NORTHEAST FIRENEWS
2023 HONOR ROLL OF THOSE THAT HAVE PASSED AWAY




2024 WITHIN NEW ENGLAND DEATH NOTICES

Lunenburg, VT Fire Chief Robert J. Shaw Jr. passed away on February 18th at the age of 58. CLICK FOR OBITUARY

Former Boothbay Harbor, ME Firefighter Harry L. Pinkham, 96, passed away on February 8th. CLICK FOR OBITUARY

Retired Nashua, NH Fire Commissioner Paul Andre Garant, 75, passed away on February 6th. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Avon, CT retired captain and former department president Maurice "Dutch" Dutcher has passed away. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Retired Lynnfield, MA Lieutenant and Massachusetts State Trooper Kevin T. Kiley passed away at the age of 62.

Retired Brookline, MA Deputy Chief Ronald J. Pucci passed away at the age of 77. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Retired Boston EMS EMT Robert Wilson passed away. His death came only 17 days after his last day on the job.

Retired Newton, MA Firefighter Stephen M. Gallant passed away on January 13, 2024.

Former Dunns Corner, RI Assistant Chief Frank W. 'June' Champlin Jr., passed away at the age of 99. CLICK FOR OBITUARY

Retired Providence, RI Firefighter Charles E. Blount, 94, passed away on January 10th. CLICK FOR OBITUARY

Retired Burlington, MA Firefighter Al Fay passed away at the age of 88. Al was well known for his fire memorabilia and his fire museum. CLICK FOR OBITUARY

Tolland, CT Mourning Loss Of Fire Department's 'Original' Safety Officer Seale Tuttle. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Longtime Danbury, CT Fire Marshal David Lathrop passed away at the age of 74.

Retired Superintendent of the Boston Fire Department Fire Alarm Division Robert J. McCarthy passed away at the age of 91. CLICK FOR OBITUARY



2024 OUT OF NEW ENGLAND LINE OF DUTY DEATH NOTICES

The US Fire Administration is reporting the following Line of Duty Death: Philadelphia, PA Battalion Chief John Garrow, ag3 60.
On Sunday, Feb. 18, 2024, Battalion Chief John Garrow suffered a medical emergency while on-duty. He was immediately transported to the Temple University Hospital. While in the hospital he suffered a cardiac arrest and was put on a ventilator. He passed away on Monday, Feb. 19, 2024, from complications suffered from the heart attack.

The US Fire Administration is reporting the following Line of Duty Death: Youngsville, NC Safety Officer Louis Dunston, age 79.
On Monday, Feb. 19, 2024, Safety Officer Louis Dunston was participating in departmental training. The training ended at 10:00 p.m. After the training, he went home. At approximately 9:58 p.m. the next evening, he was having a cardiac event and 9-1-1 was immediately called. EMS responded but were unable to revive him. He was pronounced deceased at his residence from an apparent heart attack.

The US Fire Administration is reporting the following Line of Duty Death: Burnsville, MN Firefighter/Paramedic Adam Finseth, age 40.
Incident Description: In the early morning hours of February 18, 2024, Firefighter/Paramedic Adam Finseth was shot and killed while on the scene of a call relating to a domestic disturbance. Two police officers were also shot and killed. A third police officer was injured and taken to a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. The suspect involved in the incident also shot and killed himself.

The US Fire Administration is reporting the following Line of Duty Death: Sterling, VA Firefighter Trevor Brown, age 45.
At approximately 7:38 p.m. on Friday, February 16, 2024, the Loudoun County Emergency Communications Center received a 911 call reporting an odor of gas outside of a residence. Upon arrival, units from Sterling, including Firefighter Trevor Brown, located an underground propane tank with a leak on the side of the residence and requested the Loudoun County’s Hazardous Materials Response Team, as well as additional units from Sterling and South Riding. A short time later, units on scene reported a catastrophic explosion concurrent with multiple maydays from firefighters inside the residence. A Rapid Intervention Task Force and a second alarm were requested, bringing additional units from Fairfax County and the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority. Upon receiving the multiple maydays and calls for help, fire and rescue crews worked to locate and rescue the trapped members from the debris. Ultimately, Firefighter Trevor Brown passed away from the injuries he sustained in the explosion.

The US Fire Administration has announced the following Line of Duty Death: Selma, CA Firefighter-Paramedic Chris Nelson, age 55.
On February 8, 2014, Firefighter-Paramedic Chris Nelson was injured and paralyzed during an incident while participating in training on duty. On February 8, 2024, Firefighter-Paramedic Nelson passed away from the injuries he sustained in the incident.

The US Fire Administration has made the following Line of Duty Death Notification: Lawrence Mill (Fayette, AL) Volunteer Captain William "Tony" Anthony Baumgartner, age 70.
On Monday, Feb. 5, 2024, Captain William “Tony” Anthony Baumgartner was returning to the station from a residential structure fire when the apparatus he was driving left the roadway. He was pronounced deceased at the scene from the injuries he sustained in the accident.

The US Fire Administration has made the following Line of Duty Death Notification: Plainfield, NJ Firefighter Marques Hudson, age 32.
On Friday, Jan. 26, 2024, Firefighter Marques Hudson responded to a residential fire. While fighting the fire, he became trapped, and a mayday was called. Firefighter Hudson was immediately rescued, and CPR was performed. He was then transported to the Robert Wood Johnson Hospital where he succumbed to the injuries he sustained in the accident. Four other firefighters were also taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The US Fire Administration has made the following Line of Duty Death Notification: Cumberland Head (Platssburgh, NY) Volunteer Firefighter Robert "Rory" Boire, age 64.
On Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2023, Firefighter Robert “Rory” Boire responded to the scene of a car accident when he suffered a heart attack. He was immediately transported to the hospital where he remained for 2 days. On Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2024, he passed away from complications experienced as a result of the heart attack.

The US Fire Administration has made the following Line of Duty Death Notification: Vonore, TN Firefighter/EMT Robert "Bobby" Douglas Lewis, Jr, age 40.
On Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024, Firefighter/EMT Robert “Bobby” Douglas Lewis, Jr. responded to an EMS call at a residence. The next morning, Jan. 25, 2024, he collapsed at home. He was immediately rushed to the hospital where he passed away from an apparent heart attack.

The US Fire Administration has announced the following Line of Duty Death: Fairville (Newark, NY) Volunteer Firefighter Daniel S. DeWolf, age 52.
On Sunday, Jan. 21, 2024, Firefighter Daniel S. DeWolf responded to the scene of a chimney fire. While attempting to establish a water supply line, he collapsed. EMS on scene immediately initiated CPR. Firefighter DeWolf was then transported to the local hospital where he was pronounced deceased. The cause of his death has yet to be determined. Firefighter DeWolf was past chief of the Fairville Volunteer Fire Department from 2015 to 2016.

The US Fire Administration has announced the following Line of Duty Death: Glendale, SC Firefighter Robert Earl Brown, Sr., age 87.
Firefighter Robert Earl Brown, Sr. was at the scene of a brush fire pulling hose when he suffered a medical emergency. He was immediately taken to the Spartanburg Regional Medical Center where he passed away a short time later from an apparent heart attack. Firefighter Robert Earl Brown, Sr., was the past chief of the Glendale Fire Department from 1976 to 2017.

The US Fire Administration has made the following Line of Duty Death Notification: Walla Walla, WA Engineer Ryan Pleasants, 41.
On the morning of Sunday, Jan. 7, 2024, Engineer Ryan Pleasants, while working a 48-hour shift, was found deceased in his bed at Fire Station 1 from an apparent heart attack.

The US Fire Administration is making the following Line of Duty Death Notification: Clinton-Warren Joint Fire and Rescue District (Clarksville, OH) Chief Robert Wysong, age 70.
On Sunday, Dec. 24, 2023, Chief Robert Wysong responded to a brush fire. After the call, he returned home. Later in the evening, his wife found him unresponsive. He was immediately transported to the Clinton Memorial Hospital where he was evaluated and then subsequently transferred via Miami Valley Care Flight to the Miami Valley Hospital where he passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2023, from a heart attack.




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