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Roy E. Parker

February 27, 1947 - February 7, 2017

Roy E. Parker, age 69 of Calhoun, Georgia, died at his home on Tuesay, February 7, 2017 following several months of declining health.

Roy was born in Calhoun on February 27, 1947; he was the son of the late Duell Parker and the late Virginia Nell Smith.

Roy proudly served his country in the United States Air Force. After his service, he was a firefighter with Civil Service for more than twenty-six years. Roy was a member of the Cup of Life Worship Center. Roy was an avid fisherman, golfer, and sports fan; he loved the outdoors. Roy was a1965 graduate of Calhoun High School where he was a member of the Yellow Jackets Football Team.

Roy is survived by his wife, Susan Bailey Parker; his children and their spouses, Jake and Tracy Parker, Wendy and Chad Myers, Cliff Meadows, and Tracy and Ronnie Lester; his brothers and sisters and their spouses, Ricky and Teresa Parker, Judi and Jerry Collins, Alan and Paula Parker, Katrina and Kevin Santori, Gary Mealor, and Ann and Lester Duvall; his grandchildren, Austin Parker, Morgan Fields, Thomas Lester, Bailey Lester, Mattie Lester, Michael Meadows, Mack Meadows, and Mason Meadows; nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

The funeral service will be conducted on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. from the chapel of Max Brannon and Sons Funeral Home. Burial, with United States Air Force Honors, will follow at Union Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Rev. Kenneth Parker will officiate, with Ricky Parker and Horace Lawrence as eulogists. Rev. Ricky Reece will officiate at the graveside service. Pallbearers are Jerry Collins, Alan Parker, Gary Mealor, Cody Parks, Ronnie Lester, Thomas Lester, and Bailey Lester. Calhoun High School graduating class of 1965 senior football players will serve as honorary pallbearers. 

John David Friis, Civilian-Captain, USN-Navy Regional Mid Atlantic (Retired)

October 6, 2015


John David Friis, 54, passed away peacefully October 6, 2015 at his home with his family at his side. John was born in Bethesda, MD and was a retired Navy Aviation Electrician (AE1) and was a retired Captain with the Navy Regional Mid Atlantic Fire Department. He was a former resident of Virginia Beach where he had been a Virginia Beach volunteer fireman and was an honorary Captain in the Franklin Fire and Rescue. John was a member of the International Association of Firefighters.

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Gena Fay Friis, his parents, James and Carol Friis of Richmond, two sons, James Daniel Friis (Heather) of Franklin and Michael Allen Friis of Ogden, UT, two brothers, Carl Friis of CO.and Mark Friis of NC, two grandchildren, Hunter Nathaniel Friis and Elizabeth Charlotte Friis.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 PM Friday, October 9, 2015 at Wright Funeral Home, 206 West 4th Ave, Franklin, VA with Pastor Randy Wright officiating. There will be a visitation one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial with full Naval Honors will be 1 PM Monday, October 12, 2015 in the Lawrenceville, Ohio Cemetery. The family suggests memorial donations be made to the Franklin Fire and Rescue, P.O. Box 179, Franklin, VA 23851. www.wrightfuneralhome.org .


Chief James (Jay) Garrett, USAF (Retired)

March 27, 1930 - August 9, 2015

Chief James (Jay) Garrett, age 85 of San Antonio, Texas, died August 9, 2015.

James was born in Sayre, Oklahoma and lived much of his life in San Antonio where he met the love of his life Delores. They were married and shared 58 wonderful years together.

James left home and joined the Navy at 16 to serve his country in WWII. After 8 years he transitioned to the then new Air Force for the next 21 years. While in the service he earned his degree in Fire Science and rose through the ranks from fireman to Fire Chief.

During the Vietnam War he was stationed several times at Air Force bases in Thailand. His mission was saving pilots from their burning, and often bomb laden, returning damaged aircraft. On his last deployment, he and his men also responded to an out of control fire in the local town of Nakhom Phanom. His actions were credited by the Mayor with saving the town and all its residents.

After retiring from the military, James served as the Fire Chief at several Military Bases around the country including Grissom AFB in Indiana, Davis-Monthan AFB in Arizona, Bergstrom AFB in Austin, and for many years, until he retired at Lackland AFB in San Antonio.

In all; James gave 51 years of his life to serving his country while saving lives, and property.

James was preceded in death by his wife, Delores; his father and mother, John and Viola.

He is survived by his Son, James Garrett of Austin, and innumerable friends.

AUGUST 17, 2015
9:00 AM

Interment will follow at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

The family asks that instead of flowers, contributions may be made to causes dear to him: the American Lung Association www.lung.org or the Alzheimer's Association www.alz.org or any charity of your choice .

Elbert T.Z. Sherrill, CMSgt, USAF (Retired)

January 13, 1931 - May 2, 2015


T.Z., or Al as some called him, died on May 2, 2015, after a battle with lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.  In accordance with his instructions, he is being cremated and there will be no services or newspaper obituary.  Chief Sherrill was well known throughout the fire protection community.  He entered the Air Force in October 1950 and served continuously until April 1978.  He became an Assistant Chief in 3 years and a Fire Chief in 11 years.  He served 4-1/2 years at the USAF Fire School at Chanute AFB IL.  In 4 years, as a member of the USAF Fire Protection Assistance and Evaluation Team (ACRFAET), he helped evaluate 68 Air Force bases worldwide.  He served as the USAF Advisor for the ANG for 3 years.  After his retirement in 1978, he worked 11 months on 0ff-shore oil rigs.  In 1979, he became the Fire Chief at Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota, and retired in 1995 as a GS-12. He had a total of 44 years with USAF Fire Protection.  Chief Sherrill is survived by his wife, Marge, two daughters, and two grandchildren.


Firefighter and Artist Casey Siewierski, Jr.

December 17, 1942 - December 8, 2014


Casey was born in Chicago, Illinois and moved to Florida in 1996.  As long as he could remember he wanted to be a firefighter and an artist and was fortunate enough to fulfill both dreams. Casey was a firefighter for forty-two years; starting with the United States Air Force in 1960, Chicago International Airport through the 80�s and finishing with the Federal Government at Homestead ARB, Florida in 2003.  


Upon retiring, Casey was able to fully devote himself to his art and has taken several awards in over fifty years at his craft.  He joined the Cape Coral Art League and was a member on the league board of directors.  When he was not painting he was keenly interested in politics and law.

Surviving him are his wife of forty-nine years, a daughter, a son and three grand-children.

Firefighter Don Kerry Evans

October 13, 1933 - October 15, 2014

Don Kerry Evans also known as "DK" of Dover passed away at the age of 81 on Wednesday October 15, 2014 at his home with his family.

He served in the United States Air Force Fire Department retiring after 21 years, then went on to work as a Civil Service firefighter at Dover AFB for 20 years. Mr. Evans was a life member of the Robbins Hose Fire Company in Dover, and the American Legion Walter L. Fox Post #2. He also was a member of the American Legion Riders motorcycle club, the Masonic Union Lodge #7 A.F. & A.M., Dover, where he was a 32nd DEGREE MASTER Mason and a member of the Scottish Rite. Mr. Evans enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson Road King, spending time with his family. Additionally he enjoyed giving back to the community through volunteering and serving others. He especially enjoyed his morning cup of tea made by his wife and going out for a traditional English fish and chips dinner.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jean Mary Prescott Evans of Dover, sons, Paul Kerry Evans and his wife Carol of Wyoming, Gary James Evans of Dover, daughters, Cindy Ann Cogar of Smyrna and Wendy Jane Crawford and her husband Donald of Troy, Illinois. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren Shannon Evans, Andrew and Shawn Crawford, Cody and Justin Cogar, Courtney and Kyle Bapties, Emilee Teal and one great-grandchild Jace Torres.

Following A Masonic service, Interment will be at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro, DE. 

Chief Jerry Jewell

September 1, 1930 - September 25, 2014

Gerald "Jerry" Jewell, 84, passed away on September 25, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was born on September 1, 1930 in Belleville, New Jersey.  On August 15, 1953 Gerald exchanged wedding vows with Grace Imogene Reid at St Peter's Catholic Church in Belleville, New Jersey.  He stood by her side for 56 years until she passed away in February of 2009.  They were blessed with four children, Beth (deceased), Kathi, Tom and Mike. Another blessing for Gerald and Grace  was the gift of ten grandchildren,

Jerry enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on his 18th birthday serving until 1952, seeing action in the Korean Conflict where he landed in the Inchon invasion and received the Purple Heart for wounds received during the battle of the Chosin Reservoir. After serving his commitment, he returned home to New Jersey to marry Grace and start his family. After endeavors in driving a city bus and auxiliary police officer, he found his calling as a fire fighter in the Belleville and Newark area. Firefighting brought him back to federal service with the Navy and Army in New Jersey and finally with the Air Force in 1974 when the family moved to Altus, Oklahoma. His career with the Air Force would take him to Germany, Hawaii and Guam with the final stop being back in Altus Air Force Base where he took over as the Base Fire Chief in 1985, serving there until his retirement after 33 years of service in 1989.


Jeffery Davis, CMSgt, USAF (Retired)

July 29, 1950 - September 22, 2014


Jeffery (Dave) Davis was completely healed on September 22, 2014, when he passed into his eternal life after a long illness.  Jeff hailed from Detroit MI but finally settled in Yorktown VA after having served around the world during his career as a US Air Force firefighter.  He was a consummate professional in every respect and served in the field as well as major command and Air Staff positions.  After his military career, he returned to his calling as a Fire Protection Specialist at Air Force Reserve Command.  He served there until his medical retirement.

Jeff will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery as soon as arrangements are finalized.  More information will be posted here as it becomes available.  Those wishing to send condolences to the family, please email me at dww @ dodfire.com (without the extra spaces) and I'll send you the mailing address.  Rest in Peace my friend!


James T. Archer, TSgt, USAF (Retired)

September 21, 1937 - May 7, 2014 


Chief Fire Inspector, James T. Archer 55th Civil Engineer Squadron, Offutt AFB Nebraska departed this earth on 7 May 2014. Mr. Archer (Arch) was born on 21 September 1937 in Winton, North Carolina. He came from a large family of eight children, 4-brothers and 3 sisters.  James graduated from C.S. Brown High School in 1957.  He was active in baseball, basketball and was in the band.  He joined the Air Force to beat the Army draft.  On 18 August 1957 he went to basic training at Lackland, AFB TX.  After Basic, he was assigned direct duty to fire protection at Malstrom AFB Montana. After 6-months and upgrade to 3-level, he was assigned to Etain AFB France for 3-years.  In July 1961 he was assigned to Offutt AFB NE, 3902 AB Wing (SAC), where he met his wife Sylvia. He and Sylvia were married on 4 Aug 1963. They later had two children, a daughter, Karla and son James Jr.  In 1965 He was assigned to Bangkok, Thailand for one-year.  From there he went to Hancock Field, Syracuse, NY. His next move took him to Bitberg AB Germany for 4-years. After Bitberg he moved on to Kirtland AFB NM in 1973. After two years at Kirtland he was assigned to Clark AB in the Philippines. Next he was sent remote to Galena, Alaska for one year. From Alaska he was assigned to Blytheville AFB Arkansas in 1977. He retired from the Air Force in August of 1980 and came to Omaha to live. He then started his civil service job at Offutt AFB Fire Department in Fire Prevention as a GS-5 Fire Inspector.

He retired from Offutt Civil service in 2006 as Chief Fire Inspector. All told, Arch gave the USAF over 48 years of his life. Survived by his wife of 51 years Sylvia Archer; children, Karla (Garen) Wright, James Jr. (Kandi) Archer; siblings, Roger (Paige) Archer -VA; Horace (Paula) Archer - VT; Larry (Barbara) Archer - NC; Fay (Earl) Heath - NC; Maggie (Donald) Anthony - NC; Barbara (James) Manley - NC; brothers-in-law, James, Lee, and Joe Rogers; sisters-in-law, Ella Jean (Johnny) Rogers, Betty (Ed) Mayhue, Joyce (Lenwood Jr.) Archer, Clara (Ollie Sr.) Rogers; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  


Leroy W. Osborn, CMSgt, USAF (Retired)

October 16, 1929 - February 3, 2014


Leroy Wenton Osborn was born on October 16, 1929 to Ella Ennenga Osborn and Harry Dewitt Osborn in Willmar, Minnesota. Leroy joined Brothers Walter and Harry, and Sister Katherine at home, and was followed by Jerry, Elaine, Harris Dean, Bobby, and Gary (Skipper).

As a young man, Leroy enlisted in the United States Air Force as an Aircraft Crash Rescueman. His duties were to "perform rescues from crashed or burning aircraft by liberating, removing, and applying emergency first aid to entrapped personnel.� He took that description of his service to heart, performing his duties admirably, saving many lives and earning numerous accolades for his bravery and heroism, including the Airman's Medal for valor. While stationed in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War, he won the Bronze Star, with oak leaf cluster, the Vietnam Campaign Medal with battle star, and the Vietnam Service Medal. After 30 years of service, he left the Air Force in 1978, but stayed at Offutt Air Force Base as Fire Chief, retiring in the 1990s.

On September 4, 1954, Leroy married Gwendolyn Ruth Simanek, whom he loved deeply and cherished throughout his life. Together they had three

children: Jeffery, Rebecca, and Jacqueline. As a military family, the five of them were stationed all over the world including, Puerto Rico, Spain and Germany. Leroy was particularly adept as a grandfather, and doted on his five grandchildren; Heather, Mindy, Molly, Roy and Keith. After retirement, Leroy spent time working on projects at his house in Red Oak, Iowa. When he was not teaching his grandchildren a new skill or cooking dinner for the family, he enjoyed hunting, traveling with Gwen in their motor home, the outdoors, and playing cards with his grandkids. Since childhood, he enjoyed relaxing times in the fishing boat with rod and reel. It was with great joy he brought home the occasional 'nice fish�.

Leroy was adored by his family and admired by his colleagues. His life touched many, from those he saved to those with whom he worked, selflessly sharing so much. His passing leaves a void in the lives of many people. He loved us well.


David Contat
July 22 1957 - December 8, 2013

David Charles Contat, 56, of Columbus, Georgia, went to be with Jesus on December 8th, 2013. David was born in Mishawaka on July 22, 1957, to Charles G. and Mildred (Matz) Contat. He graduated from Penn High School where he played on the football team. After graduating from Penn he joined the United States Air Force where he served as a firefighter on the fire department for 24 years. During his years in the Air Force he was stationed all over the world. David enjoyed the outdoors and loved fishing.

Chief Raymond Dean West
December 2, 1953 - October 25, 2013

Raymond Dean West CHARLESTON - Raymond Dean West, 59, of Charleston, husband of Yong Cha (Lee) West, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, October 25, 2013. Raymond was a devoted husband, loving father and faithful friend. Raymond was born on December 2, 1953 in Sumter, SC son of the late Homer Dean West and Clemmie Elizabeth (Scurry) West. He served in the United States Air Force for 9 years. He retired after 37 years of employment from Charleston Air Force Base Fire Department as an Assistant Chief. He also worked for two years with Charleston Aviation Authority as an Operations Supervisor. Surviving in addition to his wife of 38 years, Yong Cha are: One Daughter: Jessica Lee West and her

boyfriend Roger Valenzuela of Charleston; One Sister: Betty West Smith of Hamlet, NC; Nephew: John Smith of Hamlet, NC; Close Friends: Roger and Nancy Schwartz of Charleston.  


Chief John Clifford Stokes, SMSgt, USAF (Retired)

September 8, 1933 - September 11, 2013


John C. Stokes, 80, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 at his home in Wewahitchka, FL. John was born on September 8,1933 in Sulphur Springs, Florida to Leonard Stokes and Josie Webb.

He retired as SMSgt USAF, retired Civil Service as a Fire Chief (served 45 years total). Mr. Stokes was a Mason for over 42 years. His favorite past time was fishing, sitting on his porch visiting with friends, family and watching his grandchildren play sports.

Mr. Stokes is preceded in death by his mother Josie Cone, stepfather Tom Cone, and Father Leonard Stokes; sons Grady Kite, Leland Harmon, and Curtis Harmon. He is survived by his wife Vivian, children Jane Conner,William J.Stokes, Betty Jo Higgins, Beth Ann Trevathan, William R. Kite and Becky Kite. 20 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and two sisters Deloris Webb and Norma Stokes.


Chief Gerald "Jerry" Garrett, TSgt USAF (Retired)

April 14, 1934 - August 2, 2013


Gerald "Jerry" Garrett, 79, passed away on August 2, 2013 at his home following a short illness.  Jerry was born on April 14, 1934 in Wilmington, Delaware.  He married Margie Chamberlain on July 3, 1953, in San Angelo, Texas.


Jerry served in the Air Force from 1952 to 1973.  He retired at Dyess AFB, Texas, in the fire department.  In 1973, Jerry returned to the Dyess fire department as a civil servant, where he served until his retirement in 1993 as Assistant Fire Chief.  After his retirement, Jerry volunteered to help local veterans organize parades, place flags at cemeteries and an Interim Veterans Service Officer.

Dennis R. Haglund, MSgt, USAF (Retired)

May 1, 1941 - June 23, 2013


Dennis Haglund, 72, passed away on June 23, 2013, with his loving family by his side.


He was born May 1, 1941, in Morris Ill.  He was a graduate of the Morris High School.  Joined the United States Air Force in 1960, He married Shirley Gallaway in March 1964.


Dennis was a firefighter / fire officer in the Air Force Fire Protection Section for 26 years, serving in numerous locations throughout the world including a tour in Vietnam, Deputy Fire Chief at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida.  After retiring from the Air Force Dennis served 25 years in the Air Force Federal Civil Service System, assigned to the 45th Medical Group the entire time.  He also volunteered his time as a red cross instructor.


His interests included wood working, cars and fishing.  Dennis was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and a friend to many and will never be forgotten.


Chief Victor B. Robinson, Jr.
February 27, 1926 - March 24, 2013

On March 24, 2013, Victor B. Robinson Jr. passed quietly at home in Springfield, Virginia. He was 87 years old. He is survived by his daughters Jane R. Austin and Laura R. Bache, their husbands Stephen Austin and Stephen Bache, and grandchildren Victoria, Stephen and Olivia Rose.  Other surviving family members include Sandra Brooks, Jay Davenport, Carter Brooks, Frank and Mary Robinson, and Charlotte Smith.

Vic was enlisted in the Navy during WW II and served on the USS Romulus. He then began his career as a civilian in the USAF.  He came up through the ranks serving most of his career in the Far East. He served as Fire Chief at Clark Air Base in the Philippines and then went on to serve at Andersen AFB in Guam, Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Johnson/Tachikawa Air Base in Japan, Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii and Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.  He also served at PACAF Headquarters. Chief Robinson served at the old USAF airfield across the river from Reagan IAP in DC, and the Pentagon.  Chief Robinson also worked at the Civil Engineer Center at Wright Patterson Air Force Base Ohio, and when the Center moved to Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Vic stayed in DC, by special consideration and retired in 1978.  He settled finally in Alexandria, Virginia and worked for the USAF at the Pentagon until his retirement.  After that time he went on to provide consulting services for Monaco Enterprises. 

Vic was a quiet, gentle man and perhaps the first individual to hold The Air Force Fire Chief position, even though the title would have been different in those days.  He was a dedicated USAF firefighter, as was his father before him. 

He was a lifelong Mason becoming an active member while serving in the Philippines.   He was predeceased in 1998 by Rose S. Robinson, his wife of 41 years and in 1984, by his son Michael Victor Robinson.

TSgt Brad E. Brown

March 9, 2013

TSgt Brad E. Brown, 31, a Fire Emergency Services Instructor assigned to the 312th Training Squadron, Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, was killed in a motorcycle accident on March 9, 2013.  He hailed from Colorado Springs, Colorado and had been in he Air Force since April of 2001. 


Patrick Jolicoeur, MSgt, USAF (Retired

April 10, 1931 - March 1, 2013


Patrick Jolicoeur, Sr., 81, formerly of Flagstaff, Arizona and Riverside, California passed away March 1, 2013 at Brooks Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas.


Born April 10th, 1931 to Edward and Cora Jolicoeur in Waverly, Minnesota and also raised by Arthur and Rose Moline of Howard Lake, Minnesota.  A Vietnam veteran he served in the United States Air Force from 1947 to 1974.  He was educated in the local school system in Waverley, Minnesota and graduated from High School at Hollywood, California in 1946.


Patrick was a Crash Rescue Firefighter for a total of 44 years, 26 of which was in the United States Air Force and stationed in several locations around the world, such as Adak, Alaska, March AFB, California, Bergstrom AFB, Texas, Clinton Sherman AFB, Okla. RAF Bentwaters/Woodbridge, United Kingdom where he was the Fire Chief for the two bases, and Bien Hoa Air Base in the Republic of Viet-Nam where he was awarded the Bronze Star.  He received many awards and commendations during his 26 year service before retiring from the USAF in 1974 at the rank of M/Sgt.  From that point, he just picked up where he left off and began an 18 year civil service Fire fighter career reaching the rank of Captain at Norton Air Force Base, California.


Predeceased by his loving wife Marina Burrows Jolicoeur of Ipswich, England of 54 years in 2007 and his Parents Edward Jolicoeur in 1973 and Cora Jolicoeur in 1938, Arthur and Rose Moline of Howard Lake Minnesota. two brothers James and Tom Jolicoeur, two sisters Donna Dugas and Mary Jane Meyer, Patrick is survived by his Daughter Donna Silva and husband Ezequiel of Flagstaff, Arizona, Youngest son James Jolicoeur and wife Donna Bandera of San Antonio, Texas and son Patrick Jolicoeur, Jr., and wife Susan of Easthampton, Massachusetts.  Along with Grandsons (USAF) MSGT  Christopher an Andrew Jolicoeur of Easthampton, Massachusetts,  PFC  Craig Jolicoeur of Fort Bliss, (US Army) Texas, Ezequiel Silva Jr., of Hayward, California  and Granddaughters Shannon Silva of San Diego, California & Amanda Jolicoeur of San Antonio, Travis Powell also of San Antonio, Texas whom he admired very much and of course his very close friends  whom he use to enjoy meeting at the local Denny�s restaurant for breakfast and reminisce over their past career experiences and the current hot news topics & politics of the day. He also leaves a Great granddaughter Kennedy Rae Powell and great grandson Nicholas Jolicoeur.


He was interred at Flagstaff�s Citizen/Military Cemetery next to his wife Marina Jolicoeur.


Raymond G. Hubbard, MSgt, USAF (Retired)
December 26, 1947 - October 18-2012

Raymond G. Hubbard of Dover, died Sunday, October 28, 2012, at Kent General Hospital. He was 64.

Raymond was born December 26, 1947, in Easton, MD to the late Sherman and Hester Sutherland Hubbard.

He served in the US Air Force, retiring in 1989 as a Master Sergeant. He then worked at the Philadelphia Naval Yard, and in Civil Service at DAFB.

Raymond is survived by his wife Hoa �Lei� Hubbard of Dover; 3 daughters, Linda MacGregor and husband Rob of Bridgeville, PA, Deanna Hess and husband Craig of Hartly, DE and Ellen Hubbard of Bridgeville, PA; 5 brothers, George Hubbard of Myrtle Beach, SC, Fred Hubbard of Denton, MD, Bill Hubbard of Denton, MD, Bruce Hubbard of Denton, MD, and John Hubbard of Crystal River, FL; and grandson Avery Hess.

Chief Dan Coban
October 5, 1919 - Dec 2, 2012

Longtime Alaska resident Daniel Coben, Sr. passed over to the Lord Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012. He has resided in Alaska since the mid-1940s, and considered Alaska his forever home. 

He was born in Nashville, Tenn., on Oct. 5, 1919, to John and Maude Coben. He was to be one of four children. 

Dan is survived by his wife of 42 years, Irene; and three children, one daughter and two sons, Roxie, and husband, Kevin Knight, Paul, and wife Debbie Coben. His grandchildren are Keri, Allen, Jennifer, Kristine, Andrew, Janet, Michelle, Donna, Brian and Ginger. His great-grandchildren are Jeriah, Jacob, Haley, Aspen, Brian, Nicholas, Kiely, Kamron, Emmy, Seth, Hannah, Alexander, Jazmine and Lindsey. Great-great grandchildren are Ashton and Dustian. Other survivors include many nieces and nephews throughout the states.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Maude Coben; his first wife, Emmy Lou; and his siblings, Eva, John and Gene. 

As a young man of 20, Dan enlisted in the Army and served from 1940 �1944. This was during WWII and he served in Europe for part of his tour. He was honorably discharged in 1944 with the rank of 2nd Lt.  His interests turned to Alaska and the adventures the state had to offer. He came north and worked as a truck driver for the Alaska Road Commission, later to become the Department of Transportation. 

He joined the Fairbanks Fire Department in approximately 1947, as a firefighter. After a short stay, he took a job as the assistant chief in Barrow and oversaw the Dew Line for a time. Deciding that he wanted family closer, he went back to the states and moved his wife and young son to the Fairbanks area. 

In 1952, he was hired as the assistant fire chief at Eielson Air Force Base, moving to the rank of Cchief, which he held until his retirement in 1971. During his time at Eielson, he helped with the perfecting of the light water that would be used to coat the runways in an emergency landing for cold climate areas. After his retirement from Eielson, he became fire chief at the Fairbanks Fire Department from 1971 to 1974. 

During his years as chief, he served as president of the Alaska Fire Chiefs Association as well as being instrumental in the organization of the Interior Firefighters Association and presiding over the meeting that created the Cook Inlet Chapter of the ASFA.  Also during this time, working with a local physician, he coordinated training for the first paramedics for the fire service in the Interior. He is a lifetime member of the Alaska State Fire Chiefs Association.

After his fire service years, he decided to go into farming. He and Irene purchased more than 300 acres in the Moose Creek Agriculture Project and resided there for the next 25 years. He grew various crops that many people said could not be grown in the state because of the short growing season. Just as in many aspects of his life, he proved them wrong.  During the years the fields were full of canola, sunflower, canary seeds, brome hay and much more. He served on the Fairbanks Farm Service Area Committee.

Throughout his life, he was struck by Alaska's endless frontier spirit and was always looking out for the minerals that were plentiful. Therefore, he owned many mines throughout the state of Alaska.  His philosophy was "to the end of the road and another 20 miles beyond was better." This gave him his reason to fulfill his passion for flying. He was a seasoned pilot from the early '60s and logged more than 20,000 hours in his 185 and 206.

Dan was a member of Polaris Court No. 2 Order of the Amaranth and of Tanana Lodge No. 3 of Fairbanks.

Flowers are appreciated, but in keeping with his dedication and love of the fire service, donations would be greatly appreciated, in his name, to the North Pole Fire Department trainee program. There is an account at Wells Fargo bank; acct. No. 5536022907, North Pole Volunteer Fire Department.

Billy J. Norman, CMSgt, USAF (Retired)
March 5, 1947 - May 20, 2010

NORMAN BILLY J. NORMAN, CMSgt, USAF (Retired) was born March 5, 1947 and passed peacefully on May 20, 2010 at The Naval Medical Hospital, Bethesda, MD. Chief Billy J. Norman beloved husband of Gennie Norman went home to be with the Lord. He is also survived by family and a host of friends. Family will receive friends Tuesday, May 25, 2010 from 10 a.m. until service at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Highland Park, 6801 Sheriff, Landover, MD. Interment at Cheltenham, MD at a later date.

Chief William S. Rabon, Sr.
April 12, 1930 - June 17, 2010

William was born on April 13, 1930 and passed away on Thursday, June 17, 2010.  


He was a resident of Elgin, South Carolina at the time of his passing. He was a graduate of Blaney High School. 


He joined the U.S. Air Force in July 1948 and served in both the Korean and Vietnam wars and was awarded many medals.  He received top secret clearance in 1958 and retired with 20 years of service.  After retiring he went into Civil Service and served with the Navy as Fire Chief at San Magil in the Philippines then transferred to Clark Air Force Base where he also served as the Fire Chief.  He retired with 20 years Civil Service from Shaw A.F.B.  He is survived by his wife Eva.

Joseph Marvin Jarrell
September 2, 1926-November 23, 2012

Known by wife as "Marvin"

To his children as "Dad"

To his mother, father and 13 brothers and sisters as "Marvin"

To his nieces and nephews as "Uncle Marvin"

His grand children and great-grandchildren, son-in-law and daughter's in-law as "Big Pop"

Friends call him "Joe"

Comrades call him "Chief Jarrell"

Marvin was born in Knight, La. to Johnny and Laura Jarrell in 1926. He married the "Love of his life", Ruth Marie Dupree Jarrell on June 2, 1950. They were married for 62 years. He is survived by his wife Ruth and their four children; Mike Jarrell and wife Lisa, Linda Kellam and her husband Anthony, Debbie Zaijcek, Kathy Campbell and her husband Brian.

There have been six grandchildren:
Michael Jarrell, Jr. his wife Lori; Donna Moore and husband Michael J., Jamie Kellam and wife Selene, Jeremy Kellam, Tanya Pierce and Jana Zajicek.

Four step grandchildren; Drew and Blake O'neal, Chris and Rebecca Campbell.
Nine great-grand children; Pamela, Katie, Cody, Clay, Kimberly, Ashley, Courtney, Cheyenne and Zoey.
Also 3 bonus step great-grand children; Cheyenne, Jordan, and Katelynn plus a step great-great grandchild Zane.

Dad joined the United States Army in 1944. He served in the Philippine and Japanese islands as a 1st scout with Company "B", 163rd Infantry Regiment during World War II. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for valor during action against the enemy in the Philippines. 

After WWII, dad enlisted in the United States Air Force where he served for 20 years. He has been a firefighter, Fire Training Officer, First Sergeant and Fire Chief through out his career. Dad has received numerous citations, Letters of Commendation and superior performance ratings for his leadership, dedication and knowledge in firefighting.

In addition to the Bronze Star Medal received in World War II, dad was awarded:
Army Good Conduct Medal
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
WWII Victory Ribbon
Army of Occupation Ribbon
United Nations Service Ribbon
Korean Service Ribbon
Air Force Longevity Service Ribbon- with 5 Attachments (knots)
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon

Dad traveled the world with the USAF and his family. Living in places such as the island of Okinawa (Japan); Izmir Turkey; Royal Air Force Base (RAF) Sculthorpe England (just north of London). He also served with distinction at several bases in the United States and retired from active duty at Selfridge AFB in Michigan in December 1964. He moved back to Austin, Texas with his family after retirement.

During his career in the military, dad has also been awarded numerous letters of commendations, awards and superior performance ratings for his dedication, leadership and knowledge in firefighting principles.

He worked at the Steck Company (a printing/publishing company) of North Austin before the company moved to Dallas in the mid 70's.

Special thanks to:

Our many friends and family who have been there with us in thoughts and prayers, and journeyed many miles to be with as we say good bye. Your sacrifice in time and show of love will not be soon forgotten. God bless you all.

Dr. Laura Guerrero for many years of compassionate service to our family and to our Dad. Dad compared you to all other doctors. He would say, "Few as good and none no better"!

To the nursing staff of North Austin Medical Center- Your caring and compassion will not son be forgotten. (It is a sign you have been there too many times when the staff knows all your family members by first name!)

To the staff and nurses of The Summit @ Westlake Hills- We thank you for working with our Dad during his stay of three months to help him regain his strength. He has fond memories of many of the nurses and staff there.

Encompass Home Health- Johann, Linda, Deborah, Nathan, "The Cisco Kid" Francisco. Thank you so much for the care and attention not only to dad but to mom and our family. It means a lot to have folks who really care.

Heart to Heart Hospice- To Sharon and Linda. Yours is one of the toughest jobs, working with families as they are about to say goodbye to loved ones. Thank you for the professional and tender caring manner in which you tended to our family's needs. 

CMSgt Larry J. Lowman (USAF Retired)

September 23, 1937 - November 7, 2012

Larry Joe Lowman, 75, of Connelly Springs, passed away Wednesday November 7, 2012 at his residence following a period of declining health.
Larry was born on September 23, 1937 in Burke County to the late Llwod Waiclell (Buzz) and Zelder Ray Franklin Lowman. Mr. Lowman served twenty seven years with the United States Air Force and retired in 1984. He enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson Motorcycle, skeet shooting, and playing pool. 
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one daughter Michelle Lowman and one brother Jay Van Lowman.
Survivors include his daughter Martha Corneatzer and her children Matthew and Rachel all of Orlando, Fl., his loving companion of thirty years Maureen Thompson of the home, her children Richard Thompson and wife Neelie of Valdese, Linda Rivers and husband Ed of LeClaire, Iowa, Julie Deroushie and husband Dick of Sloan, Iowa and several grandchildren. Also surviving are one brother Howard Lowman and wife Ann of Glenn Alpine,one sister Lorena Tetter and husband Roy of Lenoir, one niece Andrea Tetter of Lenoir,one nephew Michael Tetter of Winston Salem, and one great nephew Thomas Tetter, and special friends Wayne Huffman and family. 
Funeral Services will be held on Sunday November 11, 2012 at 11:00 A.M in the Chapel of Heritage Funeral Service with the Rev. Wayne Huffman officiating. Interment will follow at Burke Memorial Park, Morganton. 

  Joseph A. Cherniga, SMSgt, USAF (Retired)
June 12, 1927 - September 8, 2012

Former Air Force Fire Chief (SMSgt) Joe Cherniga passed away on 8 September.  He was a long time resident of Ft Walton Beach, Fl and owned Safety Service Company.  Expressions of sympathy may be viewed or submitted to: www.emeraldcoastfuneralhome.com


Firefighter Rex Roberts

November 30, 1958 - July 1, 2012

It is with great sadness that we must endure the hardship of the passing of Mr. Rex Roberts this morning.  Rex was with  the Robins AFB fire department for 30 years from October 1981 until January 2011 when he retired.  We will have a moment of silence at Roll Call on Wednesday the 4th of July, we will fly our Fire Department Flag at half staff until 30 July and wear the black band on our Fire Protection Badge until his interment.



Senior Airman Geoffry L. Cullen


Senior Airman Geoffry L. Cullen succumbed to injuries suffered during a motorcycle accident on 29 Jun 2012.  He enlisted in the Air Force and arrived at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, in November 2008 for basic training. Upon graduation, he attended technical training school at Goodfellow AFB, Texas and subsequently received an assignment to the 14th Civil Engineer Squadron, Columbus AFB, Miss., as a Fire Protection Apprentice. Since arriving at Columbus AFB in 2009, he has served as a firefighter, driver operator and Emergency Control Center dispatcher. Airman Cullen had a passion for firefighting for which his technical training instructor said �I appreciate his dedication and relentless drive for success in all objectives�. Airman Cullen also had a love for hunting, fishing and trucks. He was a loving son, brother, grandson and a loving friend who is sorely missed.  Senior Airman Cullen is survived by his parents, siblings and grandparents.

His final resting place will be in Mays Landing, NJ this Friday 6 Jul 12.  Columbus AFB Fire Emergency Services is sending a 15 member firefighter color guard team to honor our fallen brother.

It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of our friend and brother firefighter William �Wild Bill� L. Billingheimer, 70.  Bill retired from Patrick AFB, Fire Rescue Department with over 25 years of service and was also a retired Master Sergeant with the Air Force Reserve, and he gave many years of loyal dedicated service to his country, and Air Force Fire Emergency Services. 

Firefighter Patrick Sheely

Firefighter Patrick Sheely was killed in a traffic mishap on 3 October 11.  He was an Air Force firefighter stationed at Fairchild AFB, then served as a civilian firefighter for the Navy, then Fairchild AFB, then finally Fed Fire San Diego.  Left behind was two small children, his parents and a girlfriend.  More information is available at IAFF Local F-33's web site and LeMesaPatch.


Jason B. Carlson

RIVERVIEW, Florida  Jason B. Carlson, 35, died Tuesday, July 12, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. He was born in Marion, Indiana to Stanley Carlson and Debora (Songer) Davis. Jason lived in Florida for the last 3 years. He married Amber Simmons and she survives.  He was a firefighter and previously worked at Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan. Jason is a 10 year US Air Force veteran, having served in Korea and Kyrgyz Republic. Decorations, medals, badges and citations he earned include the
following: Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters, Meritorious Unit Award, AF Outstanding Unit Award with 2 oak leaf clusters, AF Good Conduct Medal with 1 oak leaf cluster, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, AFG Overseas Ribbon Short, AF Longevity Service with 1 oak leaf cluster, USAF NCO PME Graduate Ribbon and AF Training Ribbon. He worked at staying physically fit and enjoyed snow skiing, scuba diving, traveling, music and helping people. He enjoyed his career and loved his son. Survivors include his wife, Amber Carlson, Riverview FL.; son, Seth Michael Carlson, Tampa, Fla.; brother, Lance E. (Christa) Carlson, Lemoore, California; father, Stanley (Sara) Carlson, Marion; mother, Deborah (Bob) Davis, Lafayette. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Mary Joyce and Richard Carlson.
Online condolences may be made at www.nswcares.com.

Firefighter Roberto Mocera

NSA Naples Firefighter, Mr. Roberto Mocera, age 56, employee of 28 years at NSA Naples, passed away this past weekend.  After reporting to work at the fire station, he became ill and was transported to the hospital where he passed away.


Our sincere condolences to Firefighter Mocera's family and all the men and women of our NSA Naples F&ES Department.


Larry A. Libby

FORT FAIRFIELD - Larry A. Libby, 60, beloved husband of Judy V. (Rideout) Libby, passed away unexpectedly Thursday evening, Aug. 11, 2011, at home doing one of his favorite things, playing basketball with his grandson. He was born July 28, 1951, in Muniac, New Brunswick, son of Lewis J. and Beulah (Giberson) Libby. He attended Mars Hill and Limestone schools, was a graduate of Limestone High School, Class of 1970, and furthered his education at Northern Maine Vocational Technical Institute, Presque Isle. Larry proudly served his country with the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam and received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Vietnam Campaign Medal, achieving the rank of corporal. Larry was married to Judy V. Rideout, April 27, 1974, and had been employed as a firefighter at the former Loring Air Force Base, Limestone, for many years until relocating to Pope Air Force Base, N.C., in 1994.

He served as fire chief for the Naval Group Support Activity in Winter Harbor from 1995 to 2002, at which time he and Judy moved back to the County, where Larry worked part time at Hillside IGA, Irving Mainway and the former Higgins' Market, Fort Fairfield. Mr. Libby was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Paul Lockhart Post No. 6187, Fort Fairfield, Fort Fairfield American Legion Walter Lovely Post No. 27, and a life member of Disabled American Veterans. Larry enjoyed all sports, especially basketball, and coached basketball games at the middle and elementary school levels. He will be remembered for maintaining an impeccable home and lawn, and loved to spend time with his family, especially his grandchildren. A people person through and through, Larry enjoyed jokes, sharing trivia and just loved to talk to friends and strangers alike. He was predeceased by his parents. Larry is survived by his wife of 37 years, Judy V. Libby of Fort Fairfield; one son and daughter-in-law, Tyler L. and Melissa Libby of Calais; one daughter and son-in-law, Tammy A. and Garrett Cyr of Fort Fairfield; two brothers and sister-in-law, Gary and Sharon Fitzherbert of Upper Kent, New Brunswick, and Dale DeMerchant of Petawawa, Ontario; four sisters and brothers-in-law, Joy and Cecil Theriault of Blaine, Lorraine and Carl Inman of Upper Kent, New Brunswick, Barbara and Gary Inman of Kilburn, New Brunswick, and Bertha McGuire of Aroostook Junction, New Brunswick; four grandchildren, Janae Libby and Isaac Cyr, both of Fort Fairfield, Toni and Silas Libby, both of Calais; numerous nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind one "honorary daughter," Michelle Lasselle of Orrington; two "honorary granddaughters," Logan Bubar and Brenna LeVasseur, both of Fort Fairfield; as well as special friends, Peter Cyr of Carlingford, New Brunswick, and Scott Brown of Gulfport, Miss. He will be fondly remembered by his fellow firefighters at Loring and Pope Air Force bases, as a well as at the Naval Group Support Activity.

Firefighter Benjamin Davine


Firefighter Benjamin Davine , 27, of Hampstead New Hampshire, was tragically killed in the Line of Duty on August 4th 2011. Firefighter Davine�s vehicle was struck by a fuel tanker while he was en route to his duty station in northern Kuwait.

Firefighter Davine enlisted in the USAF in 2002, in response to the September 11th attacks. He served honorably and went on several deployments during his six years of military service.  After leaving active duty in 2008, he worked as a firefighter continuing to serve his fellow military personnel with ITT Systems. He was only a few days away from returning home to his family, a new job, and a new life .


He was referred to affectionately as �Big Ben� by those who knew him well, not only for his physical size, but also for his thirst for life , his larger than life charisma and sense of humor. �Big Ben� was a genuine person, who lived every moment to it�s fullest potential. He will be missed and always remembered.


James P. "Hap" Habovick, Sr., SMSgt, USAF (Retired)
March 12, 1935 - July 20, 2011

James P. Habovick, Sr. "Hap", 76, of Satellite Beach, Florida, died on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at William Childs Hospice House after a courageous battle with cancer. Hap was born in Pittsburgh, PA; a dedicated family man, a great husband, father and a man of honor. The family moved to Brevard County in 1972. He was a veteran of the USAF in Fire Protection (RET) as a Senior Master Sergeant with 25 years of dedicated fire service. Hap loved his community and was extremely active in many aspects. He was instrumental in establishing the Mets Girls Softball team resulting in them winning State and Nationals three times. Hap was the Fire Marshall for both Satellite Beach from 1982- 1997 and Indian Harbour Beach, retiring in 2010. He is survived by his wife of eighteen years, Tracy; children, Tammye Jean Harris, and James Habovick, Jr.; grandchildren, Chris and Ashley Harris, Corey, Kyle, and Cassidy Habovick; his extended family; daughters, Michelle and Tammy Suzanne Malpas; and grandchildren, Lauren and Logan. Hap was preceded in death by his first wife, Claire, in 1991.

Norman A. Dion
June 17, 1947 � July 7, 2011


Born ~ Chicopee, Massachusetts


Entered into Rest ~ Wahoo, Nebraska


Norman A. Dion, 64, of Ashland, NE, died Tuesday, July 7, 2011, at South Haven Living Center in Wahoo. Ashland, NE.  He was a longtime firefighter at

Offutt AFB NE and served in the US Air Force.

Chief Charlie Huff

May 25, 1938 - June 28, 2011


Charles Huff

Charles E. �Charlie� Huff, 73, Kokomo, died at 3:51 a.m. Tuesday, June 28, 2011, at his residence. Born May 25, 1938, in Port Huron, Mich., he was the son of the late Charles Owen Huff and Zelma (Klingler) Huff. On Oct. 29, 1960, in King�s Lynn, Norfolk, England, he married Maureen Angela (Large), and she survives.


He was a 28-year veteran of the United States Air Force, joining in 1957 and serving on bases in England, France, Korea and the United States, retiring as a senior master sergeant in 1985. He was then employed with the Civil Service as assistant chief of operations at Carswell AFB, Texas, from 1987 to 1994, and was selected as fire chief at Grissom ARB in 1994, retiring in 2000. He was a member of American Legion Post 6 and the 40 and 8 Club.


Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Maureen Angela Huff, Kokomo; two sons, Michael (Charlotte) Huff, Kerrville, Texas, Brian (Victoria) Huff, Shreveport, La.; one daughter, Teresa (Mrs. James) Hutson, Palmdale, Calif.; and six grandchildren, Nicole and Mason Huff, Courtney and Michael Huff, and Kaylie and Jordan Hutson. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister.

Services are 2 p.m. Sunday at Ellers Mortuary Webster Street Chapel, 3400 S. Webster St., Kokomo. Military rites services by the U.S. Air Force and the Kokomo Military Rites Team will follow. Burial is 2 p.m. Tuesday in Marion National Cemetery, Marion. The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the mortuary.


Memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association with envelopes available at the mortuary. Read the Huff obituary at www.ellersmortuary.com, where you may sign the guest book, share a personal message or order flowers for the family.


Chief Bill Kerns

May 21, 1942 - Jun 28, 2011

Bill Kerns, 69, of Crestview, Fla., passed away Tuesday, June 28, 2011, at his home.  He was born in Connellsville, Pa., on May 21, 1942, to John and Violet Mae Kerns. Bill served his country in the U.S. Air Force and reached the rank of airman first class. Bill went into civil service, where he was Battalion Chief and retired from Camp Rudder Fire Station, Eglin AFB, Florida. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Crestview.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; and a granddaughter, Ashley Kerns. He leaves behind a wife of 46 years, Paula Kerns; son, Troy Kerns; daughter, Candi Kerns, all of Crestview; three brothers, Ronnie, Jerry and Barry Kerns; and a sister, Marlene Eicher, all of Pennsylvania. Bill also leaves behind three grandchildren, Dustin Cadenhead, Christopher Kerns and Jennifer Cadenhead; and two great- grandchildren, Katelyn Kerns and Seth Cadenhead.  Guest book and condolences are available online at www.whitehurstpowellfuneralhome.com.

Hugh B. Acres, CMSgt, USAF (Retired)
June 6, 2011

Hugh B. Akers Jr., 81, of Panama City, passed away Monday, June 6, 2011, at a local hospital. Mr. Akers was born in Decatur, Ala., and had lived in Bay County for the past 40 years. He retired as fire inspector and Chief of Fire Rescue in the U.S. Air Force after more than 26 years service, serving during Korea and Viet Nam. Mr. Akers was a true patriot, an excellent cook and a competitive bridge player. He enjoyed working with the youth of Bay County as a high school and college umpire. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Panama City.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Alice Akers, his son, Benjamin Akers, and a daughter, Lea Akers.

Survivors include his wife, Susie Helms Akers of Panama City; his children, Hugh Akers III (Carol) of Tampa, Fla., Howard Akers (Tammy) of Quitman, Ga., Denise Johnson (Dane) of Fleetwood, N.C. and Renee Hudson (Bobby) of Cohutta, Ga.; his grandchildren, Kristen Deel (Scott), Grant Hudson (Kyndall), Brent Hudson (Alissa), Charlie Akers and Alexandra Kindred; and his great-grandchild, Logan Brady.

A funeral service will begin at 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at the Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Steve Beck officiating and full military honors offered by the U.S. Air Force. Entombment will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2 p.m. until service time at 3.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Panama City, 903 E. Fourth St., Panama City, FL 32401.

His guest book is located at http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/newsherald/guestbook.aspx?n=hugh-akers&pid=151647881&cid=full

Nan Barrow
February 27, 1934 to Jun 2, 2011
Wife of the late Chief Bobby Frank "Bob" Barrow, CWO-4, USAF (Retired)
August 9, 1930 to April 17, 2008

On the evening of June 2, 2011, Nan Barrow, age 77, went to be with Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ while in Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, Fla.

Nan was born Nancy Carol Clapp on Feb. 27, 1934, to her loving parents, William A. Clapp and Lillian Lake May in the city of Gibsonville, Guilford County, N.C. Nothing was more important to her than family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby F. Barrow (married Sept. 2, 1955, at Fort Meade, Md.) and her parents. She is survived by her children, Ginger L. (Kent) Dahlquist, Bobi G. Barrow, Barbie C. Barrow, William F. Barrow, and Brenda L. (Andreas) Bernt; grandchildren, Erika K. Dahlquist, Robin E. Dahlquist, Bobby K. Dahlquist, Brandy N. Bernt, Nikolaus A. Bernt and Trista A. Barrow; aunts, Francis C. (Wade) Sharpe, and Marie C. (Marshall) Paul; sister, Polly C. (Jerry) Higgins; brother, Jimmy A. (Carolyn) Clapp; niece, Abbie H. (David) Thomas; and nephews, Donald R. Higgins and William E. Clapp.

Nan grew up in Whitsett, N.C., living with her family at the intersection of Highway 61 and Burlington Road. She loved her childhood and thought about home often. Nan joined the U.S. Army on May 31, 1954, and served at Edgewood Army Chemical Center and Fort Knox. She truly enjoyed her time in the U.S. Army, especially working with the soldiers in her unit. Nan and Bob had a special relationship with the U.S. Air Force Fire Protection (Pope, Eglin and Tyndall Air Force Bases) and loved visiting firefighters and military service members every-where. She had so many good friends and best friends all over the United States, too numerous to mention here, but know that she thought of all of you and is still looking over us now.

Graveside services will be held at Beal Memorial Cemetery on Friday, June 10, at 2 p.m.

We will miss hugs and kisses to comfort us; words to guide us and dry our tears; joy in the good times; your laugh and smile; strength in the bad; hope that brightened our world; faith in God that lifted our hearts, and each day that blessed our lives. You are the best part of us; we will think of you every day and look forward to the time when we will be together again. We love you!
You may share you memories and condolences at www.daviswatkins.com

Brent T. Nelson, SMSgt, USAF (Retired)
February 19, 1962 to May 31, 2011

Brent T. Nelson, SMSgt USAF Ret.

Tinker Air Force Base Fire Captain and SMSgt USAF (Retired) Brent T. Nelson, 49, passed away May 31, 2011 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, after a long battle with cancer.  He was born on February 19, 1962 to Bill and Retha Nelson at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma.  He served his country as a firefighter and in the United States Air Force. Brent is survived by his wife, Terri Nelson; daughter, Rachel Bray; son, Greg Nelson; mother, Retha Nelson Spellman; half brothers, Gene Nelson of Yukon, OK and Mike Nelson of OKC, OK; sister, Jessica Nelson of Moore, OK; half sister, Theresa Hauk of Yukon, OK; uncles, Richard Nelson of Moore, OK, Robert Nelson, of OKC, OK, Jim Harris of Edmond, OK and Dallas Witt of Albuquerque, NM; aunts, Merle Hail of Tulsa, OK and Gladys Witt of Binger, OK; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Carl and Margaret Nelson; Bill and Jessie Harris and Benjamin and Bessie Witt; father, Bill E. Nelson; and three special friends, Basil Redding, Harlow Redding and Dorothy Stevens.  Funeral services were held at Southern Hill Baptist Church on June 4, 2011with interment at Rocky Cemetery in Mena, Arkansas.

Lowell Allen Young, CMSgt, USAF (Retired)

February 15, 1937 to May 3, 2011


VALDOSTA - Retired CMSGT Lowell Allen Young, 74, of Valdosta, passed away early Tuesday morning, May 3, 2011, after a lengthy illness. He was born on Feb. 15, 1937, in Fitzgerald, Ga., to the late Henry Jesse and Beatrice Blanche (Williams) Young. He was a member of St. John's Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and Masonic Lodge. Mr. Young retired as a Chief Master Sergeant from the U.S. Air Force after 31 years of service. Following his military service, he worked as a civilian contractor for the U.S. Air Force in Adana, Turkey. Once he left Turkey he moved to Taif, Saudi Arabia and worked for Lear Siegler as a fire chief. In 1993, he came back home to Valdosta and worked for Amerisource. Then in 1997, he moved back to Saudi Arabia and provided Technical Assistance to the Saudi Government and then he came back to Valdosta in 1998.


He is survived by his wife, Maryann Young, Valdosta; sons and daughters-in-law, Dale and Julie Young, Hahira, Jeff and Tina Young, N.J., Lowell Young Jr., Valdosta; daughters and son-in-law, Toni Marie Young, Albuquerque, N.M., Lisa and Danny Higgins, Charlotte, N.C.; nine grandchildren; sisters and brothers-in-law, Joyce and Larry Barnes, Cordele, Linda and Steve Griffin, Fitzgerald; brother and sister-in-law, Kenny and Sue Young, Fitzgerald.


Funeral service will be held at 12:10 p.m., Friday, May 6, 2011, at St.

John's Catholic Church with burial to follow in Riverview Memorial Gardens with full military honors. The family will receive friends from

6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. A rosary will be held at 5:30 p.m.

today at Music Funeral Home.


Sympathy can be expressed online at www.musicfuneralservices.com - Music Funeral Services of Valdosta

Just learned Robert "Bob" Malin (former Chief of Fire Protection HQ MAC) passed away last week.  Looking for more info.

Donald Dwayne Powell, MSgt, USAF (Retired)
July 21, 1940 - May 2, 2011

Our beloved husband, father, and grandfather Donald Powell, age 70, went home to be with Jesus on May 2, 2011, after a long battle with COPD and emphysema. Don was born in Parsons, Kansas to Robert Lee Powell and Beulah Hagan Powell, and was number 15 out of 16 children! He joined the Air Force in 1958, retiring as a master sergeant after more than 23 years in the service. 

He began his career in the Air Force as a firefighter, later becoming an instructor in fire science at Chanute AFB in Illinois, and in the latter part of his Air Force service a fire inspector. After his retirement from the Air Force, he entered into civil service for the Dept of Defense as a fire inspector at Bergstrom AFB until the base closed in September 1996. 

Don and his wife Rose Mary came to Texas in 1984, and they lived in Cedar Creek up until recently when they moved to Round Rock. While in Cedar Creek, Don continued to work in his lifelong profession, serving as a volunteer firefighter with the Blue Bonnet Fire Department there. 

Don is survived by his wife of 51 years, Rose Mary; his son Dwayne and wife Dora, his son Robert and wife Rachele, and his daughter Patty Teeter and husband Victor; his sisters Maxine Walker, Joanne Locke, and Berneta Hogrefe, and his 12 grandchildren; Rebekah, Jonathan, Lance, Travis, Benjamin, Abigail, Miriam, Jack, Emma, Amelia, Liam and Don Paul. 

Our beloved husband and father had an extremely strong work ethic and he worked very hard his whole life to provide the best for his family. His family always knew he was there to give a helping hand when it was needed. We are very much going to miss the loving, protective husband that he was, as well as the sweet dad and granddad that his children knew. Our hearts are heavy with sorrow right now, but we take comfort in knowing that he is with the Father rejoicing in heaven. No more struggling to breathe, no more pain -- just joy unspeakable and full of glory! 


He was in the 7 level course at Chanute with Don Murrell, Ken Thomas, Bill Smith, Randy Gooding, Joe Tuell, Paul Sutphin, George Hall, English, and Ken Ploense in the advanced courses.

Charles Caithaml, CMSgt USAF (Ret)

Charles Caithaml passed away on Monday April 11,2011. He was a long time resident of Parris Ca who served as a fire fighter in USAF for 31 years. A Third degree Mason and a member of the Scottish Rite. His is survived by thee daughters; Kathline Wynn of Las Vegas, NV, Denise Caillouet of Grand Rapids, MI and Rena Serrano of Moreno Valley CA. and Sister Sheri Dodds of San Diego CA, he also leaves behind seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Services were held Friday April 15 2011. Placement will be at Riverside National Cemetery.
Was a retired AF Fire Chief at both Kadena and March AFB CA

Chief Jim Deal

Jim Deal

I am truly saddened by the passing of Chief Jim Deal.  Jim was quit an individual.  Always loved to talk Fire Talk.  You could get a good story about fire protection from Jim just by saying something about the old days.  I certainly enjoyed knowing him and interacting with him over the years.  A true pioneer in every respect.  For more information about Jim check the Quarterly Network Newsletter (QNN) Vol 4 October -December 2008.  Go to dodfire.com and scroll down to QNN.


Jim will be cremated and taken to Annville PA where the family will meet for a grave side memorial service.  He will be laid to rest at the Indian Town Gap National Cemetery, RR#2, Box 484, Annville, PA 17003-9618 on April 11, 2011.  His son-in-law, An Air Force Academy Graduate, retired Lt Col, is helping with everything with his wife Jaime and their two daughters. 


Chief Herbert T. Hartman
May 20, 1931 - Feb 18, 2011

Herbert Thomas Hartman, 79, passed away at his home in North Pole on Feb. 18, 2011.
Herbert was born in Cincinnati on May 20, 1931. He moved with his family to Alaska in 1972. He attended college in Cincinnati before committing to a career in the U.S. Air Force.
He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and served two tours of duty. While serving in Vietnam, he was awarded many medals and received recognition for services to his country. Master Sgt. Hartman was honorably discharged in 1979. 
Herbert continued his personal commitment to the United States by serving in a civil service capacity at Eielson Air Force Base as the assistant fire chief. While at Eielson, he was awarded the Command Civilian award for valor in recognition of his outstanding bravery while performing his duties as assistant fire chief, 5010th Civil Engineering Squadron on May 1, 1974.
On that date, he entered on foot an area where an F-4E aircraft had crashed during landing approach. With complete disregard for his personal safety, he entered the crash area despite serious hazards of exploding and furiously burning 20mm ammunition, a violently burning aircraft fuselage and extensively burning aircraft debris to supervise suppression of the aircraft fires and helicopter evacuation of the injured crew.
The outstanding leadership ability, exemplary courage and extreme personal risk to his own life and welfare reflected great credit upon him and the U.S. Air Force. He retired from civil service in 1992.
Herbert was an enthusiastic paleontologist with a tremendous interest in archaeology. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He instilled his love of the outdoors and zest for life in everyone he encountered.
He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Judith; nine children; and 10 grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Fire Science Scholarship in honor of Assistant Fire Chief Herbert Hartman, c/o Naomi Horne, UAF Advancement Service, P.O. Box 757530, Fairbanks, AK 99775, www.uaf.edu/giving, (907) 474-6464.
A service with full military honors will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 26, at the Eielson Air Force Base Chapel.
Arrangements were entrusted to Fairbanks Funeral Home.


Firefighter Matthew Moreno
With the greatest sadness, we share with you the passing of one of our own yesterday. Brother Matthew Moreno from Federal Fire Local F-33 who was stationed at Station 11 at Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado passed away suddenly yesterday in his home.

Our Brothers from Chula Vista Local 2180 just happened to be clearing another call in the area and were on scene within minutes of 911, but despite the prompt response and continuing efforts in the hospital none could bring him back. He was only 26.

Rest in Peace, Brother.

Firefighter Airman First Class Derek Kozorosky
February 1, 1989 - February 11, 2011

It is with a heavy heart and great sorrow that the men and women of Kadena Fire Department must let you know about the passing of one of our own.  Firefighter, A1C Derek Kozorosky passed away on Friday, 11 Feb 2011 following a tragic vehicle backing incident at the Kadena Headquarters Fire Station. 


A walking procession followed by a memorial service at Chapel 1 is planned for 16 Feb 2011 @ 1400.


We are working with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to add Firefighter Derek Kozorosky to the National Memorial later this year.  We'll keep you posted.


The Dover AFB Fire Chief has agreed to take the lead to insure appropriate honors are provided in Ebensburg PA, his home town, according to the family's wishes.


Please ask all AF fire chiefs to honor Firefighter Derek Kozorosky according to the protocols "For firefighters that die while actively engaged in fire protection duties, on or off duty," on 16 Feb 2011.


If you'll take a few pictures or video clips, I'll get them to the family.


Please keep the family and friends of Firefighter Derek Kozorosky in your prayers for God's peace and comfort.  Also, include Kadena firefighters in your prayers.


I will provide further details about the final arrangements as they become known.




Derek, Airman 1st Class U.S. Air Force, 22, stationed at Kadena Air Force Base, Okinawa, Japan, and a native of Ebensburg, died Feb. 11, 2011, at Camp Lester Naval Hospital. Born Feb. 1, 1989, in Greensburg, son of  David A. and Lisa M. (Zeman) Kozorosky. Survived by parents; sister, Mikayla, at home; maternal grandparents, Len and Carol Zeman, Ebensburg; paternal grandparents, Joe and Priscilla Kozorosky, Nanty Glo; and girlfriend, Jessie Yahner, Loretto. Also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Derek was a graduate of Bishop Carroll High School and had been employed during his high school years at Ebensburg Giant Eagle. He attended Mount Aloysius College and later enlisted in the Air Force to pursue his career. He was based at Kadena Air Force Base, where he served as a firefighter and EMT. He had a passion for firefighting and his military career. He was a loving son, brother and grandson, who had a zest for life and had the ability to leave a lasting impression on those he loved with his humor and integrity. He held a black belt in karate and was a member of AmKor, Ebensburg. Member of Holy Name Roman Catholic Church. Friends received from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Askew-Houser Funeral Homes Inc., Ebensburg, where a vigil prayer service will be held. Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Name Church, the Rev. Monsignor Arnold L. Gaus, celebrant. Committal, Holy Name Cemetery, with military graveside rites. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations in Derek �s memory be made to Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org) or to the charity of your choice.


His family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to www.woundedwarriorproject.org



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Chief Verne A. Witham

March 5, 1939 - Jan 29, 2011


It is with deep sadness that I report that Verne A. Witham, our retired Fire Chief, passed away Saturday afternoon. He had been in a long and tough battle with cancer.  As the Fort Carson Fire Chief for over 30 years he was extremely progressive leader, took great pride in the department and was an icon in Federal Fire Service.  He will be greatly missed by many, Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts.

Verne Alfred Witham passed away January 29, 2011 after a lengthy battle with cancer. He passed peacefully from this life surrounded by his beloved family and friends.

Verne was born on March 5, 1939, in Honolulu, Hawaii. He married Judy Boshart, in May 1962. They settled in Manitou Springs and raised their two children who were the light of his life. Verne had an illustrious and proud career serving those in the community in many capacities, most notably as the Fire Chief of Ft. Carson.

Verne is survived by his loving wife, Judy; daughter Kelly and son-in-law Peter Szentmartoni; their daughter Amanda and her husband Michael Wupper; son Brad Witham and his daughters Riley and Roxanne Witham; sisters Karan A. Arnold and Jacqulynn S. Witham, and many members of his extended family.

Funeral services will be held at Living Hope Church, 640 Manitou Blvd., Colorado Springs, on Friday, February 4 at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Manitou Springs Fire Dept., and the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce.




Firefighter Matthew Garrity

July 15, 1983 - January 22,2011


Firefighter Matthew Kyle Garrity, of Senoia, Ga., passed away suddenly on Jan. 22, 2011, at the age of 27.  Matthew was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, proudly serving as a fire fighter at bases in Germany and Kuwait. Following his military career, he continued as a fire fighter with the Dobbins Fire Emergency Services at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Georgia.  Matthew was an avid salt water fisherman and loved to cook. He enjoyed using his cooking skills to feed his fellow fire fighters. He was a member of Christ's Church at Whitewater.


Matthew was preceded in death by his grandfather, Thomas Francis Garrity. He is survived by his parents, Thomas M. and Jerri Kline Garrity of Punta Gorda, Fla.; brothers, Steve Garrity and his fianc�achael Smith of Naples, Fla., and Michael Garrity of North Kingstown, R.I.; maternal grandparents, Etta Rue and Jerome Kline of Senoia, Ga.; paternal grandparent, Lorraine M. Garrity of Port Charlotte, Fla.; aunts and uncles, Kathleen and Raymond Jorgensen, Gary and Mica Yeomans, Gifford and Heather Kline, Dana and John Lindval, Jackie and Greg Morris, Robert and Christina Garrity, Elizabeth and Greg Brown; numerous cousins, co-workers and friends.


Those wishing may make memorial donations to the Wounded Warrior Fund at woundedwarriorhospitalfund.org


Chief Rick Grammer

July 18, 1955 - January 5, 2011


Richard D. "Ricky" Grammer, 55, of Mascoutah, Ill., formerly of Stanford and McLean, Ill., born July 18, 1955, in Bloomington, Ill., died at 2:05 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, at his residence.


Ricky went to school in Stanford, Ill. He served in the U.S. Air Force for 11 years and later served for 25 years as a civilian employee for the Strategic Air Command as fire and emergency management Branch Chief, Directorate of Installations and Mission Support, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base.  Rick would like to be remembered as a loving husband, brother, father, and Poppy, PaPa and Grandpa to his grandchildren.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles E. and Dorothy P. Brantley Grammer; and a sister, Judith.


Surviving are his wife, Carol A. Snow Grammer whom he married on March 10, 1985, in McLean, Ill.; three children, Tiffany Grammer of Fort Worth, Texas, Chad ( Erin) Grammer of Gridley, Ill., and Travis ( Akeisha) Grammer of Belleville, Ill.; 10 grandchildren, Patrick, Kristina, Peyton, Alexis, Grace, Charlie, Kayla, King, Alyssa, Kylie and one grandchild due in April; a sister, Dixie England of Bloomington, Ill.; and two brothers, Larry (Bonnie) Grammer of Bloomington, Ill., and Kenny (Tammy) England of McLean, Ill.


The family suggest memorials be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  Online condolences may be given at www.calvertmemorial.com.


Visitation was Friday, Jan. 7, 2011, at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington, Ill.


Funeral: Funeral service was at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011, at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington, Ill., with Pastor Barb Johnson officiating. Burial was at Funks Grover Cemetery, McLean, Ill.

Chief George Wilder


George Wilder passed away on 1 Jan 11


George was the Fire Protection Specialist for US Army Pacific, Installation Management Command,


Chief Wilder had a distinguished career with the US Army. He was the Fire Chief of Ft. Huachuca, Az, Fire Chief of US Army Hawaii and most recently the MAJCOM Fire Protection Specialist for the US Army Pacific, Installation Management Command.


He also had the distinction of being the oldest Federal Fire Fighter in the system. 

Thomas S. "Tommy" Mulholland


Thomas S. "Tommy" Mulholland, 46, of Panama City, Fla., passed away Monday, Dec. 27, 2010.

Affectionately known as "Moe Dog" by his closest friends, Tommy was an Air Force veteran, having served in the U.S. Air Force during the Persian Gulf War as a master sergeant, a firefighter and as a military contractor for more than 28 years.

Tommy loved his family above everything else. He enjoyed hunting with his friends, and was dedicated to serving the military and his nation. Moe Dog was a friend to everyone and was known to treat everyone with respect and dignity.

Tommy was preceded in death by his father, Russell P. Mulholland. He is survived by his wife, Chris Mulholland; daughters, Angelina, Sarah and Lyndsay Mulholland of Panama City; mother, Barbara Mulholland-Binkley; brothers, Lynn and Jeff Mulholland; and sister, Jill Gahman of Spencerville, Ohio.

A memorial service was at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 3, 2011, at St. Dominic's Catholic Church.  Tommy's family took him home to be laid to rest beside his father in Ohio.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Tommy through Prosperity Bank to the account in the benefit of Tommy Mulholland.



Timothy R. Hogan, Sr., TSgt, USAF

It is with great sadness Keesler Fire Emergency Services (FES) announces the passing of TSgt Timothy R. Hogan Sr, USAF.  TSgt Hogan, a 38 year old native of New Jersey and resident of Keesler AFB, MS, passed away unexpectedly at Keesler AFB, MS, Tues, 7 Sep 2010.  TSgt Hogan was an Active Duty USAF member, with over 20 years of service.  TSgt Hogan was currently assigned as NCOIC of Keesler FES Fire Control Center, and Fire Protection Crew Chief.  Tim was a dedicated USAF NCO and beloved member of Keesler FES,  81 MSG, and 81st TRW for the past 3+ years.  TSgt Hogan touched many lives during his tenure at Keesler.  Above all, he was a husband and very active father.  He is survived by his parents; Ms. Veronica Roberson and Mr. Harvey Hogan; his wife Mrs. Angela S. Hogan; and children, Timothy R Hogan Jr, and Devin J Smith of South Carolina; other relatives and friends. Keesler FES will conduct Final Alarm Ceremony for TSgt Hogan, 13 Sep 2010, 0755 at Keesler building 4225 (Fire Station).  TSgt Hogan was very proud to be a USAF Fire Fighter and will be deeply missed by all who were blessed to have known him. 

Paul D. Sutphin, CMSgt, USAF (Retired)

It is with a saddened heart that I inform you that Paul D. Sutphin, CMSgt, USAF (Retired) passed away peacefully in his sleep at 0330 this Saturday morning, 26 June 2010.

 During his 30 years of honorable service to his country, the US Air Force, and fire emergency services community he established many long lasting friendships, left behind a legacy of significant contributions, and maintained respect from his peers.

 Sut often referred to himself as �SOAPVCM�: short for �Son of Poor Virginia Coal Miner.�  He departed the coal mountains of Virginia in the mid 1960�s, entered the Air Force, and journeyed to far and distant shores in service to his country.  He lived a good life and shared his happiest moments with his wife Charlie for the past 35 years.

 Condolences may be sent to:

 Mrs Charlie Sutphin
5108 Hickory Street
Callaway Florida 32404  

As my life long and closest friend, I shall miss him.  It has been an remarkable and enjoyable journey through life.


Assistant Chief Donald A. Brown

Donald A. Brown, age 69, of Toms River died Friday, May 28, 2010, at Van Dyke Hospice at Community Medical Center in Toms River. Born in Perth Amboy, he lived in Ocean County for most of his life, moving to Toms River 25 years ago. He was the current President of the Toms River Township Firemen's Exempt Association, the 2nd Vice President of New Jersey State Exempt Firemen's Association and a retired firefighter and past Chief of McGuire Air Force Base. He also worked as a Bus Driver for the Manchester School System since 1984. He enjoyed trains, fire trucks, lighthouses and his birds.

He was predeceased by a son, Don Jr. Surviving are his loving wife, Sandra, a son Christopher and his wife Colleen of Toms River, a daughter Dianne Dworzak and her husband Richard of Howell, four stepsons, Earl Smith, Brad Smith, Michael Garfinke and Danie
l Smith Jr. Also surviving are three grandchildren, Danielle, Michael and Sean as well as many other loving relatives.

Visiting hours will be Tuesday, June 1 from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. and Wednesday 9 a.m. until the funeral service at 10 a.m. at "The Family Owned" Carmona-Bolen Home For Funerals, 412 Main Street, Toms River. Burial will follow at Holy Trinity Cemetery in Perth Amboy. In lieu of flowers, donations to Toms River Fire Co. # 2, 45 West Water Street, Toms River, NJ 08753 would be greatly appreciated. Condolences may be sent to carmonabolenfh.com.

Firefighter John Adric

It is with great sadness SE Region informs you that one of our brother firefighters John Adric, JRB New Orleans passed away Saturday morning (May 22) after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.  John was in his mid-40's and leaves behind a wife and family.  He truly enjoyed working in the fire service and his co-workers remember him as friendly, highly motivated and enthusiastic.  He will be missed. Chief Aliotta (Fire Chief, JRB New Orleans) passed along that even in his last few minutes of life, he was reflecting about things that he needed to accomplish once he was back in the station.  He never gave up hope...


Please keep John's friends & family in your prayers.






Assistant Chief David W. Morris

David W. Morris, 59, of Drexel Hill, Pa., formerly of Kent County, died Sunday, May 2, 2010, at his home.  Born in West Grove, Pa., he was the son of the late David C. Morris and Florence G. Frist Morris.  Mr. Morris was a 1968 graduated of Oxford High School, and later received a degree in fire science from Delaware Technical & Community College.

He was the assistant fire chief at Dover Air Force Base and retired in 2007 after 34 years of service. He served as a deputy fire chief while assigned to the Delaware Air National Guard. For the past several years, he was fire marshal for West Conshohocken Borough and a member of the George Clay Fire Company, West Conshohocken.

Mr. Morris was a life member of the Citizens Hose Company of Smyrna and played in the fire company band.   He was an Eagle Scout, enjoyed model trains, was a NASCAR enthusiast and was a member of the Archer Epler Musketeer Drum & Bugle Corps.  Mr. Morris is survived by his wife of eight years, Kimberley Wentzel Morris; three sons, Christopher Morris of Oxford, Michael Morris of Clayton and Thomas Morris of Drexel Hill; two stepchildren, Jessica Kelly of Havertown, Pa., and Kenneth Kelly of Drexel Hill; and a brother, Kenneth Morris of Rising Sun, Md.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mr. Morris� name may be made to a charity of choice.

Firefighter & TSgt Michael Wayne Gambill
May 23, 1969 - April 22, 2010

It is with great sorrow that we share the loss of Brother Mike "Gamster" Gambill. TSgt Mike Gambill, USAF "Fire Dawg" was seriously injured last July when he was stuck on his bike by a woman blowing through an intersection in Bakersfield CA. Mike's family was preparing for transit from Colorado Springs to an Okinawa USAF fire assignment when the incident occurred.


Mike made a terrific comeback. He was fitted for a prosthetic leg and recently purchased a fire red H-D trike he was going to make all four Wind & Fire MC rallies with in 2010.


He had some revision surgery on his leg, was progressing well with PT, then...


What happened? He went to take a shower, collapsed, and that was it. I could go on about Mike, his wife Michele and their great daughters, Hannah, Melissa and Elizabeth. What a family, and, what service to God, Family, Country, and fellow firefighters they demonstrate. Google the TSgt and you'll come up with an inspirational tale of one man's journey back to family, the fire service, and the Air Force.



Michael Wayne Gambill May 23, 1969 - April 22, 2010 Our Heavenly Father called Michael Wayne Gambill home unexpectedly on April 22, 2010, almost a year after he tenaciously battled back from a June 2009 motorcycle accident. Michael was born May 23, 1969 in Lemoore, Calif., but called Bakersfield his home since attending North High School his freshman year. Mike is survived by the love of his life, his wife of almost 19 years, Michele Jorgenson Gambill of Bakersfield; his children, Elizabeth, Melissa, and Hannah Gambill; his mother, Nancy Gambill; his father, Jerry Gambill; his parents in-law, Bill and Ginny Jorgenson; his brother in-law, Eric (and AnnLouise) Jorgenson; his sister, Dianna Gambill; his niece, Courtney (and Aaron) Spillers, and a newborn great-nephew, Patrick. Mike is also survived by a large extended family and two loyal companions, his precious dogs Chloe and Tess. Preceding Mike in death are his grandparents, Jane and Ira Brooks, Fannie Sharp, and Edward Gambill. Tech Sergeant Mike Gambill served in the United States Air Force as a firefighter for 19 years. During a career marked by dedication to his country and generosity of human spirit, he lived in South Korea, Germany and Colorado. His current duty station was Edwards AFB in Calif. Mike loved his job and the people he touched, even recently becoming involved with the Wounded Heroes Fund so he could assist military personnel injured in current conflicts-even though he was a wounded hero himself. A tough guy with a tender heart, Mike's family remembers his love of outdoors. Whether he was riding his beloved Harley or grilling on the barbecue, Mike lived life with gusto. He was involved in church, enjoyed pleasing God, and is remembered as a loving husband, an involved father, and an inspiration to many who witnessed with amazement his superhero-like recovery from a devastating injury. Mike lived and loved more passionately and purposefully in 40 years than most people squeeze into a long lifetime. A viewing is scheduled for Thursday, 10-7, at Mission Family Mortuary in Bakersfield. A church service for Mike will be Friday, April 30, 10:00 a.m. at the Bridge Bible Church, 12225 Stockdale Hwy., with a graveside service following at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Bakersfield. Donations to the Mike Gambill Memorial Fund may be directed to Kern Schools Federal Credit Union, account # 8140460. "In the great scheme of things, what matters is not how long you live, but why you live, what you stand for, and what you are willing to die for." Paul Watson www.bakersfield.com/obits

Chief James U. File, SMSgt, USAF (Retired)
October 23, 1936 - March 15, 2010
James U. File, 73, died March 15 at Yuma Regional Medical Center in Yuma, Ariz., following a brief illness and complications from cancer treatment.

He was born Oct. 23, 1936, in Charlotte, N.C.

Jim was a retired senior master sergeant from the U.S. Air Force and a former fire chief. His active duty military service spanned 23 years as a fireman. He retired as deputy fire chief of F.E. Warren Air Force Base in 1980. In 1981, he returned in a civil service role to serve as fire chief of F.E. Warren AFB for the next 17-and-a-half years.

As a member of the U.S. Air Force, he served in many locations including Tripoli (North Africa), Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, a tour of duty in Vietnam, Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota, Izmir Air Force Base in Turkey, Spangdahlem Air Force Base in Germany, Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho, an isolated tour in Greenland, and F.E. Warren AFB.

He enjoyed RVing with his wife and spending winters in their motor home in San Diego and Yuma. He was known for maintaining immaculate landscaping and was often seen tending to his yard.

Jim is survived by his wife of 50 years Gaye File, (Olson) originally of Tioga, N.D., and now residing in Cheyenne; mother, Addie Hoffman of West Virginia; brother, Earl File (Betty) of West Virginia; sons, James K. File (Linda Allard) of Cheyenne, Darren File (Kim) of Fort Collins, Colo., and Bruce File of San Diego; granddaughters, Angela Hanson (Jeremy) and Sandra Wankel of Fort Collins, and Lauren and Rachel File of Cheyenne; and great-granddaughters Lexus and Taya Hanson and Aiyana Wankel of Fort Collins.

He was preceded in death by his step-father, Edward Hoffman of Maryland.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Salvation Army or the Disabled American Veterans (DAV).

Captain Mike Pittinger


The Walter Reed Fire & Emergency Services have lost one of our own. Captain Mike Pittinger lost his battle with cancer last evening. He fought the good fight but just wasn't able to beat it. It wasn't too long ago that he was forced to retire. You just shouldn't have to go out like that. My thoughts and prayers are with Debbie and the rest of the family . REST IN PEACE Captain Pitt.

Chief James Robert Vonderhaar, Sr.

James Robert Vonderhaar, Sr., former Fire Chief at Keesler AFB MS, of San Antonio, TX passed away on March 5, 2010.  He is survived by his wife Martha, sons, James R. Jr., Michael L., Gregory A., daughters, Jeanne A. Croenne, Patty L. Ellerman, sisters, Rose Ann Shelby and Lillian Wells, and 7 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.  A Memorial Service will be held at Ft. Sam Houston Nat�l Cemetery in San Antonio, TX with Air Force Honors on Friday, March 12th, 2010 at 11am. For Shelter information, please  call Ft. Sam Houston at (210) 820-3891 on Friday morning .  The family has requested in lieu of flowers donations be made to Cibolo Creek Community Church at the above address.

Senior Airman Matthew Johnston

An active duty airman from Travis Air Force Base who died unexpectedly on Monday.  Senior Airman Matthew Johnston, 21, was found dead just past midnight Tuesday in his Vacaville residence.

Johnston joined the Air Force in 2006, and was a firefighter with the 60th Civil Engineer Squadron.

Officials said the Air Force Office of Special Investigations is working with the Vacaville Police Department to determine how he died. No other details about the circumstances of his death were given.

Chief Philip E. Boyer III

1948 - 2010


Chief Philip E. Boyer III, 61, passed away in the comfort of his home on Tuesday February 9, 2010. Born in Springfield July 12, 1948 son of the late Stella (Charwick) & Philip E. Boyer II. The family moved to Wilbraham where he graduated from Minnechaug High School Call of 1967. He proudly served his country during the Vietnam Era as a member of the Air Force, where he attained the rank of Sergeant stationed at Columbus Mississippi AFB where he obtained his Fire Training, and then served in Taiwan. Upon discharge he attended Springfield Technical Community College graduating in 1976 and then the University of Massachusetts graduating in 1980. He move to Ludlow where he was a firefighter for 2 years for the Ludlow Fire Department, and then joined the Westover Air Force Base Fire Department in 1974 working his way up from fireman, fire inspector, Assistant Fire Chief and finally to Fire Chief. He retired in January 2003 after 32 years at Westover having served as Chief for 6 years with a total of 34 years in Fire Service


Assistant Chief Kenneth Harold Fort


Kenneth Harold Fort of Ephrata, Pa., died Friday, Jan. 8, 2010, at home. He was 80.


Born in Pemberton, a son of Maurice and Sarah (Haines) Fort, he was the husband of Alice H. (Kellenbenz) Fort for 58 years.


A Korean War U.S. Army staff sergeant, he was a career firefighter at McGuire Air Force Base, retiring in 1984 as Assistant chief.


A life member and former chief of Good Will Fire Co., Pemberton, Ken was a proud charter member of Pemberton Borough Exempt Firemen's Association and Masonic Lodge 199 Free and Accepted Masons, Pemberton. Retiring in Ephrata, he joined Reamstown Fire Co. and served with the fire police. He was also a member of Ephrata American Legion.


He was an avid golfer, gardener, Phillies and Eagles fan, and loved traveling and spending winters in Bushnell, Fla., for the past 10 years.


In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Paul Fort (Margaret) of Yardville; daughter, Marcy Sumoski (John) of Center Valley, Pa.,; grandchildren, Joshua Sumoski (Amy) of Somerville, N.J., Matthew Sumoski of Whitehall, Sarah Sumoski of Gloucester, Va., Kim Arena of Hamilton, N.J., and Shon MacPherson of Browns Mills; great-grandchildren, Owen Sumoski, Shon, Mike, Daniel, Cody, Seth, and Shane MacPherson; brothers, Joseph and Donald (Beverlee) Fort ; sister, Doris Croshaw (Paul); and nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by brother, Maurice Fort and his wife, Vivian; sister, Elizabeth Hopkins and her husband, Leon; sister-in-law Evelyn Fort, and nephew, David Fort.


Memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, Pemberton United Methodist Church, 45 Hanover St., Pemberton. Private inurnment will be held in Brig. Gen. William Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Wrightstown.


In lieu of flowers, contributions to Good Will Fire Co. 1, 200 Hanover St., Pemberton, NJ 08068 or Hospice of Lancaster County, Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.

Firefighter Robert Munson & Honorary Firefighter Zachary Cook

Altus AFB Lead Firefighter Robert Munson, 38, and Zachary Cook, 17, the son of Altus Assistant Chief Cook, were pronounced dead at the scene by the Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office after a small aircraft crashed and caught fire about a mile west of the municipal airport late Sunday morning, Nov. 8.

The 2001 Skybolt experimental aircraft, being flown by Munson, took off from Quartz Mountain Regional Airport about 11:19 a.m. and the accident was reported about 10 minutes later.

Witnesses say that Munson was giving rides to family and friends when the accident happened.

John E. Gerard


25 Sep 09 - It is with great sadness that we report that John E. Gerard passed away unexpectedly Friday, Sept. 25, as the result of a motorcycle accident.


John, a Gulf War Veteran served 13 years in the U.S. Air Force as a firefighter prior to coming to the Nevada Test Site  Fire and Rescue in December 1997.  At the NTS, he worked his way up through the ranks, achieving the rank of captain.  His current assignment was with "A" Platoon, Station 1 in Mercury.


Services for John was on Oct. 2 at First Henderson United Methodist Church, in Henderson, NV.  The NTS F&R Honor Guard presented and posted the colors during his memorial service, and the traditional bell ceremony honoring a fallen comrade was performed.

Anthony Anderson

7 Sep 09 - Anthony Tyrone Anderson of Smyrna, former Dobbins ARB GA firefighter and current Lockheed GA firefighter, was killed in a motorcycle accident about 3:45 p.m. on Flint Hill Road at Jones Road. 

According to investigators, Ronald Tyrone Bagley of Powder Springs was northbound on a Honda CBR 900 while Anderson trailed behind on his Honda CBR 1000.

Bagley signaled a left turn onto Jones Road, and as he began the turn the motorcycles collided, police said.

The collision sent Anderson�s bike across Jones Road into utility poles, police said. Anderson was rushed to Wellstar Cobb Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.


Fire Chief Ralph Dewey Shelton, Jr.
November 1, 1930 - August 28, 2009

BOSSIER CITY, LA - Ralph "Papa, Sonny" Dewey Shelton, Jr. passed away August 28, 2009 at the Northwest Louisiana War Veteran's Home in Bossier City. A mass to celebrate his life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 1, 2009 at Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Hwy 71 South in Bossier City, with Msgr. Earl V. Provenza officiating. Interment will follow in Hill Crest Memorial Park with full military honors. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Monday, August 31, 2009 at the Hill Crest Funeral Home with a Vigil and Rosary service to follow.

Ralph was born in Beaumont, TX November 1, 1930. After graduating from St. Anthony's High School he joined the Beaumont Fire Department. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1951. He served twenty years active duty for our country. He served in the Korean War and the Vietnam War, at duty stations in New Mexico (where he met the love of his life), Texas, Spain, Japan, and other locations. After retiring, he became the Fire Chief at Barksdale Air Force Base in 1972. While at the base he participated in the first Gulf War and was very proud of his accomplishments for fire fighting at the base and for the Air Force. He retired in 1991. Ralph was proud to carry on the family tradition of fire fighting as his father, uncle, brother were all on the Beaumont Fire Department. His son Ray Retired Deputy Fire Chief and two grandsons continued this tradition for the Bossier City Fire Department. After retiring, he stayed active at his lake house, raising bees, goats, miniature horses, rabbits, chickens and enjoying his family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He belonged to the ArkLaTex Beekeepers Association, Lion's Club, VFW and Bossier Parish Posse. He was an active member of Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church serving as an usher and greeter.

He was preceded in death by his parents Helen Mary and Ralph Dewey Shelton, Sr., sister, Joann Shelton, and brother, Leon "Buddy" Shelton.

He will be greatly missed by the love of his life of fifty-five years, Kathleen "Kitty", daughter, Dr. Debra P. Shelton, son Ralph Jay Shelton and wife Anna Dunlap Shelton, son Austin Ray Shelton and wife Bobbie Sue Hanissee Shelton, all of Bossier City, and son, Samuel Shelton and wife Cyndi Larkin Shelton of Lexington, KY. Five grandchildren, Jason Shelton and wife Casey, Jonathan Shelton and wife Kristi, Jennifer Shelton, all from Bossier City, and Brittany and Stormy Shelton from Lexington, KY. Five great-grandchildren, Ty, Dayton, Chloe Jane, Jon Michael, and newly arrived Shelby Ann, all from Bossier City. His brother, Chester "Pete" Shelton and his wife, Kathleen, sister Helen Marie Hale and her husband, Bill, all of Beaumont, TX and numerous aunts and uncles and nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank Dr. Ricky Jones who was always there prior to his illness and Dr. Christopher Sneed and the nurses at Schumpert Cancer Treatment Center, Dr. Roy Flenniken, the nurses and staff at the Northwest Louisiana War Veterans Home for their excellent and compassionate care. A special thanks to Father Joseph Ampatt, Deacon Michael Straub, and the parishioners at Mary Queen of Peace for their prayers and support.

Pallbearers will be Mark Gardner, Mike Maddox, Robert Allen Furr, Bobby Flanagan, Leroy McHan, and Pat Hanisse.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church Building Fund, the Northwest La War Veterans Home Patient Funds, or the Shreveport American Cancer Society's Road to Recovery Program.

Words of comfort and memories may be shared with the family by visiting www.hillcrestmorialfh.com 

Hill Crest Memorial Funeral Home, (318) 949-9415

Specialist John Kulick, 1st Battalion, 111th Infantry Regiment, 28 Division.  KIA Beiji, Iraq. August 9, 2005


Retired Assistant Chief Delton Frazier dies in boating accident.

Delton Frazier, retired Assistant Chief died on Friday April 24th, the apparent victim of a drowning while casting off his boat at West Point Lake in LaGrange. Authorities say that he may have entered the water to retrieve his boat which was drifting away. Sheriff's Department divers recovered his body on Monday.

 Frazier retired from the Dobbins ARB Fire Department in 1999 and spent most of his retirement fishing on the lake with his father, who recently passed away. He was remembered at a memorial service on Saturday May 2nd at the Cobb Christian Ministries in Atlanta. The following Monday, May 4th, his remains was interred in the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton GA at 10am.

Asst Chief Joe Taylor
August 13, 1937 - July 28, 2009

Joe Taylor, 71, of Peoria AZ, formerly of Goodyear, passed away July 28, 2009 in Peoria. He was born August 13, 1937 in Johnson City, TN to John and Hazel Taylor. Joe married Betty (Fisher) Valentine's Day, 1958. They moved to Arizona the same year where Joe became a firefighter at William's Air Force Base, then transferred to Luke Air Force Base. He served 1 tour of duty in Viet Nam and 2 tours in Japan. Joe, his wife and daughter moved to Florida, California, and Greenland before returning to Arizona in 1973. He was fire chief on base in Japan, assistant fire chief when he returned to Luke Air Force Base and when he retired from the military he became a civilian firefighter on base. He received numerous military honors. Joe was a member of 1st Southern Baptist Church in Avondale. Joe is survived by his wife of 51 years, Betty Taylor, his daughter Sundee & husband Jim North, Sister Margaret Laws, Brother-in-law Carrol & wife Eileen Fisher, and grandchildren Zachary, Jared, and Bailey. Services are today at 1st Southern Baptist Church of Avondale, 1001 N. Central Ave. in Avondale, visitation beginning at 1:00pm and service beginning at 2:00pm, Pastor Jack Marslender officiating. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Quarterly Network Newsletter for Retired Air Force Fire Chief's at Quarterly Network Newsletter Editor, 110 Kensington Court, Dothan, Alabama 36303 or to 1st Southern Baptist Church of Avondale, 1001 N. Central Ave. Avondale, AZ 85323, or to the charity of your choice. Interment will be at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona on August 3 at 10:00 a.m. You may visit www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com to send the family condolences.

Jim J. Hannon has passed on. He was very proud of his Crash Rescue days at wartime Kimpo AFB (K 14) Korea. He was involved at many incidents of shot up aircraft and crash landings while stationed there including a fighter that crashed on takeoff and killed 13 engineers working on the runway. This crash he vividly remembered as it was a horrible scene for a then 19 year old firefighter to remember. Jim served in the crash crew for 7 years. Below is his obituary in the local paper.

James J. Hannon, 75, passed away on Sunday, July 26, 2009, at Palisades Medical Center, North Bergen. Born in New York City he lived in Guttenberg for the past 45 years. James was the former mayor of Guttenberg in 2008. He was an Air Force veteran serving his country during the Korean war. Beloved husband of Patricia (Hanks) Hannon; devoted father of James, George, Christopher, Timothy and Terrance Hannon; dear brother of Thomas Hannon; loving grandfather of Erin, PFC Joseph, Matthew, Laura, Sandra, Brianna, Nicholas, Deven, Justin, Matthew and Ian; greatgrandfather of Cameron and Daniel. Visitation on Wednesday, July 29, 2009, from 2:00 - 4:00 and 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., at the Vainieri Funeral Home. Mass will be offered on Thursday at St. Joseph's Church, West New York, at 10:15 a.m. Interment, William C. Doyle Memorial Cemetery, Arneytown, NJ. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to: Pediatric Hematology & Oncology, RWJ University Hospital Foundation, 10 Plum Street, Suite 910, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. Vainieri Funeral Home 5923 Kennedy Blvd. (cor of 60th St) North Bergen, NJ 07047 (201) 868-6555 www.vainierifuneralhome.com

Published in The Jersey Journal on 7/28/2009

Daniel R. Lewis, 58, of the Town of Niagara, NY, died on Wednesday, July 1, 2009 at Eastern Niagara Hospital in Lockport, NY. Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, he was the son of the late Charles F. and Kathleen M. (Ashley) Lewis. Daniel came to Niagara Falls, NY as a child with his family. He attended local schools and graduated from the former LaSalle Senior High School. Daniel served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War aboard the USS Ticonderoga from June 29, 1970 until his honorable discharge on November 28, 1973, and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and Vietnam Service Medal. On April 12, 1975, he married Myriam D. (Witt) Lewis in Niagara Falls, NY. Dan was employed as a firefighter and certified HAZMAT Instructor at the Niagara Falls Air Force Base for 30 years until his retirement in 2001.Daniel was a passionate outdoorsman and avid hunter and fisherman. He was a longtime member of the LaSalle Sportsman Club where he served as former president and treasurer. He was also former president and currently vice-president of Niagara Falls Bow Hunters Inc. Daniel was also active in various other organizations including President of the Buff Social Club, a member of the Masonic Lodge, Canisteo American Legion #846, and was an Exempt Member of Niagara #1 Volunteer Fire Department in the Town of Niagara. In his leisure Dan also enjoyed dirt track car racing, but his greatest pleasure came from spending time with his grandchildren.  In addition to his wife of 34 years, Daniel is survived by three sons, Brian Daniel (Kelly) Lewis, Christopher Scott (Melanie) Lewis, both of Las Vegas, NV, and Nicholas Stephen (fianc�ean Marsh) Lewis of Niagara Falls, NY; two grandchildren, Daniel William Lewis and Joshua David Lewis; one brother, Charles J. Lewis of Ransomville, NY; and several nieces and nephews. He was the son-in-law of Helga (late Herbert) Witt of Wheatfield, NY; and brother-in-law of Norbert (Linda) Witt, Peter (Shelly) Wit and Thomas Witt, all of North Tonawanda, NY. He was also predeceased by two sisters, Patricia (late Frank) Ciccone and Coleen Lewis.

It�s with a heavy heart that the Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point Fire and Emergency Services, located near Southport, NC announce the passing of our brother FF/EMT/Hazmat Tech Edward Kramer.

From the Wilmington Star News: As a firefighter and a soldier, Sgt. 1st Class Edward Kramer was the kind of man who always wanted to be in the middle of the action.

But when he wasn�t on duty, friends say, he enjoyed curling his toes in the sand and casting a fishing line into the surf.

"He was really outgoing," said Ryan Young, who worked with Kramer at the Wilmington Fire Department. "He was one of those special people when he walked in a room, you felt like you knew him."

On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Defense announced the 39-year-old Kramer, a former Wilmington firefighter and veteran of two wars, was one of four soldiers killed in Iraq this week.

Kramer and three others died from wounds sustained Monday night when an improvised explosive device detonated in Baghdad, near the humvee they were riding in, according to a statement from the defense department. It was the last day of regular combat operations for U.S. forces in Iraqi cities.

This is the North Carolina National Guard�s largest single combat loss since World War II, said Maj. Matthew Handley a North Carolina National Guard spokesman. The deaths bring to 15 the total number of North Carolina National Guard soldiers killed in action since Sept. 11, 2001.

The others killed were Sgt. Juan C. Baldeosingh, 30, of Newport; Spc. Robert L. Bittiker, 39, and Sgt. Roger L. Adams Jr., 36, both of Jacksonville.

The men were serving with the 120th Combined Arms Battalion, which is headquartered in Wilmington.

Kramer was a decorated soldier, and worked at WFD for nine years before taking a firefighting job at Sunny Point Fire Rescue in Brunswick County.

He leaves behind his wife Vicki and two daughters Erica, 9, and Megan, 7.

Life of service

A former Marine, Kramer was a veteran of Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1991. He joined the N.C. Army National Guard in 1994 and served in Kuwait and Iraq from February 2004 to December 2004.

He earned the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star Medal and numerous other honors, according to the statement.

Most recently, he was deployed to Iraq in April for his second tour of the war.

Battalion Chief David Hines, spokesman for WFD, said Kramer was a dedicated employee and firefighter. He was employed by the city of Wilmington from March 1999 until January 2008.

Kramer began his firefighting career at the Seagate Fire Department and also worked with the Camp Lejeune Fire Department.


Although his death was not officially announced until Thursday, Kramer�s flag-draped coffin was photographed Wednesday as he was returned to the United States.

In an interview Thursday, Young, the Wilmington firefighter, said Kramer�s friends and family are mourning a genuine and good man who loved his work.

When they weren�t fighting fires, Young said, he and Kramer would head for the coast.

"He really enjoyed the fish and having his feet in the sand," Young said.

While In Iraq, Kramer and Young kept in touch through e-mail and social networking sites. Young posted fishing photos for his friend to see.

And he had purchased materials to build Kramer custom fishing rods, which they planned to work on together when he came home.

On Thursday, the N.C. National Guard said friends gathered at Kramer�s home and remembered a man dedicated to serving however he could.

"He was always there to help somebody if they needed it," the statement said. "Even when the person didn�t want help."

Firefighters and family shared memories of Kramer fishing, fighting fire and riding his motorcycle.

He was a family man who could always be counted on, the statement said.

"He loved us very much," Kramer�s wife Vicki said in the statement. "He did this for his children, so they wouldn�t have to."

His mother-in-law Sandy Fazzi said, "He loved his girls and he loved his country."

Kramer�s funeral arrangements have not been announced, but at least one other memorial has been planned in his honor.

Tom Russell, founder of Step up for Soldiers, is organizing a memorial walk at 6 p.m. Sunday. The walk will begin at the Wilmington Fire Department headquarters and Market Street, and end at the memorial at the National Guard Armory on North Kerr Avenue.

There�s also a Facebook page dedicated to Kramer�s memory at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=98532298825&ref=share

Assistant Chief James Wrisner

James Wrisner, who was an Assistant Chief of Operations on C-Shift, but had been on sick leave for the past two years because of heart problems, passed away last night at his home of an apparent heart attack. All of us here at the AEDC Fire Department, Arnold AFB TN, are very sad to hear about the passing of "Wris" and he will be missed by all.

Assistant Chief Jeffrey Snaze

17 June 2009

It is my sad duty to announce that Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station Assistant Chief Jeffrey Snaza passed away last night. Jeff's parents requested that I pass on their gratitude to all the brother and sister firefighters that sent cards, and for their generous leave donations and prayers for the Snaza family.

Jeff was in the Taking Care of Our Own program. Thanks to all that donated leave to him. Although he did not survive, the donated leave kept the paycheck coming and relieved him of that worry. He rather suddenly came down with autoimmune disease and the doctors couldn't get ahead of it.

Jeff was "eat up" with fire and emergency services. Even though only 44, he had already retired as a firefighter from the Air Force Reserve. He was also heavily involved in the local EMS and fire volunteer organizations. He will be missed!

For Air Force Fire Emergency Services organizations, 20 June 2009 is designated for all AF Fire Departments to honor Jeff's memory with a MOMENT OF SILENCE at shift change.

Please keep Jeff's family in your prayers. God Speed Jeff.

Chief Ed Kear
October 4, 1933 to May 1, 2009

Edward Warren Kear Sr, 75, Bismarck, passed away peacefully on Friday May 1, 2009.

Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, May 5, 2009, at 11:00 a.m. at Bismarck Funeral Home.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the start of the service. Interment will be at 2:00 p.m.at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, rural Mandan.

Ed was born on October 4, 1933, in Canandaigua, New York. He was raised and educated in the Finger Lakes region of upstate NY, and joined the Marine Corp in 1951. Ed and Elida Erickson were married April 21, 1956 in Rockville, MD. Eternally young at heart and proud of his years served as a Marine. Semper Fi

Ed enjoyed traveling, fishing, golf and in retirement bowling. Ed retired in 1993 as fire chief at McConnell AFB, Wichita, KS.

Ed is survived by his wife, Elida, three children Edward (Tammy) Kear Jr, Mandan, ND; Jonathan Kear, Minot, ND and Linda (Mike) Holm, Maplewood, MN; four grandchildren, Cassandra (Ryan) Blotske, Mandan, ND; Christina (Travis) Kupper, Dickinson, ND; Pamela Holm, Inver Grove Hts, MN and James Holm, Minneapolis, MN; five great grandchildren, Carter, Ethan and Kyler Blotske and Bailee and Kolton Kupper; two sisters Barbara (Walter) Murdock, Grand Junction, CO and Marjorie (Hank) Kirsch, Rush, NY.

Rodney H. Winningham, CMSgt, USAF (Retired)

January 16, 1936 - April 17, 2009

Rodney Hugh Winningham, Chief Master Sergeant, United States Air Force (Retired). Born January 16, 1936, Fentress County, Tenn. Died April 17, 2009, in Panama City, Fla. Rodney proudly served his country for thirty years (1958 -1988) in the US Air Force and retired after ten years of service with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Preceded in death by his beloved wife of forty years, Dimple (Poore) Winningham; parents, D.W. "Webb" and Stella Winningham and infant sister, Clella Winningham; father and mother-in-law, Lucian and Mandy Poore; brothers -in-law, Olen, Kenneth and Hollis Poore; and niece, Laura Finn. Survived by son, Olen Winningham and wife Melinda, of Nashville, Tenn.; daughter, Kimberly Luther, and husband John, of Keystone Heights, Fla.; and grandsons, Christopher and Matthew. Also survived by sisters, Clata Finn and husband Gerald of Crossville, Tenn. and Dolores York and husband Herbert, of Muncie, Ind.; brothers, Arnold Winningham and wife Dee, and Eugene Winningham and wife Stella, all of Fentress County, Tenn.; sisters-in-law, Doris Hull and husband Louie of Fentress County, Tenn., and Nell Reeves and husband William E. of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; brothers-in-law, Oliver Poore and wife Sharon, Harris Poore and wife Martha, Kyle Poore and wife Doris, Aaron Poore and wife Connie, and sister-in-law Judy Poore, all of Fentress County, Tenn.; many devoted nieces, nephews, cousins and other family members, as well as his church family and friends at Parker First Baptist Church.

The family would like to thank the staff of Bay Medical Center in Panama City, Fla., especially nurse Billie Waddell of the Medical Intensive Care Unit, and the staff of Covenant Hospice. Funeral services to be held in Fentress County, Tenn., on Wednesday, April 22, 2009. Southerland Family Funeral Home of Panama City, Fla. in charge of arrangements in Bay County, with Mundy Funeral Home of Jamestown, Tenn. in charge of funeral services in Tennessee.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Parker First Baptist Church, 4630 East Business Highway 98, PO Box 10301, Panama City, Florida 32404 or The American Cancer Society.
Published in the Panama City News Herald on 4/21/2009

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Stephen R. Durand, MSgt, USAF (Ret)

September 30, 1955 - April 11, 2009

Stephen R. Durand was born September 30, 1955 in Pensacola, Florida and passed unexpectedly April 11th in Colorado Springs. He married his High School Sweetheart Barbara and they celebrated 34 wonderful years together. His sons Brian & Kevin, his mother Virginia and siblings Ken and Susan also survive him. Steve is remembered for his love of family, country, and coaching volleyball. Steve joined the Air Force in 1973 and was stationed at many different bases finally making permanent residence in Colorado Springs with his family in 1994. Steve dedicated over 33 years of his life serving our country, 24 years as a military fire fighter, earning the position of Deputy Fire Chief at Peterson AFB, where he saved lives and responded to over 100 fires and vehicle accidents until retiring in 1998. In his selfless nature, he continued to serve our country for an additional 9 years as a civil servant in the Civil Engineer Squadron at Peterson AFB where he earned The Civilian of the Year Award. Steve�s other passion and joy was volleyball. If he wasn�t playing, he was coaching. Steve helped coach the Colorado College Girls Volleyball Team in retaining its stature as one of the countries top NCAA Divisions III programs the last six seasons. Under his guidance, CC posted a 141-64 record, recording six consecutive campaigns with 20 or more victories and made six straight NCAA Tournament appearances. For the past 4 years Steve also was the Head Coach of the Doherty High School Boys Volleyball Team. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in the memory of Steve to the CC Women�s Volleyball Team @ CC Gift Records 14 E Cache La Poudre St., 80903

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Ralph D. "Mack" McHenry, CMSgt, USAF (Retired)
August 12, 1938 - March 23, 2009

Ralph D. �Mack� McHenry, age 70, of Stover, passed away Monday, March 23, 2009, at the Lake Regional Health System in Osage Beach. He was born August 12, 1938, in Cole Center, Pennsylvania, the son of the late Elwin Clair and Marguerite E. Wilkins McHenry. On July 22, 1962, in Tuscarawas, Ohio, he was united in marriage to Joyce Roth, who survives of the home. Mack served 29 years in the United States Air Force, and was a fireman and eventually the Fire Chief for many years. He served as Fire Chief at Whiteman Air Force Base in Knob Noster for 9 years before moving to the lake. He was a member of the Kent Memorial Lutheran Church in Sunrise Beach, a member of the Ausable River Lodge #149 F. & A.M. in New York, the American Legion Zack Wheat Post #624 in Sunrise Beach, the Osage Community Elks Lodge #2705 in Laurie, and the Moose Fraternity Lodge #1494 in Sedalia. He enjoyed playing golf, hunting and fishing, bowling, and he loved spending time with his grandchildren. Funeral and Masonic services will be held at 12:00 Noon, Saturday, March 28, at the Kent Memorial Lutheran Church in Sunrise Beach with Pastor Dave Beese officiating. Full military honors will follow at the church. Entombment will be at a later date in the Kent Memorial Lutheran Church Columbarium. The family will receive friends from 10:00 to 12:00 p.m., Saturday, at the church. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Leukemia Society or the Stained Glass Fund at the church. Expressions of sympathy may be left online at http://www.kidwellgarber.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the Kidwell-Garber Laurie/Sunrise Beach Chapel.

Captain Harold �Sparky� Sparks died on the morning of Saturday, 17 January 2009, as the result of injuries suffered in an automobile accident while off duty.  Captain Sparks, age 45, was assigned to Wright Patterson AFB Fire Department, Fire Station #1. 

Daryl George Holbrook, CMSgt, USAF (Retired)

1942 - 2008

Chief Master Sgt. retired Daryl George Holbrook of Niceville, Fla., age 66, peacefully went to be with his Lord on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2008.
At the time of his passing, he was surrounded by his loving family. He was the son of Harold G. and Mary J. Holbrook. A New York native, Daryl joined the Air Force in 1961. He married his longtime sweetheart, Dolly A. Mitchell, in 1966. He spent 29 years as a firefighter in the Air Force, retiring in 1990 as fire chief. He continued using his firefighter expertise by establishing a fire department at Sanford International Airport, Sanford, Fla., and then joined the Fort Bragg, N.C., Fire Department as Deputy Fire Chief. He then transitioned to the Department of the Navy Fire Department at Meridian NAS, Miss., retiring in December 2005. Daryl was known for his warm personality. He had a long list of friends that span the globe. He loved nature, people, and most important the perfect roar of a Harley Davidson, and the freedom of riding with the sun in his face and the wind at his back.
He is survived by his wife, Dolly; daughter, Dianna L. Johnson and husband Kevin of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; his son, Dean G. Holbrook and future daughter-in-law Carolann Young of Crestview, Fla.; grandchildren, Kassandra and Alex Johnson; sister, Sheryl Buttles and husband Grant of Dansville, N.Y.; special New York family members, Gail Corbett, Ginger and Ivan Masten, Deborah Sweeney and Jeanette Prial; and many numerous nieces and nephews.
Services was held at Hurlburt Field Chapel, Hurlburt Field, Fla., to celebrate Daryl's life. The viewing was held on Dec. 2 from 9 to 10 a..m., with funeral services following. Graveside services were held on Dec. 4 at 11 a.m. at Barrancas National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made in Daryl's memory to the Fallen Firefighters Fund, P. O. Box 8124, Canton, OH 44711.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Chief Mike Devaughn

It is with great regret and sadness I send this out. Last night Chief Mike Devaughn passed away from complications related to his fight with cancer.

Mike served the Air Force (FES) for 40 years, 30 of which were here at Eielson. Mike had many friends across the Air Force. Arrangements are currently underway for a small memorial service within the local area.

2 Dec 08

Daryl Holbrook, CMSgt, USAF (Retired)

1942 - 2008

29 Nov 08

Battalion Chief Phil Rounds, University of Alaska

11 Nov 08

Fire Inspector Ernest Albert Snyder, Keesler AFB MS

Wiley J. McLeod 1936 - 2008 Wiley J. McLeod, age 72, of Crestview, Fla., passed away Sunday, July 27, 2008.

He was born on Jan. 7, 1936, in Enterprise, Ala., and moved to Crestview in 1974. He was a retired master sergeant with the U.S. Air Force after 22 years of service, then he worked with the Crestview Fire Department before he began his career with civil service and retired at Duke Field. Mr. McLeod was a member of New Beginnings Church.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Marion McLeod of Crestview; one son, Kyle and Susan McLeod of Mary Esther, Fla.; one daughter, Lawanna McLeod of Crestview; two stepchildren, Roxanne Davis of Hunlock Creek, Pa., and Scott Garinger of Navarre, Fla.; one sister; five grandchildren, Matthew and Kristin Waggy of Charleston, S.C., Aaron Waggy of Crestview, Alex Bannister, Kirk McLeod, both of Mary Esther, and Lynzie Garinger of San Diego; and several nieces and nephews.

Chief Gary Studer, SMSgt, USAF, (Retired)
March 15, 1947 - June 28, 2008

The Fire Service has a whole in it today. It is with great sadness that Iinform you of the passing of Retired SMSgt Gary Studer. Gary was not only a Retired Fire Chief from the 180th but even in his retirement continued to donate time to the 180th giving us EMS C.E.'s and teaching Air Craft Emergency Response among other things in North West Ohio. Below is a copy of his obituary. Please pass on to the ANG Fire Community. 

Gary L. Studer, age 61, died in the arms of his wife at St. Luke's Hospital on Saturday, June 28, 2008 at 11:09 am. Gary suffered a massive stroke while proudly serving his community at Life Squad 9 eight days prior to his death. He was born March 15, 1947; his parents Robert L. Studer and Donna M. (Jennings) Studer preceded him in death. His in-laws Donald M. and Louise E. (LaJoie) Brahier, brother-in-law Lynn Brahier, and Sister-in-law Donna (Brahier) Bishop also preceded him.

At the time of his death, he was a Firefighter/Paramedic with Life Squad 9 (since 1979), a 30 year member of Whitehouse Fire Department obtaining the rank of Captain, Chairman of the Lucas County Local Emergency Planning Committee, a member of the Ohio Society of Fire Service Instructors and the Ohio Fire Chiefs' Association and a lifetime FFA Alumni. Gary taught basic and advanced firefighting, first aide, and CPR to numerous individuals and Ohio Turnpike employees. Gary was a scuba rescue diver and instructor. He recently petitioned to be a member of the Masons. He was a graduate of Anthony Wayne High School (class of 1965) and obtained an Associates Degree in Fire Science and Safety at Owens Technical College. He was a teacher, mentor, and friend to all.

Prior to becoming a Paramedic, Gary worked for Toledo Edison for over 24 years and was in the military for over 23 years, first in the Army and Army Reserves and retired as Sr. Master Sergeant and Fire Chief of the 180th Ohio Air National Guard. He was Commander of the American Legion Post #384 Honor Guard. Prior to moving back to his hometown of Whitehouse, he was a Swanton Township Zoning Inspector for several years. Gary was a member of the Maumee Valley T's (Ford Model T Club), the Whitehouse A's (Ford Model A Club), and the National Thresher's Association.

His hobbies included restoring tractors and working on his antique automobiles. He loved all animals.

Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Jeanette; his sister Marlene (Jim) Hollstein; his brother, Randy Studer, and his niece Leah Hollstein. He also included as his relatives his wife's family: brothers-in-law Richard T. (Anita) Brahier, James R. (Brenda) Brahier; Sister-in-law Carolyn Brahier; nephews Greg, Bryan, and Ken Bishop; Tim, Nate, and Eric Brahier; niece Kristen Brahier; and step-nephew Stefan Scott. He had many, many personal friends too numerous to mention. Gary will be missed but never forgotten.

the other side.

Captain Gary L. Studer answered his last alarm.

Lieutenant Larry Faccio

Fort Huachuca Fire Department, AZ sadly announces the loss of our Fallen Brother, Lieutenant Larry Faccio. Larry passed suddenly on April 27, 2008 due to injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident while off duty. Lt. Faccio was an absolute joy to work with throughout his entire 13 years served with us. He was an outstanding firefighter, loved his job and would always make certain to light up the room with laughter. He is survived by a wonderful family including two loving children and many friends. We have started a fund with Wells Fargo Bank to help support his children on their difficult task of carrying on their lives without dad. Donations may be deposited at any Wells Fargo branch under the "Larry Faccio Memorial Fund".  Thank you so much for all of your kind thoughts and prayers.


                        We�ll miss you Larry.


James P. Hannon, Sr., SMSgt, USAF (Ret)
Died March 18, 2008

Chief Willie A. Bell, CMSgt, USAF (Retired)
August 9, 1934 to April 27, 2008

Born August 9, 1934, in Quitman, Georgia, Willie Bell passed away April 27, 2008, in Lancaster, California.  He was a resident of Lancaster, California.  He retired from the Air Force as Chief Master Sergeant, and also retired as Civil Service Fire Chief from Edwards Air Force Base.  He is survived by his wife Deloris C. Bell, and a son, Dino R. Bell, daughters Stephenia Mills, Debra Williams, 5 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m., with Funeral Service starting at 11 a.m., Monday, May 5, 2008, at Joshua Memorial Park & Mortuary, Lancaster (661-942-8125).

You may sign the guest book at http://dignity.mem.com/ViewTextTributes.aspx?ID=2419606


Chief Bobby Frank "Bob" Barrow, CWO-4, USAF (Retired)
August 9, 1930 to April 17, 2008

During the early morning of April 17, 2008, Bob Barrow, age 77, passed away at West Florida Regional Medical Center in Pensacola, Fla.

Bob was born Aug. 9, 1930, to Henry Franklin Barrow and Girtherl Elizabeth Barrow in Mayodan, N.C.  Bob loved life and believed nothing was more important than family and friends. Bob is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Nancy Carol Barrow; son, William Frank Barrow; daughters, Ginger Lee Dahlquist, Barbie Carol Barrow, Bobi Gail Barrow, Brenda Lynn Bernt; son-in-law, Kent Lee Dahlquist, Andreas Bernt; grandchildren, Erika Dahlquist, Robin Dahlquist, Bobby Dahlquist, Brandy Bernt, Nikolaus Bernt, Trista Barrow; sister-in-law, Polly Higgins; brother-in-law, Jimmy Clapp, Jerry Higgins; niece, Abby Higgins; and nephew, Donald Higgins.

In addition, Bob loved everyone he ever met, especially firefighters and members of the military. He always found the time to stop and talk to anyone and never met a stranger he didn't like. Bob has so many friends and best friends throughout the United States and around the world, too numerous to mention here, but know that he thought about you up and until the end of his life and he is still looking over us now.

Bob grew up in Severn, Md., where he first became a volunteer firefighter and fell in love with the fire service. He became a civilian firefighter with the U.S. Army at Fort George G. Meade, Md., in 1950. In November 1951, Bob joined the United States Air Force and completed basic training at Sampson Air Force Base, N.Y., in January 1952. He participated in the Korean War Campaign at K-10 with the 75th Air Wing. Bob remained in the USAF Reserves after the Korean War and was promoted to warrant officer junior grade as a crash rescue officer in 1958.

"Mister" Barrow was stationed at Andrews AFB, Kelly AFB, Pope AFB, Eglin AFB, Hurlburt Field and Tyndall AFB. He was an active participant in the Cold War, Berlin Crisis, Cuban Crisis, Grenada Crisis and Operation Desert Storm.

As a civilian firefighter, Bob was the fire chief at Fort Lee, Va.; Pope AFB, N.C.; and Eglin AFB, Fla., before retiring as fire chief of Eglin AFB (1984) and as the last chief warrant officer-4 in the Air Force (1992).

Bob touched the lives and careers of many public servants and laypersons, and remained active after retirement. In 2002, he assumed the duties as editor of the Retired Air Force Fire Chiefs' Quarterly Network Newsletter.

Bob was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV); past president of the North Carolina Fire Service Instructors Association, a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs; and the Eglin-Hurlburt Firefighters' Group.

Flower arrangements are accepted at the Emerald Coast Funeral Home. Donations may be made to the DAV or the American National Kidney Foundation.

A time of visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 25, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Lake Drive in Fort Walton Beach. A second visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, April 26, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Fort Walton Beach.

The funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. in the Chapel with Bishop Robert Moriarty presiding and interment will be in the Beal Memorial Cemetery, immediately following the services.

Pall bearers will be members of the surrounding area Firefighters' Honor Guard and members of the United States Air Force Honor Guard.

You may express condolences at www.emeraldcoastfuneralhome.com.

Published in the Northwest Florida Daily News from 4/19/2008 - 4/21/2008.

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It is my sad duty to announce that Chief Jerry O'Neil was killed in an automobile accident on 29 Mar 08. Jerry was the Fire Chief at McChord from 1984-1989. Please keep Jerry's family and friends in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.

Please honor Chief O'Neil be conducting a Moment of Silence at shift change on 3 April 2008.

Thank you,

                                          DONALD WARNER, YN-03, DAF
                                          Chief, AF Fire Emergency Services


Chief Frank R. Cox

On 22 Feb 2008, 1130hr private interment ceremonies at Punchbowl National Cemetery in Honolulu, Hawaii, with full military honors were conducted for retired Fire Chief Frank R. Cox.  Chief Cox suffered a brain aneurysm on 28 Jan 1998 while on a business trip in Okinawa.  His wonderful wife Tina continues to reside in their beautiful home in West Palm Beach, Florida.  Chief Cox like many of our senior firefighter icons helped blaze the trail to professionalized in the AF Fire Service.  It is now our tasking to pave that trail into a super highway.  See Pictures of the interment.

 Chief Larry Hopkins

Larry L. Hopkins, age 70, of 8030 Summit Dr. died Sunday, February 24, 2008 at his residence. Born in Columbia, N.C., he was the son of the late Grady L. & Evelyn Spruill Hopkins. Larry was a firefighter with the U.S. Air Force for 22 years and then served another 17 years with the Civil Service.  He was a member of the N.C. Firemen�s Association. A member of the Soundside Missionary Baptist Church in Columbia, N.C., Larry attended Love Memorial Baptist Church in Goldsboro.  He was an avid outdoorsman and a member of the Stuck In The Pines Hunting Club.

Larry was retired Deputy Fire Chief ,  Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Goldsboro, North Carolina.  Larry was a firefighter with the U.S. Air Force  for 22 years and then served another l7 years with the Civil Service.  He was buried with full military honors.

Larry worked with me in managing the fire department.  Larry, an amicable leader, is remembered for getting maximum productivity from military as well as civilian firefighters by  applying good management skills.  Chief Doug Courchene (ret), l04 Meredith Street, Mt. Olive, N.C.  dougecourchene@aol.com

Chief Hamp Cayson, SMSgt, USAF (Retired)
April 28, 1931 to February 25, 2008

It is my sad duty to report the death of Chief Hamp Cayson and designate the appropriate honors in his memory.  Chief Cayson was a Charter Member of the United States Air Force coming into the Air Force from the Army Air Corp in 1947.  Chief Cayson passed away on 25 Feb 08 of natural causes.  Hamp is well known for his contributions and leadership at HQ Air Mobility Command, culminating in his retirement as the Command Fire Chief.   

Please provide honors in memory of Chief Cayson on 28 Feb 08 as follows:

    􀂉 Conduct a full Moment of Silence and Last Alarm Ceremony at roll call/shift change on 28 Feb 08

        o Begin the ceremony with five short rings of a ceremonial bell or firehouse dispatch bell/signal

        o Follow with a moment of silence (30 seconds)

        o Conclude with the same five rings.

    􀂉 Fly the fire service flag (if available) at half staff for 30 days beginning on the 25 Feb 08.

    􀂉 Firefighters wear a black band on the Fire Protection Badge through 1 Mar 08.

If you want to share pictures of ceremonies or send your condolences, please forward them to me and I'll make sure they are passed to the family.  Please keep Hamp's family and friends in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Funeral will be private for the family only.

Link to his obituary and guest book

SMSgt Mrowinski accepts award from Lt. Col. O�Neil


Milwaukee, Wi.  Richard J. Mrowinski, retired from the Air Force in 1963.  He was assigned at Chaumont Air Base from 1962 � 1963 as Base Fire Chief.  He passed away Saturday, January 26, 2007 at a nursing facility in Milwaukee.  Richard had open heart surgery in June. According to his sister, Irene, he never regained enough strength  to care for himself at home. He was 87 years old.  Irene said that Richard passed away peacefully in his sleep. 



February 13, 1927 - January 29, 2008

Herbert "Lefty" Lefkowitz, 80, of Rantoul passed away at 9 a.m. Tuesday (January 29, 2008) at Heartland Healthcare Center, Paxton IL.  Link to his obituary and guest book.  Lefty was a Fire School instructor at Chanute AFB IL for many years.

To:  Fellow Brothers, Sisters, Families and Friends

From: Camp Pendleton Firefighters

We are very saddened to announce the loss of one of our beloved Captain Glen Gibbons.  He passed on October 21, 2007.  He is survived by his mother Wilma Gibbons, wife Patricia Gibbons, daughter Samantha and her husband Alika Polanco.  The services to celebrate Glen�s life was held on November 6, 2007. 

To help his family during this time of need please donate to:

The Glen Gibbons Family Trust
North Island Credit Union
Bank P.O.C. - Rebecca (619)591-7643
7176 Avenida Encinas
Carlsbad, Ca. 92001

Chief Robert �Bob� L. Smith
November 1, 2007

Chief Smith, former Fire Chief at Norton Air Force Base, San Bernardino CA died on Thursday November 1, 2007 during an emergency cardiac surgery.  On Monday October 30th he experienced a heart attack and had an emergency cauterization and shunt placed in his arteries. Bob lead an active life and was a retired SMSgt.  He was Fire Chief at several locations in his military tours at RAF Welford GBR, Wiesbaden AB DEU and Beale AFB, CA.  He was appointed GS -12 Fire Chief of Norton AFB CA in 1974 and remained as their Chief until the base closed in 1999.  Funeral arrangement is not known for now.

Captain Glen Gibbons

Captain Glen Gibbons passed on October 21, 2007.  He was a firefighter at Camp Pendleton for nearly 20 years. He served as a firefighter, then a Rescue officer, then as Captain at Station. 6.  He will be missed by his brothers and sisters and we offer our condolences to his family on their loss.  He is survived by his mother Wilma Gibbons, wife Patricia Gibbons, daughter Samantha and her husband Alika Polanco.  The services to celebrate Glen�s life will be held on November 6, 2007.  Please make arrangements to join us. 

 North Coast Calvary Chapel
7188 Avenida Encinas
Carlsbad, Ca.


Exit Poinsettia off the I-5 and head west.
            Go South on Avenida Encinas
            3rd Driveway on the left is Loganberry Dr.
            Parking available in front and rear of Chapel

 Doors are to open at 1200hrs and the memorial will begin at 1230hrs.

Reception to follow on site.

 To help his family during this time of need please donate to:

 The Glen Gibbons Family Trust
North Island Credit Union
Bank P.O.C. - Rebecca (619)591-7643
7176 Avenida Encinas
Carlsbad, Ca. 92001


Chief Mark Alan Reeves
February 25, 1960 - May 30, 2007

Mark Alan Reeves, 47, of Biloxi, MS, died Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at his residence.  He was born in Greenville, South Carolina, on February 25, 1960. He is the son of the late Donnie Joe Reeves and Fay Turnage Reeves. He was of the Pentecostal Faith, he served in the Air National Guard and worked as assistant fire chief at Dobbins Air Force Base in Marietta, Georgia. He later transferred to McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kansas where he worked as Deputy Fire Chief of Operations until his retirement. After retirement he returned home to Gulfport and worked for Paragon Systems at Stennis Space Center where he served as Training and Safety Officer of Security.

Mark enjoyed fishing, cooking, golfing and spending time with his family. Mark was a loving son, father, brother, uncle, nephew and friend. His greatest joy was having his family gathered around at his home. He would fire up the grill for any reason he could think of to have cookouts and spend time with the ones he loved. He loved to roast marshmallows in his fireplace with his nephews and niece even during the warmest months of the year. He provided his own fireworks display and loved having his Christmas tree displayed year round. His joy of life was being with the ones he loved. He will be sadly missed but fondly remembered.

He is survived by his loving mother, Fay Turnage Reeves of Gulfport. His sons Stephen Reeves of Biloxi and David Reeves of Rome, Georgia. Two Sisters and brother-in-laws, Suzanne and Scott Miller of Gulfport and Joanna and Destry Roberts of Biloxi. Niece Emily Miller. Nephews Andrew Miller, Jacob Roberts and Jackson Roberts.

Chief Phillip B. Breyer
May 27, 1924 - October 21, 2007

Phillip B. Breyer, 83, died October 21, 2007 in Las Cruces, New Mexico.  Her was born May 27, 1924 in Fargo, ND, the son of John and Lillian Breyer. He attended Fargo Central High School.  He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After his service, he came back to Fargo and joined the Fargo Fire Department.  He lived in different cities before moving to Duluth, MN where he retired as Fire Chief at the Air Force Base.

Phillip and Mary Hoggarth were married December 10, 1946. They later divorced.  Phillip is survived by his daughter, Judith Ferguson, Ham Lake, MN; 5 grandchildren, Gary Lee, Darren (Laurie) Tollakson, Christina Murray, Annette (Orvis) Anhorn, and Lisa Breyer; 2 great granddaughters, Phoebe and Sophie Tallikson; and 1 great grandson, Damon Breyer. He is also survived by his brother, Joseph (Gloria) Breyer, Anchorage, AK; and his sisterin-law Marilyn Breyer, Rochert, MN.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 children, Laura and Bruce, and 2 brothers, Arthur and Albert.

Online guestbook www.boulgerfuneralhome.com 

Air Force Reserve Staff Sgt. Ricardo Villalobos 8/20/2007 - MARCH AIR RESERVE BASE, CALIF. -- A firefighter from March Air Reserve Base' s 452nd Fire Emergency Services was killed Saturday morning in an off-base motorcycle accident.

Air Force Reserve Staff Sgt. Ricardo Villalobos, 28, was a native of Escondido, Calif., and had been assigned to the 452nd FES for over four years.

"He was one of my best firefighters," said Eliot M. Cooper, the Assistant Fire Chief for the 452nd FES. "He would walk into the room with a presence.

People knew he was there. He didn't ask for that presence, it was just with him."

Family and friends gathered Sunday morning at the base flag pole to honor Sergeant Villalobos in a Ringing of the Bell ceremony, a fallen fire fighter tradition.

"The ringing of the bell symbolizes the fire fighter coming home for the last time," said Jeff Konersman, the Fire Chief for the 452nd FES. "We did the ceremony specifically for him this morning, but one will also be done at his funeral."

Sergeant Villalobos was assigned to the March fire department's rescue truck. As a rescue man, he was the first to respond in emergency situations.

"It's a specialized job to be a rescue man," said Chris Christianson, a fire engineer with the 452nd FES. "When you fight a fire, the rescue crew goes in to search the building for victims. As a fire fighter, the rescue truck is the top tier that you can be on."

Sergeant Villalobos' death greatly impacts everybody at the fire department, said Fire Chief Konersman. Because today was to be Sergeant Villalobos' first day back to work, the base flag was lowered to half staff to honor the fallen fire fighter.

"Ricardo was a solid, courageous and responsible to all who knew him," said Assistant Fire Chief Cooper. "He will be missed and I will be hard pressed to fill his position with another person of his abilities and presence."

Chief Randy Frederic Schryer
September 18, 1956 to August 8, 2007

Randy Frederic Schryer 50, passed away suddenly at his home in Tucson, AZ on August 8, 2007. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Julieta Schryer and their two children Randy L. Schryer and Abigail Schryer, a nephew Jesus Leon, his parents Bernard and Joyce Schryer and two sisters Brenda Martin and Lisa McDonough of Ticonderoga, NY and his wife's family of Hermosillo, Sonora and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Bernadette Mosier on September 6, 2007. Randy was born on September 18, 1956 in Ticonderoga, NY. He graduated from Ticonderoga High School in 1974. Following graduation, he joined the United States Air Force where he served his country for eight years. After leaving the Air Force he worked at Davis Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, AZ where he advanced through the ranks of the fire department, retiring after 32 years of service as Fire Chief on June 1, 2007. Randy will be remembered by his family and friends as a dedicated husband and father, for his sense of humor, his spaghetti, being a great listener and always willing to lend a hand. He will sadly be missed and loved by all.  A Mass will be held on Tuesday, August 14, 2007 at St. Joseph's Catholic Catholic Church, 215 S. Craycroft, Tucson, AZ at 10:00 a.m.

Assistant Chief Donald Arnold
July 22, 1932 to June 13, 2007

Assistant Chief Don Arnold died today at 1400 at the Sturgis VA Hospital at Rapid City SD.  Chief Arnold had been around for a long time, from the far east to Europe and other stateside bases.  For the old timers that remember the incident regarding the B-52 into the POL area at Ellsworh AFB SD, he was in the middle of it.  He was also an assistant fire chief at Norton AFB CA.  Go to his obituary and guest book here.

Chief Walter J. McNeil, CMSgt, USAF (Retired)
July 31, 1926 to June 10, 2007

Chief Walter McNeil, 80, passed away at his residence in Panama City, Florida, on Sunday, June 10, 2007.  He retired from the Air Force in 1977 with 31 years of military service.  He was a Bronze Star recipient and veteran of WW II, and the Korean and Viet Nam wars.  He retired again in 1993 with 15 years of civil service.  Chief McNeil served as the fire chief at Grand Forks AFB ND from February 1978 to September 1979 then transferred to the Naval Coastal Systems Station in Panama City where he served as fire chief. until he retired.  He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Hilda, three sons, eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and two step-granddaughters.   

Chief Bob Richardson
Died June 3, 2007

Robert "Bob" Richardson of Ingleside, Texas passed peacefully into the hands of our Lord Savior at the age of 62 on June 3, 2007 after a long battle of cancer. Son of the late Hubert and Nelda Richardson Bob grew up in Ingleside, Texas and graduated from Ingleside High School in 1962.

He has been a member of the Ingleside Volunteer Fire Dept. for over 25 years. He served aboard the USS Oriskany during the Vietnam War from 1964-66. Bob received a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas in Psychology and a Master's degree in Education from Corpus Christi A & M. He was an instructor for the A & M's Fire Training School of College Station and numerous area schools for many years. Bob shared his passion for education with everyone he touched. Bob was employed with H.E.B. Grocery Co. in Portland, Aransas Pass and Austin, Texas for 21 years. He was employed with Navy Station Ingleside since 1991 as Chief Fire Inspector. He was the Fire Marshal and Emergency Manager for the City of Ingleside. He will always be remembered for his love of education and determination for a safe and better world. Bob was a member of the Texas Fire Fighter's Association and Ingleside Dudley Ives VFW. Bob has volunteered aboard the USS Lexington Museum of Corpus Christi, Texas.

Bob was a member of the Ingleside United Methodist Church of Ingleside.

Bob was survived by a loving family including wife, Beverly Richardson, a brother and sister in-law Doug and Brenda Richardson of Ingleside, Texas, son Daniel Richardson of Corpus Christi, daughters: Tina Everett of Flour Bluff, Texas, Rebecca Richardson of California, Bridgette Griffis of Aransas Pass, Texas, Tammy Leur of Rockport, Texas. He had 8 grandsons Christopher and Brandon, Nathan and James Griffis Jr., Hubert Richardson, Trey and William Jones, Cody Leur and 1 granddaughter Megan Leur, 3 caring son in-laws Robert Everett of Flour Bluff, Texas, James Griffis Sr. of Aransas Pass, Texas, Chad Leur of Rockport, Texas.

Services will be held at the Ingleside United Methodist Church in Ingleside, Texas on Saturday June 9 2007. Viewing will be held at Charlie Marshal Funeral Home.   In lieu of flowers it was Bob's desire and the family's request that donations be made towards the Deceased Firefighter's Monument and/or to the Ingleside Volunteer Fire Department. His devotion to fire safety and training has shown through his work daily.

This message is intended for emergency responders who know or may have served with Chief Bob Richardson. All 254 counties in the state of Texas probably have at lest one former student of Chief Bob Richardson.

This is the first message for this event. Please accept it may be subject to change and update. If clarification on any point is needed please contact the Funeral Officer.

Please forward this message on to anyone you know who would be interested. Deputy Chief Chad Champion is Acting Chief and the Liaison Officer for the Family. Questions for the Family can be directed to him.

Assistant Chief RJ Thomas is the Funeral Officer. Question about Funeral procession or Fire Department Honors can be directed to him. Firefighter Danielle Hale (Fulton) and Chief Mark Hollowell (Gregory) will be the staging officer for the all apparatus in the procession. The Ingleside Fire Department will be open at 8:00am on Saturday June 9, 2007 to allow visitors from out of time a place change clothes and check in, if arriving before the staging time.

Those who may be flying in from out town and would like transportation to and from the airport in Corpus Christi should contact the Funeral Officer. Regret the fire department doesn't have overnight quarters.


Charley Marshall's Funeral Home
2300 West Wheeler
Aransas Pass, TX

Ingleside United Methodist Church
2572 Church St
Ingleside, TX

Ingleside Fire Department
2425 8th Street
Ingleside, TX


Ingleside Fire Department
361-775-1186 FAX

R J Thomas, Funeral Officer

RJ Thomas
Assistant Fire Chief
Ingleside Fire Department
2425 8th Street
Ingleside, TX 78362
361-523-9447 Cell
361-776-7422 Office
361-775-1186 FAX

Chief Hugh A. Pike, CMSgt, USAF (Retired)

July 7, 1941 to April 5, 2007

  We bid farewell to Chief Hugh A. Pike, CMSgt, USAF (Retired), who died on 5 April 2007 of natural causes after a short illness.  Chief Pike's career spanned more than 40 years of military and civilian service in every position in the fire protection organization, from firefighter to the Chief of Air Force Fire Protection.

Most firefighters that have been in the Department of Defense for more than four years either know or know of Chief Pike. As the Father of the DoD Fire & Emergency Services Certification System, he impacted the lives of all DoD firefighters, past, present and future.  Yet, this was but one example of the positive difference he made to Air Force Fire Protection.

Those that have had personal contact with the Chief can testify to his no nonsense persona.  But if you didn't know him well, you may have missed his passion for the well being of firefighters and the training that must prepare them for their dangerous job.  He excelled at correcting you if you messed up but would support you to the end if you were right.  He adamantly upheld one of the most sacred traditions of a military leader - run interference for your troops!  There was no better person to have on your side.     

Because of his many contributions to Air Force and DoD Fire and Emergency Services, Chief Pike will be honored throughout the Air Force as follows:


- FIRE SERVICE flags will be lowered to half staff at every AF fire station for 30 days following his death (through 5 May 07).

- Firefighters will wear a black band on the firefighter badge until his interment (noon central daylight time, 10 Apr 07).

10 APR 07:

- A Moment of Silence and a Last Alarm Ceremony will be conducted in every fire station in the Air Force.


In lieu of flowers the family asks that you make a donation on his behalf to the Alpha School FFA, P.O. Box 67, Alpha FL 32421.

Please include a note letting them know that your donation is being made to the Alpha School Future Farmers of America in Memory of Mr. Hugh Pike.

VIEWING:  His viewing will be Monday (9 Apr 07) from 4 to 6 pm at Hall's Funeral Home in Alpha FL. 15205 Northwest County Road 274, Alpha FL 32421. The phone number is 850-762-3965.

FUNERAL: A graveside funeral service will take place on Tuesday (10 Apr 07) at 1000 am on his farm in Fountain FL. The address for the graveside funeral is 1035 Northwest Barksdale Lane, Fountain FL 32438.

UPDATE - 10 Apr 07

I attended Hugh's graveside funeral this morning in Fountain FL. He was sent off in appropriate style and with honors that included bagpipes, bugler, fallen firefighter ceremony, 21 gun salute, and honor guards (military and firefighter).

Hugh's family was very pleased with the turnout of many of his friends and associates from the fire community. At his request, he was the first to be interred in a new family cemetery on his ranch.        -dww

Link to his obituary                                            Pictures of his funeral


2 Apr 07

With deep sorrow, I announce the passing of Assistant Chief Gerome Shanklin. Gerome was the Assistant Chief of Fire Prevention at Selfridge ANG Base MI, and had been with the department for 23 years.  He served in civil service for 26 years and prior to that served in United States Marine Corps. Gerome will be deeply missed by all of our family.  Funeral arrangements will be posed as soon as they become available.

21 Dec 06

We are saddened to pass along the news concerning the death of Assistant Fire Chief Norman Blankenship on 13 Dec 06, of the Commander Naval Forces Japan Regional Fire & Emergency Services.

Prevention Chief Norman Blankenship suffered a massive stroke on Thursday night (7 Dec 06) on the way to a command function. He was admitted to a Japanese hospital just outside of Yokosuka Naval base. The doctors have confirmed that the stroke has resulted in major brain damage. He underwent emergency surgery Friday afternoon to remove part of the skull in an effort to relieve pressure from the brain.

Chief Blankenship's death is a loss to his family and friends, and the entire Navy Fire & Emergency Services Community. On behalf of Navy firefighters world-wide, please join me as we convey our condolences to the family and friends of Norman Blankenship.

21 Dec 06

Glen M. Tracy, CPO, USN (Retired)

March 24, 1924 - November 11, 2006

Glenn M. Tracy, age 82, of Valparaiso, Fla., died at West Florida Regional Hospital on Nov. 11, 2006.

He was born on March 19, 1924, in Sharon, Vt. He was Catholic by faith and a communicant of St. Michael�s Catholic Church. He also belonged to many fraternal organizations. He married Isabella Pergamo of Boston in 1951. Glenn came to this area in the mid-1970s from Turner Air Force Base, Albany, Ga. He was �Mister Personality� for the Eglin Air Force Base Fire Department for over 20 years. He honorably served his country for over 20 years in the U.S. Navy. He was twice retired � first, as a Navy Chief Petty Officer as a Naval Corpsman; and second, as an Air Force civil service-fire captain, Eglin Air Force Base Fire Department as a Base Fire Prevention Inspector.

He is survived by his wife, Isabella; brother, Elmer Tracy and wife Alice Tracy of Massachusetts; sister-in-law, Lucy Lopilato of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; niece, Paula Levesque and husband Ronny of Port St. Lucie; nephew, Robert and Anita Lopilato of Columbia, Tenn.

A memorial service will be held for Glenn Tracy on Saturday, Dec. 23, at noon at AMVETS Post 78, 910 Valastic Ave., Valparaiso, with Stephen Olivier officiating. Service is hosted by AMVETS Honor Guard, which has been so helpful in assisting Isabella through this difficult time of a loved one�s loss. Following services, internment will take place in Barrancas National Cemetery at a later date.

Twin Cities Funeral Home, 1405 John Sims Pkwy., Niceville, is entrusted with arrangements.

Please contact Chief Bob Barrow on Firefighters attending the Memorial on 23 Dec 2006 at the AMVETS.  chief.one@cox.net

14 Nov 06

 Mr. James (Willie) Williams passed away on Tuesday, 14 Nov 06.  His funeral will be Sunday 19 Nov 06 at 1400 and grave side service on Monday, 20 Nov 06 at 1000 at the Higginsville MO Veterans Cemetery.

 Willie was 57 years old

Retired Military after 20 years, Retired from Whiteman AFB

Civil Services of 19 years. Retired March 06 from Whiteman AFB


6 Nov 06

William Wilson, CMSgt, USAF Retired

1933 - 2006

William �Chief� Wilson CMSgt, USAF (Retired), 73, of Savannah, Georgia, and formally of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, passed away peacefully at Hospice Savannah, Inc., on Monday, November 6, 2006.

He was born in Savannah, Georgia, and was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Annie Ruth Rawlings Wilson, a daughter, Debra, and 2 sons, Steven and Ronnie.

He was retired from the US Air Force with over 30 years of Service. He served in several capacities over the years.  At the time of his retirement in 1994 from the US Civil Service, he was Assistant Fire Chief of Training for the Eglin Air Force Base Fire Department in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.

He is survived by a daughter, Patricia R. Dempsey (David) of Carrabelle, Florida; 3 brothers, Pelzer Wilson, Jr., of Reidsville, Georgia; Joe Wilson of Garden City, Georgia; and John Wilson of Pooler, Georgia; 2 sisters, Mrs. Rosemary Waters of Garden City, Georgia, and Mrs. Dorothy Dabbs of Pulaski, Georgia, 4 grandchildren, Sandy and Steven Wilson, and Jessica and Deborah Dempsey, a very special friend, Juanita Googe of Savannah, Georgia, and several nieces and nephews.

The Chief was interned in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Savanna, Georgia with Full Military Honors.

Remembrances may be sent to: Hospice Savannah, Inc., 1352 Eisenhower Drive, Savannah, Georgia 31406.

30 Oct 06 -

Brian Stoneback, CMSgt, USAFR (Retired)

Jan 25, 1941 - October 29, 2006

Chief Master Sergeant, USAFR (Retired), Brian Stoneback, a former member of the AFCESA Fire Team during the late 1980s and early 1990s passed away Sunday morning, 29 Oct 06.  Brian served a career in the Air Force Reserve Fire Protection Program and as a Dallas Texas firefighter.  He was involved in numerous fire programs at AFCESA and was called to Active Duty during Desert Storm I to assist in the mobilization of the Air Reserve Component firefighters.  After retirement he maintained a residence in Mexico Beach FL.

The family of Chief Stoneback will host a "Celebration of Life" at the Mexico Beach Fire Department on Wednesday, 1 November commencing at 1530 hours.  A Moment of Silence will be observed AF-wide at shift change on 1 Nov 06.

The passing of one of our past USAF Reserve Fire Chief�s!

With regret, I would like to inform you of a fallen firefighter in hopes you will post in the appropriate section.

My best friend, TSgt Jacob E. Lessen was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident on the 4th of September, 2006.  After a Labor day riding trip in the Ozarks, Jacob "Jake," his wife Kristi, brother, and sister-in-law, were returning home to Springfield, IL.  About 10 miles from home, a vehicle suddenly, and without warning, turned in front of Jake causing him to take evasive action.  Attempting to avoid collision with the vehicle, Jake was forced to venture into oncoming traffic where he lost control and dropped the bike.  Although both Jake and Kristi were wearing full helmets, Jake sustained a traumatic head injury and died instantly.  I'm happy to report that Kristi is going to make it however she sustained a serious liver injury and severely broken arm.  She continues to improve but will require continuous care and weeks of rest to help her liver repair itself.

Jake Lessen had a long and distinguished career in both the USAF, City of Lincoln FD, and City of Springfield FD, Illinois.

Enlisting in the USAF, Jake was assigned to the 67th CES at Bergstrom AFB, Austin TX.  Spending four years active duty, Jake separated from the USAF and was immediately hired as a GS-05 Firefighter when Bergstrom converted to an ARS.  Nearing the closing of the ARS in 1995, Jake returned home to Lincoln, Illinois where he took a civilian/military position with the 183rd FW, Springfield ANG Base, IL.  He continued to work there until 1997 when he was hired in his home town as a firefighter with the Lincoln FD.  Electing to stay in the ANG, Jake continued serving until his passing.  Upon marrying his wife Kristi in 2002, Jake decided to make a career move to the Springfield FD where he worked as a firefighter at Station 11.   

Myself, along with two other long time friends and co-workers at BAFB, traveled this past week to attend the services in Springfield.  With assistance from all of Jakes affiliated Departments, the Springfield FD and 183rd FW FD laid Jake to rest with full honors Thursday, the 21st of September 2006 at Camp Butler National Cemetery, Springfield IL.

Jonathan Hancock
Station Chief 1

Engine 1 / Rescue 1
Fort Hood Fire and Emergency Services

25 Aug 06

As you may be aware, IAFF Local F151 (Walter Reed) member Brother Karl Wanger passed away last Sunday after a motorcycle accident while vacationing in Louisiana.  Karl�s wife Nadya, passed away this Wednesday as a result of injuries from the same accident.  This is a very sad and unfortunate situation for both F151 and the families of Karl and Nadya.  Our sympathy goes out to both the members of Local F151 and the families at this unfortunate time of loss.

The arrangements for Karl F & Nadya Wagner are as follows. Viewing Thursday August 31, 2006 @ 14:00 - 16:00 & 18:00 - 20:00 @ Lee Funeral Home  6633 Old Alexander Ferry Road, Clinton, Maryland 20735. Funeral Friday September 1, 2006 10:00 @ Russian Orthodox Church of St John the Baptist, 4001 17th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20011.


To the 16th District

1 September 2006

Today we put to rest Brother Karl Wagner and his wife Nadya. The services went very well today. I would like to thank those members of the 16th District and 16th Vice President Johnson for all of the support they have given to our local. I would like to thank the IAFF Locals in the area who sent over members to cover the fire apparatus so our members could go to the funeral home and the funeral. I would like to mention a few locals and I miss someone I'm sorry it's been a long two weeks. I would like to thank the following locals: Naval District of Washington, Ft. Myer, Fort Belvior, Raven Rock and non IAFF Local Quantico Marine Corp Base for standing by for our members. I would to think NIH and FT. Meade in assisting with the Arches at Walter Reed and at the cemetery.

Thank you again

Be Safe,
Mark B. Selke
President, Local F-151

1 Aug 06

It is my sad duty to inform you of the death of Chief Dean Greb, Buckley AFB CO.  Please provide appropriate honors according the above brochure on 8 Aug 06, the day of his funeral.  Chief Greb passed away while off duty and not in the performance of fire fighting duties.  Please keep the friends and family of Chief Greb, and the men and women of the Buckley AFB fire department in your prayers.

Service: Tuesday, 8 August at Buckley AFB Chapel

Interment: Immediately following service at Ft. Logan cemetery

22 Jun 06

SOOY, THOMAS R., "The Chief", 80 - Egg Harbor City, went home to be with the Lord on June 22, 2006. Tom served his country in the United States Navy from 1944 to 1947.  After his discharge he became a firefighter at the Naval Air Station in Pomona (NAFEC), where he rose to the position of Chief of Fire/Crash Rescue for the FAA.  After retirement from the FAA, he served as project  manager for JOWA Security and Fire Services, Inc. at the FAA Tech Center. He was the last surviving member of the original Egg Harbor City Volunteer Police and Ambulance Squad.  Tom was a charter and life member of VFW Post 5341.  He was a life member (over 50 years) of Hiram T. Dewey Lodge #226 F & AM and served as Worthy Patron of the Dewey Chapter 155 O.E.S.  The Chief belonged to numerous local, state, national and international fire fighting associations.  As a former Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 46, Tom had many wonderful camping experiences with both his sons. Having been a member of Zion Lutheran Church for over 50 years, Tom was involved in many aspects of church life and served several terms on the church council.  Tom is survived by his devoted wife of 54 years, Constance; and two sons, Thomas R. Sooy, Jr. (Nancy) of Cologne, and Russell J. Sooy of Zuni, Virginia.  Tom was the proud grandfather of Jennifer Sooy, Alexandra M. Chapman (Jason), Meghan L. Sooy, Russell J. Sooy, Jr., and one great-grandchild, Rachel Byron.   A memorial service was held on June 25th at Zion Lutheran Church, 312 Philadelphia Ave., Egg Harbor City, NJ.  Tom was a generous man and, in lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Zion Lutheran Church or the charity of your choice.

19 Jun 06

TSgt Ernest Rockamore, 36, a firefighter at Hurlburt AFB FL, died in an apparent boating accident on Friday, 17 Jun 06. His body was found on Saturday.

Ernest had and his wife had 4 children, ranging in age from 3 months to 14 years.

Please honor the memory of Firefighter Rockamore with appropriate ceremony on WEDNESDAY, 21 JUNE 2006, in accordance with the brochure above.

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Memorial Services at Hurlburt Field:

    Thursday, 29 Jun 06, 0830:      Procession from Fire House 1 to Chapel 1

    Thursday, 29 Jun 06, 0900:      Memorial at Hurlburt Field Chapel 1    

    Thursday, 29 Jun 06, 1100:      Reception at Fire House 1

Georgia Memorial:

     Saturday, 24 Jun 06:  Montezuma, GA, Oglethrop Funeral Chapel, Inc   478-472-6118    (Funeral Director:
     Gretha Young)

19 May 06

Jeffrey Lee Harris , Virginia Beach

On Friday, May 19, 2006, Fire Captain Jeffrey Lee Harris passed away.  He was a devoted father, husband, a loving son and a dedicated fire captain at the Norfolk Naval Base Fire Department, Station 3.  He is survived by his wife, Leigh Poore Harris, daughter, Katherine "Katie" and his son, Jason.   Online condolences may be sent to the family .  His obituary.

Bennie "Bud" Williams
Fire Chief
Navy Region Mid-Atlantic
Fire and Emergency Services
Naval Station Norfolk

14 May 06 - Charles "Chuck" Warren Risinger, CMSgt, USAF (Retired), Nov 17, 1942 - May 14, 2006

Charles "Chuck" Warren Risinger, CMSgt, USAF (Retired), passed away early Sunday, 14 May 06, at home of a heart attack..

Viewing/visitation will be on Wednesday, 17 May 2006 from 5-8 pm.  Funeral services will be on Thursday, 18 May 2006 at 10 am at

Our Lady of Guadalupe
1500 North 15th St

Mexico Beach, FL 32410
Phone: (850) 648-3006

Chief Risinger's ashes will be returned to Illinois by his wife Connie for burial bury in the family cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Mexico Beach Fire Department, Box 13425, Mexico Beach, FL 32410.

Link to Obituary 

Hugh E. "Marty" Martin, SMSgt, USAF (Ret)
Nov 5, 1930 - Mar 16, 2006






Marty & Markey � 51 years together

Marty died Thursday afternoon at his home in Crestview , Florida , March 16, 2006.

He was under hospice care due to reoccurring cancer discovered during a 2003 colon surgery.  Kidney failure and double pneumonia made it more difficult at the end.  Covenant Hospice and his loving Family kept him as comfortable as possible.  Marty was born, November 5, 1930 in Talladega , Alabama and was married to Martha Jane �Markey� Holland in Albany , Georgia , December 10, 1954 while stationed at Turner AFB.  He is survived by his wife, Markey, 3 daughters and their husbands, and 8 grandchildren.  Also, 2 brothers and 2 sisters.

 Marty joined the U.S. Army, January 12, 1947 for a 2 year enlistment.  He started out at Ft. Jackson , SC before being assigned to Greenville AAF Field , SC.   The last part of his Army career was in occupied Japan , near the 2 atomic bomb sites.  After a 2 year hiatus back home, Marty joined the new fledging Air Force and was sent to Turner AFB, in Albany , GA as a Firefighter for the next 6 years.  His next assignment was at Eglin AFB, FL  56-62.  Tully AFB, Greenland 62-63, then to Orlando AFB, FL 64-68 where MSG Martin distinguished himself by meritorious service while assigned as the Fire Department Training NCO.  He not only maintained an outstanding On The Job Training Program for the Firefighters, his high level of proficiency contributed to lowest fire loss record in the Military Airlift Command.  In 68-69 he served in Korea as Fire Chief at Osan AB.   70-73 back to Eglin AFB, where I first met Marty as his Base Fire Chief.  He was one of the most dedicated, hardworking and loyal NCO that I have worked with.  74-75 assigned Elmendorf AFB, Alaska , before his final PCS to Maxwell AFB, AL 76-78 and a medical retirement, June 30, 1978.  Crestview , Florida near Eglin AFB became his home in his retirement years.

 The Whitehurst-Powell Funeral Home , US Highway. 90, Crestview , FL , 32536 , phone (850) 682-3052 is in charge of the funeral arrangements.  Visitation is Sunday, March 19, 2006 from 6 to 9 pm in their chapel.  The Funeral Service will be conducted in the Chapel starting at 3:30 pm with Rev. Ray Wilson, Hospice Chaplin Buddy Duncan and the Reverend Doctor Donnie Cadenhead officiating.  Interment will follow at the Live Oak Park Memorial Cemetery in Crestview, with Military Honors provided by the U.S. Air Force.

 Floral tributes will be accepted by the funeral home Friday and Saturday until 5 pm or for those that so desire, the family suggest contributions to the Covenant Hospice (850) 682-3628

 Respectively submitted by Chief Bob Barrow USAF Retired.  On behalf of the Retired Air Force Fire Chiefs our sincere condolences were given to Markey and Family.   

14 Feb 06 - Wilson Coen Sawyer, Feb 21, 1937 - Feb 14, 2006

Wilson Coen Sawyer Jr., 68, of 2203 Shady Drive, Elizabeth City, N.C., died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2006, at his residence. Mr. Sawyer was born Feb. 21, 1937, in Camden County, N.C., and was the son of the late Wilson Coen Sawyer Sr. and Gertie Nash Sawyer. He was a member of the Geneva Baptist Church, a former fireman with the Elizabeth City Fire Department, U.S. Coast Guard Fire Department, Norfolk (Va.) Naval Base Fire Department, and retired from the Oceana Naval Air Station Fire Department.  After retirement, he was employed with Protect Security at the Elizabeth City Coast Guard Base. Survivors include his wife, Angelyn Moore Sawyer; daughter, Wendy Sawyer Barnett and husband, Johnnie, of Camden, N.C.; stepdaughter, Pamela Perry of Elizabeth City; son, Keith Sawyer of Elizabeth City, N.C.; stepson, Samuel Perry and Trisha Tarre of Elizabeth City; sisters, Lauvenia Eason, Jean Sawyer and Nellie Riggs, all of Sough Mills, N.C. and Gertie Mae Small of Elizabeth City; brother Hubert Sawyer of South Mills, N.C.; and nine grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sons, Ralph Kevin Sawyer and Thomas Wayne Sawyer. A funeral service was held on Friday, Feb. 17, 2006, at the Geneva Baptist Church with the Rev. Kelly Lacy officiating. Entombment followed in the West Lawn Memorial Cemetery.  Members of the fire departments that Mr. Sawyer served served as active and honorary pallbearers. The family received friends Thursday evening at Twiford's Funeral Home, 405 E. Church St., Elizabeth City.  

10 Feb 06 - Chief Ronald "Ron" Vernengo (Retired), November 12, 1941 - February 6, 2006

Born: Nov. 12, 1941, Meadowview
Died: Feb. 6, 2006, Anaheim
Survivors: Wife, Barbara; sons, Adam, Aaron, David; daughters, Debbie King, Carole Weaver; brothers, Kenneth, Richard; sister, Janette Hutchison; grandsons, Kristopher, Jonathan, Jordan, Kyle, Keifer.
Services: 2 p.m. Saturday, Renaker-Klockgether Mortuary, Buena Park.

 Ron Vernengo was one of the lucky ones.

He got to live his dream of being a firefighter and he enjoyed it for 27 years, retiring in 1999 as department chief.

He gave schoolchildren tours of the Marine Corps Air Station at El Toro, where his fire station was. He painstakingly explained every working part on the hook-and-ladder truck, showed them the shiny, brass pole that the firefighters slid down in the dead of night, and let them slip their tiny feet into the firefighters' big boots.

He made his grandchildren a backyard firehouse replica, complete with pot-bellied stove, a loft and a pole, plus a set of turn-outs (firefighter talk for pants, jacket and boots ready to slip into.)

And he created from an electric golf cart a small fire truck, for which he fashioned a siren, a bell and varnished ladders. It was used at parades and festivals and lent to other cities for special occasions.

Ron was 64 when he died, two blocks from his Anaheim home, of a massive heart attack Feb. 6 while driving back from an errand. He'd shown no signs of illness, and was looking forward to a game of golf with his brother Ken and some friends.

Born in Meadowview in Northern California, Ron graduated from Napa High School, went to a junior college, then worked for a Los Angeles sign-painting firm.

But his heart was in firefighting, and in 1972, he was hired by the Tustin Fire Department and stationed at El Toro.

From backing up city fire departments, battling hillside blazes to assisting at traffic accidents (he was also a paramedic), there was nothing about the job that didn't appeal to Ron.

Working 24 hours on, 24 hours off left him plenty of time for his other interests, which included making, fixing or improving just about anything around the house.

His wife, Barbara, could bring home an old piece of furniture that looked downright hopeless, and Ron would transform it into a treasured antique.

He did plumbing, wiring, roofing, painting and carpentry. He'd just built a barbecue island and was drawing up plans for a cover over it.

At Christmas, he installed on the roof animated reindeer pulling Santa in a sleigh, all of which he built from sheets of plywood and had on a timer, so Santa could get a move-on, even if Ron wasn't home to turn him on.

His family can't recall a dull or sour moment with Ron, who was as comfortable with others as he was with himself.

Outgoing and friendly, he was willing to help anyone. People could call in the middle of the night with a broken pipe or leaking roof, and Ron would jump out of bed and head out.

He and Ken were identical twins and nearly inseparable - living apart only four years of their lives. They talked on the phone three or four times a day.

They made the most of their identical looks, playing the old switcheroo many times. Ken even had Ron take his place on a date once and Ron got engaged to (but didn't marry) the girl, who never knew he wasn't Ken.

Ron had a son and Barbara had four children when they married, but he instantly won over Barbara's children by fixing their TV the first time he came to their house.

They found him impossible not to like.

He rarely got cross and if he felt the need to swear, the worst that came from his mouth was, "Oh, sugar!"

He was so easygoing, his family said he didn't know what stress was.

Ron loved the outdoors and for years took the whole family to Lake Havasu each year to camp, water ski and Jet Ski - a week they all looked forward to.

Even when son Adam was in veterinary school, he told his professors, "I won't be in class next week. I can't miss this trip."

Ron may have enjoyed the vacation most of all - just to see his family having such a wonderful time.

5 Feb 06

We are saddened to pass along the news concerning the death of Firefighter Randy Benedict on 5 Feb 06, of the Navy Region Mid Atlantic Fire Department (Portsmouth District). Firefighter Benedict had been battling cancer for the past several months and had not been able to work.  Last night Firefighter Benedict succumbed to his illness and passed away.

 Randy's death is a loss to his family and friends, and the entire Navy Fire & Emergency Services Community.  On behalf of Navy firefighters world-wide, please convey our condolences to the family and friends of Firefighter Benedict, and to his co-workers at Navy Region Mid Atlantic Fire Department.

Funeral arrangements for Firefighter Benedict will be provided as soon as they are finalized.

Firefighter Benedict was included in the DoD F&ES "Taking Care of Our Own" program and Navy Region Mid Atlantic and Firefighter Benedict's family has expressed appreciation for those who had kept Randy in their thoughts and prayers during his illness.

Carl B. Glover, Jr.
Program Manager, Navy Fire & Emergency Services

31 Jan 06 - Charles (Chuck) E. Tanner, SMSgt, USAF (retired), November 29, 1935 - January 29, 2006

Charles "Chuck" E. Tanner, 70, was greeted by the Heavenly Father on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2006, in Wichita Falls. Memorial services with military honors will be held Monday, Jan. 30, 2006, at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Hampton Vaughan Crestview. Visitation will be held Sunday, Jan. 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Hampton Vaughan Crestview.

Chuck was born Nov. 29, 1935, in Somerset, Ky., to Elijah and Ida Tanner. He was the sibling of one sister and five brothers. He graduated from Lincoln High School, Cambridge, Ind., in May of 1954. Chuck enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, Sept. 20, 1954, and received his basic training at Sampson Air Force Base (AFB), Geneva, N.Y.

He married the love of his life, Rita K. Tanner on Sept. 16, 1964, in Peru, Ind. He was a loving and devoted father and husband, and a great friend to many, known for his loyalty and integrity. He had a distinguished military career of 30 plus years serving his country in the U.S. Air Force as a firefighter. His tours of duty included French Morocco, North Africa; Altus AFB, Okla.; Bunker Hill AFB, Ind.; Aviano, AFB, Italy; Davis Monthan AFB, Ariz.; Thailand; Eglin AFB, Fla.; Great Falls, Mont.; Iraklion Air Station, Crete, Greece; and his last tour at Sheppard AFB, Texas.

Chuck retired from the U.S. Air Force in October 1984, and then served with the Department of Defense (DOD), Civil Service at Sheppard AFB in the fire department from April 1985 to 1992.

Chuck was a lifelong athlete and spent 30 years pitching fast pitch softball around the world winning many championships. He coached youth league basketball, softball, and taught many sports clinics.

He was also an avid fisherman and spent many of his retirement years crappie fishing at Lake Arrowhead and traveling around the world with his wife.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Rita K. (Steffey) of Wichita Falls; two daughters, Natalie Taylor and husband, Bryan of Huntsville, Ala., and Angela Haynes and husband Rodney of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; a brother, Joseph Tanner of Richmond, Ind.; four sisters-in-law, Delia Kraus and husband, Leonard from Ingalls, Ind., Rosie Schofield and husband, Dennis, Relna and her husband, Edward, from Peru, Ind., Sue Tanner of Centerville, Ind.; one brother-in-law, Darrald Steffey and wife Reggie of Bunker Hill, Ind., multiple loving nieces and nephews and many great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Christine Mitchell, and four brothers, Harrison, Leslie, Franklin and Samuel.

Memorials may be made to American Heart Association of North Texas, 2401 Scott Ave., Fort Worth, Texas 76103-2228

Please help us celebrate the life of Charles E. Tanner by visiting www.mem.com

Duane B. Kirk
Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
South Texas Veterans Health Care System (003D)

19 Jan 06 - Lead Firefighter Robert C. Yow, Eglin AFB FL -- Updated on 24 Jan 06: 


Date:  27 January 2006
Time:  1100
Location:  Holy Trinity Lutheran Church , 363 SW Miracle Strip, Fort Walton Beach FL
Burial:  Heritage Gardens Cemetery with Firefighter honors

Uniform Fire Personnel are requested to arrive 30 minutes prior to funeral service

11 Jan 06 - Chief Ronald Diener, Vance AFB OK

It is my sad task to notify the family of AF firefighters that a family member has passed away.  Fire Chief Ronald Diener, Vance AFB OK, died today of an apparent heart attack he suffered a few days ago.

Chief Diener will be honored with a

Chief Ronald Diener was born in Enid Oklahoma and graduated from Enid High School.  He served as a corpsman in the Navy in Vietnam.  He worked for Champlin Refinery Corp.  Chief Diener started at Vance AFB Fire Dept 1984 as a fire Inspector Assumed the Fire Chief position in 2005.

Chief Diener's Funeral services will be Saturday, 14 January 2006, at the Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home Chapel, 2800 Vanburen Enid, Okla. 73703. Grave site Interment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery, Enid, Oklahoma. Full Fire Department Honors will be performed. Please keep the Diener Family in your Prayers.

On behalf of AF firefighters worldwide, please extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Chief Diener.  I pray that God will comfort them in this time of great loss.