A member of the Beekman (New York) Fire District was killed this morning when the heavy rescue he was driving rolled over during a response to an auto accident call. The driver was pinned, and after extrication was transported to Saint Francis Trauma Center in Poughkeepsie, NY, where he expired. More as we get it……
Also in Burke (New York) a firefighter collapsed during a blaze at his own home and later died. Officials say Dale Monica had a heart attack yesterday morning and was taken to a nearby hospital. The 54-year-old had been a firefighter in the Burke VFD for over 30 years. He served as a past assistant chief and also volunteered with various organizations in the community, almost 200 miles north of Albany. The fire went to 3 alarms.
As always-our deepest thoughts and sympathy goes out to the firefighters and families involved.
SOME GOOD NEWS: Just hours after being released from a physical rehabilitation center, FDNY Rescue 3 Firefighter Jeffery Cool was cheering on his fellow Bravest at a charity hockey game yesterday. Cool, who suffered critical injuries when he plunged 50 feet from a burning Bronx building, was pushed in a wheelchair onto the ice at Nassau Coliseum before the city’s Fire and Police departments faced off. Then, he stood up on his own as the national anthem was played. His homecoming came a week earlier than expected. Cool began walking on his own for the first time last week, prompting physicians to push up his discharge date. Cool’s release came just three months after the Jan. 23 blaze that killed two city firefighters – Curtis Meyran and John Bellew – and seriously injured Cool and three others. Cool spent three weeks in a coma, needed 46 pints of blood and underwent numerous surgeries after he lost hold of a rope leading down from the building’s fourth-floor window.
Word is also that fellow TSL member Joey DiBernardo (FDNY R-3) is also making excellent progress.
Take Care-BE CAREFUL,
The Secret List 4-17-05