[cifnmedia] Fw: Notice of Firefighter Fatalities - Towanda, KS; New Brunswick, NJ; Harlan, KY; and Kansas City, MO

  • From: "hollywoodfire822@xxxxxxxx" <hollywoodfire822@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: cifnmedia@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 8 Sep 2004 03:35:55 GMT

9-11-01:Never forget or fallen brother firefighters

---------- Forwarded Message ----------
This is a message from the Department of Homeland Security/U.S. Fire 
You may submit your comments or request additional information, by contacting 
through our web site at: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/applications/feedback/
The U.S. Fire Administration has received notice of the following
firefighter fatalities:

Name:  Cordell French                                                   
Rank:  Firefighter/EMS Director
Age:    44
Gender:  Male 
Status:  Volunteer
Years of Service:  15           
Date of Incident:  8/28/2004
Time of Incident:  2130
Date of Death:  8/28/2004       
Fire Department Name:   Towanda Fire Department 
Fire Department Address:  110 S. 3rd Street, Towanda, KS  67144
Fire Department Phone:  316-536-2243
Fire Department Website and/or Email:  firechief@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Fire Department Chief:  T.C. Pyle
Cause of Death:  Firefighter French died from an apparent heart attack
after returning from a fire department drill.
Memorial Fund Contact and Address:  William Adkins, Box 358, Towanda, KS 

Name:  James D'Heron                                            
Rank:  Deputy Chief
Age:  51
Gender:  Male 
Status:  Career
Years of Service:  23           
Date of Incident:  9/3/2004     
Time of Incident:  0304
Date of Death:  9/3/2004        
Fire Department Name:  New Brunswick, NJ Fire Department                
Fire Department Address:  93 Joyce Kilmer Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ  08901
Fire Department Phone:  732-521-3498    
Fire Department Chief:  Director Robert McLaughlin              
Cause of Death:  Deputy Chief D'Heron was the first to respond to a
reported fire in a two family dwelling.  Upon his arrival, he entered the
structure and alerted the residents to the fire.  After the approximately
15 occupants evacuated and while Chief D'Heron was still inside the
structure, there was some type of explosion or similar event that caused
an extremely rapid deterioration of conditions that trapped the Chief and
resulted in his death.
Wake Arrangements:  Viewing will be held at the Boylan Funeral Home; 188
Easton Ave., New Brunswick on Tuesday, September 7, 2004 between the hours
of 2 to 4 pm and 7 to 9 pm.
Funeral Arrangements:  A funeral service is scheduled on Wednesday,
September 8, 2004 at 8:30 am for the New Brunswick Fire Department members
only at Boylan's.  A general service will be held at 10:00 am followed by
a Mass at the St. Peters Roman Catholic Church on Somerset Street.  Burial
will be at St. Peters Cemetery.

Name: Lester Philips
Rank: Chief
Age: 72
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Date of Incident: 08/02/2004
Time of Incident: Unknown
Date of Death: 08/04/2004       
Fire Department Name:  Sunshine Volunteer Fire Department
Fire Department Address: 443 KY 3459, Harlan, KY 40831
Fire Department Phone: (606) 573-1212
Fire Department Chief: Unknown
Cause of Death: Chief Philips died in the hospital several days after
suffering an apparent heart attack at the scene of a house fire.
Memorial Fund Contact and Address:   Sunshine Baptist Church Building Fund
at P.O. Box 973, Harlan, KY 40831; or the Sunshine Fire Department, 443 KY
3459, Harlan, KY 40831.


Name: Gerald "Mac" McGowan
Rank: Acting Captain
Age: 57
Gender: Male
Status: Career
Years of Service: 32
Date of Incident: 09/05/2004
Time of Incident: 1715hrs
Date of Death: 09/05/2004               
Fire Department Name:  Kansas City Fire Department
Fire Department Address: 414 E 12th St., Kansas City, MO 64106
Fire Department Phone: (816) 784-9200
Fire Department Website: http://www.kcmo.org
Fire Department Chief: Richard Dyer
Cause of Death: Acting Captain McGowan died from injuries sustained when
the pumper apparatus he was riding in, en route to a reported apartment
building fire, collided with two vehicles and crashed into a tree.

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Tribute is being paid to Firefighter French, Deputy Chief D'Heron, Chief
Philips and Captain McGowan at:

Additional information on firefighter fatalities may be found on the USFA
web site at:

To date, 77 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2004.

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