• Charlotte Amalie Fire Station where firefighter Gregory Louis, 50, was killed just outside. Image credit: Facebook

Official details scant in firefighter shooting

Aug. 20--ST. THOMAS -- Security cameras outside a fire station where a firefighter was shot and killed were inoperable at the time of the shooting, fire officials said. St. Thomas-St. John District Fire Chief Oral Wheatley could not say how long the cameras outside the Charlotte Amalie station were inoperable. He referred specific questions about [...]

August 21st, 2016|Fire News, Line of Duty Death|0 Comments
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Forest Service firefighter dies battling Nevada wildfire

BAKER, Nev. (AP) — Authorities say a Forest Service firefighter has died after being hit by a tree while battling a wildfire in Nevada. Federal officials say Justin Beebe of Vermont was killed when the tree fell on him Saturday afternoon while his hotshot crew battled the blaze in the eastern part of the state. His age wasn't immediately known. Officials with the U.S. [...]

August 15th, 2016|Line of Duty Death|0 Comments
  • Medford Fire-Rescue Battalion Chief Mark Burns' suffered for years after inhaling  toxic black smoke from the August 2010 fire found to be set by a homeless man tossing a lit cigarette into a dry field of weeds and grass. Image credit: Facebook

Should mentally ill man be tried for firefighter’s death?

Aug. 14--The death of a firefighter who suffered severe smoke inhalation while battling the Oak Knoll fire has raised the question of whether the mentally ill homeless man who started the fire should be prosecuted for his death. Medford Fire-Rescue Battalion Chief Mark Burns' lungs were nearly destroyed by the choking, toxic black smoke from the August 2010 fire. After years of [...]

August 14th, 2016|Fire News, Line of Duty Death|0 Comments
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According to report, 19-year-old Lieutenant died by not being properly fitted or trained on SCBA used during fire

The State of New York has issued 14 violations to two fire departments in regards to the death of a 19-year-old volunteer fire Lieutenant Jack Rose, which took place last year. According to RecordOnline, the violations stem from findings that point to possible contributing factor in the 19-year-old’s demise. On the night of the fire, [...]

August 5th, 2016|Fire News, Legal Issues, Line of Duty Death|0 Comments
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Delaware fire community mourning the loss of firefighter killed in helicopter training exercise

A volunteer firefighter from Delaware was killed last night after falling from a helicopter during a training exercise. 46-year-old Tim McClanahan, a longtime member of the Lewes Fire Dept, reportedly fell from one of the landing skids of a helicopter flying over Delaware Coastal Airport in Georgetown Monday evening. The dept issued this statement on [...]

July 12th, 2016|Fire News, Line of Duty Death|0 Comments
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2nd firefighter dies battling huge Cyprus forest fire

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A huge forest fire raging out of control for a third day in the mountains southwest of the Cyprus' capital of Nicosiahas claimed the life of a second firefighter, authorities confirmed Tuesday. The announcement of 44-year-old Marios Aristotelous' death came a day after another colleague, Andreas Sophocleous, 49, lost his life in the line of duty. Both firefighters [...]

June 21st, 2016|Line of Duty Death|0 Comments
  • John Ulmschneider, a 13-year veteran of the Prince George’s County Fire Department, died Friday night after he was shot while trying to enter a home to make a welfare check, police said. Image credit: Official Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department Page.

Mental health crisis: The calls can be unpredictable, dangerous for first responders

June 19--First responders say they are seeing an increase in the number of mentally disturbed individuals they're called on to help. And those encounters can be unpredictable, even dangerous. Manchester police called in a SWAT team and a Bearcat the morning of June 1 after a distraught man allegedly threatened to harm first responders who [...]

  • In the years since Safety Battalion Chief Lawrence Stack died in the September 11th attacks, his family hoped and waited for his remains to be found so they could lay him to rest. His son, Lieutenant Michael Stack said, weeks turned into months, months turned into years. Two years turned into five, turned into 10. Now it's been 15. Stack's family recently discovered that the chief had donated blood before he died. Using the blood as his remains, the family finally felt that they could lay him to rest in a funeral on Friday. Image credit: Sky News

FDNY Chief killed on 9/11 finally gets laid to rest

A funeral has been held for a New York City fire chief killed in the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. Safety Battalion Chief Lawrence Stack's remains were never found after the World Trade Center collapsed. But nearly 15 years later, his family discovered two vials of blood that he had donated during a bone marrow [...]

June 18th, 2016|Fire News, Line of Duty Death|0 Comments
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North Carolina firefighter collapses, dies after workout

LINCOLNTON, N.C. (AP) — A 34-year-old North Carolina firefighter has died after exercising while on duty. Local media outlets report that Lincoln County firefighter Joshua Warren collapsed Thursday while jogging at East Lincoln Middle School. Warren was rushed to a hospital, where he later died. Officials said Warren was on duty with the Alexis Fire [...]

June 17th, 2016|Line of Duty Death|0 Comments
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Investigation launched into firefighter diver’s death on Lake Norman; ‘very sad day’

June 07--Authorities said Tuesday an investigation has been launched into the death of a Sherrills Ford-Terrell rescue diver, including a focus on the scuba gear he was using. Capt. Bradley Long, 28, died Monday during a recovery operation for the body of a swimmer who disappeared Sunday on Lake Norman. Two other divers with Long were hospitalized at Lake Norman [...]

June 9th, 2016|Line of Duty Death|0 Comments
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