‘Blue Mass’ honors those who served to the end

In honor of those who put their lives on the line in service of the public, a “Blue Mass” was held Sunday, Sept. 11, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Venice. The ceremony is an annual event meant to honor first responders who have perished in the 9/11 tragedy or locally. This year’s Mass [...]

September 17th, 2016|Fire News, Line of Duty Death|0 Comments

Firetruck driver in deadly crash said he lacked sleep, smoked pot that day

Aug. 30--The driver of a Michigan firetruck that crashed Saturday on Interstate 35W in Blaine, killing two firefighters, said he was sleep-deprived and that he nodded off before the rig went out of control. He also admitted using marijuana and cocaine in the days and hours before the wreck, according to charges filed Monday. Michael Allen Johnson, 28, [...]

August 30th, 2016|Fire News, Line of Duty Death|0 Comments

2 dead, including LA fire chief, 36 hurt after bus crashes into accident scene

LAPLACE, La. (AP) — A bus full of construction workers hit a firetruck on an elevated highway Sunday, killing two people and injuring 36, several of them seriously, Louisiana State Police said. The ladder truck from St. John the Baptist Parish, west of New Orleans, had parked across the right lane of Interstate 10 to [...]

August 29th, 2016|Fire News, Line of Duty Death|0 Comments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 [...]