NORTHEAST FIRENEWS
2022 HONOR ROLL OF THOSE THAT HAVE PASSED AWAY




2022 WITHIN NEW ENGLAND DEATH NOTICES

Retired Providence Deputy Assistant Chief Thomas J. Doyle passed away on September 18th at the age of 83. CLICK FOR OBITUARY

Longtime Willimantic firefighter John Griffin passed away on September 25th at the age of 79. CLICK FOR OBITUARY

Retired Longtime Boston Firefighter Francis Joseph Mahoney Jr. passed away on September 22 at the age of 76. CLICK FOR OBITUARY

Bremen, ME Volunteer Fire Chief Donald K. Leeman Jr passed away unexpectedly on September 17th at the age of 55. CLICK FOR OBITUARY

Westport, CT EMT crew chief and Weston firefighter Mark Blake passed away unexpectedly at the age of 61. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

LODD- Swampscott, MA Captain Mark A. Ryan passed away from occupational cancer.

Retired Boston Firefighter Francis 'Ted' Walton passed away on September 10th at the age of 80. CLICK FOR OBITUARY

Retired Warwick, RI Firefighter Ronald G. Anderson passed away on Sepbember 9th at the age of 85. CLICK FOR OBITUARY 

Lunenburg, VT retired Fire Chief John Andrew Wilkinson passed away on September 10th at the age of 77. CLICK FOR OBITUARY

Retired Attleboro, MA firefighter Dave Capraro passed away from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. He death is being considered a line of duty death.

Robert "Bob" W Sprague, retired fire alarm operator Salem NH Fire since 1988, died unexpectedly August 4th. Bob began his career with Salem, NH Fire Dept as a part time dispatcher in 1988, became fulltime in 1990, and remained a humble & smiling fixture with the department until his retirement in 2020. During his career, he was awarded for excellence of service, joined the regional haz-mat team, and was the department's photographer. Bob loved photographing fire scenes, nature, wildlife, racetrack events, and especially trains. He was a man that always walked with a smile and never denied a helping hand to anyone he met. Bob is survived by his wife Barbara (Cook) Sprague of Salem, NH, sobs Chuck SPrague of Utah and Robert W,SPrague, JR and his wife Jennifer of Cermont, and grandson Robert W. Sprague III Robbie.

Retired Meriden, CT assistant fire chief Rocco Alia displayed lifetime devotion to public safety. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Retired North Haven, CT Fire Commissioner Joseph A. "Chick" Cappucci passed away on September 5th. CLICK FOR OBITUARY

Ellsworth, ME retired Fire Chief Robert (Bob) Bruce McKenney passed away at the age of 76 on August 31st. CLICK FOR OBITUARY 

Active Duty Newton, MA Firefighter Gary A. Gentile passed away. He had been with the Newton Fire Deprtment for 18 years.

Retired Stoneham, MA Fire Chief Raymond Sorensen passed away on August 29th.

Retired Rumford, ME Deputy Fire Chief Michael Peter Chase passed away. CLICK FOR OBITUARY

Portsmouth, NH retired Lieutenant Dennis Pease passed away after a long fought battle with cancer.

Retired Nashua, NH firefighter Robert A. Edwards passed on July 31st. He was the assigned driver of Engine Company 4. He retired 2/1/1999 and was 70 years old.

Retired Boston Fire Alarm Operation and Box 52 Life Member Albert Powers passed away on August 1st at the age of 80.

Fairhaven, MA Retired Call Lieutenant Kevin Polson passed away.

Longtime Hamden, CT firefighter John O'Hare passed away at the age of 95. CLICK FOR OBITUARY.

Fairhaven, MA retired Lieutenant Michael Barcellos passed away.

East Greenwich, RI retired Fire Chief. R. Peter Henrikson passed away at the age of 82. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Auburn, MA active duty Lieutenant Paul J. Wood suffered an off duty medical emergency while at home and passed away. Paul was a 14 year member of the department who was promoted to lieutenant on July 8, 2020. He had been an active member of the District 7 Regional Dive Team for 11 years.

Sandy Hook (Newtown, CT) Volunteer Fire Chief William Hallstead passed away shortly after returning home from a call. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Amherst, NH longtime firefighter Jim Lockwood passed away unexpectedly. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Longtime Canaan, ME firefighter David Burrill laid to rest. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Echo Hose H&L Co. 1 past Assistant Chief Chuck Sutton passed away. He was a Life Honored Member of the Echo Hose.

Worcester, Mass EMS Paramedic Seth Ebbs passed away suddenly on Sunday June 12th.

Tiverton, RI Fire Department mourns loss of retired captain Joe Policica. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Retired Keene, NH Lieutenant Michael C. Rocheleau has passed away.

LODD- Scituate, MA Firefighter John D. Reidy III passed away from occupational cancer. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Southborough, MA Active Duty Probationary Firefighter Lisa Marie Thompson passed away unexpectedly. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Retired Assistant Fire Chief Wayne Kinney of the Enfield, CT Fire Department passed away suddenly at the age of 68.

LODD- Stoughton, MA Firefighter Fred Little passed away from occupational cancer.

Retired Lawrence, MA firefighter combat veteran of the Korean War Joseph Smith passed away.

Holliston, MA retired Fire Chief Ray Moloney passed away at age 81. Chief Moloney served on HFD from 1964-2000.

Active duty Brockton, MA firefighter Matthew Flaherty passed away from injuries received in a motorcycle accident. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Connecticut- Brookfield police mourn sudden passing of well known dispatcher. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Retired Lynnfield Fire Chief F. Joseph Lingel has passed away. From Lynnfield Fire, Chief Lingel was appointed to the department on 7/1/1971, promoted to Call Lieutenant on 7/24/1981, promoted to Call Captain on 6/28/1984, Appointed as Chief of Department on 6/25/2012 and retired as Chief of Department on 12/31/2013 after serving the Town of Lynnfield for more than 42 years.

Pownal, VT Fire Department Safety Officer Mark Atherton has passed away.

Erie 4, MA longtime member and retired Georgetown Firefighter Bradford Legere passed away.

“Retired Sanbornton, NH Fire Chief Arthur W. Dowling Jr. has passed away. From Sanbornton Fire: "Chief Dowling joined the fire department in 1977 and was appointed Deputy Fire Chief in 1982 and in 1984 became one of the first EMT’s for the fire department. Then in 1985 was appointed Chief of the Department and retired in 1997. A Masonic Service will be held on Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 1100hrs at the Doric-Center Masonic Lodge #20, 410 West Main Street in Tilton, NH. A private graveside service will be held immediately following and a celebration of life will be held from 1300hrs to 1500hrs at the Doric-Center Masonic Lodge.”

Retired Watertown, MA Provisional Chief Anthony M. Gianotti passed away. From the Watertown Fire Department: "Chief Gianotti was appointed to the Watertown Fire Department on May 1, 1969. He was promoted to Lieutenant on April 6, 1976. He was promoted to Captain on August 9, 1979. He assumed the duties of Deputy Chief on April 14, 1984 and was promoted to Deputy Chief on July 17, 1986. He was promoted to Provisional Chief on July 10, 2003. Chief Gianotti retired on February 25, 2004."

Active Duty Police- Cambridge, MA Police Officer Lawrence Hudson passed away unexpectedly. The 24 year veteran was found unresponsive in his home.

Life Honored member Charles "Chuck" Sutton of the Echo Hose Hook & Ladder Company 1 in Shelton, CT passed away. Chuck joined the Echo Hose on May 21, 1962, holding the ranks of Firefighter, Commissioner, and Assistant Chief during his 60 years of service to the city of Shelton.

Police LODD- Massachusetts State Police Trooper Tamar Bucci was killed in a crash on I93 in Stoneham while checking on a motorist on March 3rd. She was 34 years old. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LODD- Rocky Hill, CT Fire Captain James Lamarre passed away from job-related cancer. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Active Duty Death- Brockton, MA Lieutenant Michael D. Mahoney passed away suddenly on February 14th at the age of 52. He was a 25 year veteran member of the department.

Retired Revere, MA firefighter Edmund B. Foster passed away on February 7, 2022 at the age of 78.

Retired Belmont, MA firefighter and PFFM Trustee Roy Sacco passed away.

Retired Yarmouth, MA Captain Lee Pareseau passed away on February 3rd. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

From Boston Police- It is with deep regret that Superintendent-in-Chief Gregory Long announces the passing of active-duty Boston Police Officer John O’Keefe. Officer O’Keefe was a 16-year veteran of the BPD who served admirably in several assignments during his career. John will be greatly missed by his friends and colleagues here at the Boston Police Department as we send our heartfelt condolences to his family, and loved ones during this difficult time.

Allenstown, NH Auxiliary Firefighter and Explorer Post 50 advisor Ashley A. O’Brien passed away at the age of 33 from heart complications. CLICK FOR OBITUARY.

Jaffrey Rindge Memorial Ambulance, NH AEMT Chris Sasner passed away unexpectedly on January 30th.

Boston EMS active duty EMT Matthew Clancy, 34, passed away suddenly.

Andover, Mass retired Deputy Fire Chief Lincoln Clark has passed away.

Retired Newton, MA Lieutenant Raymond P. McNamara passed away on January 11th at the age of 79. While working at a fire at an industrial complex on October 25, 1993, Ray was severely injured in an explosion. Though badly burned, Ray survived and endured much over the remainder of his life, becoming an inspiration to many.

Whitman, MA retired Fire Lieutenant Robert Harris passed away on January 9th.

Retired Methuen, MA Deputy Chief Harry Noorigian passed away on December 26, 2021 at the age of 83. A United States Navy veteran, Harry joined the Methuen Fire Department in 1969 and rose to the rank of Deputy Chief before retiring at age 65.



2022 OUT OF NEW ENGLAND LINE OF DUTY DEATH NOTICES

LODD- FDNY EMS Lieutenant Alison Russo, a decorated 24-year veteran, was killed on duty after being stabbed multiple times in the neck. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Barnes City, IA Captain Gary DeCook, 66, passed away after working a detail. He had served the department for 17 years. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LODD- Collin Hagan, of the Craig Interagency Hotshots in Colorado, was killed by a falling tree while working at an OR wildfire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Island Park, NY Firefighter Michael Fischer, 38, dies at fundraising event after attending a training session earlier. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LODD- Grand Rapids, WI firefighter Riley Huiras (20) fell ill hours after responding to two calls and died in the hospital three days later. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LODD- Memphis, TN firefighter David Pleasant died from injuries received in an apparatus crash on August 10. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LODD- Apopka, FL Firefighter Austin Duran died from injuries received after he was pinned under a sand trailer at his station last month. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

LODD- Bernalillo County, NM FD Rescue Specialist Lt. Matthew King was on the Bernalillo County Sheriff's chopper when it crashed Saturday. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

South Claiborne, TN Volunteer Fire Department member Roger Estes was struck and killed during a traffic detail near North Tazwell. He had retired from Derry, NH Fire Department prior to moving to TN. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LODD- Chesterfield County, VA firefighter Alicia A. Monahan passed away after suffering an accident during swift water rescue training. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LODD- Helicopter pilot Douglas Ritchie died when his helicopter crashed that he was piloting during a resupply mission at the Clear Fire in Interior Alaska. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Randolph County, NC firefighter Mishael James Auman was shot to death on June 25th and his wife is now charged with his murder. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LODD- Philadelphia, PA Lieutenant Sean Williamson was killed and two firefighters were critically injured when a Philadelphia building collapsed after a fire was contained on June 18th. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LODD- Maxwell, TX Assistant Fire Chief Jonathan Coco and his brother, Hunter, were killed when their brush truck rolled over while returning from a wildfire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LODD- Linn County, KS firefighter Josh Haynes has died from the injuries he suffered while battling the medical facility fire in Pleasanton on June 20th. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LODD- Polk County, FL Fire Rescue Engineer/Paramedic Douglas Clemons died while on duty at Fire Station 27. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LODD- Hollywood firefighter Chris Allen suffered a fatal heart attack shortly after his 48 hour shift ended on June 6th. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LODD- Sparta Township, IN firefighter Terry Cassidy fell ill while on an EMS call and was rushed to the hospital where he died two days later. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LODD- Bethany, NC Volunteer Fire Department Driver Brandon Yeager died within 24 hours of a responding to a call. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LODD- Louisville, KY Division of Fire Firefighter Sean McAdam died due to a medical-related event. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LODD- Balko, OK Firefighter Jason Smith died on May 8th from injuries he sustained in an accident battling a wildfire on April 5th. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LODD- California Wildland Firefighter Darin Banks, 26, was killed while working wildland operations in Tuolumne County. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LODD- Gassaway, WV VFD Firefighter John D. Forbush died while attempting to rescue a mother and child from the Elk River after an accident. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LODD- West Douglas County Fire Protection District, CO Fire Marshal Stephen Smith died from a medical emergency after responding to a 9-1-1 call. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LODD- FDNY firefighter Timothy Klein, 31, was killed during a collapse at a Brooklyn house fire on April 24th. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LODD- Fairfax County, VA Fire & Rescue Captain Kimberly Schoppa has died after a battle with work-related cancer. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LODD- Hope, PA Fire Company Fire Chief Isaac David Hassen, Sr. passed away due to a medical emergency after responding to a medical call. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LODD- Ward, AL Volunteer Fire Department Chief Freddy C. Reeves succumbed to injuries he received battling a grass fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LODD- Salt River, AZ firefighter/EMT Brendan Bessee was killed, and two others injured, in crash between an ambulance and semi-truck. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LODD- Elwood, NE Fire Chief Darren Krull was killed in a two vehicle accident while operating at a wildland fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LODD- Town & Country Fire District, OH Firefighter Philip M. Wigal, 35, was killed, and an Ohio State trooper is in serious condition after being struck while working an accident scene. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LODD- Larksville, PA Chief Engineer Jeff Williams died after suffering a medical event in the station parking lot. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LOD- McAdory, AL Fire District Fire Chief Jeff Wyatt died of a medical emergency after working a shift. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LODD- Ebenezer, MO Fire Protection District firefighter Dustin Brandhorst was killed after the apparatus he was in left the road and rolled over. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LODD- Edgewater Park, OK, Volunteer firefighter April Partridge was killed while battling a wildfire near Lake Ellsworth. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LODD- Grand Traverse Band, MI Fire/Rescue Firefighter David Wayne McDonald, Jr. passed after suffering a medical episode while on-duty. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LODD- Portsmouth, OH Firefighter/EMT Edward Long has died after suffering a medical event while on-duty. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LODD- LaGrange, NC Captain David Holmes suffered a fatal medical emergency while operating at a brush fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LODD- Retired Indianapolis, IN Captain Mark W. Rapp succumbed to his battle with 9/11 related lung cancer. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LODD- Lynn, AL Fire Department Driver Engineer Larry Harbin, 65, collapsed while operating at a wildland fire on March 4th. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LODD- Clayton, DE Fire Chief John M. Pridemore died March 8 after being injured in a fall at the fire station the day before. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

West Memphis, AR firefighter Jason Lang, 20, was struck and killed while rendering aid at an accident scene. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LODD- Firefighters at Los Angeles County Fire Station 116 found Capt. Steve McCann unresponsive rushed him to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LODD- Copperas Cove, TX Firefighter Michael "Turtle" McGuire succumbed to COVID-19 after contracting it on-duty. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LODD- Thomasville, NC Battalion Chief Mark Holt died after falling ill at home on February 9th after completing a 24-hour shift. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LODD- San Antonio, TX Lieutenant Shody Henshaw died after a long battle with occupational cancer. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LODD- New York City Fire Department Firefighter Jesse Gerhard passed away after suffering a medical episode while on-duty. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LODD- Nashville, TN Captain William Michael “Mike” Brooks succumbed to COVID-19 after contracting it on-duty. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LODD- St. Paul, OR firefighter Austin Smith died from injuries sustained while fighting a barn fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LODD- Polly Watson, NC VFD Chief James Radford suffered a medical emergency as he pulled into the fire station and crews were unable to revive him. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LODD- Buckeye Valley, AZ Fire District engineer Brian Miiller succumbed to COVID-19 after contracting it on duty. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LODD- Stockton, CA Captain Vidal "Max" Fortuna died after being shot at the scene of a dumpster fire on January 31st. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LODD- Fremont-Wolf River, WI firefighter Bob Stevens succumbed to COVID-19 after contracting it on-duty. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LODD- Baltimore, MD Lt. Paul Butrim, Firefighter/Paramedic Kelsey Sadler and EMT/Firefighter Kenny Lacayo were killed when a rowhome collapsed. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LODD- St. Louis, MO firefighter Benjamin Polson was killed after being trapped under debris when the roof collapsed as he was exiting a burning home. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

LODD- Forestburgh, NY Assistant Fire Chief William "Billy" Steinberg responded to a mutual aid fire in Thompson where he was stricken. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.




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