[cifnmedia] Fw: Notices of Firefighter Fatality - MA and PA

  • From: Rod Stewart <hollywoodfire822@xxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Thu, 6 Nov 2003 00:13:30 -0600

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

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To: "Firefighter Fatalities" <usfa-firefighters@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 5 Nov 2003 17:48:08 -0500
Subject: Notices of Firefighter Fatality - MA and PA

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 fatalities:

Name:  Barry M. Bennett
Rank:  Lieutenant
Age:  49
Gender:  Male
Status:  Career
Years of Service:  18        
Date of Incident:  10/15/1987
Date of Death:  11/02/2003                        
Fire Department Name:  Cambridge Fire Department                
Fire Department Address:  491 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138
Fire Department Phone:  617-349-4944
Fire Department Web site:  www.cambridgefire.org
Fire Department Chief:         Gerald R. Reardon                         
Cause of Death:  Firefighter Bennett was inadvertently punctured by a
needle while rendering assistance at a medical emergency on October 15,
1987. The Cambridge Fire Department responds to approximately 10,000 such
medical emergencies each year.  The injury was reported immediately and
began a course of medical treatment and observation. Unfortunately, he
tested positive for Hepatitis-C and began a more aggressive form of
treatment.  He was promoted to Lieutenant on September 18, 1998 and
continued to work until early 2003 when his illness progressed to the
point where he could no longer perform his duties. He was placed on an
organ donor list for a new liver, which he received in May 2003 because
his condition had become so grave.  In spite of the best efforts of the
medical community and the brave fight waged by Lt. Bennett and his
he succumbed to his injuries on November 2, 2003.
Wake Arrangements:  Viewing - 4:00pm to 8:00pm November 5, 2003, DeVito
Funeral Home, 761 Mt. Auburn St., Watertown, MA
Funeral Arrangements:  Celebration of Life - 11:00am, November 6, 2003 at
the Funeral Home. Members are requested to attend in uniform.
Memorial Fund Contact and Address:  Cambridge Firemen?s Federal Credit
Union, 617-864-2298, 100 Smith Place, Cambridge, MA 02138

Name:  Darrel Michaels
Rank:  President of Russell Fire Company
Age:  60
Date of Incident:  10/24/2003
Date of Death:  11/03/2003
Time of Death:  1930hrs
Fire Department:  Russell Fire Company
Fire Department Address:  One Perrigo Lane, PO Box 66, Russell, PA 16345
Fire Department Telephone:  814-757-8211
Fire Department Chief:  Dave Schwanke
Cause of Death:  On Friday, October 24th, President Michaels was at the
station on standby and also getting ready for a fundraiser. He had
up a storage ladder in the fire station, and for an unknown cause, fell
and hit his head and was discovered injured at the bottom of the ladder. 
He had been kept on life support until November 3 when the life support
was removed.
Viewing:  Thursday, November 6, 2003 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and again at
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Fire Station, One Perrigo Lane, Russell,
Viewing also scheduled one hour prior to funeral service on Friday,
November 7th at 10:00 a.m.
Funeral:  Friday, November 7, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. at the Russell United
Methodist Church, Main Street, Russell, PA.
Memorial Fund:  C/o Russell Fire Company, One Perrigo Lane, PO Box 66,
Russell, PA 16345

Tribute is being paid to Lieutenant Bennett and Company President

Additional information on firefighter fatalities may be found on the USFA
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To date, 89 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2003.

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