NORTHEAST FIRENEWS
2016 HONOR ROLL OF THOSE THAT HAVE PASSED AWAY




2016 WITHIN NEW ENGLAND DEATH NOTICES

LODD- Worcester, MA EMS Paramedic John Lynch passed away on December 5th after a long battle with job-acquired Hep-C, which he contracted from a bite from an infected patient in the 1980's.

York Beach, ME Vol Firefighter Samuel Horn, 66, passed away after suffering an apparent heart attack. He served as Assistant Chief prior to retiring in 2003.

Former Bethel, CT Fire Marshal and Stony Hill, CT Vol Firefighter John "Jack" Dietter passed away at the age of 83.

Retired Fairfield, CT Firefighter Don Switser passed away at the age of 83.

Retired Nashua, NH Firefighter Arthur “Arty” Paine passed away at the age of 64.

Brattleboro, VT Retired Fire Chief T. Howard Mattison passed away.

Saco, ME Retired Deputy Fire Chief Armand E. Paquette passed away at the age of 94.

The Hampton, NH Fire & Rescue Department unfortunately lost retired Fire Alarm Supervisor William (Mique) Murray, the father of Lieutenant Sean Murray. Mique was the one the set the standard in Fire Alarm Operator operations in the Seacoast and the Seacoast was always in a better and secure place with Mique on duty. He will be sadly missed by his family friends and all members of the Fire Service who knew him and his passion of the Fire Service.

Retired Glastonbury, CT Captain Joseph John Jiovo, 69, passed away on October 14.

Retired Cranston, RI Deputy Chief Peter DiPiro passed away at the age of 98.

Retired Rochester, NH Firefighter Tim Kenaley, 64, passed away on October 11th.

Retired Hanscom AFB, Mass Fire Department Captain, George E.Caterino, passed away October 1st at the age of 84. George was also a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

Retired Manchester, NH Fire Chief Joseph Kane passed away at the age of 67.

Active Duty Hanover, Mass Firefighter Greg Hawes passed away.

Sherman, CT Firefighter Mario Luis, 51, passed after from injuries received in a motor vehicle accident.

Madison, CT former Firefighter Amanda Bernier, 32, passed away after a 2 1/2 year battle with ALS.

Long time New England Fire Apparatus photographer Bill Seward passed away on August 19th.

LODD- Active Duty Chelsea, MA Firefighter Pete Kannler passed away after a battle with occupational cancer.

Longtime Plaistow, NH Firefighter Gary Carbonneau, 62, passed away on August 31st after suffering a medical emergency.

Lincoln, NH Captain Steven M. Bomba, 25, passed away from injuries received in an automobile accident.

Retired Lawrence, MA Firefighter Alfred R. DiGrazia passed away.

Retired Wakefield, MA Firefighter Raymond Pitts passed away at the age of 73.

Retired Portland, ME Firefighter Robert "Bob" Leeman passed away at the age of 79.

LODD- Justin Bebee, a Lolo hotshot firefighter from Vermont, was struck by a tree and killed while battling a wildfire in Nevada.

Stratford, Connecticut- Dispatcher Laura Price, 35, was killed in an automobile accident on August 8th.

Active Dixfield, ME Firefighter Robert Riley Jr passed away.

Retired Derry, NH Captain James Cassidy, 73, passed away.

Retired Jamestown, RI Fire Chief Prescott E. Froberg passed away at the age of 80.

Retired Ware, MA Deputy Chief Daniel Danitis passed away.

Rudolph Holmberg passed away on August 1st at the age of 89. Rudy was a past member of the Connecticut Valley Hospital Fire Department, the South Farms Fire Department (now the South Fire District), and served the City of Middletown as the District Forest Fire Warden and as the Assistant Director of the Office of Emergency Management.

LODD- Orford, NH Firefighter Charles Waterbury collapsed and died while fighting a brush fire.

East Granby, CT Fire Chief Peter Ahlstrin was killed in a car crash on July 14th.

Retired Malden, MA Chief Roy A. Nickerson passed away on July 20th.

Retired Peterborough, NH Firefighter Jim Grant passed away at the age of 74.

Active Duty Providence, RI Liutenant Joseph Vinacco, 46, passed away from cancer.

Stoneham, MA Firefighter David Atherton, 23, was killed in an accident with a firearm.

Retired Peterborough, NH Firefighter Alfred L. Whitney, 76, passed away.

Middletown, CT Dispatcher Jeff Gifford passed away on June 20th.

Hooksett, NH Captain Daniel Pesula passed away on June 21st from cancer.

Monroe, CT Volunteer Firefighter Forrest Ryan, 24, was killed in a motorcycle accident.

New Hampton, NH Firefighter Doug Clement passed away while on the job.

Peabody, MA Dispatcher Neil Citroni passed away. He has worked at a number of public safety departments including Baystate Ambulance, Nahant Police and Stoneham Dispatch.

LODD- Boston, MA Firefighter Mark Matthews passed away from occupational cancer.

Action Ambulance (Mass) Supervisor Scott Cummings passed away after a lenghty illness.

Retired Auburn, MA Fire Chief Roger Bellhumuer passed away.

Police LODD- Auburn, MA Police Officer Ronald Tarentino was shot and killed in the line of duty on May 22nd.

Retired Mattapoissett, MA Fire Chief Donald C. Wood passed away on May 22nd.

Active Duty Chelsea, MA Police Patrolman John Bruttaniti, 41, was killed in an off duty motorcycle accident. Prior to becoming a police officer, Patrolman Bruttaniti served with the Chelsea Fire Deprtment for 3 years. He was also a combat veteran.

Active Duty Hampton, NH Firefighter/Paramedic Kyle Jameson passed away from cancer.

Active Duty Bridgeport, CT Firefighter Jimmie Jones was killed in an off duty automobile crash.

LODD- Georgia, VT Vol Firefighter Steven Lapierre, 58, passed away after suffering a heart attack while fighting a brush fire.

Retired Lawrence, MA Firefighter Joseph Michael Grassis passed away at the age of 69.

LODD- Kenly, NC John Morris Davis Jr passed away after suffering a heart attack while working at an accident scene.

Retired Lynn, MA Captain Alan D. Downey, 70, passed away on April 30th.

Harrison, ME former Fire Chief Anthony "Tony" Hazelton, 66, passed away on April 20th.

Walpole, MA Active Duty Firefighter Ryan Ferreira, 33, passed away after suffering a medical emergency.

The Newburyport, MA Fire Department regrets to announce the Line of Duty Death of Firefigher Anthony Raven.

Retired Shaker Pines (Enfield, CT) Fire Chief Raymond M. Aiken passed away on April 1st.

Retired Newburyport, MA Fire Chief John F. Cutter lll passed away on April 12th. He is the father of retired Newburyport Fire Chief Steven Cutter, who is now Assistant Chief in Sanford , Maine. He also has two other sons Jeff and John that are firefighters in Newburyport.

Retired Stamford, CT Captain Salvatore Salatino passed away.

Condolences to my good friend and owner of MassFireTrucks.com Michael Boynton on the loss of his father Harold F. Boynton Jr.

LODD- Newton, MA Assistant Chief Paul Chagnon lost his battle with occupational cancer on March 25, 2016 at age 60.

Lyndeborough, NH Vol Firefighter Derek Lankowski, 31, was killed in Weare on March 29th when high winds brought a tree down on his pickup truck while driving.

Middletown, CT Fire Chaplain Reverand Ed Goetz passed away after battling cancer.

Boston MedFlight- CEO and Medical Director Dr. Suzanne Wedel has passed away.

Millbury, MA Firefighter Christopher Dalton, 52, passed away on March 10th.

Police LODD- Massachusetts State Trooper Thomas Clardy was killed after his cruiser was struck on the Mass Pike while on a routine traffic stop.

The Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts regret to announce the death of former PFFM staff member, Sean Curtis. Sean, 30, is also the nephew of IAFF 3rd District VP and PFFM Secretary-Treasurer Jay Colbert, and Brother of Michael Curtis PFFM part-time staff member and Somerville Firefighter.

Retired Old Lyme, CT Ambulance Volunteer Norman Emerson, 90, passed away from injuries received in a car accident.

Long time Gorham, NH Vol Firefighter Robert P. "Chuckie" Cote has passed away at the age of 81. He had served with the department for over 62 years.

Retired Portland, Maine Firefighter John Hanlon Sr passed away on March 4th at the age of 82.

Retired Stamford, CT Firefighter David L. Roberts passed away at the age of 79.

Active Duty Boston Firefighter Francisco Centeino passed away.

LODD- East Millinocket, ME Captain Peter Larlee suffered a medical emergency after returning from a run and passed away from the event.

Retired Ashby, MA Firefighter and Fitchburg FEMA member Gerald "Donny" Phelan has passed away.

Retired Boston Fire Superintendent of Maintainence Joe Roper passed away at age 99.

Hampton Falls, NH Volunteer Firefighter Eric Tatarinowicz, 30, was killed in a snowmobile accident.

Former Derby, CT Fire Chief James J. Butler, 50, has passed away.

Retired Berlin, MA Fire Chief and Mass State Trooper Robert L. Tervo passed away.

Retired Newton, MA Firefighter James R. Murphy, Jr, 88, passed away on February 9th.

Retired East Granby, CT Firefighter Al Antiuk has passed away.

Sterling, Mass Retired Deputy Chief Richard Farrar passed away.

Hudson, NH Executive Secretary Jennifer Riel passed away.

Marlborough, MA Retired Deputy Fire Chief Robert L. Rennie passed away on January 26th.

Henry Isenberg, a founding member of the Forest Fire Lookout Association Maine Chapter, has passed away.

Retired Marion, Mass Deputy Chief Peter Robertson passed away on January 7th.

East Baldwin, Maine Fire Chief Jeffrey A. Douglass, 54, passed away from cancer on January 9th.

IAFF 3rd District Vice President and retired Boston Firefighter A. Michael Mullane passed away on January 1st.



2016 OUT OF NEW ENGLAND DEATH NOTICES

LODD- Otsego County, MI Firefighter Thomas G. Walker, 70, passed away after responding to a call.

LODD- Vernon Vol Fire Co, NY Fire-Police Captain Merle L. Nell, 78, passed away after becoming ill at an emergency scene.

LODD- Wilmington, DE Firefighter Ardythe Hope passed away from injuries received at a fire on September 24th. Firefighter Hope is the 3rd firefighter to succumb from injuries received at that fire. She had burns to over 70 percent of her body.

LODD- Savannah, GA Firefighter Michael Curry passed away after suffering a medical emergency at an incident.

West Milford, NJ Vol Firefighter Alfred A. Stewart, 79, passed away after suffering a medical emergency while performing maintenance at the fire station.

LODD- Brookston Prairie Township, IN Fire Chief Michael Payne, 58, died after collapsing at the scene of a truck fire.

LODD- Evesham, NJ Vol Firefighter Joseph Bichler, 66, passed away from a medical emergency after responding to two calls.

LODD- Oneida, WI Vol Firefighter John C. Brocker, 66, passed away after collapsing at a motor vehicle accident.

LODD- Defense Supply Center (Columbus, OH) Firefighter Adam Long, 44, passed away after suffering a medical emergency while on duty.

LODD- North Las Vegas, NV Captain Yaphet Miller, 43, passed away from a medical emergency after working a 3-alarm fire.

LODD- Wilmington, DE Lieutenant Christopher Leach, 41, and Senior Firefighter Jerry Fickes, 51, were killed in a structural collapse.

LODD- West County, MO Firefighter/Paramedic Sean McMullin, 46, passed away after being found unresponsive in the fire station.

LODD- FDNY Deputy Chief Michael Fahy was killed in an explosion at a building fire.

LODD- Manasquan, NJ Chief Engineer Daniel McCann III passed away after returning home from a training evolution.

LODD- Ventura County, CA Fire Engineer Ryan Osler, 38, died when the apparatus he was in rolled over.

LODD- North Belle Vernon, PA Firefighter Charles E. Horan, 61, passed away from injuries received when he fell off a roof.

LODD- Meriden, MS Firefighter Firefighter Eric Gustafson, 40, was killed in an MVA involving the apparatus he ws driving.

LODD- Dakota City, NE Firefighter Lowell Satterwhite, 67, passed away from a heart attack 12 hours after responding to a call.

LODD- Beartown Fire (Baraga, MI) Firefighters Alan J. Swartz, 25, and James F. Shelifoe, 23, were killed when the wildland vehicle they was involved in a crash.

LODD- St. John the Baptist Fire Dist, LA District Chief Spencer Chauvin, 36, was killed after he was struck on an interstate working at an accident scene.

LODD- U.S. Forestry Service Engine Operator Ian Howard, 36, was found dead while operating at a wildfire. A cause has not yet been determined.

LODD- Oceanside, NY Firefighter Keith Lane, 53, passed away from a medical emergency after responding to a motor vehicle accident.

LODD- Audubon, NJ Assistant Chief Paul Price Sr, 63, passed away from a heart attack after responding to a call.

LODD- Green Township, MO Firefighter Ed Cosgrove collapsed and died of an apparent heart attack while working at a fire scene.

LODD- Philadelphia, PA Firefighter Gabriel Lee, 42, suffered a medical emergency while working out alone at the gym in the fire station. He was later found and pronounced dead.

LODD- Tioga Bureau of Fire, NY Coordinator John Scott, 71, was working on a tower when a vehicle backed up, struck him and killed him.

LODD- Clermont, FL Firefighter Joseph T. DeMarinis, 32, fell ill just following his shift. He went to the hospital where he went into cardiac arrest and passed away.

LODD- Montreal, WI Assistant Chief Mitch Koski, 56, drowned while trying to assist civilians during a flash flood.

LODD- Hoyt, KS Firefighter Michael Schultz, 47, was killed when the tanker fire truck he was driving blew a tire and rolled over.

LODD- Plainview, AR Firefighter Lance Crawford, 50, was killed when the tanker truck he was driving rolled over.

LODD- Lewes, DE Firefighter Tim McClanahan, 46, was killed when he fell out of a helicopter during training.

LODD- Freeport Rural Fire Protection District, IL Captain Eric Kohlbauer, 52, fell forward into a dump tank during training and was unable to be revived.

LODD- Dakota City, NE Captain Eric Speck, 38, suffered a fatal heart attack after responding to a call.

LODD- Garrettford-Drexel Hill, PA Deputy Chief Michael Morgan, 48, passed away after suffering a stroke while at the firehouse.

LODD- Harrison Township, MI Lieutenant Andrew 'Moose' Russell passed away during surgery for an injury to his shoulder he received while on the job.

LODD- Austintown, OH Firefighter John Fritz, 48, passed away while in his bunk at the fire station.

LODD- Lincoln County, NC Firefighter Joshua Warren, 34, collapsed while working out on duty and was not able to be revived.

LODD- Honolulu, HI Firefighter Clifford Rigsbee, 63, died from injuries received in a water rescue training evolution.

Hugo, NC Firefighter Prentice 'Jay' Tyndall, 45, passed away after suffering a stroke within 24 hours of responding to a call.

Captain Bradley Long, 28, of the Sherrills Ford-Terrell, NC Fire Department died during a dive rescue operation.

LODD- Sag Harbor, NY (Long Island) Firefighter Theodore A. Stafford, 73, passed away after suffering a medical emergency after responding to a call.

LODD- Houston, TX Cadet Steven Whitfield II, 32, collapsed during training and rescue efforts were unsuccessful.

LODD- Lynn, AL Vol Firefighter Charles M. Tucker, 56, died in an automobile crash while returning home in his personal vehicle following an incident.

LODD- Dallas, TX Firefighter Marco Davila fell ill shortly after going home from his shift and passed away.

LODD- Eagle Fire Company, PA Firefighter Earl J. Shoemaker, 68, passed away after the rescue vehicle he was driving drove off the road.

Coast Guard LODD- Petty Officer Scott Chism and Seaman Chris Ferreby died from injuries received when their 21' boat capsized in rough waters in New York. The other 2 crewmen are hospitalized with hypothermia.

LODD- Shawna Lynn Jones, 22, an inmate firefighter with the California Department of Corrections was killed when struck by a boulder while helping to extinguish a brush fire.

Gong Club Life Member and well known fire buff Ira Rubin passed away on March 3rd in Jersey City, NJ.

Evergreen, PA Volunteer Firefighter Danielle Kappeler, 18, passed away after developing an infection while waiting for a liver transplant donor.

Kaw Township, KS Assistant Chief Daniel F. Cool, 71, passed away shortly after responding to an emergency call and attending a training meeting.

Bakertown, NC Firefighter James R. Varnell, 53, passed away after falling ill at the conclusion of a training event.

LODD- Middletown, OH Firefighter Scott D. Bruggeman passed away on January 18th from complications related to a heart attack suffered on duty on March 18, 2014.

LODD- North Little Rock, AK Lieutenant Jason Adams, 29, was shot and killed while on an EMS call. The shooter was coming out of a seizure and may have thought Lt Adams was an intruder.

LODD- Oak Park, IL Firefighter Kenneth K. Harris, 56, suffered a fatal heart attack after responding to a number of calls.

LODD- Fremont County, WY Fire Protection District Deputy Chief Clarence “Speed” Hartbank passed away after suffering a medical emergency at a grass fire.

LODD- Spring Arbor Township, MI Firefighter Charles C. Adams Jr., 47, fell unconscious during a search and rescue exercise on January 2nd and passed away at the hospital.

LODD- Prince George's County, MD Firefighter/Paramedic John "Skillet" Ulmschneider, 37, was shot and killed while on an EMS call. Morningside Vol Fire Co Firefighter Kevin Swain, 19, was also shot and was listed as being in serious condition.

LODD- Memphis, TN Lieutenant Rodney Eddins, 57, passed away after collapsing during overhaul operatiions at a fire scene.




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