NORTHEAST FIRENEWS
2023 HONOR ROLL OF THOSE THAT HAVE PASSED AWAY




2024 WITHIN NEW ENGLAND DEATH NOTICES

Active duty Boston Firefighter Matthew Troy of Engine 10 passed away on June 10th from occupational cancer.

Waterbury, CT Firefighter Joseph Bogdanski Jr passed away suddenly on May 8th at the age of 54. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Providence, RI active duty Firefighter Cipriano Illiano passed away at the age of 41. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Cumberland, RI Firefighter Gregory Jones passed away on May 6th from occupational cancer at the age of 63. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Retired Dennis, MA Firefighter Nancy Moyer passed away from cancer. Her passing has being ruled a Line of Duty Death.

Bridgeport, CT Announces Death Of Veteran Fire Marshal Alberto Hernandez. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Retired Bridgeport, CT Firefighter Stephen Mihalek passed away on April 8th. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Ascutney, VT Fire Chief Darrin Spaulding passed away. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Boston retired Captain John "Jack" McKenna passed away. He was also past president of the Boston Firefighters Union, Local 718.

Retired Hull, MA Firefighter Gary Charles 'Sparky' Fleck passed away on April 6th at the age of 79. CLICK FOR OBITUARY

Groton, CT Submarine Base retired Fire Chief Douglas Say passed away on April 6th. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Active Duty Gloucester, MA Firefighter Sander Shultz passed away. He was a 26 year veteran of the department and a Coast Guard veteran.

Retired Norwood, MA Firefighter Martin Collins passed away.

Retired North Andover, MA Firefighter John Joseph Driscoll passed away on March 30th. CLICK FOR OBITUARY

Dennis, MA retired Firefighter/Paramedic Nancy Moyer passed away from occupational cancer. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Active Boston Firefighter John Maguire has passed away at the age of 64. He was assigned as a District 10 Chief's Aide. CLICK FOR OBITUARY

Retired Cambridge, MA Firefighter Johnny Rocca has passed away. He was also a PFFM Trustee Emeritus and a World War II veteran.

Retired Londonderry, NH Fire Lieutenant Gary Dion has passed away.

Former Dover, NH Assistant Chief Richard D. Hughes, “Digger,” passed away on March, 21st.

West Newbury, MA Lieutenant Lisa Duxbury, 50, passed away on March 15th after an extended illness. She also served with the Newbury Fire Department, Salem Police Dispatch, Federal Law Enforcement and Atlantic Ambulance Service.

Lifelong Presque Isle, ME Firefighter Robert D. Jackson, 78, passed away on March 17th. CLICK FOR OBITUARY

Retired Manchester, NH Captain James Michael McGrevey, 95, passed away on March 14th. CLICK FOR ARTICLE

Retired Westbrook, ME Fire Inspector Robert Allen Young, 92, passed away on March 5th. CLICK FOR OBITUARY

Retired North Reading, MA Fire Chief Nelson C. Harris, 91, passed away on February 20th.

Retired Gloucester, MA Firefighter Fred Nasser passed away on March 1st.

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 follwing Line of Duty Death: LaCrosse, IN Volunteer Firefighter Kenneth D. Caldwell, 63.
On the morning of Thursday, June 6, 2024, Firefighter Caldwell responded to a field fire. During the response, Firefighter Caldwell used rescue equipment to cut through a fence so other firefighters could get equipment to the area of the fire. After the fire, he returned to the station and cleaned up the equipment. He mentioned to others that he was going to stop and get his mail on the way home. That evening, he missed a work detail at the firehouse. On Friday, June 7, 2024, he failed to respond to a call. By Sunday morning, June 9, 2024, Firefighter Caldwell had not been seen or heard from since Thursday. Members of his department went to his residence to check on him. The found him deceased inside the home. He had collapsed and died while opening his mail, just a few hours after his emergency response to the fire incident.

The US Fire Administration is reporting the following Line of Duty Death - Milledgeville, TN Volunteer Fire Department Chief Leland Alexander, age 78
On Friday, Dec. 1, 2023, Chief Leland Alexander was traveling in a pumper/tanker during a thunderstorm, to a fire hydrant to fill it with water from a residential fire that had started the night before. The pumper/tanker dropped off the right shoulder of the road and when he attempted to correct, he lost control of the apparatus. He was immediately transported to the hospital where he remained for an extended period of time, undergoing numerous surgeries. He returned home but was transported back to the hospital recently where it was determined he had an infection and internal bleeding. Chief Alexander passed away on Saturday, April 27, 2024, from the injuries he sustained in the accident.

The US Fire Administration is reporting the following Line of Duty Death: Jacksonville, FL Engineer Heath J. O'Shea, 44.
On Friday, April 12, 2024, Engineer Heath J. O’Shea was working at the fire station when he suffered a medical emergency. He was immediately transported to the hospital where he died on Saturday, April 13, 2024 from an ascending aortic aneurysm.

The US Fire Administration is reporting the following Line of Duty Death Notification: Rostraver Township, PA Safety Officer John “Billy” W. Bunardzya, 73.
On Saturday, April 6, 2024, Safety Officer John “Billy” W. Bunardzya responded to trees down on the roadway. He assisted in cutting the debris and moving it off of the street. He then returned home. He went to bed and passed away in his sleep from an apparent heart attack.

The US Fire Administration is reporting the following Line of Duty Death Notification: Clinton, SC Firefighter Michael Vinson, 27.
On Sunday, March 31, 2024, Firefighter Michael “Mike Mike” Vinson and another firefighter were responding to a service call in a fire apparatus. The fire apparatus and another vehicle collided at an intersection. Firefighter Michael “Mike Mike” Vinson was pronounced deceased at the scene. The other firefighter in the apparatus was flown to the Spartanburg Regional Hospital and has since been released. The civilian involved in the crash was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The crash is currently under investigation. Firefighter Vinson was also a member of the Laurens County Fire Service.

The US Fire Administration is reporting the following Line of Duty Death Notification: South Bound Brook, NJ Deputy Chief Craig Matthew Konkle, 54.
On Saturday, March 23, 2024, Deputy Chief Craig Matthew Konkle responded to the scene of a motor vehicle accident. He assisted at the crash site until the vehicle was removed and the scene was terminated. He then returned home. At approximately 2 p.m. that same day, he suffered a medical emergency. 9-1-1 was immediately called and he was rushed to the local hospital where he was pronounced deceased from an apparent heart attack.

The US Fire Administration is reporting the following Line of Duty Death Notification: Virginia Department of Forestry, Charlottesville, VA Firefighter James C. Ward, Jr. , 49.
On Saturday, March 30, 2024, Firefighter James Ward, Jr. was at the scene of a three-acre wildfire in Virginia when he collapsed while working with a hand crew. CPR was initiated and Firefighter Ward was then transported to the Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tennessee, where he was pronounced deceased. The fire was contained by Saturday evening.

The US Fire Administration is reporting the following Line of Duty Death: Olive Hill, KY Route 504 Volunteer Captain Roy Franklin Whitt, 72.
On Tuesday, March 12, 2024, Captain Roy Franklin Whitt was on his way to escort the body of Elliott County EMS EMT Drake Adams, who died earlier in the day, to a funeral home. Captain Whitt was driving a fire department apparatus southbound on Route 504 when he lost control of the vehicle. He hit a guard rail and traveled down an embankment to the edge of a river. He was pronounced deceased at the scene. Age: 72

The US Fire Administration is reporting the following Line of Duty Death: Fritch, TX Chief Zeb Smith, age 40.
On Tuesday, March 5, 2024, Chief Zeb Smith was the first to arrive at the scene of a residential fire. He entered the home to check on any occupants but did not exit. Fellow firefighters found him unresponsive and immediately began medical treatment. He was then transported to the Golden Plains Community Hospital where he later died. The cause of death has yet to be determined.

The US Fire Administration has announced the following Line of Duty Death: Kill Devil Hills, NC Assistant Chief Tommy Lee, age 82.
On Monday, Feb. 19, 2024, Assistant Chief Tommy Lee was participating in departmental physical fitness training. After the training, he returned home. At approximately 4:00 p.m., Assistant Chief Lee was found unresponsive on the garage floor. 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: 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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