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Volunteer firefighter killed in tanker truck rollover while responding to call

Feb. 23--The driver of a tanker truck for the Leach Fire Department was pronounced dead at the scene of a Wednesday morning traffic accident that occurred while he was responding to a fire call. Dead is Michael Dale Russell, 68, of Rose, according to Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Micah Gibe. He said the crash happened about 3-1/4-mile south of Leach on [...]

February 24th, 2017|Fire News, Line of Duty Death|0 Comments
  • Fire engineer Ryan Osler, an 18-year veteran of the Ventura County Fire Department was killed when his fire engine was involved in an accident responding to a wildfire near Vandenberg Air Force Base when the crash occurred on Sept. 21, 2016.  Image credit:  Original video

Driver of fire engine that killed firefighter in rollover in route to blaze, won’t be charged

Feb. 15--Criminal charges will not be filed against the driver of a firefighting vehicle that overturned in a September crash and killed Ventura County fire engineer Ryan Osler, Santa Barbara County prosecutors said Tuesday. Osler, an 18-year veteran of the Ventura County Fire Department, and a fellow county firefighter were on their way to help fight a wildfire near Vandenberg Air Force [...]

February 21st, 2017|Fire News, Line of Duty Death|0 Comments
  • The fatal helicopter crash on the Lyttelton side of the Port Hills.  Alden Williams / Fairfax NZ

Pilot killed in crash battling wildfires

As firefighters continue to battle wildfires in Christchurch today, a community is mourning the loss of one of its own who just yesterday was among those fighting the flames. Emergency services were called to an area near the Port Hills just after 2pm after reports a helicopter had crashed. Those first on the scene knew the victim personally. He had been [...]

February 15th, 2017|Fire News, Line of Duty Death|0 Comments
  • The flag at half staff at the Homer Fire Protection District in Homer on Tuesday February 6, 2017.  Credit:  Photo by: Rick Danzl/The News-Gazette

Firefighter responding to call died from a medical complication, never missed a call

An Illinois firefighter is reported to have died Wednesday after a medical complication forced him to drive his pickup truck into three parked cars. Champaign County Sheriff's Lieutenant Brian Mennenga reports that 46-year-old Homer resident John Mike Cummins was taken to the hospital following an accident 45 minutes after midnight in the small Illinois town. Cummins [...]

February 9th, 2017|Fire News, Line of Duty Death|0 Comments
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Firefighter who died of Lymphoma is being considered for LODD

A Washington firefighter who died of of lymphoma is being considered for a “line of duty” death classification. 47-year-old James Hendryx of the Bremerton Fire Department died on Tuesday from non-Hodgkin lymphoma, his union reported. The illness is presumed to have been caused by his profession as a firefighter, namely inhaling toxic fumes and smoke. [...]

January 23rd, 2017|Fire News, Line of Duty Death|0 Comments
  • A firefighter works at the scene of the collapsed Plasco building after being engulfed by a fire, in central Tehran, Iran, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. Iran's state-run Press TV says dozens of firefighters have been killed in the collapse of a burning high-rise building in Tehran. The collapse came just hours after the blaze erupted at the Plasco building, an iconic structure in central Tehran, just north of the capital's sprawling bazaar. Firefighters, soldiers and other emergency responders dug through the rubble, looking for survivors. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Old garment high-rise fire in Iran collapses killing over 30 firefighters

TEHRAN (FNA)- A fast-moving blaze ripped through an old garment building in Tehran early Thursday, leveling down to the ground the more than half-a-century-old building in an unprecedented incident in the Iranian capital. The fire started at around 8 am local time (0430 GMT) at the building, Plasco, which is home to hundreds of clothes and garment manufacturers and businesses, [...]

January 19th, 2017|Fire News, Line of Duty Death|0 Comments
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Dozens of firefighters and police escort Mount Olive Fire Chief back home after LODD

Jan. 17--On most evenings, U.S. 78 would be packed with traffic, but on Monday that traffic gave way to dozens of law enforcement vehicles escorting Tracy Sanders home. Sanders, 44, the Mount Olive Volunteer Fire chief, was killed Friday when a tractor-trailer hit her fire department pickup truck from behind at the intersection of Alabama [...]

January 17th, 2017|Fire News, Line of Duty Death|0 Comments
  • Chief Tracy Sanders.
Chief Sanders was killed in a three-vehicle crash around 1300 hours in Ohatchee. The crash occurred at the intersection of Mudd Street and Alabama 77. Image credit: Facebook

Volunteer fire chief dies in the line of duty in three-vehicle wreck

Jan. 13--Tracy Sanders, chief of the Mount Olive Volunteer Fire Department, was killed Friday in a three-vehicle wreck in Ohatchee, according to officials. The wreck occurred around 1 p.m. at the intersection of Mudd Street and Alabama 77, State Trooper Chuck Daniel wrote in an email. Sanders, 44, was traveling north on Alabama 77 and [...]

January 14th, 2017|Line of Duty Death|0 Comments
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Volunteer firefighter responding to what turned out to be a false alarm, died when car got stuck on train tracks

An Indiana volunteer firefighter was killed while responding to a call on Christmas Eve. 55-year-old McCordsville VFD firefighter Rich Rehm was killed in the opening hours of Saturday morning after his vehicle was hit by a train. McCordsville Volunteer Fire Department Chief Tom Alexander said Rehm was an outstanding firefighter. “We’ll remember him for a [...]

December 27th, 2016|Fire News, Line of Duty Death|0 Comments
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Ambulance crash claims the lives of patient and paramedic

A West Virginia man died when the ambulance carrying him rolled over on the Interstate early Saturday morning. 64-year-old Dennis Calvert of Wheeling was killed around 2 AM on Saturday when icy conditions caused the ambulance to lose control, overturning multiple times. “A 2008 Econoline Ambulance, registered to Tri-State Ambulance, was transporting a patient westbound [...]

December 22nd, 2016|Fire News, Line of Duty Death|0 Comments
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