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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, 2018.

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
Firefighter Stacey Leigh Boulware
44 03/12/18 03/12/18 Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services Marietta GA
Firefighter M.V. Hudson, Jr.
86 02/28/18 03/10/18 New London Fire Department New London TX
Lieutenant Casey Stephen Kuhns 30 02/27/18 02/28/18 Morrisville Fire Department Morrisville VT
Assistant Fire Chief Chris Pryor 45 02/25/18 02/25/18 LaVale Volunteer Fire Department LaVale MD
Captain Earnest McDuffie
51 02/20/18 02/20/18 Hinesville Fire Department Hinesville GA
Firefighter Richard Tomlins Jr.
43 02/15/18 02/15/18 Cold Spring Fire Department Cold Spring NY
Lieutenant Richard Jenks
72 02/14/18 02/14/18 Pascoag Fire Department Pascoag RI
Firefighter Jason Dickey
38 02/12/18 02/12/18 Lawrenceburg Fire Department Lawrenceburg TN
Fire Engineer Dwayne “Yogi” Thomas
57 01/24/18 01/24/18 U.S. Virgin Islands Fire Service St. Croix VI
EMT Mousa Chaban
32 01/22/18 01/22/18 Tri-County Ambulance Service Wakarusa IN
Firefighter Derrick Ryan Webb
31 01/17/18 01/17/18 Hardy’s Chapel Volunteer Fire Department Cookville TN
Deputy Fire Chief Russell Achord 48 01/17/18 01/17/18 West Feliciana Parish Fire Protection District #1 Saint Francisville LA
Lieutenant Matthew LeTourneau
42 01/06/18 01/06/18 Philadelphia Fire Department Philadelphia PA
Firefighter John Randle
67 01/01/18 01/02/18 Wamego Fire Department Wamego KS

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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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