NORTHEAST FIRENEWS
2020 HONOR ROLL OF THOSE THAT HAVE PASSED AWAY




2020 WITHIN NEW ENGLAND DEATH NOTICES

Natick, MA Active Duty Firefighter Jake John Francis Feeney IV passed away.

Retired East Derry & Derry, NH Lieutenant Richard Loring Child, 84, passed away Tuesday July 14th.

Lowell, MA Active Duty Firefighter Christian Boisvert has passed away.

Cambridge, MA retired Firefighter Frank J. Wolk has passed away.

Troy, NH retired Fire Chief John Callahan Jr. has passed away. Chief Callahan served for 47 years as a member of the Troy Fire Department and as a member of the Meadowood Fire Department. He was one of the Meadowood board of directors.

Sunapee, NH Fire Ladies Auxiliary founding member Judith E. (Buttrick) Sargent passed away suddenly on June 5th.

LODD- Mansfield, MA Firefighter Michael McLaughlin passed away from occupational cancer.

Retired Northampton, MA Firefighter Andrew Morini passed away.

Retired Plymouth, MA Firefighter Alan Ferazzi has passed away.

Retired Lawrence, MA Captain William J. “Will” Diodati, 94, passed away on June 6th. He was also a Marine Corps veteran and served during WWII.

Retired Boston Lieutenant Tom "Boots" McCann passed away on June 9th. (I knew Boots personally as did many firefighters and buffs in the Boston area. He was a true firefighter's firefighter and will be sorely missed. RIP Boots.)

Retired Provincetown, MA Firefighter John Joseph Laffin, 95, passed away on May 30th.

Morrisville and Wolcott, Vermont Retired Assistant Chief Arlo “Duke” Sterner passed away on May 28th.

West Haven, CT Retired Fire Chief William "Wiggy" Johnson Jr. passed away.

Retired Brandon, VT Fire Chief Roman Wdowiak, 68, passed away on May 22nd.

Retired Brookline, MA Deputy Chief John F. Spillane has passed away.

Retired Pelham, NH Fire Chief E. David Fisher passed away on May 26th.

Retired Stoneham, MA Firefighter Bill Kelley passed away on May 25th.

Cromwell, CT Fire Marshal Todd Gray Gagnon, 58, passed away on May 22nd. CLICK FOR OBITUARY.

Retired Winthrop, MA Fire Chief Paul Ford passed away on May 19th.

Retired Newton, MA Firefighter Albert J. Comeau, 93, passed away on May 10th.

Retired Loudon, NH Fire Chief Roger N. Dow, 86, passed away on May 9th.

Retired Gardner, MA Call Lieutenant Paul Ronn passed away on May 7th at the age of 80. He was also a veteran of the United States Army.

Retired Cambridge, MA Firefighter Denis Tevlin passed away at the age of 69. He was also a veteran of the United States Army.

Retired Newton, MA Captain Stanley J. DeStefano passed away on May 3rd at the age of 93.

Ashland, NH Captain Captain Jeff Uhlman passed away on April 30th.

LODD- Jackson, Maine Lieutenant Harold “Eddie” Moore Jr., 42, suffered a fatal medical emergency on April 28th after returning home from a residential structure fire.

Former Edgecomb, ME Volunteer Captain Steve Fenton, 77, passed away on April 19th from COVID-19.

Longtime Hotchkiss Hose Co (Derby, CT) Firefighter Robert J. Turschmann passed away on April 15th at the age of 71. He served with the fire company for 51 years and was also a Vietnam War veteran.

Retired Maine State Fire Marshal Charles Gordon Hopper, 80, passed away on April 17th due to COVID-19.

Howard Arnold Beeman, 94, a lifetime member of the Stratford, CT Volunteer Fire Company #3, passed away on April 16th.

West Warwick, RI Fire Alarm Dispatcher Kenneth “Hoppy” Hoskin passed away at the age of 64. He was also a retired Firefighter from Providence.

Retired Templeton, MA Firefighter Michael P. “Mike” “Mitch” Koziol, 68, passed away on April 11th.

Retired Methuen, MA Firefighter Harold R. Spaniol, 82, passed away on April 9th.

Retired Crafstbury, VT Retired Assistant Chief Eugene Marckres passed away.

Retired Henniker, NH Deputy Chief Joe Gilbert past away.

Former Wilmington, VT Volunteer Firefighter Cleon Boyd, 64, passed away from the COVID-19 virus.

Branford, CT (Indian Head Co (9) Captain Thomas M. Raiola passed away on March 30th after battling ALS.

LODD- Framingham, Mass Deputy Chief Brad Smith passed away from occupational cancer.

Watertown, CT retired Fire Chief Avery Wilcox Lamphier, 95, passed away on March 23rd. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, having served in World War II.

Active Duty Lawrence, MA Fire Alarm Operator Sylvio "Sy" Uliano Jr., 63, passed away on March 19th after a brief illness.

LODD- Boston Firefighter Anthony Thompson, 57, passed away on March 10th from occupational cancer.

Retired Skowhegan, ME Fire Chief Carl McKenney passed away on March 6th at the age of 78.

Retired Methuen, MA Firefighter John R. “PJ” Morin passed away at the age of 68. PJ was a former union president and served with the Methuen Fire Department for 32 years.

Retired Newburyport, Mass and Sanford, Maine Assistant Chief Stephen Cuttler passed away on March 4th after a lengthy illness.

Retired Putney, VT Assistant Fire Chief David "Stub" Short passed away.

North Andover, MA Firefighter Brett C. Rodden, 45, passed away on February 12th.

Retired Medford, MA Firefighter Ernest "Sonny" Galante Jr. passed away on February 21st at the age of 90.

Retired Monmouth, ME Fire Chief Paul C. Fox, 84, passed away on February 19th.

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- Vails Gate, NY Volunteer Firefighter Alec Tannenbaum, 29, who also worked as a career firefighter at West Point, suffered a medical emergency and passed away at home after working multiple calls during Tropical Storm Isaias.

LODD- Houston, TX Firefighter Jerry Pacheco passed away from complications of COVID 19.

LODD- Houston, TX Captain Leroy Lucio passed away from complications of COVID-19.

LODD- Haralson County, GA Firefighter Justin Robinson, 50, passed away on July 21st after he had gone into cardiac arrest responing to a call on July 14th.

LODD- Ringgold, TX Volunteer Assistant Chief Duncan Henderson, 65, died from injuries received when his pickup rolled over while he was en route to a brush fire on July 14th.

LODD- DeSoto Rural Fire Protection District, MO Lieutenant Ron Wehlage, 40, was found dead at home after finishing a shift at the fire station.

LODD- Iaeger, WV Volunteer Firefighter Russ Roberson died from injuries he suffered trying to prevent a civilian from going back into a burning home on June 21st.

LODD- Little Falls, NJ Assistant Fire Chief Ronnie Cordero, 61, passed away from COVID-19.

LODD- Southeast Caldwell County, TX Volunteer Firefighter Klayton Manning, 18, was shot and killed while operating a department ATV.

LODD- CO Firefighter Injured in 2016 Dies from Surgery Complications Berthoud, CO Fire District Fire Investigator Joshua MacDonald, 34, was injured investigating a fire scene in 2016, passed away from surgury complications related to his injuries.

LODD- Philadelphia, PA Firefighter Eric Gore passed away from symptoms of COVID-19.

Newport Twp, PA Firefighter Joe Nealon passed away on June 1st after suffering a medical emergency while on duty.

LODD- Chicago, IL Firefighter Edward Singleton, 55, passed away from symptoms related to COVID-19.

LODD- Bay Head, NJ Firefighter Dave Clark, 47, passed away from complications related to COVID-19.

LODD- Independence, MO Firefighter David F. Jameson Jr.,52, passed away on May 7th after suffering a medical emergency at the scene of a fire.

LODD- New Rochelle, NY Captain Andrew DiMaggio, 57, passed away after contracting COVID-19.

LODD- Seminole Tribe, FL Fire Chief Don DiPetrillo, 70, passed away from complications of COVID-19.

LODD- White Plains, NY Deputy Fire Chief Edward Ciocca, 62, passed away on March 24th from complications of COVID-19.

LODD- American Samoa Bureau of Fire Division Captain Mike Tipoti and Captain Allen Velega were killed when the apparatus they were in crashed.

LODD- River Grove, IL Firefighter/Paramedic Robert “David” Reisinger, 57, passed away on April 29th after suffering a stroke. He had contracted COVID-19 and was recovering when the stroke occured.

LODD- El Paso, TX Fire Suppression Technician Eduardo Ramirez passed away on April 21st after performing physical training at his station.

LODD- Passaic, NJ Firefighter Israel Tolentino, 33, passed away from complications caused by COVID-19.

LODD- Chicago, IL Firefighter Mario Araujo, 49, passed away on April 7th from COVID-19.

LODD- Burlington Fire Protection District, KY Fire Sergeant John "Andy" Andrew Kuchar III, 43, passed away during surgery on his elbow which he injured on March 2nd.

Retired FDNY Firefighter Steve "The Brick" Brickman passed away from 9/11/01 related cancer. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LODD- Terre Haute, IN John Schoffstall, 41, passed away from COVID-19.

LODD- Detroit, MI Captain Franlin Williams passed away from COVID-19.

LODD- Valley Stream, NY Volunteer Firefighter Michael Field, 59, passed away after contracting COVID-19.

LODD- Tryon, NC Fire Chief James Waters, 40, passed away after contracting COVID-19.

LODD- Montcalm, WV Volunteer Firefighter Zachary Blankenship, 26, suffered a stroke following a structure fire on March 5th and passed away on March 15th.

LODD- Forsyth Township, MI Firefighter Ben Lauren, 23, died while battling a structure fire on March 13th.

LODD- Thoroughfare, NC Safety Officer Joe Tucker, 62, passed away after suffering a medical emergency at a fire scene on March 8th.

LODD- Firefighter Jerome Guise, 34, of Citizen's Fire Company No. 1 in Mount Holly Springs, PA, was fatally struck by heavy timbers from a front porch roof while battling a fire on March 9th.

LODD- Indianola, NE Firefighter Donald "Donny" Lepper, 46, collapsed and died at home unexpectedly the morning after responding to a grass fire.

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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