[cifnmedia] Fw: Notices of Firefighter Fatality - Bethalto, IL and Boise, ID

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  • Date: Sat, 27 Mar 2004 05:59:44 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 fatalities:

Name: James E. Towell
Rank: Pilot
Age: 63
Gender: Male
Status: Career
Date of Incident: 03/16/2004
Time of Incident:       Unknown
Date of Death: 03/16/2004
Fire Department Name: National Aviation Office (NAO)            
Fire Department Address: 3833 S. Development Ave., Boise, Idaho 83705
Fire Department Phone: 208-387-5448
Fire Department Website: http://aviation.blm.gov/admin.htm
Fire Department Chief:  Aviation Group Manager Dave Dash                
Cause of Death: Died in an aircraft crash near Safford, AZ, while training
at the Bureau of Land Management's Single-Engine Air Tanker (SEAT) Pilot

Name: Mike Lehnen
Rank: Assistant Chief
Age: 57
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: 29
Date of Incident: 03/20/2004
Time of Incident: 1019hrs       
Date of Death: 03/21/2004                       
Fire Department Name: Bethalto Fire Department  
Fire Department Address: 213 N. Prairie St., Bethalto, IL 62010
Fire Department Phone: (618) 377-6421
Fire Department Chief: John Nolte       
Cause of Death: Assistant Chief Lehnen suffered a stroke at his residence.
All interventions by first responders and at the hospital failed and he
passed away the following day (03/21). He had worked a house fire the
previous afternoon at 1500hrs.
Viewing/Wake Arrangements: Visitation is Thursday from 4 -8 p.m. at the
Payanic Funeral Home in Rosewood Heights.
Funeral Arrangements: The funeral service is Friday at 10 a.m. at Our Lady
Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 132 Butcher St., Bethalto, IL. A
firefighter procession will follow to interment at Rose Lawn Memorial
Gardens in Bethalto.
Memorial Fund Contact and Address: Donations for a memorial can be made
through the Catholic Church at: Mike Lehnen Memorial Fund, Our Lady Queen
of Peace Catholic Church, 132 Butcher St., P.O. Box 100, Bethalto, IL
62010. All donations will be given to the Back-Stoppers Foundation to
assist families of fallen firefighters and law-enforcement officials.

Tribute is being paid to Pilot Towell and Assistant Chief Lehnen at:

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

To date, 29 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2004.

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