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Pennsylvania Fire Fighter Killed in Iraq

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The IAFF extends condolences to the friends, family and fellow Whitpain Township, PA Local 4054 members following the death of fire fighter John Kulick, 35. Kulick, a fire fighter and member of the Pennsylvania National Guard, was killed August 9 in Iraq. He and his crew were investigating explosions when they came under small arms fire. Several other soldiers were also killed.

Kulick began his fire fighting career in 1985 with the Hatboro Fire Company where he rose to the rank of assistant fire chief, then joined the now-closed Naval Air Warfare Center in Warminster, Pennsylvania, as a federal fire fighter and then the Naval Air Station at Willow Grove before joining the Whitpain Township Fire Department.

“The IAFF honors Brother Kulick for the ultimate sacrifice he made as a fire fighter and a solider,” says IAFF General President Schaitberger. “We proudly support the men and women serving their country in the war on terrorism and in Iraq.”

An IAFF member with Whitpain Township Local 4054, Kulick played a defining role in organizing the local in 2000, and served as president in 2004. Local 4054 President Don Lynch called Kulick a “fantastic fire fighter and a mentor to all. On behalf of Local 4054, Brother Kulick will be truly missed.”

Divorced, Kulick leaves behind his nine-year-old daughter, Amanda.

Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday, August 18 at Lehman Methodist Church in Hatboro, Pennsylvania. The time of the service has not yet been determined. The IAFF will update this information as it becomes available.

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