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Old 04-13-2004, 05:31 AM
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North Carolina Bravest Killed In Wreck

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A black bow donning the front of a fire engine, a white one on the door and flags flying at half staff signified a day of sadness Wednesday at the Vann's Crossroads Fire Dept. Chief Jamey Jones greeted countless mourners and phone callers who paid their respects to a fallen comrade.

Junior volunteer fireman Phillip Stephen Hulen lived his 19 years to the fullest, according to friends. An outstanding young citizen, his life was tragically cut short when he was killed in a single-vehicle accident just north of Newton Grove.



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Old 04-15-2004, 06:49 AM
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Kenneth Eugene Sterling of 605 Ethel Road, died Saturday, April 10, 2004. He was the son of David Eugene and Brazella Snoddy Sterling.

He was a 1978 graduate of Greer High School, member of the 1978 State Championship of Greer High School and graduated from Denmark College. Mr. Sterling was an EMS Firefighter for the Westview-Fairforest Fire Department, Greenville City Fire Department, BMW Fire Department and the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport. He received a Distinguished Service Medal of Honor Award in April 2002.
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Old 04-19-2004, 11:10 AM
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Alaska Fire Chief Suffers Heart Attack

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Mike Fenster, acting Chief of Capital City Fire/Rescue, Juneau, Alaska, suffered a heart attack on Thursday, April 15.

According to Fire Marshall Richard Etheridge, Chief Fenster, 57 had spent his Thursday shift working on contract negotiations. "He left the firehouse at approximately 5 p.m. He was home alone when he called 911 around 7 p.m., fearing that he would be unable to drive to the hospital." Chief Fenster suffered a heart attack at approximately 7:30 p.m. while riding in the back of the ambulance.



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Old 04-23-2004, 07:38 PM
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Firehouse.com Line of Duty Death Notification
Friday, April 23, 2004
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South Carolina Lt. Collapses At Scene

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A Chesterfield Fire Department firefighter in South Carolina collapsed at a fire scene and died of the heart attack later at the Chesterfield General Hospital Thursday, April 22.

Lt. Bruce Rogers, 56, was moving toward the pumper at the scene of a multi-alarm fire that destroyed the town community center, when he collapsed. Paramedics on the scene worked on Rogers and transported him to the hospital where he was pronounce dead, according to Chaplain and Firefighter Phillip Caulder.



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Old 04-24-2004, 10:55 AM
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Illinois District Chief Suffers Heart Attack; Dies At Home

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Rockford's bravest lost one of their own Monday when District Chief Kevin McIntyre died of an apparent heart attack at his home. Police were called to McIntyre's home on Sage Drive around 5:30 p.m. and discovered his body. The Winnebago County coroner's office was called out, and the 45-year-old firefighter was pronounced dead at 5:43 p.m.



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Old 04-28-2004, 12:23 PM
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Illinois Firefighter Killed in Firetruck Collision

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Two fire trucks collided Tuesday at a suburban intersection west of Chicago, killing one firefighter and injuring two others.

One of the injured was hospitalized in serious condition. There was no immediate word on the other's condition.
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Firefighters Lay Wreath At Site Of Fire Truck Crash
Collision Kills One, Injures Two




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The front of one of the units was destroyed in the impact.






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An overhead shot of the accident scene and overturned pumper.






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Firefighters gather late Tuesday night at the scene of the tragic accident.






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The second pumper involved in Tuesday's accident.






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An overhead shot of the overturned pumper.



COURTESY NBC5.com



MELROSE PARK, Ill. -- Firefighters gathered overnight to lay a wreath at the site where two fire trucks struck each other, killing a 34-year-old firefighter, as they headed to a garage fire in Franklin Park.

? Images: Firefighters Gather; Accident Scene
? Video: Firefighter Killed

Two other firefighters were injured, one of them critically, when the trucks collided Tuesday evening. A witness said the crash sounded like a bomb went off.

The firefighter died at Loyola University Medical Center in the Chicago suburb of Maywood, said hospital spokeswoman Sandra Martinez.

The collision happened about 6 p.m. at an intersection on the border of the suburbs of Northlake and Melrose Park. Trucks from Northlake and the suburb of Stone Park were involved, according to witnesses.

Cecil Graham, 39, a mechanic with Pollard Motor Co. in Melrose Park, said he was walking outside when he saw one firetruck heading through the intersection of Mannheim Road and Armitage Avenue. The other firetruck was traveling along Mannheim.

"As soon as (the truck) crossed the first lane of traffic, that's when I heard the bomb -- the big explosion," he said.

Graham said one firetruck landed on its side after the collision.

"I could see underneath the truck, the whole thing," he said.

Investigators believe the Northlake was turning north on Mannheim from the eastbound lanes of Armitage when it struck the Stone Park's only firetruck, which was traveling north on Mannheim.

"Clearly, this is a tragic event for both communities," said Stone Park Village Attorney Dean Krone. "I'm sure that all members of the departments and of other departments feel very deeply about this situation."

Firefighters involved in the accident had to extricate at least one firefighter from the truck and had to extinguish flames coming from it.

Ellen Maslo, a receptionist at Pollard, said the trucks were "pretty mangled" when she stepped outside.

"I thought if anybody came out of there, it would be a miracle," she said.

NBC5's Rob Elgas reported that investigators said both the Northlake truck and the Stone Park truck were responding to the same call -- a garage fire in nearby Lyons Township.

"I don't know whether there was communication between the two departments tonight," Krone said.

The 34-year-old Stone Park firefighter who died in the accident was also a Chicago firefighter assigned to Engine No. 57 at Division and Western, where he was an EMT, NBC5's Amy Jacobson reported.

The driver of the Stone Park fire truck was in critical condition at Loyola Tuesday night and was undergoing surgery for two broken femurs, a collapsed lung and head injuries.

"Considering that we work with these people all the time, it kind of hits home," said 32-year fire veteran Capt. Carl Lite. "There's small fender benders with ambulances and passenger cars, but with two firetrucks like this, no."

A 27-year-old Stone Park firefighter was at Elmhurst Hospital in serious condition Tuesday night, but his injuries were not life-threatening.

Two other firefighters were treated for minor injuries and released Tuesday night.
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RAPIDS CITY -- Friends and family mourn the death of a local soldier who died in the war with Iraq.

Sgt. Landis Garrison 23, of Rapids City, died yesterday in combat. He served with the 333rd Military Police unit out of Freeport.

The Illinois Army National Guard tonight isn't saying how Sgt. Garrison was killed. His family in Rapids City got the news of his death late Thursday night with a knock at their door. Then the fire department was paged.

Inside, a lot of hugs and tears. Outside, flags fly at half staff outside the Port Byron Fire Station in tribute to Sgt. Landis Garrison.

?He just, he had a heart of gold,? said firefighter Tony DeCap.

For his friends and fellow firefighters on the small department, the fact he won't be coming back, still sinking in.

?Great guy, he'd do anything for you, had a big heart,? he added, nodding.

Garrison was only 23, but started on the fire department here when he was just 17.

In Iraq, as a military police officer now for a year, Garrison?s friends at the fire station kept in touch, publicly showing their support and pride for their soldier.

?He wanted to serve his country like everything else he did, he did it 110 percent.?

Garrison was supposed to be home now. His unit actually he got to the airport and was sent back north.?

His friends here just got an email from Landis on Sunday, who told them he was headed back into Iraq Monday, thanking them for their support and assuring them a welcome home party was in the works.

?Greatest, fun-loving guy I ever had to meet,? said firefighter Steve Sallows. ?I'll never forget him.?

Garrison was also a part-time police officer for Hampton.

Funeral arrangements are still pending, but we're told it may be held in Riverdale High School to accommodate all the people.
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We had a large fire in a downtown building. I took my crew in to lay down water at the base of the fire. We had gone about ten feet into the building when the roof collapsed. Those big timbers just missed me by six inches or less. We backed out of there post haste. I told the chief "no one is going in there until the fire and building has been stabilized.

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