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2013 DEATH NOTICES
Retired- Framingham, MA retired Deputy Fire Chief Albert L. Ordway Jr. passed away at the age of 59 after battling cancer.
LODD- Youngsville, NC Assistant Chief Jeffrey Fields, 51, passed away at home after responding to an incident.
Active- The Raymond NH Fire Department regrets to announce the passing of Fire Chaplin Neal White.
USMC LODD- Sergeant Daniel Vasselian, 27, of Abington, MA was killed during combat operations in Afghanistan on Monday December 23rd.
Retired- Stoneham, MA retired Captain William Carr passed away.
LODD- Hightstown, NJ Fire Police Lieutenant David Lidke, 51, passed away after collapsing while helping firefighters back the apparatus into the station.
Retired- Arlington, MA retired Lieutenant Kenneth "Sleepy" Felton passed away on December 1st.
Retired- Natick, MA retired Fire Chief Richard D. Fahey, 90, passed away on December 24th.
Retired- Providence, MA retired Firefighter Robert Tamboe, 80, passed away on December 23rd.
USMC LODD- Lance Corporal Matthew Rodrigues of Fairhaven, MA was killed on December 11th while involved with combat operations in Afghanistan.
USCG LODD- Petty Officer 3rd Class Travis Raymond Obendorf passed away on December 18th from injuries sustained November 11th 2013, while conducting search and rescue operations near Amak Island, Alaska.
LODD- South Zanesville, OH Firefighter Terry R. Goss died Sunday 12/15 from injuries he received 12/13 after falling and striking his head on the apparatus floor.
LODD- Waycross, GA Lieutenant David Little, 50, died in the line of duty battling a house fire on December 15th.
LODD- La Crosse, VA Volunteer Firefighter Josh Smith, 25, was killed in a motor vehicle crash while responding to an incident in his personal vehicle.
LODD- Rice Lake, MN Fire Chief Matt Frantz, 42, passed away of an apparent heart attack.
Retired- Allenstown, NH Retired Fire Chief Albert H. Dionne, 69, passed away on December 14th. Chief Dionne also served as an Assistant Chief of the East Derry Fire Department and as a firefighter in Manchester.
Active Duty- Burlington, VT Captain David Gale, 49, passed away from a suspected heart attack while off duty.
Retired- Captain Steven A. Jackman, 55, retired Norwell, MA Fire Department passed away on December 18th.
LODD- Firefighter Jon F. Schondelmayer of the Swift Creek, NC Fire Department passed away after becoming ill at the station.
LODD- Southern Jackson, WV Volunteer Fire Chief Charlie Pierson passed away after suffering a heart attack while responding to a call.
Active- Litchfield, CT Fire Marshal Thomas O'Hare passed away this week.
Active- Captain/Inspector Scott C. Blackburn of the Electric Boat Fire Department in Groton, CT passed away on Tuesday 12/10/13.
Retired- New Haven, CT Retired Lieutenant Vincent Salerno, 91, passed away on Thursday November 28.
Retired- Middletown, RI Retired Firefighter Alfred F. Almeida, 80, passed away on Friday, November 29.
Retired- Bridgeport, CT Retired Lieutnenat Joseph A. Wallace, 86, passed away on November 29.
Retired- Fryeburg, ME Retired Fire Chief Thomas "Tommy" W. Hutchins Jr. passed away on December 2.
LODD- Factoryville, PA Assistant Chief Russ Gow, 58, passed away after collapsing at a house fire.
Active- Holliston, MA Captain Mike Curnyn passed away on November 21st.
LODD- Mansfield, MO Firefighter Andrew W. Cody passed away after becoming ill at the fire station.
Retired- Center Ossipee, NH Retired Fire Chief Roland Stockbridge, 74, passed away on Saturday November 23.
Retired- Gardner, MA Retired Firefighter William E. Klockars passed away this week.
Active- Brookline, NH Deputy Fire Chief Curt Jensen, 51, passed away on November 20th.
Retired- Exeter, NH Retired Firefighter Wayne Raymond passed away last week.
Retired- Firefighter James Swarbrick, retired Lawrence, MA Fire Department passed away on November 17th. He has 3 sons that are on the job in Lawrence.
Retired- Acting Chief Dennis Currier, retired Noorth Andover, MA Fire Department passed away on November 17th.
Retired- Old Town, ME Retired Assistant Chief Joseph A. St. Louis passed away at the age of 83.
LODD- Lieutenant James C. Goodman, 52, of the Nedrow, NY Volunteer Fire Department passed away after being found unresponsive in the department's exercise room.
Retired- Exeter, NH retired Firefighter Wayne Raymond passed away at the age of 77 following a battle with cancer.
Retired- Manchester, CT Retired Firefighter Charles Genovese, 76, passed away on October 28th.
LODD- Fox Twp, PA Firefighter Blaine “Skeeter” Wildnauer Jr. collapsed of an apparent heart attack while working a motor vehicle accident and passed away.
Retired- Barrington, RI retired Deputy Chief Joseph A. Lombardi passed away at the age of 84.
LODD- Sycamore Twp, OH Lieutenant James M. Hill, 52, passed away in his sleep within 24 hours of going home after his shift.
Retired- Misquamicut, RI retired Fire Chief Peter Kaschuluk passed away at the age of 64.
Retired- Firefighter Merrill Marshall, Retired Tewksbury MA FD, passed away this week.
LODD- Fire/Police Captain David Barr Sr., 65, of the Community Fire Company in MD was killed while directing traffic at a crash scene on October 25th.
LODD- Whitley City, KY Lieutenant Arlie “Pooh” Hill III, 37, died from injuries received in a flashover.
Active- Farmington, NH Lieutenant Scott Norton, 55, passed away from cancer.
LODD- Oden Ridge, AL Volunteer Firefighter Jantzen M. Frazier, 28, was killed when the fire engine he was driving overturned while responding to a fire call on 10/17.
LODD- LeRoy Murphy, 56, of the Englewood, OH Fire Department fell ill while conducting training and passed away at the hospital.
Retired- Hampstead, NH Retired Fire Chief Alfred H. Brickett, 86, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013.
Retired- Paul F. O'Brien, a retired Boston Fire Lieutenant, passed away on October 20th at the age of 87. He was a recipient of the Walter Scott Medal for Valor.
Active- Lieutenant Jacob G. Weber of the Barnstead, NH Fire Department passed away on October 22, 2013.
Retired- Firefighter James Regan, Retired Stoneham Mass Fire Department, passed away at the age of 83.
Active- Firefighter/Engineer Timothy J. Bergeron of the Winooski, VT Fire Deparment passed away at the age of 45.
Active- Middletown South District, CT Firefighter Michael Osiecki suffered a medical emergency on Sunday 10/13/13 and subsequently passed away. Mike also served in the United States Marine Corps, was President of Local 3918, served on various committees for the Uniformed Professional Firefighters Association and CT AFL-CIO and was also a councilor for the CT Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Team.
LODD- New Hanover County, NC Captain David Heath, 48, passed away after collapsing at a training exercise.
Active- Surry, ME Volunteer Firefighter Richard "Dickie" Mulhern passed away on 10/13 from cancer. He was 62.
LODD- Custer, MI Fire Chief John Allison died October 15th of an apparent cardiac related problem. He became ill on October 8th after responding to a trailer fire and was admitted to the hospital for several days. He then suffered another episode at his home.
Retired- Chief Howard Anderson, retired Onset Mass Fire Department, passed away last week at the age of 58.
Retired- Chief John E. Unsworth, Sr., retired East Providence RI Fire Department, passed away at the age of 88.
LODD- Boise, ID BLM Smokejumper Mark T. Urban, 40, died in a training accident.
LODD- Milan, TN Captain Richard Floersch, 56, passed away after suffering an apparent heart attack in the firehouse.
Retired- Norwood, MA Retired Firefighter Faye McDonough, 55, passed away this week. She was the first woman firefighter in Massachusetts appointed by Civil Service on October 1st, 1982.
Retired- Woburn, MA Retired Firefighter Joseph S. Dwyer Sr., 85, passed away on Septempter 11th.
Retired- Woburn, MA Retired Firefighter Edward P. Peary Sr. passed away on September 16th.
Active Duty- EMT Marcus Jerome of Boston EMS passed away from injuries received during a motor vehicle accident on September 21st.
LODD- Hillsborough County, FL Firefighter Iran D. Rivers, 49, was found deceased at the fire station. He had assisted on a medical call earlier in the shift.
Retired- Stoneham, MA Retired Firefighter Robert O'Melia passed away this week.
Active- Trumbull, CT Firefighter Frederick G. Schalich, 27, was killed in an automobile accident.
Retired- Cheshire, CT Retired Fire Marshal James "Sparky" Doherty, 95, passed away.
LODD- Firefighter Token Adams, 41, of the U.S. Forest Service was found dead after being reported missing while at a forest fire in NM. He was alone when he crashed his ATV while checking on a report of smoke.
Retired- Boston Retired District Chief Edward T. Saniuk passed away.
Chillicothe, MO Assistant Chief Joe Darr, 62, has passed away after becoming unresponsive while at the station last month.
LODD- Clearwater Township, MI Lieutenant Jim Fellows, 45, died about 10 hours after he participated in a rescue.
Active- Cambridge, MA Firefighter Kevin O'Boyle passed away this week.
Retired- Towsend, MA Retired Firefighter Roy Shepherd, 79, passed away after an accident involving an ATV.
LODD- Oscar Montano-Garcia, 50, a contract Firefighter with the U.S Forestry Service, was stricken by an unknown illness Sunday 8/25 evening while battling the Nabob wildfire in California.
Retired- Paul Frederick Cook, retired Boston Fire Chief, passed away at the age of 89.
LODD- Los Angeles City Fire Captain/Paramedic Matthew G. McKnight, 51, was found unresponsive inside the LAFD Metropolitan Fire Communications Center.
LODD- Brownsville, TX Pump Operator/Engineer Juan Pablo Casanova, 53, suffered a heart attack and died while on duty at a fire station this past weekend.
Retired- Reading, MA Retired Deputy Chief Victor H. Cail passed away last week.
LODD- Jesse Trader, 19, of Portland, OR was killed when a tanker truck rolled over responding to a wildfire. He was part of a college firefighter training program.
LODD- Marshfield, MO Lieutenant Matthew Blankenship died from injuries received fighting a building fire.
LODD- Loris, SC Assistant Chief Rodney Hardee, 66, passed away after suffering a medical emergency following a brush fire.
LODD- Firefighter David Brier of the Middleborough, MA Fire Department.
Retired- Firefighter David Savage, Retired Lexington Mass FD, passed away.
Active- Julie Nichols of Boston, MA EMS passed away over the weekend from cancer.
Retired- Lieutenant John Baudin, Retired Worcester Mass Fire Department, passed away on July 14 at home. John was also a longtime employee at the Mass Fire Academy.
LODD- Dozer Operator Dennis Long, of Clarkston ID, died from an apparent heart attack while operating the dozer at a wildfire.
Active EMS- Paramedic Joseph "Joey" Guilmette of Action Ambulance (MA) experienced a medical emergency and passed away while on duty on July 4th. He also worked for Stat Ambulance. Joseph leaves behind a wife and 3 young kids.
LODD- Firefighter John Austin of the Quincy, MA Fire Department suffered a medical emergency and passed away while on the way to a call.
LODD- Greenfield, MS Fire Chief Mickey Yates was ejected from his vehicle and killed while responding to an emergency call.
LODD- Firefighter/Paramedic Christopher Douglas of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection was struck and killed while working at a motor vehicle accident.
LODD- 19 Firefighters in Prescott, AZ were killed on 6/30/13 while battling a wildfire.
Retired- Goodwin Mills, ME retired Captain Steve Dupras passed away on June 26th. He was also an assistant coordinator with York county chiefs association fire academy.
LODD- Cranston, RI Lieutenant Craig "Bishop" Feeney has passed away from occupational cancer.
Retired- Peabody, MA Retired Deputy Chief Anthony Koutzoukis passed away June 18th at the age of 88. He served the city for 32 years before his retirement.
LODD- Firefighter Tony Barker, 36, of the Mountain View, NC Fire Department died from injuries received after being electrocuted at a fire scene.
LODD- Firefighter Thomas Burley, 20, of the Youngstown, NY Vol Fire Department was killed in a motor vehicle crash while driving his personal vehicle after he left a training evolution.
LODD- Firefighter Jerry Vaughn of the Plymouth, MA Fire Department passed away this week from Occupational Cancer.
LODD- Firefighter Katrina Sims, 24, of the Atlanta, GA Fire Department was found dead in the fire station. Authorities are investigating and preliminary reports state this is a suspected suicide.
LODD- Assistant Chief Ed Vanner, 58, of the RI Air National Guard Airport Crash Rescue at Quonset passed away while on duty at the fire station on 6/17/13.
Active Duty- Newbury, NH Lieutenant Chris Palmer passed away from cancer at the age of 27.
Retired- Cambridge, MA Retired Fire Chief Kevin Fitzgerald passed away.
Retired- Worcester, MA Retired District Fire Chief Clifton J. DeCourcy, 61, died Saturday after a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis. He had retired on June 1st due to his illness.
Retired- Walpole, MA Retired Fire Chief Leonard Anderson has passed away.
LODD- Firefighter Luke Sheehy, 28, of the U.S. Forest Service was killed battling a wildfire in the Modoc National Forest in California.
Retired- Winsted, CT former Fire Chief Larry Hurlbut passed away at the age of 94.
Active Duty- Deputy Fire Chief Charles A. Crowley of the Chelsea, MA Fire Department passed away.
Retired- Greenfield, MA Retired Fire Chief Clayton D. (Ducky) Cromack, 91, passed away Sunday, May 26, 2013.
LODD- Houston, TX- four firefighters were killed while battling a structure fire. Captain Matthew Renaud, Firefighter/Engineer Robert Bebee, Firefighter Robert Garner and Firefighter Anne Sullivan all made the ultimate sacrifice on May 31st.
Active Duty- Paramedic Mark Hannon - Armstrong EMS (MASS). Passed away on May 27, 2013 at the age of 29 after a lengthy illness.
LODD- Woburn, MA Lieutenant Chris Haney passed away from occupational cancer.
LODD- Dallas, TX Firefighter Stanley Wilson was killed in a building collapse while fighting a fire.
LODD- Phoenix, AZ Firefighter Bradley Harper, 23, died from injuries received from being pinned in between two fire trucks.
Active- Paul L. Gagnon, 49, of Cumberland, passed away from cancer on Sunday, April 28, 2013. He was employed as a fire department dispatcher for the Town of West Warwick for the past 7 years, and was a retired firefighter for the Central Falls Fire Department. He was a member of the RI Professional Firefighters Pipes and Drums Band, and the American Firefighters Motorcycle Club.
Retired- John J. Botello, Sr., 66, passed away on Monday, May 13, 2013. John was a firefighter for the West Warwick Fire Department for twenty-three years until retiring in 1993 as the Assistant Director of Communications. John’s son John Jr. is a brother with the WWFD.
Retired- Edwin J. Hoxsie JR.,. Fire Chief Emeritus of the West Greenwich #1 fire dept, age 91, passed away on Saturday, May 11, 2013. Chief Hoxsie was a charter member of the WG #1 and dedicated over 61 years of service to the Fire Co., whereas for over 35 years, he served as Chief. He also served on the Board of Directors for the RI Association of Fire Chiefs, He was the father of retired Fire Chief Edwin J. Hoxsie III of Stanford, NY and Chief Brian R. Hoxsie (currently Chief of West Greenwich Fire Co.#1, former Chief of the Washington Fire Dept and later Battalion Chief of the Central Coventry Fire Dept) Think firefighting runs in the family!?
Retired- Former Watertown, MA Deputy Fire Chief Michael Nicholson passed away on May 11 at age 57 from occupational cancer.
LODD- Tacoma, WA Firefighter Albert A. Nejmeh, 59, passed away from an apparent heart attack while rendering aid at a medical call.
LODD- Springfield, AL VFD Assistant Fire Chief Stanley Martin Jr., 71, collapsed and died at a fire scene.
Retired- Scarborough, ME retired Firefighter Marilyn Nelson, 82, passed away. She was Scarborough's first female firefighter.
LODD- New Mexico Wildland Firefighter Daniel Davidson, 26, collapsed and died while fighting a wildland fire.
LODD- Westland, MI Firefighter Brian Woehlke, 29, was killed when he was caught in the collapse of a 1 Sty Strip Mall on 5/8/13. FF Woehlke had only been on the job for 1 year.
Retired- Plaistow, NH Retired Fire Chief Don Petzold passed away on Sunday April 28th.
LODD- Loganville, PA Fire Chief Rodney P. Miller was struck by a motorvehicle and killed while working at an accident scene.
Active- West Warwick, RI Fire Dispatcher Paul Gagnon passed away after fighting a battle with cancer. He also had previously served the Central Falls Fire Department.
LODD- Oak Ridge, AL Firefighter Dale S. Queen, 37, fell ill while working at a search scene and later passed away at the hospital.
LODD- Firefighter Gene Kirchner, 24, of the Reisterstown, MD Volunteer Fire CO passed away from injuries received while fighting a house fire. Firefighter Kirchner called a mayday while searching for a victim and was carried out of the home unconscious by his fellow firefighters.
LODD- Captain Bill Hall of the Central Coventry, RI Fire Dept has passed after battling occupational cancer.
Police LODD- MIT Police Officer Sean Collier was killed in the line of duty on 4/18/13 when he was gunned down in his cruiser.
Condolences to contributor and retired Hartford Firefighter Pat Dooley. His father Marty passed away.
LODD- West Union, IL Firefighter Lance Stone, 37, died in an MVA while responding to an incident.
LODD- Fire Chief Martin Walsh of the Kennetcook Station, East Hants County Fire, Nova Scotia, Canada died in the line of duty of a medical emergency while operating at the scene of a structure fire.
LODD- Binghamton, NY Firefighter/Paramedic John Janos, 57, was found dead in his bunk Saturday 4/6/13.
LODD- Philadelphia, PA Captain Michael Goodwin, 53, was killed while fighting a structure fire when the area he was in collapsed.
LODD- Fort Osage Fire Protection District, MO Assistant Chief Harold Hollingsworth was killed in an accident while responding to an incident.
LODD- Lieutenant James Clark of the Bedford, NH Fire Department passed away suddenly on April 11th.
Box 52 Member- The Board of Directors regrets to announce the death of Exempt Member Fred Thumith, who passed away peacefully at his home. He was accepted into membership on March 18, 1983.
Retired- Thomas Ryzewski of Webster, MA passed away at the age of 66. He was an original organizer of the Civil Defense and Rescue Squad serving as chief for many years, was an Auxiliary Police Officer, an EMT (said to have been one of the first in the country) and was a high school teacher for over 30 years.
Retired- Webster, MA retired Firefighter Edward J. Kokocinski passed away at the age of 81.
LODD- Firefighter Edward Seman of the Worcester, MA Fire Department passed away this week from occupational cancer.
LODD- Firefighter Jeff Scheuerer, 35, of the NJ Forest Fire Service was struck and killed by a motor vehicle during a controlled burn.
LODD- Firefighter Michael Louis Broz, 58, of the Ridgeville, SC Fire Department died of injuries received in an accident responding to a forest fire.
LODD- Captain George A. Turner Jr. of the Trident, NY Engine Company 3 passed away after suffering a medical emergency while responding to a call.
LODD- Marietta, GA Firefighter Lonnie Lee Nutt, 49, passed away after suffering a medical emergency while working at an incident.
LODD- Chief Scott Morrison of the Knotts Island, NC Fire Department passed away after taking ill while battling a brush fire.
LODD- Zionsville, IN Firefighter/Paramedic Cody Richardson, 26, was found unresponsive Monday not long after his shift ended. Efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.
LODD- League City, TX Firefighter Donald Mize, 62, passed away after becoming ill at a training evolution.
LODD- Diligence, PA Fire Police Officer Claudia Sokol died Friday while directing traffic at a collision.
LODD- Vol Firefighter David Schnepp, 43, with the Carter's Valley, TN Fire Department passed away after working at a brush fire.
LODD- Firefighter Nate Fruin, 22, of the Mattawan, MI Fire District passed away after suffering a medical emergency on the way to a fire scene.
LODD- Bryan, TX Lieutenant Eric Wallace(36) and Lieutenant Gregory Pickard (54) were killed while fighting a structure fire.
LODD- Private Timothy C. McCormick (24) and Specialist Paramedic Cody Medley (22) of Indianapolis, IN EMS died in a crash involving their ambulance.
Active Vol- Ashby, MA Firefighter/EMT Michelle Martens, 36, and her son Auxiliary Firefighter Justin J. Fournier, 16, passed away from injuries received in a motor vehicle accident.
LOOD- Firefighter Paul Chippendale of the Fall River, MA FD passed away on Sunday 2/11 from Occupational Cancer.
ACTIVE- Firefighter Patrick E. Germain ,60, of the Worcester, MA FD died on February 9, 2013 after collapsing shoveling snow.
Active- Stoddard, NH Captain Shannon Sarcione, 39, died in a logging accident on Monday 2/4.
Active- Wallingford, CT Firefighter Rick Garrison passed away of cancer.
Active- Springfield, MA Firefighter Kenneth Murray, 23, died from injuries received in an off duty car accident.
LODD- Natick, MA Firefighter Joseph Slattery passed away from occupational cancer.
LODD- Firefighter Jonathan W. Burgess of the South Alabama Regional Airport Fire Department in Andalusia, AL died of an apparant heart attack while on duty.
LODD- Firefighter Matthew Porcari of the Owego, NY Fire Department was killed while fighting a fire when the floor he was on collapsed.
William (Billy) Miller, Master Mechanic of the Wellesley, MA FD passed away Tuesday morning driving to work from a apparent heart attack. Bill was also the president of New England Fire Apparatus Maintenance Association and a certified master EVT mechanic.
Active- Fire Chief Kenneth "Stump" Flagg Jr., 59, of the Carthage, ME Fire Department passed away unexpectedly on January 21st.
Retired- Cohasset, MA Deputy Fire Chief Thomas Hernan passed away at the age of 87.
Honorable Mention- Box 52 Member Keith Flaherty's mother Ruth passed away. She was widow of the late Edward J. Flaherty, a retired Captain from Everett who passed away in 1980.