On Oct. 3, Firefighter Russell Hayes, while driving a department truck, was on his way to have a pump inspected for annual certification. Hayes lost control of the vehicle, veered to the right side of the road, then overcorrected as he tried to get back, causing it to travel off the left side of the road and overturn. Hayes was air lifted to the Mercy Hospital in Springfield, MO, where he later died from injuries sustained in the accident.

On Sept. 22, Firefighter Robert James Phillips II responded to two emergency incidents, the last one being a motor vehicle accident at approximately 11:30 a.m.  On Sept. 23, at approximately 6:30 a.m., Phillips was found unresponsive by his wife at his residence. She called 911 and the Memphis Fire Department responded, but Phillips was pronounced dead at the scene. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be reported.
Incident Location: Intersection of Wales Center Road and Marquette Road, Wales Township (U.S. National Grid: 17T LH 63149 53587 (DD: 42.923, -82.677))

At approximately 4 p.m. on Sept. 7, Assistant Fire Chief David Fischer responded with the Sturgis Volunteer Fire Department and other local first-responders to a residential structure fire in Tilford, South Dakota. Upon arrival, firefighters found a single-family home that was fully involved in fire. The intense fire ignited several outbuildings on the property and threatened nearby propane tanks.
Firefighters made their initial attack, sent out a mutual aid call, and evacuated nearby residents. Soon after, responders were informed of a resident that was unaccounted for and last seen in the involved residence. As firefighters continued to fight the fire and attempted to locate the missing resident, a nearby propane tank experienced a catastrophic failure causing a Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion, or BLEVE.  The explosion instantly killed Fischer. In addition, the remains of the missing resident, an 82 year-old male, were found the following morning.

Incident Location: Tilford, South Dakota (U.S. National Grid: 13T FK 2524 0642 (DD: 44.300, -103.430))

Firefighter II Eric Aarseth worked the Horns Mountain Fire in Washington on August 27 and was released at 6:00 p.m.  On August 28, Aarseth was found unresponsive at his home in Oregon. Reports indicate that Aarseth developed pneumonia which became septic. Aarseth was treated at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Springfield, Oregon, but was taken off life support on September 3 after suffering irreversible damage to his organs. Aarseth passed away early the following morning on September 4.

Incident Location: Horns Mountain Fire near Northport, Washington (U.S. National Grid: 11U MQ 42732 18414 (DD: 48.916, -117.782))

Assistant Fire Chief Daniel “Danny” Lister was operating at the scene of a motor vehicle accident with multiple medical patients on Maryland Route 404 at Old Queen Anne Road and suffered a medical emergency. Resuscitation efforts on scene were unsuccessful and Lister passed away at the University of Maryland Shore Regional Health at Easton.

Incident Location: Maryland Route 404 and Old Queen Anne Road (U.S. National Grid: 18S VJ 15225 08781 (DD: 38.924, -75.978))

Raffle Drawing returns as part of the 4th Annual Metro Louisville Firefighters Rib Cook Off!  WIN 1 of 3 Great Prizes! Big Green Egg, Reed Custom Safe and Yeti Cooler.  Proceeds from this raffle benefit the WHAS Crusade for Children.  A $10.00 Donation gets you one chance to Win!  The drawing will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 5 PM.  Winner does not need to be present.  Tickets can be purchased in advance leading up to the Rib Cook Off at St. Matthews Fire District Station One located at 240 Sears Avenue between the hours of 8 AM and 5 PM.  Any questions please call (502) 893-7825.

The Small Print:

Proceeds benefit the WHAS Crusade for Children
License # ORG-1118

Must be 18 years of age or older to enter. Need not be present to win. Drawing will be held Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. First name to be drawn has first choice of prize. If winner is not present they will be notified and will have 2 weeks to claim prize. Winner will be solely responsible for all state, local and federal taxes related to winning this prize. Winner will be required to fill out IRS form W9 when prize is delivered and WHAS Crusade for Children, Inc. will remit to the IRS and Kentucky Revenue Cabinet IRS Form W2G with prize value and winner’s name. Employees of the WHAS Crusade for Children, Inc. are not eligible to win. Odds of winning will be determined by total number of entries. No cash option.
St. Matthews Fire District Station One
240 Sears Avenue • Louisville KY 40207



Battalion Chief Matthew Burchett was injured while on the fire line of the Ranch Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex fire north of San Francisco, California. Burchett was airlifted to a local hospital where he passed away from the injuries he sustained. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be reported. Burchett was one of five firefighters sent from the Draper City Fire Department in Utah to help fight the California wildland fires through a mutual aid agreement with CAL FIRE.

Incident Location: Ranch Fire, Mendocino Complex Fire, CA (off Highway 20 near Potter Valley, northeast of Ukiah) (U.S. National Grid: 10S DJ 8937 5205 (DD: 39.318, -123.123))