1-Followup information on the two firefighters killed today in New Knoxville, Ohio.
2-EIGHT firefighters injured (2 critical) in Memphis today when two apparatus collided with each other… scroll down for the info.
3-Go to the NEWS/INFO section at the bottom of our home page at www.FirefighterCloseCalls.com for a followup on the Florida recruit death-the Chief of Miami-Dade FR has reassigned all those who were in charge of the firefighting training exercise that ended in that fatality.
UPDATE: 2 Firefighters Killed in Ohio Today.
-Initial reports from reliable fire personnel is that 2 firefighters were on top of the silo-and one was in the bucket of the tower ladder. When the explosion occurred, the FF on the tower ladder and one of the firefighters on the top of the silo were the ones who lost their lives. The third firefighter was reported to have been thrown–but landed in a full dumpster–that may have saved his life.
-The New Bremen Fire Department, the FD that lost the firefighters, was a mutual aid FD that responded in to assist New Knoxville at this fire.
Also go to www.whiotv.com (video at that site) as well as www.onnnews.com for additional info, as well as check out the FIRE news related www sites.
FUNERAL INFORMATION: Very tentative and unconfirmed information indicates that there will probably be a wake and funeral for one of the firefighters on Friday and Saturday, with the other being held on Sunday and Monday… that info may help those of you making plans. When we have official information-we will send it out a notification via The Secret List.
Our deepest respect, sympathy and condolences go out to the family and friends of Firefighters Kenneth Jutte and John Garman, as well as the Officers and Members of their FD-and the FD’s involved in that job.
Take Care–BE CAREFUL.
The Secret List 10-1-03 2215 hrs
NEW KNOXVILLE, OH – (www.whiotv.com) The two firefighters killed in a silo explosion have been identified. The two were killed after an explosion at the Hoge Lumber Co. in New Knoxville, which is located in Auglaize County.
Kenneth Jutte served for 18 years and John Garman served for 10 years as volunteer firefighters for the New Bremen Fire Department. It’s the first time the 32-member department has lost anyone in the line of duty since 1896.
The firefighters were hosing down sawdust and wood chips inside a 75-foot concrete silo to avoid an explosion.
New Knoxville Fire Chief Scott Schroer said the were either standing on top of the structure or in an aerial bucket. He describes the structure as a dust silo that feeds the boiler for the lumber company. He said there have been fires in the silo before.
Authorities said the fire was reported at 7 a.m. and the explosion happened shortly before 9 a.m. New Knoxville is 50 miles north of Dayton, Ohio.
2-Eight Firefighters Injured In Apparatus vs. Apparatus Accident
October 1, 2003
MEMPHIS, TN – (wreg.com) A pumper truck from Engine Company 8 and Ladder Truck 3 from Station 14 never made it to the scene of an early morning house fire on Lucy Street, instead the trucks crashed into each other at the corner of McLemore and Mississippi sending 8 firefighters to the Med. Eyewitness Brenda Guy called 911 moments after the accident, “He hit him and one guy flew over there and one guy was stuck and he kept hollering, ‘Oh Lord, get me out of here’… he was hurt bad.”
Around 5:30 Wednesday morning, Ladder Truck 3 was Westbound on McLemore and Engine 8 was Southbound on Mississippi but it was unable to stop when the driver saw the other truck, skid marks lead up to the point of impact.
Memphis Police are investigating the accident and Memphis Fire Director Chester Anderson is also searching for answers, “Two pieces of equipment coming together, it is a seldom thing. You only hear your siren, it is a good possibility it could happen coming from different directions.”
It will cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to repair the damage, but the ultimate loss would have been the life of a Firefighter and the department is counting it’s blessings. Six out of the eight involved in the accident suffered non critical injuries. Two firefighters were transported in critical condition with, head, back and leg injuries and they are expected to make a full recovery.
Other Firefighters who responded to the accident were amazed by what they saw. “I’ve got 31 years with the Memphis Fire Department, there have been others, but I’ve never seen one this bad, this is a first for me, and I hope it is the last.”
Lieutenant Dennis Lorenz and Private Terry Malone are now listed in serious condition. Drivers Robert Fletcher and Curtis Hester, Private John Totty, Lieutenant Brian Bennett, and Firefighter Paramedics William Land and Randy Kratcholvil were listed as non critical.