NORTHEAST FIRENEWS
2020 HONOR ROLL OF THOSE THAT HAVE PASSED AWAY




2020 WITHIN NEW ENGLAND DEATH NOTICES

Retired Burlington, VT Fire Chief and Concord, NH Fire Chief John M. Dionne, 77, passed away on February 10th. He also was a captain with FDNY and served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Active Duty Manchester, NH Firefighter Mason P. Murphy, 25, passed away unexpectedly on February 16th.

Retired Everett, MA Fire Chief David Butler, 65, passed away on February 19th after a long battle with cancer.

Wilton, NH Volunteer Firefighter John A. Jowders, 56, passed away on February 11th.

Retired Auburn, Mass Call Lieutenant John R. Willis, 76, passed away on February 16th.

Echo Hose Hook & Ladder (Shelton, CT) Captain Joseph Kunzik passed away on February 17th at the age of 61.

Retired New Haven, CT Fire Commissioner William Celentano Jr. passed away at the age of 81.

Past International Association of Fire Buffs President Bill Celentano passed away on February 11th. Bill was also IFBA Vice President at Large, President of Box 22 out of New Haven, and the IFBA Fire Buff of the Year in 2001.

Cranston, RI active duty Captain Greg Coleman passed away on February 10th from occupational cancer.

Portland, CT longtime firefighter Richard W. Basso passed away on February 7th at the age of 63.

Retired Canton, MA Firefighter Andrew T. Johnson passed away at the age of 97. He was a veteran of the Battle of the Bulge in World War II.

Malden, MA Emergency Center Chief and Correction Officer Chris Acres passed away on January 29th.

Retired Mechanic Falls, ME Firefighter Gregory S. Herrick passed away Februbary 1st at the age of 73.

LODD- Pease Air Force Base (NH) Firefighter Michael J. Galimberti, 50, passed away from occupational cancer.

LODD- New Bedford, MA Firefighter Russ Horn passed away from occupational cancer.

East Montpelier, VT Volunteer Firefighter Bill George, 68, died unexpectedly on January 3rd.

LODD- Weymouth, MA Firefighter Christopher Still passed away from occupational cancer.

Active Duty- Lieutenant Jeffrey King of the Haverhill, MA Fire Department passed away unexpectedly. He was an Air Force Veteran and also served with the Amesbury Fire Department as well as Trinity Ambulance.

LODD- Orange, CT Fire Marshal Timothy Smith, 56, passed away from injuries received in a motor vehicle accident after he left the scene of an investigation on January 19th.

Retired Medford, MA Firefighter Robert W. Minichiello passed away on January 8th.

Retired Lawrence, MA Firefighter Raymond N Pelletier, 88, passed away on January 2nd. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served during the Korean War.

Rutland Town, VT Retired Assistant Fire Chief Bruce E. Egan, 72, passed away.

Somerset, MA Fire Chief Scott Jepson passed away suddenly on January 2nd at the age of 54.

Retired Boxborough, MA Firefighter Robert F. "Bo" Sokolowski, 59, passed away unexpectedly on January 3rd.

Retired Stamford, CT Firefighter Michael "Mickey" Bruce Coppola passed away at the age of 89 on December 22, 2019.



2020 OUT OF NEW ENGLAND LINE OF DUTY DEATH NOTICES

LODD- Porterville, CA Captain Raymond Figueroa, 35, was killed battling a fire at the city library. The fire is believed to be intentionally set.

LODD- Fort Hancock, TX Fire Chief Manuel Galindo Jr., 71, was ejected from the apparatus after it unexpectedly veered off the road on February 12th.

LODD- Spring Lake, NC Firefighter Corbin Rogers, 20, died on January 31st in a vehicle accident while returning from a ladder training class.

LODD- Willow, AK Volunteer Firefighter Roger DeLongchamp, 66, was found uncounscious behind the wheel of a department vehicle on January 18th while waiting for other firefighters to arrive to respond to a call. Despite quick resuscitation efforts, he was unable to be revived.

LODD- Roswell, GA Firefighter John Kevin Cash was found dead in the bunkroom on January 21st by the incoming day shift after he worked the overnight.

LODD- Howard Lake, MN Fire Chief Daryl Drusch, 49, died at home on January 13th after responding to a call.

LODD- Homewood, AL Fire Chief John Bresnan, 59, passed away after suffering a medical emergency while in his office.

LODD- Spencer Roane, WV Firefighter Mark Horwich was killed when the apparatus he was driving rolled over while responding to an incident on January 11th.

LODD- Lubbock, TX Lieutenant David Eric Hill, 39, was killed when he was struck by a motor vehicle while working at an accident scene on January 11th. A 27 year old police officer, Nicholas Reyna, was also killed at the same accident.

LODD- West Peculiar, MO Firefighter Chuck McCormick, 30, was killed at a house fire when he fell through the floor and down to the basement.

LODD- North East VFD, MD Volunteer Fire Engineer Otis L. Isaacs Jr., 73, passed from a medical emergency after doing work with the department. He previously served as Chief Engineer, President and Chief of Department.




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