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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, 2018.

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
Assistant Fire Chief David Fischer
43 09/07/18 09/07/18 Sturgis Volunteer Fire Department Sturgis SD
Fiefighter Eric Aarseth (from Eugene, OR)
20 08/28/18 09/03/18 Miller Timber Services Philomath OR
Assistant Fire Chief Daniel "Danny" Lister 34 09/01/18 09/01/18 Queen Anne-Hillsboro Volunteer Fire Company Queen Anne MD
Fire Chief Michael Reese 53 08/23/18 08/23/18 Willow Street Fire Company Willow Street PA
Assistant Chief Jeff Holden 32 08/13/18 08/13/18 Orange Rural Fire Department Hillsborough NC
Battalion Chief Matthew Burchett 42 08/13/18 08/13/18 Draper City Fire Department Draper UT
Assistant Chief Madison “Maddy” Lee Clinton Jr.
54 08/10/18 08/10/18 Friendship Volunteer Fire Department Friendship OK
Heavy Equipment Mechanic Andrew Brake (from Chico)
40 08/09/18 08/09/18 CAL FIRE Sacramento CA
Firefighter Barry Everett,
42 08/08/18 08/08/18 DeKalb County Fire Rescue Department Tucker GA
Chief Engineer/Firefighter Pasquale “Pepper” DiBenedetto
68 07/30/18 08/02/18 Englishtown Fire Department Englishtown NJ
Captain Brian Hughes (from Hilo, Hawaii) 33 07/29/18 07/29/18 Arrowhead Interagency Hotshots - Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park Three Rivers CA
Firefighter/Bulldozer Operator Don Ray Smith (from Pollock Pines)
81 07/27/18 07/27/18 CAL FIRE Sacramento CA
Fire Inspector Jeremy Stoke
37 07/27/18 07/27/18 Redding Fire Department Redding CA
Firefighter Nathan Flynn
34 07/23/18 07/23/18 Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services Columbia MD
Firefighter/Equipment Operator Braden Varney
36 07/14/18 07/14/18 CAL FIRE Sacramento CA
Firefighter Zachary J. Fazekas
19 07/14/18 07/14/18 New Hyde Park Fire Department New Hyde Park NY
Captain Cory Barr
34 07/10/18 07/10/18 Sun Prairie Volunteer Fire Department Sun Prairie WI
Lieutenant Michael F. Cherubini
71 07/04/18 07/04/18 Hague Volunteer Fire Department Hague NY
Firefighter Michael Goodnight
55 07/04/18 07/04/18 West Liberty Fire Department Salisbury NC
Fire Lieutenant Benny Hutchins 62 06/25/18 06/27/18 Philadelphia Fire Department Philadelphia PA
Fire Cadet Devon Coney 34 06/25/18 06/26/18 Austin Fire Department Austin TX
Captain Dave Rosa 45 06/25/18 06/25/18 Long Beach Fire Department Long Beach CA
Firefighter/EMT Joe Patterson
33 06/24/18 06/24/18 Paint Creek Joint EMS/Fire District Greenfield OH
Firefighter William Moore IV
48 06/18/18 06/18/18 Amelia County Volunteer Fire Department Amelia VA
Firefighter Douglas C. Ambrozewycz 60 12/11/83 06/10/18 Perth Amboy Fire Department Perth Amboy NJ
Firefighter Dakota Snavely
17 06/10/18 06/10/18 East Side Fire Department Albemarle NC
Firefighter Richard "Andy" Loller Jr.
42 06/10/18 06/10/18 Flower Mound Fire Department Weatherford TX
Fire Police Officer Grant L. Froman 55 06/06/18 06/06/18 Dover Township Volunteer Fire Department Dover PA
Chief Tony Spencer III
51 05/31/18 06/03/18 Engelhard Fire & Rescue Engelhard NC
Firefighter/EMT Juan J. Bucio 46 05/28/18 05/28/18 Chicago Fire Department Chicago IL
Rescue Captain Patricia Ann “Pat” Osburn 69 05/26/18 05/26/18 North Beach Volunteer Fire Department Chesapeake Beach MD
Firefighter William F. Brinza III
64 05/14/18 05/14/18 Cowskin Rural Fire District Grove OK
Firefighter Thomas Albert Cannon 63 05/14/18 05/14/18 Attleboro Fire Department Attleboro MA
Firefighter Mark A. Graziano 47 05/09/18 05/10/18 Hudson Fire Department-J.W. Hoysradt Hose Co. #8 Hudson NY
First Captain Michael Godzak
60 04/29/18 04/29/18 Rostraver Volunteer Fire Department Rostraver PA
Firefighter Philip H. Neubich 69 04/24/18 04/25/18 Spooner Fire District Department Spooner WI
Inmate Firefighter Trainee Anthony Colacino 33 04/21/18 04/21/18 Sierra Conservation Center - California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Jamestown CA
Firefighter Herbert “Butch” Tyler Wilcox
77 04/18/18 04/19/18 Rocky Mount Volunteer Fire Department Rocky Mount VA
Firefighter Gregory Jackson 50 04/14/18 04/19/18 Fort Benning Fire Department Fort Benning GA
Firefighter-Paramedic M. Kent Stillwagon
52 04/17/18 04/17/18 Greenlawn Fire Department Greenlawn NY
Fire Chief Richard L. Sales 52 04/08/18 04/08/18 Reynolds Volunteer Fire Department Asheville NC
Assistant Fire Chief (& Fire Marshal) Bernard Olive
68 04/05/18 04/05/18 Baytown Fire Department Baytown TX
Firefighter Caleb Scott 29 04/03/18 04/03/18 North Richland Hills Fire-Rescue North Richland Hills TX
Firefighter-Paramedic Richard L. Garner Jr.
29 04/01/18 04/01/18 Madison Fire Department Madison WI
Firefighter Adam Taylor 30 03/30/18 03/30/18 Decatur County Fire Rescue Bainbridge GA
Second Assistant Fire Chief Timothy Wayne Royce
58 03/29/18 03/30/18 Mapleton Fire Department Mapleton MN
Lieutenant Tom Craigo
40 03/24/18 03/24/18 Pratt Volunteer Fire Department Pratt WV
Assistant Fire Chief Michael Edwards
40 03/24/18 03/24/18 Pratt Volunteer Fire Department Pratt WV
Firefighter Larry Marusik 68 03/10/18 03/23/18 Ellinger Volunteer Fire Department La Grange TX
Lieutenant Michael R. Davidson
37 03/22/18 03/22/18 Fire Department City of New York Brooklyn NY
Firefighter Ivan Flanscha 50 03/21/18 03/22/18 York City Department of Fire/Rescue Services York PA
Firefighter Zachary Anthony 29 03/21/18 03/22/18 York City Department of Fire/Rescue Services York PA
Assistant Chief Rodney D. Baker, Jr. 47 03/15/18 03/16/18 Madison Township-Kunkle Fire Department Kunkle OH
Firefighter Stacey Leigh Boulware
44 03/12/18 03/12/18 Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services Marietta GA
Firefighter M.V. Hudson, Jr.
86 02/28/18 03/10/18 New London Fire Department New London TX
Driver Engineer Daryel Richards 58 03/09/18 03/09/18 Hollywood Fire Rescue Hollywood FL
Lieutenant Casey Stephen Kuhns 30 02/27/18 02/28/18 Morrisville Fire Department Morrisville VT
Assistant Fire Chief Chris Pryor 45 02/25/18 02/25/18 LaVale Volunteer Fire Department LaVale MD
Captain Earnest McDuffie
51 02/20/18 02/20/18 Hinesville Fire Department Hinesville GA
Firefighter Richard Tomlins Jr.
43 02/15/18 02/15/18 Cold Spring Fire Department Cold Spring NY
Lieutenant Richard Jenks
72 02/14/18 02/14/18 Pascoag Fire Department Pascoag RI
Firefighter Jason Dickey
38 02/12/18 02/12/18 Lawrenceburg Fire Department Lawrenceburg TN
Fire Engineer Dwayne “Yogi” Thomas
57 01/24/18 01/24/18 U.S. Virgin Islands Fire Service St. Croix VI
EMT Mousa Chaban
32 01/22/18 01/22/18 Tri-County Ambulance Service Wakarusa IN
Firefighter Derrick Ryan Webb
31 01/17/18 01/17/18 Hardy’s Chapel Volunteer Fire Department Cookville TN
Deputy Fire Chief Russell Achord 48 01/17/18 01/17/18 West Feliciana Parish Fire Protection District #1 Saint Francisville LA
Lieutenant Matthew LeTourneau
42 01/06/18 01/06/18 Philadelphia Fire Department Philadelphia PA
Firefighter John Randle
67 01/01/18 01/02/18 Wamego Fire Department Wamego KS

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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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