On December 11, 1983 Firefighter Douglas C. Ambrozewycz responded to a building fire at 102 Smith Street (Frank’s Bakery) with Protection Hook & Ladder Company # 1. While engaged in fire suppression, a section of the first floor collapsed, sending him through the floor into the fire below. He was injured with 2nd & 3rd degree burns and received extensive medical care including numerous blood transfusions. Due to the required blood transfusions for the injuries sustained, he contracted Hepatits C which appeared many years later. This disease caused many debilitating health conditions including liver failure which ultimately caused his death on June 10, 2018.
Incident Location: 102 Smith Street, Perth Amboy, NJ (U.S. National Grid: 18T WK 6210 8447)
While performing wildland firefighting operations, Firefighter Richard “Andy” Loller, Jr. suffered a medical emergency. Loller was flown by helicopter to receive medical treatment and was stabilized before being placed on a medical airplane to receive further treatment at a hospital in Odessa. While in flight, Firefighter Loller passed away from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be reported.
Weatherford Fire Department
122 S. Alamo
Weatherford, Texas 76086
Chief: Paul Rust
While en route to a water rescue at Morrow Mountain State Park with confirmed persons in the water, Firefighter Snavely was involved in a motor vehicle crash with a commercial motor vehicle on Hwy 205. Snavely passed away from traumatic injuries sustained during the crash. The incident is under investigation by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.
East Side Fire Department
805 Laton Road
Albemarle, North Carolina 28001
Chief: Andy Efird
On 05/31/2018 at 2100hrs, Chief Tony Spencer III finished participating in a Firefighter I & II Hose certification class. A few hours later at approximately 0130hrs on 06/01/2018, Chief Spencer suffered a cardiac arrest at his residence and was airlifted to Norfolk Medical Center. Chief Spencer passed away on 06/03/2018 at Norfolk Medical Center from the injuries sustained.
Engelhard Fire & Rescue
34545 US-264 Hwy
PO Box 296
Engelhard, North Carolina 27824
Chief: Assistant Chief Mitchell Gibbs/Assistant Chief Johnny Gibbs
“We use every opportunity to make our fire department safer,” said Chief David Howser referring to the $2,310.00 that the Lyndon Fire Department was recently awarded by the Kentucky League of Cities Insurance Services (KLCIS). The grant will be used for the purchase of firefighter protective hoods and gloves. Chief Howser said that, in these uncertain times, grants such as this one are a practical way to make our budget go further, as well as provide protective equipment for our firefighters who are out there everyday serving us all.
The Kentucky League of Cities Insurance Services has awarded in excess of $4 million since the Safety Grant Program started. “our philosophy is to prevent injuries and claims from happening,” says Jon Steiner executive director/CEO. “We want to partner with our members, and this safety grant promotes good risk management. There is no better way to invest our member’s money.
Pictured here Chief David Howser receives the grant check from KLCIS’s Loss Control Specialist Aaron Parrish. Thank you KLCIS for this grant, and investing in the safety of our firefighters, so that they can continue to protect others!
On May 13, 2018, Firefighter Thomas Albert Cannon went into cardiac arrest at the beginning of his shift while performing truck and equipment checks in the firehouse. Firefighter Cannon was treated by fellow responders then rushed to the hospital where he passed away the following day.
Incident Location: 100 Union ST, Attleboro, MA 02703-2905 (U.S. National Grid: 19T CG 1077 4576)
Firefighter William F. Brinza III responded to a reported structure fire near Elk River Marina. While still in the driver seat shortly after arriving on scene, Firefighter Brinza suffered a medical event. Despite the efforts of his fellow firefighters and Grove EMS paramedics already on scene, Firefighter Brinza succumbed to a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be determined.
Incident Location: 65261 E 250 RD, Grove, OK 74344 (U.S. National Grid: 15S UA 4730 5775)