We regret to pass on to you the Line of Duty Deaths of the following two Firefighters:Swainsboro, Georgia:Lt Ricky Thurman died in the Line of Duty this evening Monday, May 4, 2015, Lieutenant Thurman was operating at the scene of a house fire on Wadley Road at around 2200 hours. While operating at the fire, he suffered cardiac arrest and was unable to be revived. Swainsboro is east of Macon and south of Augusta. Pine Grove, PennsylvaniaFirefighter Timothy Peters, 46, responded to a medical assistance call with his fire company (Pine Grove Hose, Hook and Ladder Fire Co. No. 1) on the afternoon of April 30, 2015. Later that evening at 1930 hrs, Peters was stricken by an apparent heart attack at his residence. Emergency personnel were summoned and treated Peters then transported him to the hospital where he succumbed to his injury. Pine Grove is northeast of Harrisburg. Our condolences to all those affected by the loss of both Firefighters. RIP....
Responding to Your Own Mental Health
By Mark Lamplugh
A firefighterâs job is unlike any other. We wear our pride
and dedication to our careers on our sleeves, on the windows of our cars,
tattooed on our bodies. All my life growing up I wanted to be involved in the
fire service. It helped that my dad, grandfather, and great-grandfather were
all firefighters â not to mention my uncle and two cousins. I really didnât
have much of a choice. I remember walking into the engine room, running up
and ringing the bell on the front of the truck, smelling the fire gear hanging
on the racks, and playing the pinball games.
The trauma that we see as firefighters on a daily basis
will take a toll. Understanding how to deal with your bodyâs reactions to
trauma may put you ahead of the game. Taking advantage of simple ways to
recognize that weâre starting to struggle mentally with what we see on the job
may be as important as life or death.
I started as a junior in 1994. They changed the bylaws that
year and moved the age up just so I could join sooner. I worked the bingos
every Friday night and set up for the weddings on the weekends. I took every
fire school that came available. I wanted to learn everything as fast as I
Looking back on all the trainings available, there was a
class they forgot: how to respond to your own mental health.
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As a camera pans, three Boston firefighters sit in front of a wall
plastered with images of their fallen comrades.Their colleagues did not
perish in a rampaging fire or in a sundered building.They all succumbed to
cancer.Their stories were on full display during a screening last week of a
new, emotional video (LINK BELOW) on the toll cancer has exacted on Bostonâs firefighting
force. Since 1990, more than 160 Boston firefighters have died from the disease,
fire officials said, and every year, 20 firefighters are diagnosed with
cancer.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOvBypsaHogâThe first thing that went through my head when the doctor said I had
cancer was that, âIâm going to die,â â Firefighter Mark Matthews says in the
video. âThe question I asked him was: âWhen?â âThe video shows women posting
on the blank wall pictures of their husbands lost to cancer. A firefighter
tearfully recalls a colleague buried close by. Family members hold the uniform
hats of their loved ones.âItâs killing our members, simple as that,â
Commissioner Joseph E. Finn says in the video. âThe one thing that is going to
kill firefighters more quickly than a building collapse, more quickly than
getting trapped â itâs cancer.âThe video is part of Finnâs appeal to the
cityâs 1,400 firefighters to always wear their protective gear â including hoods
and air masks â even as a blaze retreats and begins to smolder. Chronic exposure
to heat and smoke toxins leaves firefighters vulnerable and at risk, officials
said.Finn commissioned the documentary, produced by Embryo Creative of
Boston, as part of his safety, health, and wellness campaign. He also called on
veteran members of the Fire Department living with cancer to help
him.The commissioner held a private screening at Florian Hall â the home
of Boston Firefighters Local 718 â on Thursday with families of firefighters
stricken with cancer. He said the department had recognized for a long time
cancerâs impact on the force, and said the administration of Mayor Martin J.
Walsh is supporting resources that address firefightersâ health and
safety.Finn showed families four versions of the video â one lasting seven
minutes; the others much shorter â saying he wanted them to have a first look at
the project before making it public. The department plans to show the video at
the cityâs 33 firehouses, and to the mayor and City Council. The video also will
be on the departmentâs website and, later, on social media. Finn will also
present the video at a meeting on firefighter cancer prevention in Phoenix this
week.The department used $30,000 from a training grant to have the video
made.The video uses somber music that builds, aiming to tug at the
heartstrings and conscience of a force known for its toughness and machismo.
Tearful participants urge firefighters to always use their air tanks and wash
their soot-laced clothing after a blaze.At the end of the video, a roster of
the lives lost to cancer rolls on the screen.âYou want to make it
memorable,ââ said Steve MacDonald, spokesman for the department. âFirefighters
go through a lot of training. The purpose of the video is to make an impression
in the firefighters, to make them remember it.âThe video starts with
Firefighter Kevin McNiff, a 27-year member of the force, sitting in front of a
wall of portraits posted on the third floor at Boston Fire Department
headquarters. He suffers from stage four kidney cancer that has spread to his
lungs.âCancer is taking the job I love away from me,ââ he says.Matthews
was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on Motherâs Day last year, he said in an
interview. He had surgery in the fall to remove 40 percent of his pancreas. But
the cancer raged back and has metastasized to his liver. Doctors have given him
nine months to live, he said.He does not know what caused it, but canât help
but wonder whether the hazardous fumes and chemicals he encountered while
extinguishing fires over the past 30 years had something to do with it.âThe
new kids come on, and they think they can lift the whole world; you are not
thinking thatââ you can get cancer, Matthews said in the interview.He said
he knows many other firefighters with the disease. He named 10 people he said
have had cancer during his years in the firehouse on Columbus Avenue.âI call
it the contaminated house,ââ said Matthews, who eventually moved to another
station.He worked as an engineman, among the first firefighters charging
into a building to the seat of a blaze, where the fire rages most ferociously.
After firefighters would tamp down the fire, Matthews said he did not always
keep on his air mask, a bad habit he hopes other firefighters avoid.âFor the
younger guys, wear your mask all the time,ââ Matthews warned. âOld-school guys
like me didnât always keep our masks on. Guys, we arenât made out of
plastic.âThe video also features Billy Foley, a 64-year-old retired member
of the force who has brain cancer and stage four lung cancer. A 38-year veteran
of the department, Foley says in the video he and his colleagues never talked
about cancer in the firehouse and that maybe he did not wear his air mask when
he should have.In an interview, Foley said he âwas not one of those people
who went to a hospital â or a doctor.â But in October 2009, while battling a
fire on Purchase Street, he was taken to the hospital when the hatchback of his
chiefâs car struck him on the head. His vision instantly became blurry.Less
than a week later, he said doctors operated on his head and removed a tumor the
size of a tennis ball. The cancer had originated in his lungs, he said in an
interview.His life is now laced with regular cancer treatments and visits
with specialists.At the screening Thursday, Foley sat with his wife and five
children. An image of him came on a large screen. His children leaned into each
other as he spoke. His wife, Maryann, wiped tears from her eyes.âIt affects
our family tremendously,ââ she later said. âItâs life-changing.â
JOANNE RATHE/GLOBE STAFFAt department headquarters, portraits
illustrate the toll cancer has taken on Boston firefighters, who are at risk
because of chronic exposure to heat and toxic smoke, officials said.Meghan
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As an update to the earlier Secret List, we regret to pass
on to you that the Orchard Farm Fire Protection District is mourning the loss
of a longtime volunteer Firefighter today. Firefighter / Engineer Larry
Lawhorn, 60, suffered an apparent medical event while responding to an
emergency call in Portage Des Sioux early this morning and later died in the
Line of Duty.
Shortly after 0200, Lawhorn was traveling northbound on Highway J responding to
a structure fire on Second Street in Portage Des Sioux when his OFFPD vehicle
left the roadway and came to rest in a field. He was found by other personnel
as they left the Portage Des Sioux call. Despite resuscitation efforts by
Firefighters from the OFFPD and Rivers Pointe Fire Protection District and
Paramedics from St. Charles County Ambulance District, Lawhorn was later
pronounced dead on-scene.
Lawhorn had a long career in fire protection, serving with the St. Charles Fire
Protection District prior to volunteering for OFFPD. Arrangements are pending
with Baue Funeral Homes in St. Charles. For additional information, please
contact: Chief Jeremey Hollrah: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our condolences to all affected. RIP.
Take Care. be Careful. Pass it On.
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As an update to the earlier Secret List, we regret to pass on to you that the Orchard Farm Fire Protection District (Missouri) is mourning the loss of a longtime volunteer Firefighter today. Firefighter / Engineer Larry Lawhorn, 60, suffered an apparent medical event while responding to an emergency call in Portage Des Sioux early this morning and later died in the Line of Duty.Shortly after 0200, Lawhorn was traveling northbound on Highway J responding to a structure fire on Second Street in Portage Des Sioux when his OFFPD vehicle left the roadway and came to rest in a field. He was found by other personnel as they left the Portage Des Sioux call. Despite resuscitation efforts by Firefighters from the OFFPD and Rivers Pointe Fire Protection District and Paramedics from St. Charles County Ambulance District, Lawhorn was later pronounced dead on-scene.Lawhorn had a long career in fire protection, serving with the St. Charles Fire Protection District prior to volunteering for OFFPD. Arrangements are pending with Baue Funeral Homes in St. Charles. For additional information, please contact: Chief Jeremey Hollrah: email@example.com...
We regret to pass on to you that a Madison County (Tennessee-NE of Memphis) Firefighter has traumatically died in the line of duty. While operating at an overnight vehicle fire (as the result of a crash) at Highway 18 and Medon-Malesus Road last night. Firefighter Chris Blankenship was fatally injured when a tree unexpectedly fell on top of Firefighter Blankenship trapping him beneath the tree and the ground.Firefighter Blankenship was taken to Jackson-Madison County General Hospital after being administered first-aid on scene by fellow firefighters but later passed away at the hospital.. FF Blankenship was assigned to Fire Station #2, served 10 years with the department and leaves behind a wife, Ashley Chism Blankenship, and two children, Baily and Chase. Funeral arrangements are pending. More to follow. KTIYP's. Our condolences to all those affected. RIP....