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Texas FF LODD, Chicago Fire, Decoy Apparatus? Outstanding! (The Secret List)

Monday, November 17, 2014 

The Secret List

We regret to advise you that 40-year-old Alejandro Castro of the BFD died late Sunday night.
The incident happened at Fire Station No. 8 off Captain Donald L Foust Road next to the Port of Brownsville around 2230 hours last night. Initial reports are that he passed out and later died in the Line of Duty. It's not clear what caused him to pass out and die but this death remains under investigation. Brownsville Fire Chief Lenny Perez said firefighters are treating the case as if Castro died in the line of duty. Our condolences to all affected. RIP.



CHICAGO FIRE? Sorta...But Here's The Real Deal:

On Sept. 4, 1979, three young men joined the Chicago Fire Department ranks without having any idea that each of them in their own way would leave indelible marks on the job they loved.
After graduating from the fire academy, Jose Santiago, Dan Fabrizio and Steve Chikerotis were reunited on the “flying” Rescue Squad 2 — then the busiest firefighting team in the department, charged with making some of the scariest rescues their city could muster.
This month, two of them —  Fabrizio and Chikerotis — retired from active duty after 35 years.

READ about them and the Chicago Fire TV Show connection:

HERE is an interview I did with Steve C in 2007:

CONGRATS to Steve on his retirement.




EVER GET PO'd when the public doesn't move over? Ya think?

Check out what one cop in doing in NJ to help the "motoring public" get it:




Josephine Smith, 34, has wanted to be a Firefighter for as long as she can remember, and losing her father on 9/11 only strengthened her resolve. Now she’s set to become the first daughter of a Firefighter killed on 9/11 (FF Kevin Smith-HM1, RIP-he remains unaccounted for)  to become a Firefighter herself. 

She took the written-scored well. She took the agility-scored well. She passed the background investigation. She got through what is arguably one of the toughest fire academies in North America. 

She absolutely earned this-Congrats!

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.


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FF LODD-Long Island NY, NJ FF Death (The Secret List)

Sunday, November 16, 2014  ST JAMES FIREFIGHTER LODD-MEDICAL EMERGENCY The Secret List
We regret to pass on to you that 56 year old St. James Fire Department Ex-Captain Richard Weisse passed away suddenly yesterday afternoon after experiencing a medical emergency. He responded to a school fire alarm late that morning and went down not long after that.

As the Director of the St James FD Junior Firefighter program, he worked most of yesterday with them conducting a food drive to provide for needy families within the community during the Thanksgiving holiday. He was a 39 year member of the Saint James department and was very active throughout his service. Our condolences to all affected. RIP.



While unknown if this may fall as a "Hometown Heroes LODD"-  Cinnaminson FD Lt. Chris Hunter was discovered unresponsive at his home early yesterday. He had worked Friday morning, but information about when he finished his shift and any emergency calls that occurred while he was on duty has not been disclosed yet.

A message on the CFD Facebook page said the department announced Lt Hunter’s sudden passing and said more details would be shared when they become available.
“We ask for your continued thoughts and prayers for Lt. Hunter’s family, friends and the members of the Cinnaminson Fire Department,” the message said.
He became a career firefighter with the department in 1998.
Among his career accomplishments, Hunter received a meritorious service award from the 200 Club of Burlington County in 2004 for his role in rescuing an Alzheimer’s patient from a burning apartment in Delran.
Danny Norman, president of the Burlington County Firefighters Association Local 3091, said Hunter’s death was hard on the entire firefighting community.
“Firefighters are a close-knit family so this hits home,” Norman said. “(Hunter) was a great guy who would give you the shirt off his back. He’ll be greatly missed, and we’re asking the public to keep his family and the Cinnaminson FD in their thoughts and prayers.”

Our condolences to all affected. RIP.



Take Care. Be Careful. Pass it On.


The Secret List 11/16/2014-1530 Hours 





Baltimore City LODD Funeral Pipes and Drums Request (The Secret List)

Saturday, November 15, 2014  The Chief of Baltimore City Fire Dept. has requested a Mass Pipe and Drum Band for the LODD Funeral of Lt. James Bethea.

Funeral on Nov.20 at the Cathedral of Mary Queen, 5200 N. Charles Street, Baltimore Md. 21210. Internment of Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens 220 E Padonia Rd. Timonium Md.

Band members should report no later than 0900.

Contact info: Craig Crawmer D/M The Fire Brigade Pipes and Drums of Greater Baltimore  443-865-1774

FF John Kirkner  BCFD   410-215-9370

Take Care. Be careful. Pass It On.


The Secret List 11-14-2014-2249 Hours 





A Sincere Thank You (The Secret List)

Friday, November 14, 2014  All,

Our sincere thanks to each of you who have purchased the book
"PASS IT ON-What We Know, What We Want You To Know"

Thanks to you, last month I sent checks to the Chief Ray Downey Scholarship Fund and the Nat'l Fallen Firefighters Foundation for

-the book has only been out since April

-but you folks "out there" have made it a best seller, made it possible to raise some serious bucks for these two important charities and have made a difference. And have, by reading the book, learned from and about some of the absolute best people in our business.

Thanks so much also to each of the 99 fire service and related contributors for making this possible!

"PASS IT ON-What We Know, What We Want You To Know" as a gift for your friends, family, brother/sister firefighters. 

Chiefs-have a few training or related bucks left at the end of the fiscal year? Consider PASS IT ON for your Fire Officers and Firefighters.

We've also been really surprised at how many non-firefighters are reading the book. Mayors, managers, elected officials and related city hall dwellers have an opportunity to understand us, what we do and why we do it.

Again, THANKS for everyone's support! The sales of the book continue very strongly and we sincerely appreciate it.

We are discussing plans for the next volume-more on that in the near future.

Take Care. Be careful. Pass It On.


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Baltimore City LODD Funeral Arrangements (The Secret List)

Friday, November 14, 2014  All:

Arrangements for Lieutenant James E. Bethea, Safety Office

Baltimore City Fire Department 


Wylie Funeral Home

701 N. Mount Street

Baltimore, Md.  21217

11/18/14 & 11/19/14  1500 - 1700  1900 - 2100 hrs

Funeral Service

November 20, 2014 - 11:00AM

Cathedral of Mary Our Queen

5200 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21210 

Interment to follow at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens   

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.


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