Each year since we started the Secret List and FirefighterCloseCalls.com in 1998, we try to remember various events, some are the events themselves and some are multiple events during a certain period of time-and such is FATHERS DAY.
Fathers Day is tomorrow and typically a day of family and fun celebrating Dads. In the fire service, it has additional meaning. On or around Fathers Day over several years, there have been notable LINE OF DUTY DEATHS, that have left many kids Dadless. Firefighting Fathers who have given their lives in the Line of Duty….here are just some of them:
The Boston Hotel Vendome fire was the worst firefighting tragedy in Boston history. 9 Boston Firefighters were killed in the Line of Duty when part of the building collapsed, June 17, 1972. The fire was brought largely under control by 4:30pm.
Several crews, including Boston Ladder 13 and Engines 22 and 32, remained on scene performing overhaul and cleanup. At 5:28pm, abruptly and without warning, all five floors of a 40 by 45 foot section at the southeast corner of the building collapsed, burying a ladder truck and 17 firefighters beneath a two story pile of debris.
Occurring one day prior to the Father’s Day, 8 Firefighters were injured, and 9 Firefighters lost their lives in the worst firefighting disaster in Boston history. The Firefighters who were killed were: Fire Fighter Thomas W. Beckwith, Fire Fighter Joseph E. Boucher, Lieutenant Thomas J. Carroll, Fire Fighter Charles E. Dolan, Lieutenant John E. Hanbury, Jr.,Fire Fighter John E. Jameson, Fire Fighter Richard B. Magee, Fire Fighter Paul J. Murphy and Fire Fighter Joseph P. Saniuk.
PHOTOS AND MORE DETAILS ABOUT BOSTON HERE: http://www.fireengineering.com/articles/2012/11/1015tragedyoncomavethecollapseofthehotelvendome.html A RELATED Father & Son story from the Boston FD: http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2012/06/17/a_fathers_sacrifice_a_sons_calling/
More recently, younger Firefighters (hopefully) know of the FATHERS DAY FIRE in the FDNY The 2001 Fathers Day Fire in the Queens. 3 Firefighters were killed after and explosion trapped them in a collapse. They were FF Brian Fahey, FF Harry Ford, and FF John Downing.
ABOUT THE FIRE: http://stevespak.com/fathersday.html NIOSH REPORT: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face200123.html
And there should be NO Firefighters that are not aware of the horrific lossand so many lessons learned from CHARLESTON, SCon June 18, 2007 where 9 Charleston Firefighters were killed at the infamous Sofa Super Store Fire. They are Captain Louis Mulkey, Captain Mike Benke, FF Melvin Champaign, Captain Billy Hutchingson, Engineer Brad Baity, FF Earl Drayton, Engineer Mark Kelsey, Engineer Michael French, and FF Brandon Thompson.
NIOSH REPORT: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face200718.html
FF Scott Davis of Muncie, IN was killed in 2011 on June 15th in that collapse during that church fire. NIOSH REPORT: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face201114.html
Father’s Day Fire June 15th, 2003. Lt. Trent Clark and Private Charles Zachary lost their lives in the Family Dollar Store fire. NIOSH REPORT: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face200318.html
==DU QUOIN, IL
FF Corey Shaw of Du Quoin, IL who was killed on June 17th, 2011 in a collapse of a heavily involved commercial building. Corey’s father, DuQuoin Fire Chief Bob Shaw, was also working the fire at the time and witnessed the collapse. At the time of collapse, the fire was burning out of control and FF Shaw was in an alley moving a ladder and preparing to â€œback everyone outâ€™â€™ of the building so they could fight the fire defensively, when the wall collapsed on him. NIOSH REPORT: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face201115.html
==ANGELINA COUNTY, TEXAS
FF David Goins died from burns received in a wildland fire. PREVIOUS INFO: http://www.firefighterclosecalls.com/news/fullstory/newsid/138517
THE FIGHTING DADS:
….we also take time to offer prayers, support, hope and to remember the Firefighting Dad’s who have fought or are battling cancer. As we know, cancer continues to be proven as the # 1 Firefighter health issue the # 1 cause of Firefighter death. http://www.firefightercancersupport.org/
…and please remember that the Firefighters and other emergency service personnel continue to die in the Line of Duty from 9/11 cancer.
HERE is an editorial from today’s NY Daily News:
IT IS THE WEEK:
HONORING FIREFIGHTERS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY BY TAKING ACTION: REMINDER: The 2017 Firefighter Survival/Stand Down Week) is this week.
Check out the pages of the below web site for tools, resources, and planning materials to help you and your department have a successful event and focus on health, safety, and training. What are your FD’s Plans? It’s another chance to honor those Firefighters who have been killed in the Line of Duty.
GO HERE FOR THE DETAILS: http://www.safetystanddown.org/