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9/11 Cancer Skyrocketing, CN FF LODD, West Texas Blame (The Secret List)

Sunday, July 27, 2014  All,

The NY Post is reporting the very tough but not unexpected news that more than 2,500 Ground Zero rescuers and responders have come down with cancer---- year...
with an additional 863 from FDNY. 

The grim toll has skyrocketed from the 1,140 cancer cases reported last year.In its latest tally, the World Trade Center Health Program at Mount Sinai Hospital counts 1,655 responders with cancer among the 37,000 cops, hard hats, sanitation workers, other city employees and volunteers it monitors.
NOTE: The tragic sum rises to 2,518 when Firefighters and EMTs are added. The FDNY, which has its own WTC health program, said Friday it counts 863 members with cancers certified for 9/11-related treatment.

A retired FDNY captain, 63, who toiled non-stop at Ground Zero for a week after 9/11, and months in all, recently received a $1.5 million award from the federal 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund for lung disease and inoperable pancreatic cancer.

The emaciated Bravest brought VCF Special Master Sheila Birnbaum to tears when he testified at a hearing in May - expedited because of his dim prognosis - telling how he loves his grandchildren and worries about his wife of 40 years.

“I’m hoping they rush more cases like mine, where we’re not expected to last long,” he told The Post.

On 9/11, he commandeered a city bus and got the Brooklyn Bridge closed so he and his crew from Ladder Co. 132 could race to the towers, where they joined the dig for victims.

“I knew that day that a lot of us would get sick,” he said.

He was forced to retire in 2008 after lung damage left him wheezing after fires. Last year, doctors found a huge tumor entwined around arteries: “They couldn’t take it out without killing me,” he said.

The 6-foot-2 firefighter - a muscle-bound 240 pounds on 9/11 - now weighs 160 after chemotherapy and radiation.

“I was a very active guy. Now there’s not much I can do,” he said, adding that his three toddler grandkids give him joy, though he’s often too weak to play with them.

“I’m grateful for it,” he said of his VCF award, which is mainly based on lost earnings but includes $250,000 for pain and suffering. “I just don’t understand why they’re making everyone wait two years.”

VCF recipients get 10 percent immediately, with the rest due in 2016.

As of June 30, the VCF had received 1,145 claims listing cancer, many also with other ailments, according to data compiled for The Post.

Of those, 881 claims - for scores of cancer types - were deemed eligible for compensation, with the rest under review. The vast majority are 9/11 workers, but they include 17 downtown residents and five visitors.

So far, 115 cancer claimants have been awarded a total $50.5 million, in sums from $400,000 to $4.1 million. The VCF could not say how many cancer claimants have died.

Many more sufferers or their next-of-kin are expected to file by the Oct. 14 deadline for cancer claims.

WTC epidemiologists say studies show that 9/11 workers have gotten certain cancers at a significantly higher rate than expected in the normal population - prostrate, thyroid, leukemia and multiple myeloma.





It is with deep regret that we pass on the news that Firefighter Kevin James of the Southwold Township Fire Department (Ontario, Canada) has passed away from an occupational related cancer. Kevin has been a firefighter with Southwold for 12 years and prior to that was with Southwest Oxford FD  for 9 years. He leaves a wife and 9 children behind.


Kevin James of St. Thomas passed away peacefully after a valiant fight with cancer at home on Friday, July 25, 2014 in his 49th year. Loved husband of Caitlin (Traviss) James and loving father of Nicole, Cynthia, Joseph, Jennifer, Michael, Angela, Benjamin, Geoffrey and Jeremy. Kevin was born December 28, 1965 in Wallaceburg. He was a volunteer Firefighter with the Southwold Fire Department and also was a security guard at London Health Science Centre. 

Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin St., St. Thomas where visitation will be held Tuesday  from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Forest City Community Church (3725 Bostwick Rd., London, N6P 1G9on Wednesday  at 1:00 p.m. Cremation to follow. Donations to the Cancer Society or the Bruce Trail Conservancy.


Logistics for Kevin’s fire department funeral are still being arranged and we will post them as soon as we have the information.


Link to the funeral home:

Link to the Southwold Firefighters:


Southwold is a predominately rural township in Elgin County, in Ontario, Canada, located on the north shore of Lake Erie. It has a population of about 4400 residents. Our condolences to all affected. RIP.




C.F. Industries is one of the fertilizer manufacturers named in hundreds of lawsuits filed by families of those killed and injured in the West Fertilizer Company explosion on
April 17, 2013. In recent court filings, C.F. Industries is seeking to designate the City of West as a “responsible third party” in the lawsuits. The fertilizer manufacturer contends that the city failed to properly train the first responders to fight the fire that triggered the explosion in West that killed 15 people and injured hundreds of others:

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The Secret List 7-27-2014-0524 hrs





Tower Ladder Failure-FF's Injury Update, Bridgeport, CT (The Secret List)

Thursday, July 24, 2014  All,

Here is an update regarding the conditions of the members of the Hall County (GA) FD who were injured when their tower ladder had that catastrophic failure earlier this week. As you know, Will Griffin, TJ Elliott and Stephen Jackson were injured at that fire training detail  Tuesday and are recovering at area hospitals.


Was scheduled for surgery yesterday to have rods put in his back-- L4 and L5.  The hospital has stopped visitors so he can get some rest.  NEGMC and Grady have gotten log books so if you go you can sign in.  They are asking folks to curtail their visits so these guys can get some rest.  Don’t be upset if you can’t see them, but they do want you to sign the log book so they can track who comes and the guys can read that later on after the pain meds are out of their system.


Has about 20 staples in his scalp to close up lacerations; does have a sternum fracture; his fracture in back they do not feel will require surgery will put him in a back brace today and possibly start physical therapy tomorrow;  have another scan scheduled today [24 hours after first one] to see if discs are ok and head is still clear.


They have him on steroids-once swelling starts to go down they have called a plastic surgeon in to consult on his face-will require plates and plastic surgery due to several fx’s on the left side of his face.  Right Tib was a clean surgery...will be cast and should heal good; does have lot of fluid around right knee; right shoulder was put back in place and is feeling better; has a dislocation in the coccyx and should heal ok; his fracture in his back they do not feel will require surgery either and anticipate bracing his back today.

Naturally the focus remains on their Firefighter’s health and supporting their families.  A fund has been set-up at Hall Co Credit Union [] in the name of, Hall County Injured Firefighters Fund.  Local citizens have called into to ask how they can help and this is the best way. 
This money will go directly to the three families.

Thanks to Chief David Kimbrell for passing this on, and on his behalf, thanks to all who have reached out. Please remember these guys and their families in your prayers.


On July 24, 2010, 2 Bridgeport FF's, 40-year-old Lieutenant Steve Velazquez and 49-year-old Firefighter Michel Baik, from Ladder 11 were killed in the Line of Duty. They were found unresponsive at a residential structure fire. Valazquez and Baik and two additional crew members were tasked with conducting a primary search for civilians and fire extension on the 3rd floor of the multifamily residential structure. The fire had been extinguished on the 2nd floor upon their entry into the structure. 
While pulling walls and the ceiling on the 3rd floor, smoke and heat conditions changed rapidly.

 We take time to remember them, their families and the BFD membership. Honor their Line of Duty deaths by learning about this incident-see below.

is the NIOSH Report: 





 about the Fire:

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The Secret List 7/24/2014-1200 Hours





Important: Sutphen Voluntarily Removing Aerial Devices From Service (The Secret List)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014  Hey,

We just received this notice from the Sutphen Corporation regarding certain aerial devices and their focus and concern related to firefighter safety.

Sutphen is instructing customers to remove all SPH 100, SP 110, SPI 112, and SAI 110 Aerial devices from service, until further notice, effective immediately. 

The Company states that customers are instructed to use the affected apparatus in the capacity of an engine/pumper or support vehicle only. 

The Company will stay in close contact with its customers to report details and when the units may be place back in service.

“At this time, our priority is the safety of our firefighters,” says Drew Sutphen, President of the Company.  “In light of the recent incidents, we recognize there is an immediate need to take precautionary action.  I would rather take every precaution necessary than to put firefighters at risk.”

The Company states that it will be contacting customers with the affected units personally to inform them of the events that have occurred and the steps that are being taken to get the units back in to service in a timely manner.

“We feel the need to personally assure our customers that we are working to investigate and correct the situation,” Drew continues. 

Sutphen Corporation is an Ohio based privately held, family owned business that manufactures custom built emergency response vehicles.  The company's headquarters are located in suburban Dublin, Ohio northwest of Columbus. 

For more information contact the sales office or visit

Sounds like they are doing the right thing.

Take Care. be Careful. Pass It On.


The Secret List 7/22/14-1930 Hours  




Tower Ladder Failure-FF's Hurt At Training (The Secret List)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014  Hey,

It appears that there has been another tower ladder failure. 3 Hall County (Georgia) Firefighters were injured this afternoon during training. Initial reports are that there was some type of mechanical failure involving a tower ladder (possible free fall of the device) at their training facility-and that the injuries may be serious. Medevac helicopters were on scene.

HERE are photos from the scene:

We'll post more as it becomes available. PKTIYP's.

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The Secret List 7/22/2014-1656 Hours





TRIPLE EMS COPTER LODD-NM/NJ Connection (The Secret List)

Friday, July 18, 2014 


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We regret to pass on that a medical helicopter carrying three crew members has crashed in eastern New Mexico.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the helicopter disappeared from radar early Thursday morning and went down near Newkirk. Ranch workers found the wreckage after they were asked to look around.

New Mexico State Police didn't immediately disclose the conditions of the three crew members on board.

However, the ranch manager says he saw no survivors when he and another ranch employee found the burning wreckage on the side of a mesa.

The FAA said the cause of the crash is unknown. It said the helicopter was flying from Santa Fe to pick up a patient in Tucumcari.

Bullhead City, Arizona-based TriState CareFlight LLC confirmed it owned and operated the helicopter.  


Paramedic Rebecca Serkey, 36, was one of three members killed in the Line of Duty when the chopper crashed around 0300 about 135 miles east of Albuquerque, a flight nurse in Nevada and a local EMT who had plans to get together with her this weekend confirmed.

“She was a tremendous asset to every department that she worked for and has touched so many lives!” wrote the Ridgefield (NJ) Volunteer Ambulance Corps, one of many she worked for in her career. “She will be truly missed!”

Paramedic Serkey and fellow members of her TriState CareFlight crew, based in Arizona, were well known in the area.

“These crew members were our colleagues, our friends and our neighbors,” the hospital said in statement. “Our hearts, and our prayers, go out to the loved ones of these extraordinary individuals, who were committed to saving lives every single day.”

Serkey, a nationally certified paramedic who began her career in Bergen County, NJ, joined the CareFlight team in July 2012.

She previously worked for Saint Clare’s Health System in Dover, Denville, Boonton, Sussex and Hacketstown, as a lab instructor at Rockland (NY) Community College in Suffern and as a paramedic with UMDNJ in Newark and Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck, NJ.

A self-described “adrenaline junkie,” Serkey studied police science at John Jay College in Manhattan and was an active SCUBA diver.

“I love my jobs and my volunteering I wouldn’t give it up,” she once said. “I work ridiculous hours sometimes, but people do not wait until 9 AM to get sick or hurt.”

A former pool lifeguard and camp counselor, Serkey also was an EMT with Fort Lee (NJ) for eight years, with Holy Name for four years and with Ridgefield for a year.

Serkey was corps secretary, training officer, crew chief and driver for the Leonia (NJ) Volunteer Ambulance Corps from May 2003 to September 2007 and a probationary firefighter with the Leonia Volunteer Fire Department from March 2006 through December 2007.

She also was driver and EMT crew chief with the Palisades Park (NJ) Volunteer Ambulance Corps from April 2005 to November 2006.

Our condolences to all affected.

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The Secret List 7-17-14/2200 hrs





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