[cifnmedia] Fw: Notice of Firefighter Fatality - Beaumont, TX

  • From: Rod Stewart <hollywoodfire822@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: cifnmedia@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2003 11:34:21 -0600

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

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To: "Firefighter Fatalities" <usfa-firefighters@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2003 12:38:28 -0500
Subject: Notice of Firefighter Fatality - Beaumont, TX

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

Name: Ricardo A. Gonzales
Rank: District Chief
Age: 47
Gender: Male
Status: Career
Date of Incident: 10/24/2003
Time of Incident: 0846hrs
Date of Death: 11/05/2003                        
Fire Department Name: Beaumont Fire Department        
Fire Department Address: P.O. Box 3827 Beaumont, TX 77704
Fire Department Phone: 409-880-3901
Fire Department Email: mbertrand@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Fire Department Chief: Micky Bertrand
Cause of Death: District Chief Gonzales was the Incident Commander at a
motor vehicle accident where a fire truck was involved in a collision and
overturned.  Three firefighters sustained minor injuries.  After
transporting the three firefighters to a local hospital in his city
vehicle, DC Gonzales returned to his station.  DC Gonzales made one more
emergency call at 1042hrs to a fire alarm activation.  Later that
DC Gonzales complained of pain in his neck, a headache and flu-like
symptoms.  He didn't feel he could safely make the 60+ mile commute to
home, so he slept at the fire station until approximately 1400hrs when he
left on sick leave and drove home.  He felt so poorly when he arrived at
his home in Jasper, TX that he drove directly to his physician's office,
where he was diagnosed as suffering a heart attack.  He received
medication and was admitted to a local hospital. Over the next few days,
DC Gonzales underwent several medical procedures including an
balloon angioplasty, and insertion of four stints. He was released from
the hospital 10/29/2003 and was reportedly feeling much better. On
11/05/2003, DC Gonzales was found dead at home by his wife, having
reportedly suffered cardiac and respiratory arrest.
Memorial Fund Contact and Address: The family asks that in lieu of
flowers, memorials be made to the Beaumont Professional Firefighters
399, c/o Ricky Gonzales, Hart Berwick Scholarship Fund, 1307 Wall Street,
Beaumont, TX 77701.

Tribute is being paid to District Chief Gonzales at:

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

To date, 98* firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2003.

*Please note that a fatality notice previously reported to USFA in 2003
was removed from our database on 12/02/03, when after further
investigation, it was learned the fatality did not meet the on-duty
criteria established for inclusion in USFA's annual report on firefighter

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