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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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NJ FF LODD – Medical, US Forestry Helicopter Crash at Controlled Burn (The Secret List)

Tuesday, March 31, 2015   All-

We regret to inform you of the Line of Duty Death of Firefighter Barry Van Horn, 63, of the Somerville, NJ FD. Firefighter 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.

US 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.





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