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article image13 Days 13 FireFighters Killed

By FireFightingNews.com     Feb 8, 2007 in Health
Thirteen firefighters have been killed in the line of duty over the past thirteen days. Eleven from the United States and two from Canada have died while protecting their citizens.
Year to date, 19 firefighters have died from the United States and Canada as a result of incidents that occurred in 2007.
"This is a grim reminder on how dangerous the fire service is", said Barry McConaghey chief editor of FireFightingNews.com.
"In 25 years in the fire service, it's one of the worst periods I can remember".
It all started January 26 in Tennessee when firefighter Shane Daughtee from Highway 58 Fire Department lost his life while rescuing a family of three from a house fire. He apparently went through a floor while battling a blaze at a large home.
January 29th in South Carolina Firefighter Kenneth Fahey was operating a Forest Service truck returning from a controlled burn when his vehicle apparently crossed over into oncoming traffic striking a semi-tractor trailer head-on.
January 30th in West Virginia Firefighters Craig L. Dorsey and Frederick Burroughs from Ghent Volunteer Fire Department died from an explosion which happened just as a fire truck was pulling into a gas station in response to a reported gas leak.
February 1st in Pennsylvania Firefighter Robert H. Hegney of Se-Wy-Co Volunteer Fire Company worked a dwelling fire. That evening Hegney attended drill night where he complained of not feeling well to others. He was transported to the hospital with flu like systems. While being transferred for an angioplasty he went into cardiac arrest and passed away.
February 2nd in Illinois Firefighter Michael Fox of Vergennes Volunteer Fire Dept. suffered a fatal heart on his way to an emergency call.
February 4th in Pennsylvania Firefighter Jeremy LaBella of Washington Fire Department was killed battling a blaze after a roof at the rear of a house collapsed, causing a canopy over a nearby sidewalk to fall on him.
February 5 in New York Fire Commissioner and Safety Officer Anthony Catania of Middle Island Fire Department was responding to an EMS call and began to experience the affects of a stroke. Catania had difficulty breathing and was unable to exit his vehicle. He notified dispatch; medical assistance responded and transported Catania to the hospital. After being transferred to another hospital, Commissioner Catania underwent surgery; however, he did not recover and passed away.
February 5th in Winnipeg, Canada Firefighters Thomas Nichols and Harold Lessard were killed while scouring a burning house for trapped victims. A back-draft occurred as the firefighters entered the building.
February 6th in New Jersey Firefighter David Kelty was killed when his Bronco he was driving to the scene of a fire slammed head-on into an SUV.
Courtesy of FireFightingNews.com
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