Fallen Firefighters 2002

The patron Saint of Firefighters is, St. Florian

Louis A. Rickards (55) President/Chief Emeritus
Lewes Fire Department, DE
Last Alarm: February 3, 2002
Cause of Death: Vehicle Accident

Christopher Kangas (14) Junior Firefighter
Brookhaven Fire Department, PA
Last Alarm: May 4, 2002
Cause of Death: Vehcile Accident

John Thomas Russo (59) Firefighter/Engineer
Montclair Fire DEpartment, California
Last Alarm: November 30, 2002
Cause of Death: Accidental

Firefighter Fatalities in the United States in 2001

According to data from the United States Fire Administration (USFA), during the period 1977 through 2002, there was an average of 115 fire fighter fatalities per year, not including the 343 fire fighters who died at the World Trade Center on 11 September 2001.1 Over the last decade, there have also been approximately 90 000 non-fatal fire fighter injuries annually, about half occurring at a fire scene.2 Fire fighters face many hazards, including physical stresses, ground and air transportation risks, as well as fire scene injury hazards that are specific to the fire fighting profession. Structural fires pose particular hazards to fire fighters from structural collapse or becoming lost or disoriented and unable to escape before running out of oxygen. For the period 1977 through 2000, the number of fire fighter deaths in structure fires declined 59%; however, the rate of fire fighter deaths from traumatic injuries during structural fire fighting has actually increased over this same time period.3 Fahy reports that in the late 1970s, traumatic fire fighter deaths occurred at a rate of 1.8 deaths per 100 000 structure fires; by the late 1990s, this rate had increased to 3.0 deaths per 100 000 structure fires.3 Despite improvements in personal protective equipment and other new technologies developed for fire fighting, the profession remains one of the most hazardous.

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Fallen Firefighters 2001

The patron Saint of Firefighters is, St. Florian

Fr. Mychal Judge (68) Chaplin
Fire Department New York, New York
Last Alarm: September 11, 2001
Cause of Death: Terrorist Attack

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343 Fallen Firefighters
Fire Department New York, NY
Last Alarm: September 11, 2001
Cause of Death: Terrorist Attack

National Fallen Firefighters Memorial since 1990 is officially designated by the United States Congress as the National Memorial to career and volunteer fallen firefighters. Located in Emmitsburg, Maryland, it was conceived as a tribute to American fire service. The memorial was constructed in 1981 on the campus of the National Fire Academy. Plaques listing the names of firefighters encircle the plaza from the same year. When a firefighter dies on duty, local fire officials notify the United States Fire Administration and a notice is immediately posted on the Memorial grounds. The flags over the Memorial are flown at half-staff in honor of the fallen firefighter. If some criteria are met, the fallen firefighter is honored at the annual memorial service. The Memorial is open to the public throughout the year.

Fallen Firefighters 1900 – 2000

The patron Saint of Firefighters is, St. Florian

Louis R. Mambretti  Lieutenant
San Francisco Fire Department, CA
Last Alarm: March 9, 1995
Cause of Death: Structure Fire

Howard E.”Howie” Strube (34) Firefighter
Canto Fire Department, IL
Last Alarm: September 1997
Cause of Death: Training Accident

Joseph C. Dupee (38) Fire Captain
Los Angeles City Fire Department, CA
Last Alarm: Sunday, March 8, 1998
Cause of Death: Structure Fire

Paul A. Brotherton (41) Firefighter
Worcester Fire Department, MA
Last Alarm: December 3, 1999
Cause of Death: Structure

Timothy P. Jackson (51) Firefighter
Worcester Fire Department, MA
Last Alarm: December 3, 1999
Cause of Death: Structure

Jeremiah M. Lucey (38) Firefighter
Worcester Fire Department, MA
Last Alarm: December 3, 1999
Cause of Death: Structure

James F. “Jay” Lyons III (34) Firefighter
Worcester Fire Department, MA
Last Alarm: December 3, 1999
Cause of Death: Structure

Joseph T. McGuirk (38) Firefighter
Worcester Fire Department, MA
Last Alarm: December 3, 1999
Cause of Death: Structure

Thomas E. “Tommy” Spencer (42) Lieutenant
Worcester Fire Department, MA
Last Alarm: December 3, 1999
Cause of Death: Structure

Deputy Kurt Wyman

Deputy Kurt Wyman E.O.W. 06-07-11
Deputy Sheriff Kurt Wyman was shot and killed during a standoff following a domestic disturbance in Knoxboro New York.

Officers went to the scene of a family disturbance about 9:00 pm when a man barricaded himself in his garage with a firearm. Negotiators were tried to get the man to surrender when he opened fire on them around 2:00 am, killing Deputy Wyman.
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Deputy Keith Bellar

Deputy Keith Bellar E.O.W. 06-07-11
Deputy Keith Bellar of the Dickson County Sheriffs Department in Tennessee, died due to a gunshot wound he sustained the previous day when he stopped to help at what he believed to be a car accident in Dickson.

A Dickson 911 dispatcher had just completed her shift when her estranged husband began following her. As the vehicles traveled on West Walnut Street the husband ran the wife off the road. Deputy Bellar witnessed the crash but was not aware it involved a domestic dispute.
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Officer Chuck Armour

Officer Chuck Armour E.O.W. 06-11-11
Police Officer Chuck Armour succumbed to injuries sustained one week earlier when he was intentionally struck by a vehicle he had attempted to stop while on foot patrol in the Greektown area of Detroit.

The driver driving the wrong way down a one way street and was yelling obscenities at pedestrians.

Officer Armour instructed the man to stop when observed him driving the wrong way on St. Antoine Street at approximately 12:30 am. Instead of stopping, the driver struck Officer Armour and then turned the wrong way down a another street. He was stopped by other officers and arrested on Monroe Street.
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Kevin Sandoval

Officer Kevin Sandoval E.O.W. 06-14-11

SOUTH PASADENA – Friends and colleagues of the South Pasadena police officer who died the day before remembered him Wednesday as a hard worker with an infectious smile.

Kevin Sandoval, 23, of Covina was doing firearms training when he fell and hit his head, authorities said. In an email, Chief Joseph Payne said Sandoval’s death was being investigated as an accident.

Gov. Jerry Brown said that in honor of Sandoval, Capitol flags were flown at half-staff Wednesday.

“Officer Sandoval had a promising future in law enforcement and public service that was tragically cut short,” Brown said.
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