[cifnmedia] Fw: Notice of Firefighter Fatality - Wilmington, IL

  • From: "hollywoodfire822@xxxxxxxx" <hollywoodfire822@xxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Wed, 2 Jun 2004 04:21:37 GMT

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

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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 fatality:

Name: Alan David Toepke
Rank: Firefighter
Age: 30
Gender: Male
Status: Career (Seasonal)
Years of Service: 2
Date of Incident: 04/24/2004
Time of Incident: Pending
Date of Death: 04/24/2004               
Fire Department Name: Midewin Interagency Hotshot Crew  
Fire Department Address: U.S. Forest Service, Midewin Interagency Hotshot
Crew, Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, 30239 S. State Route 53,
Wilmington, IL 60481
Fire Department Phone: (815) 423-6370
Fire Department Website: http://www.fs.fed.us/mntp/Hotshots/IHC_Index.htm
Fire Department Chief: Superintendent  Lito Contreras
Cause of Death: Firefighter Toepke and his fellow Midewin Interagency
Hotshot Crew firefighters were returning to their home base in Illinois
after a fire assignment in Florida's Apalachicola National Forest. The
group stopped in Arkansas to rest for the evening. Toepke and Firefighter
Hazelton, also seriously injured in the incident, were walking across the
interstate when a semi-truck struck them.
Memorial Fund Contact and Address: The Toepke family has requested that
contributions in Al?s memory be made to either of two organizations: 
Dakota Pheasants Forever, Attn: Dave Roberts, 623 North 13th St.,
Bismarck, ND 58501 (www.dakotapf.com) OR YMCA Camp Olson to support cabin
restoration or camper scholarships as it celebrates its 50th anniversary
in 2004 (4160 Little Big Boy Road NE, Longville, MN 56655).

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Toepke at:

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

To date, 48 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2004.

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