CA
Firefighter Roger Dale Johns 63 05/19/17 05/19/17 Eagle Rock Volunteer Fire and Rescue – Botetourt County Fincastle VA
Battalion Chief John Chester
56 05/18/17 05/18/17 Whitfield County Fire Department Dalton GA
Firefighter Scott Deem
31 05/18/17 05/18/17 San Antonio Fire Department San Antonio TX
Lieutenant James Franklin Dorminy 55 05/09/17 05/18/17 Reedy Creek Emergency Services Lake Buena Vista FL
Firefighter/Paramedic James "Dewon" Wells 52 05/05/17 05/06/17 Montgomery County Fire/EMS Mount Sterling KY
Fire Chief Doug Deckard
51 04/30/17 04/30/17 Cove Creek Pearson Volunteer Fire Department Quitman AR
Battalion Chief Jerome Boyd
55 04/28/17 04/28/17 Los Angeles Fire Department Los Angeles CA
Firefighter Dave Lemponen
83 04/27/17 04/28/17 Austinburg Volunteer Fire Department Austinburg OH
Firefighter William F. Gerace 54 04/10/17 04/28/17 Gibbsboro Fire Company No.1 Inc. Gibbsboro NJ
Fire Chief Eddie Harris 47 04/21/17 04/21/17 North Courtland Volunteer Fire Department North Courtland AL
Firefighter William N. Tolley
42 04/20/17 04/20/17 FDNY Brooklyn NY
Captain Michael “Bubba” Eric Pennell 49 04/17/17 04/17/17 Central Alexander Fire Department Taylorsville NC
District Chief/Medic James “Jim” Benken
65 04/13/17 04/14/17 City of Wyoming Fire and EMS Wyoming OH
Firefighter III Charles "Rick" Gentilcore
52 04/07/17 04/07/17 Montgomery County Fire Rescue Services - Burtonsville Volunteer Fire Department Gaithersburg MD
Firefighter James H. Yiengst 72 03/30/17 04/01/17 Keystone Hook and Ladder Co #1 Myerstown PA
Firefighter Anthony Spano
47 03/29/17 03/30/17 Chicopee Fire Department Chicopee MA
Lieutenant Christopher Lane Foster
54 03/22/17 03/23/17 Demopolis Fire Department Demopolis AL
Firefighter Steven Paul Buser
51 03/17/17 03/17/17 Ames Fire Department Ames IA
Firefighter Joseph Toscano
54 03/17/17 03/17/17 Watertown Fire Department Watertown MA
EMT Yadira Arroyo
44 03/16/17 03/16/17 FDNY New York NY
Deputy Chief Clinton Alvin Beasley
80 03/15/17 03/15/17 Sumrall Volunteer Fire Department Sumrall MS
Firefighter Loretta Ann Sykes 53 03/15/17 03/15/17 Sumrall Volunteer Fire Department Sumrall MS
Lieutenant Dennis DeVoe
45 03/10/17 03/11/17 Harrisburg Bureau of Fire Harrisburg PA
Captain William “Iron Bill” Dowling
43 05/31/13 03/07/17 Houston Fire Department Houston TX
Firefighter-Paramedic Michael Norton
38 03/01/17 03/02/17 Coweta County Fire Rescue Newnan GA
Terrance “Terry” Edward Shafer
62 02/24/17 02/25/17 Spring Valley Fire Department Spring Valley WI
Firefighter/EMT Ronald Savage
63 02/25/17 02/25/17 Milford Fire Department Milford MI
Firefighter James Franciskovich 52 02/24/17 02/24/17 West Burlington Fire Department West Burlington IA
Firefighter Michael Dale Russell
68 02/22/17 02/22/17 Oaks Fire Department Rose OK
Captain Crystal Rezzonico 56 08/10/09 02/18/17 Phoenix Fire Department Phoenix AZ
Fire Chief Paul Murdoch
53 02/16/17 02/16/17 Greybull Volunteer Fire Department Greybull WY
Fire Chief Bill Matthews 73 02/14/17 02/14/17 Bassfield Volunteer Fire Department Bassfield MI
Fire Engineer Douglas E. McCauley
58 02/10/17 02/11/17 Des Moines Fire Department Des Moines IA
Firefighter John Michael “Mike” Cummins
46 02/07/17 02/08/17 Homer Fire Protection District Homer IL
Captain II David Todd Moorman
50 02/05/17 02/05/17 Los Angeles City Fire Department Los Angeles CA
Firefighter Ryan Thomas Moyer 31 02/04/17 02/04/17 Waldo Fire Department Waldo WI
Firefighter/EMT Richard Kaplan
80 01/22/17 01/23/17 Jericho Fire Department Jericho NY
Paramedic Tyson Mason
29 01/22/17 01/22/17 Intermountain Life Flight Salt Lake City UT
Captain Daniel Havicus
41 01/08/17 01/18/17 Tracy Fire Department Tracy CA
Fire Chief Tracy Sanders
44 01/13/17 01/13/17 Mount Olive Volunteer Fire Department Mount Olive AL
Assistant Fire Chief Rodney “Tiny” Menne
53 01/10/17 01/10/17 Eldorado Volunteer Fire Department Eldorado WI
Chief Engineer/Firefighter Donald Leroy "Sarge" Brenner, Jr.
67 12/24/16 01/04/17 Speedwell Engine & Hose Company Lebanon PA
Probationary Firefighter Amy Dimmery
01/02/17 01/02/17 Marion Rural Fire Department Marion SC

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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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