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The Secret List is an independent newsletter produced since 1998 by Chief Billy Goldfeder in an effort to bring forward the issues involving injury and death to us...often issues that are ignored, quickly forgotten or just not talked about.

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Firefighter Critical In Ohio Apparatus Crash (The Secret List)

Thursday, March 5, 2015   Hey-A Munson Township (Geauga County, Ohio, east of Cleveland) ladder truck was involved in a serious crash on its way to a house fire this afternoon.

Two vehicles were going eastbound, when the first car spotted the fire apparatus and slowed to pull over. The second car did not slow down. It hit the back of the minivan and veered left of center, striking the fire truck head on.

The fire apparatus driver and the driver of another vehicle were taken to Hillcrest Hospital in critical condition. Two other firefighters were taken to University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center. More to follow. KTIYP's.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.


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UPDATE: PA Firefighter Critical, Rev Kirby, New Book (The Secret List)

Thursday, March 5, 2015   All,That Lawrence Township firefighter who was seriously injured at yesterdays house fire, FF Jeff Buck, 18,  remains hospitalized in UPMC Altoona and is with family with no change in his condition. He was trapped when the porch roof collapsed. 

A GoFundMe page
was started for FF Buck, who is also an expectant Father:


I've been really, really lucky in my career to get to know and work with some really cool FIRE CHAPLAINS. My favorite ones-actually, my favorite religious leaders-are the ones whose daily actions define their stated's a good way to be...for a Chaplain, or any of us. Actions not words. Good stuff.

If you have had a chance to read PASS IT ON, you read some great words from Chicago FD Chaplain Father Tom. He represents the good in fire chaplains. There for everyone.

Last week we lost a wonderful Fire Chaplain, Rev Richard (Dick) Kirby.

I first met Rev Kirby in the early 80's when he volunteered to help out as our Chaplain. Easily identified as that "little Irishman" who would always wear something such as a cloverleaf to proudly represent his heritage, and would greet people with:
"Top o' the morning to you." which I would always respond back to him "climb back into that #%$^! box of Lucky Charms cereal you came out of" - to which HE would respond:

"your  attitude would be better if you showered - with Irish Spring!" which I would respond, Irish Spring!?...who is SHE? Is she cute? 

He LOVED the targeted banter-he felt like one of the Firefighters. He would walk in quarters and I would give him a look-and he would smile, knowing, with a sort of "here we go" smirk that the fun was about to begin.

He absolutely was one of us. 

To me, the best friends and co-worker relationships are the ones where the

chop busting breeds long term love and respect. It's the fun bantering that helps develop solid brother and sisterhood-and love for some really good people.

That's what I have always enjoyed - and still do - and when it came to a Chaplain that joined right in?

was a home run. 

And Rev Kirby was a home run. 

No matter what he did, he showed up with that heart of gold to serve-no matter who you were-he was there to serve. He defined FIRE CHAPLAIN, at least in my book-and our book, starting back in the early 80's. 

He knew when it was banter time-and he knew when it was Chaplain time-and he knew when words were a waste of time-and words didn't matter-but his mere presence did. He was a life saver-well before CISD, CISM or related programs-he understood the gently need to help "bleed" the pressure line of those in "his" flock.

The East Manatee and Southern Manatee Fire Rescue Brothers and Sisters (Bradenton, Florida) and so many friends and families are mourning the loss of beloved Division Chief and Chaplain, the Rev. Richard E. Kirby, who passed away at the age of 86 - last Thursday. He died of natural causes following a brief hospice stay, leaves behind his wife of 60 years, Clara Kirby, and four adult kids.

I have included a link below-at least click it to see his picture-
Lucky Charms guy, right?!

The world is a little less cool because Reverand Kirby has received his deserved reward in heaven...but those of us who knew him-and know Chaplains like him, we are far better off for it.RIP Rev Kirby.

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This is his "last alarm" radio transmission over Manatee County Fire Radio along with additional information from East Manatee Fire Rescue..


Some of you know Gary Ludwig-a veteran St Louis EMS and Memphis Chief Officer-he has taken time to write a book loaded with great information about his time on the job.
CHECK IT OUT Care. Be Careful. Pass it On.


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PA MAYDAY Update, Firehouse Fire, EMS SUV Explodes (The Secret List)

Tuesday, March 3, 2015   All,

Following this mornings multi-alarm fire in Clearfield (Clearfield County, PA) - an 18 year old Lawrence Township Firefighter has been hospitalized in UPMC Altoona after being trapped in that dwelling in Clearfield Borough.
FF Jeffrey Buck was trapped after the porch roof collapsed. He was extricated from the dwelling and two others crawled to safety. Firefighters had to cut through the collapse to rescue the FF- and he was initially in traumatic arrest. 

FF Buck obviously sustained very serious injuries in the fire/collapse and remains hospitalized- - the other Firefighters were treated locally at Clearfield Penn Highlands Hospital and they have been released.

The adult residents and their pets escaped from the home-companies arrived with fire visible. The family children were not at home at the time of the fire.





9 Firefighters were treated for smoke inhalation after a two-alarm fire broke out in their west Salt Lake City firehouse.
2 Captains discovered the fire at 0127 hours and it is believed to have begun in a second-floor utility room of Station 2.
The captains alerted their7 sleeping Firefighters and together, escaped the fire, moved a fire engine and truck from the station bay, and then began fighting the fire as additional crews were dispatched to the scene from other stations.
All nine members of Station 2's crew were taken to the hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation, but no serious injuries were reported.




Two Quincy Firefighters were hurt in an explosion at a car fire this morning.
Companies were called to the ramp from I-93 north to the Furnace Brook Parkway at 0800 after a Boston EMS SUV caught fire.

Just after arrival, the master O2 cylinder in the vehicle apparently exploded and debris flew at the Firefighters. All members are OK. We have some photos posted on our home page.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.


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FF's Down in PA, Siren Lawsuit (The Secret List)

Tuesday, March 3, 2015  All,

Reports from Clearfield Borough (Clearfield County, PA) that a working dwelling fire turned bad this morning. The fire in a dwelling on Daisy Street evolved into a mayday call with some reports of Firefighters trapped or down at about 0920 hours. Initial reports are that there was a collapse with possibly 3 Firefighters injured. We are awaiting additional facts-KTIYP's.


Last week we read of a firefighting helmet lawsuit, now another siren lawsuit. A former FDNY firefighter is suing several fire truck and siren manufacturers for $150,000, claiming he’s suffered permanent, “irreversible” hearing loss because the sirens in the engines he rode were too loud.

Curtis O’Steen, who served from 1966 to 1981, said the companies sold trucks and engines that were in “defective condition” and didn’t protect firefighters from the shrill sirens.

The crew compartments of the vehicles lacked sufficient sound insulation or other noise dampening measures that would lower the intense noise,” according to the recently filed suit.

HERE is more: 

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.


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Paramedic Struck/Killed At Crash Scene-LODD (The Secret List)


We regret to pass on to you that a Paramedic was killed in the Line of Duty while operating at the scene of a crash in Cambria County. It happened along Menoher Boulevard in Upper Yoder Township. 

38-year-old West End Ambulance Paramedic Janice Livingston, of Johnstown was working the scene after two earlier crashes when a coal truck came around a curve on an icy road and essentially ran through the crash scene---PM Livingston died of multiple traumatic injuries.
Apparently there were three different crashes, and in the third one, Paramedic Livingston was killed in the Line of Duty when a coal truck slammed into her.

We'll post more as it becomes available. Our condolences to all affected. RIP.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass it On.,


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