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Tuesday, March 31, 2015
We regret to inform you of the
Line of Duty Death of Firefighter Barry Van Horn, 63, of the Somerville, NJ FD.
Van Horn responded to a fire alarm call at 07:25 hours on March 25, 2015.
After the call, he returned to his office to fill out the fire report of the
incident (Firefighter Van Horn was also the municipal Fire Official). He felt
ill, however, and went home. Shortly thereafter, around noon, Firefighter
Van Horn suffered a heart attack. He was transported by ambulance to
Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center where he remained until his death on March
27, 2015. Our condolences to his family and all affected by his death.
Forestry Helicopter Crash at Controlled Burn
While not declared a LODD as of yet. 2 US
Forestry Department Contractors died, and another was very critically injured
while operating at helicopter that crashed yesterday at a controlled burn in
Harrison Co. MS. Eddie Baggett, prescribed fire specialist for the Forest Service,
said the three on the helicopter were contract workers. "We lost radio contact and somebody
called me on the radio and said we may have an incident," Baggett said.
"Usually, I'm talking to them all the time. We've got an ambulance on the
way. Baggett lost contact with the crew shortly before 3 p.m. A LifeFlight medevac helicopter arrived near
the scene about 4 p.m. EMT units with American Medical Response were seen
transporting one of the victims into the helicopter. Members of the National Transportation Safety
Board and Federal Aviation Administration will arrive on scene today to begin an
investigation, Hargrove said. The controlled burn involved 800 acres along the
Harrison and Stone county lines. Sullivan
said fire crews were called in from several areas, including Keesler Air Force
Base, to extinguish some remaining hot spots in the area. As of Monday evening, officials had not yet
confirmed the identities of the victims or the cause of the crash.
Monday, March 30, 2015
All,A Fresno, California Fire Captain is in critical condition with 3rd degree burns after he fell through the roof of a single family dwelling fire.Take time to watch this video and consider size up, fire behavior /smoke conditions, building construction and roof operations-specially related to venting.http://abc30.com/news/raw-video-firefighter-falls-through-roof-while-battling-fresno-house-fire/585413/Our prayers go out to the FFD and the Captain.Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.BillyGThe Secret List 3/30/2015-0700www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Cincinnati Firefighters IAFF Local 48 have announced funeral
arrangements for Firefighter/Fire Apparatus Operator Daryl Gordon.
FAO Gordon’s visitation will be Tuesday at the Duke Energy Convention Center
from 3 to 8 p.m.
Timeline of events
The Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Memorial Service will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the
convention center and will conclude the visitation.
FAO Gordon’s funeral will be Wednesday at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral in
Cincinnati at 10 a.m.
FAO Gordon will be buried at Oak Hill Cemetery in Springdale immediately
following the funeral.
A celebration of life will be held at the convention center immediately
following the burial.
He is survived by his wife, Angela, and two daughters, Angelique and
A memorial fund has been established at Kemba Credit Union for Gordon. The
donations will benefit Gordon's family. Donations can also be sent to the
Cincinnati Firefighters Local 48 office at 1011 West 8th Street, Cincinnati,
More details at www.IAFF48.org
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
The Secret List 3/27/2015-2200 Hours
Friday, March 27, 2015
The Cincinnati Enquirer printed a nice piece this morning
about the events surrounding the tragic Line of Duty Death of beloved CFD
Apparatus Operator/Firefighter Daryl Gordon, a man well known throughout the
greater Cincinnati area and it's fire services.
will also find a link to the edited radio traffic from the scene.
Here is the piece from the Enquirer with links below:
The radio call went out before dawn Thursday from inside the
burning apartment building on Dahlgren Street. The fire was almost out,
but something had gone wrong.
"Mayday! Mayday! Mayday! We have a firefighter down!"
Moments later, dozens of firefighters converged around an elevator on the
building's second floor, where Daryl Gordon, a bear of a man known for his big
smile and big laugh, had fallen down an elevator shaft. He'd tumbled from the
fourth floor and was wedged between the elevator and the wall. He wasn't
breathing when they pulled him out, so firefighters strapped him onto a
stretcher and raced outside in the rain to an ambulance.
No one spoke. The only sound was from the stretcher's wheels rolling and
clanging over the pavement.
Word came from the hospital more than an hour later: "A Cincinnati
firefighter died in the line of duty this morning. Rest in peace, sir."
Gordon's death in the Madisonville fire is the first line-of-duty fatality
involving a Greater Cincinnati firefighter in almost seven years. The loss
devastated Gordon's friends and family, moved fellow firefighters to tears, and
set in motion an investigation into how a veteran with almost 30 years on the
job fell into an open elevator shaft.
"You hear the word 'hero' thrown around, but if there was truly a hero, he
was it," said Matt Alter, president of the city firefighters' union.
"What it was to be a firefighter, what it was to be a man, was Daryl
"He was a firefighter through and through."
Gordon arrived at the scene with dozens of other firefighters around 6 a.m. The
building at 6020 Dahlgren, known as Kings Tower, has 38 apartments and all of
them were occupied. The place is more than 50 years old and building inspectors
have been chronicling problems there for at least a decade, from broken windows
and doors to animals chewing through holes in ceilings.
Gordon, 54, was a fire apparatus operator, which means he drove a truck and ran
the water pumps. But on this morning, he joined the team of firefighters that
fanned out inside the burning building to do what's known as a "primary
search" for victims – the dangerous job of going floor-by-floor,
room-by-room looking for someone to rescue.
They found plenty of people who needed help. The smoke was thick and many
residents had fled to their balconies to escape it.
"I heard someone hollering, 'Fire! Fire!," said Arrick Reeves, who
lives in the building. "I opened up my door and it was smoke-filled all in
According to radio calls from the scene, firefighters moved quickly but
methodically from door to door, evacuating residents. Within minutes, they
reported the fire had been "knocked down," but heavy smoke remained
throughout the building.
That's when the mayday call went out, cutting off the routine radio chatter and
launching a frantic search for Gordon. One firefighter reported he'd fallen
from the fourth floor. Others said they'd opened the elevator door in the first
floor lobby and spotted him stuck, on the second floor, between the elevator
car and the wall.
"I need rescue units ASAP!" shouted one of the firefighters. "We
have located the firefighter. He is not responsive."
For the next several minutes, they worked frantically to free Gordon. After
rushing him to the ambulance, many firefighters lingered in the parking lot in
silence. The fire was out by then and all of the residents were safe. Five
people, including another firefighter, suffered minor injuries.
Most heard the bad news before official word came around 9 a.m. from the
University of Cincinnati Medical Center's emergency room. Gordon was dead.
"Today our firefighters did their jobs," Mayor John Cranley said a few
hours later. "Women and children were carried out of the building to
safety. When it was over, God delivered all our civilians to safety, but he
kept a firefighter back. We know God is holding him tightly."
Investigators went to work immediately. They offered up little information
Thursday, other than that Gordon died from the fall.
"He was searching to see if there were more victims," said Fire Chief
Richard Braun. "The elevator wasn't there and he fell down the elevator
Why the elevator door was open is one of the big questions investigators must
answer. Residents described the elevator as unreliable and said some refused to
use it because it was "iffy." One said the outer door to the elevator
looked like a regular apartment door and, in the smoke and darkness, could have
been confusing for someone unfamiliar with it.
It's also possible Gordon or other firefighters forced open the interior
sliding door to the elevator while searching for possible fire victims.
The building's Boston-based owner, The Community Builders Inc., said the
elevator was inspected and serviced in February and the building had passed
recent safety inspections. The Enquirer has requested fire inspection reports,
but those were unavailable Thursday. The most recent building inspection
violation came in October 2013, when water in the building had been cut off for
at least four days.
City officials promised more details Friday. For most of Thursday, though, they
grieved the loss of a friend. Gordon left a wife and two daughters, and plenty
of admirers in the Cincinnati Fire Department.
"He was a giant teddy bear," Alter said. "He always had a big
smile. He had a burly laugh. He was good people."
Braun said Gordon was popular with veteran firefighters and an example to
rookies. "He will be sorely missed," the chief said.
In the hours after Gordon was rushed to the hospital, residents gathered in the
parking lot of the building. None had ever met Gordon, but they grieved for
him, too. He was a stranger who rushed into a burning building to save their
Someone who does that should be remembered, they said. And honored.
"I send my prayers out to him and the family," Reeves said.
"That's a heck of a thing, to lose your life like that, trying to save
THE ENTIRE ARTICLE:
HERE IS THE EDITED RADIO TRAFFIC:
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
The Secret List
Thursday, March 26, 2015
OFFICE CONFIRMS FIREFIGHTER LINE OF DUTY DEATH
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We regret to pass on to you that a Cincinnati Firefighter
has died in the Line of Duty this morning after suffering grave injuries in a
large, occupied four-alarm apartment fire.
The Mayors office confirms that Darryl
Gordon, 54, is the first Cincinnati Firefighter to die in the line of duty
Mayor John Cranley is holding an 1100 press conference to discuss the incident.
A second Cincinnati firefighter and some residents were hurt when flames ran
through the second floor of a building at King Tower Apartments on Dahlgren
Street about 5:30 a.m.
"We could just use the community's prayers, the prayers for the family, we
have one of our brothers in dire straits," Fire Chief Richard Braun said
at the scene.
The other firefighter hurt has second-degree burns, and residents suffered
smoke inhalation when flames broke out on the second floor shortly after 5:30
a.m., the Chief said.
Much More To Follow.
Our condolences to all affected.
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
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