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This page honors all United States rescue workers (that have come to my attention) who have died in the line of duty since January 1, 2017.

May all these rescue workers and all other rescue workers who have died in the line of duty or in retirement rest in peace.

The following is a poem which I found in my research for the 2004 page that I thought fit with the theme of these pages perfectly. It was written by Greg Gray of the Raccoon Township Volunteer Fire Department in Aliquippa, PA (used with his generous permission) to honor his fallen comrade, Firefighter David Vinisky, who was lost August 25, 2004):
With A Heavy Heart I Witness

We lost a part of our world.
A man has been killed.
A brother has fallen.
A good friend is no longer here to help.
For days, we try to prepare to say goodbye.
We have many friends. They are all very wonderful.
They have help in many ways that no one on the outside even thought about-
Food & soft drinks seem to appear out of nowhere-companies from outside are
Here to cover our area while we are out of service.
All those who have come to help are our Brothers-we are not related by blood-\
We are not of the same religion or skin color.
We are auto mechanics and computer engineers. Electricians, plumbers, school
Teachers & CPA's, truck driver & CEO, standing side by side in our tragic
The day is long and hot, it starts before the sun is up.
The truck is draped, the hall prepared, we can do this, we must.
The service is carried like a litter. All hands on. No one here will let it drop
If we should stumble, and stumble we do.
We are in pain, and we grieve.
We go on.
Now, the service is over.
Back the truck in & have another coffee it's been a long hard day.
Look forward to some rest & see the kids for a time………
Men & women, that an hour ago, were too choked with grief to speak, Jump
Out of patent leather & dress uniform into bunker gear & boots.
There are no reporters here now.
No camera crew.
It's just another fire call out of hundreds that no one will hear about.
They don't care if they get their picture on TV or get to read their name in the papers.
The truck that moments ago sat quiet & blacked- burst into red & wails off into the rain & wind. Someone needs help!!!!!!!!
They care about me, they care about you, they care about "our" homes & they go.
My heart is heavy, but it is lifted high by what I witness here.
Thank you God for the fire fighters!
Thank you firemen!

Rank and Name Age
Date of Incident
Date of Death
Department City State
District Chief/Medic James “Jim” Benken
65 04/13/17 04/14/17 City of Wyoming Fire and EMS Wyoming OH
Firefighter III Charles "Rick" Gentilcore
52 04/07/17 04/07/17 Montgomery County Fire Rescue Services - Burtonsville Volunteer Fire Department Gaithersburg MD
Firefighter James H. Yiengst 72 03/30/17 04/01/17 Keystone Hook and Ladder Co #1 Myerstown PA
Firefighter Anthony Spano
47 03/29/17 03/30/17 Chicopee Fire Department Chicopee MA
Lieutenant Christopher Lane Foster
54 03/22/17 03/23/17 Demopolis Fire Department Demopolis AL
Firefighter Steven Paul Buser
51 03/17/17 03/17/17 Ames Fire Department Ames IA
Firefighter Joseph Toscano
54 03/17/17 03/17/17 Watertown Fire Department Watertown MA
EMT Yadira Arroyo
44 03/16/17 03/16/17 FDNY New York NY
Deputy Chief Clinton Alvin Beasley
80 03/15/17 03/15/17 Sumrall Volunteer Fire Department Sumrall MS
Firefighter Loretta Ann Sykes 53 03/15/17 03/15/17 Sumrall Volunteer Fire Department Sumrall MS
Lieutenant Dennis DeVoe
45 03/10/17 03/11/17 Harrisburg Bureau of Fire Harrisburg PA
Captain William “Iron Bill” Dowling
43 05/31/13 03/07/17 Houston Fire Department Houston TX
Firefighter-Paramedic Michael Norton
38 03/01/17 03/02/17 Coweta County Fire Rescue Newnan GA
Terrance “Terry” Edward Shafer
62 02/24/17 02/25/17 Spring Valley Fire Department Spring Valley WI
Firefighter/EMT Ronald Savage
63 02/25/17 02/25/17 Milford Fire Department Milford MI
Firefighter James Franciskovich 52 02/24/17 02/24/17 West Burlington Fire Department West Burlington IA
Firefighter Michael Dale Russell
68 02/22/17 02/22/17 Oaks Fire Department Rose OK
Captain Crystal Rezzonico 56 08/10/09 02/18/17 Phoenix Fire Department Phoenix AZ
Fire Chief Paul Murdoch
53 02/16/17 02/16/17 Greybull Volunteer Fire Department Greybull WY
Fire Chief Bill Matthews 73 02/14/17 02/14/17 Bassfield Volunteer Fire Department Bassfield MI
Fire Engineer Douglas E. McCauley
58 02/10/17 02/11/17 Des Moines Fire Department Des Moines IA
Firefighter John Michael “Mike” Cummins
46 02/07/17 02/08/17 Homer Fire Protection District Homer IL
Firefighter Ryan Thomas Moyer 31 02/04/17 02/04/17 Waldo Fire Department Waldo WI
Firefighter/EMT Richard Kaplan
80 01/22/17 01/23/17 Jericho Fire Department Jericho NY
Paramedic Tyson Mason
29 01/22/17 01/22/17 Intermountain Life Flight Salt Lake City UT
Captain Daniel Havicus
41 01/08/17 01/18/17 Tracy Fire Department Tracy CA
Fire Chief Tracy Sanders
44 01/13/17 01/13/17 Mount Olive Volunteer Fire Department Mount Olive AL
Assistant Fire Chief Rodney “Tiny” Menne
53 01/10/17 01/10/17 Eldorado Volunteer Fire Department Eldorado WI
Chief Engineer/Firefighter Donald Leroy "Sarge" Brenner, Jr.
67 12/24/16 01/04/17 Speedwell Engine & Hose Company Lebanon PA
Probationary Firefighter Amy Dimmery
01/02/17 01/02/17 Marion Rural Fire Department Marion SC

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If you know of a rescue worker who has died in the line of duty that you would like to see me list here, please e-mail me at frrykid@yahoo.com with verifying information so that I don't honor someone too soon.

All Line of Duty Death information verified from firehouse.com and from links on that site and the Montana Fire Services Training School (based in Great Falls) daily newsletter. I use the USFA FireFighters Memorial Database to complete listings. In some cases, ask.com and facebook.com provide additional missing information. In some cases, my listings may differ from the USFA listings due to reporting delays and other crtieria.

Any errors that may creep into a new entry (such as a wrong department name, wrong spelling of a name, etc. will be corrected as soon as I can after I am made aware of such an error and have the correct information. Thank you for your understanding.

The background music is "Amazing Grace" by Isaac Watts & John Newton played on the bagpipes.
This version was sequenced by Barry Taylor. The file comes from godsgospel.com.
I wish to thank them very much for allowing me to use this very appropriate piece of music.

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