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FDNY & KY Cancer Loss, Firefighter Highway Death R'mbrd (The Secret List)

     

Wednesday, March 9, 2016  FDNY & KY Cancer Loss, Firefighter Highway Death R'mbrd (The Secret List)

 

Hey,

9/11 Cancer continues to kill Firefighters, Police Officers, EMS and other operational personnel. It is with regret that we pass along the death of Retired Firefighter Joseph Morstatt.  He was an FDNY Firefighter in Engine 93, Ladder 45 and Rescue 1.  He came down with World Trade Center related cancer. He was buried today in Middletown, NY. Our condolences to all those affected by this loss. 

 

 

42 Year Old KENTUCKY FIREFIGHTER CANCER LOSS

We were deeply saddened to find out that Southgate Firefighter Monica Rath passed away today after a cancer battle. We got to know her when she was at the University of Cincinnati Burn Unit almost daily, as we stood by to take care of the family and friends of Kentucky FF Lieutenant Arlie "Pooh" Hill from Whitley City in 2013, who eventually died from fatal burns. Monica was a 20 year veteran of the Southgate FD, her husband Steve is a career Ft. Thomas Firefighter and a volunteer in Southgate. Monica was also the Secretary of the Kentucky Firefighters Association; where she served as the first and only female member on their  Executive Board.  Our condolences to all those affected. RIP. 

 

 

FIREFIGHTER HIGHWAY DEATH REMEMBERED

Remember Lionville. Today is the 18th anniversary of the PA Turnpike crash that killed a Lionville (PA) Firefighter and injured 9 others in the Line of Duty. As we saw this week in fire/EMS and police being injured and killed on the roadways continues to be a significant hazard and risk to this job. In 2015 there were 9 Firefighter/EMT fatalities we tracked from struck-by-vehicle incidents. 

(PLEASE CHECK OUT THE FREE TRAINING PROGRAM LINKS BELOW)

 


WHAT HAPPENED IN LIONVILLE:
At approximately 1418 hours on 3/9/1998, Lionville Fire Company (Chester County, PA) and Uwchlan Ambulance were dispatched to a single vehicle automobile crash at milepost 310.9, just west of the Downingtown Interchange on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. A Heavy Rescue Truck, Engine Company, Assistant Chief and Ambulance responded. Upon arrival on the scene, the Ambulance, Rescue Truck, and Assistant Chief's vehicle parked on the shoulder of the road off the travel lanes of the highway.

At the same time, two additional crashes were reported on the Turnpike. The second accident was reported at milepost 307 westbound (west of the first incident). The Engine responding to the first accident was directed to continue past the primary scene to respond to the second crash. A third accident was reported of a vehicle overturned at milepost 314 on the eastbound side of the highway (east of the original incident). Then Lionville Fire Chief William Minahan responded to that call with mutual aid units to investigate.

At 1438 hours, as personnel were loading the accident victim into the Uwchlan Ambulance, a tractor trailer traveling westbound lost control and crashed into the Assistance Chief's vehicle, overturned, and slid into the back of the ambulance and the other responders in that area. The Assistant Chief and a Firefighter with him in his truck were trapped in the severely damaged vehicle and had to be extricated by mutual aid rescue personnel using the Jaws of Life.


Firefighter Dave Good of the Lionville Fire Company was killed in the line of duty. Nine other emergency responders were injured, three seriously. The injured included Assistant Chief Steve Senn, Firefighters Chris Good, Mike Cox, Eric John, Pete Harmansky, James Rattrie, and Robert Doan, all firefighters with the Lionville Fire Company, and EMT Brent Kaplan and EMT John Wanczyk of Uwchlan Ambulance.

Firefighter David Good was 38 years old and had 5 years of service as a Firefighter with Lionville Fire Company. He was survived by his wife Maryanne and two sons, Johnathan and Jason Good.  RIP.


That incident 18 years ago eventually led to the production of a video called the "10 Cones of Highway Safety" and a training program about Highway Safety both by VFIS. It also was one of two Firefighter struck-by-vehicle line of duty deaths in 1998 that led to the formation of the Emergency Responder Safety Institute (ERSI) (www.respondersafety.com ) a committee of the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Fireman's Assoc.

Their motivation started with the death of FF Good-and hasn't ended....

 

FIRE/EMS HIGHWAY SURVIVAL TRAINING MATERIALS:

--EMERGENCY RESPONDER SAFETY INSTITUTE:
www.respondersafety.com
--Responder Safety Learning Network (Free online highway safety training modules)
http://learning.respondersafety.com/ 
--IAFF/USFA FIREFIGHTER HIGHWAY AND ROADWAY SAFETY PROGRAM:
http://www.iaff.org/hs/evsp/PowerPoint%20Presentation%20in%20PDF.pdf
--CDC FIREFIGHTER HIGHWAY SAFETY INFORMATION:
http://www.iaff.org/hs/evsp/NIOSH%20Traffic%20Hazards%20to%20FF%20on%20Roadways.pdf
--ROADWAY SURVIVAL VIDEO:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UwQ8e58IF4
--USE THIS PSA FOR LOCAL MARKETING IN YOUR COMMUNITY:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LroL2xlVH1U


Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.

BillyG

The Secret List 3-9-16 / 1600 Hours
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