2003 News Archives


Name: Kenneth "Kenny" Jeffery
Rank: Assistant Fire Chief
Age: 51
Gender: Male
Status: Career
Years of Service: 32
Date of Incident: 12/25/2003
Time of Incident:       0900hrs
Date of Death: 12/31/2003
Fire Department Name: Submarine Base Fire Department in Groton
Fire Department Address: P.O. Box 950, Groton, CT 06349
Fire Department Phone: 860-694-3466
Fire Department Chief:  Douglas Fay
Cause of Death: Assistant Chief Jeffery fell ill shortly after returning
to the station from a silent alarm response call and died of a cause still
to be determined at the Hartford Hospital. Jeffery also served as the Fire
Chief for the Windsor Locks Fire Department.
Memorial Fund Contact and Address:      In memory of Chief Kenny Jeffery,
Windsor Locks Firefighters Memorial Fund, C/o Windsor Locks Fire
Department, 2 Volunteer Drive, Windsor Locks, CT 06096


Mr. Warner,

Could you please post on your site the following information regarding a LODD at the Submarine Base Fire Dept. in Groton, CT.

It is with deep regret to announce the passing of Assistant Chief Kenneth Jeffery on Dec. 31, 2003.

A/C Jeffery was stricken while on duty Christmas Day. Funeral arraignments are pending and will be posted when they become available. For any further information please contact the us at 860-694-3466 or DSN 694-3466.

Submitted by Jim Monroe

30 Nov 03 - The ANG has published guidance on permanently assigning PPE to ANG fire fighters.  Here is the document.

19 Oct 03

Dear Don, please post on DoDFIRE News.
Chief Val Allen, CWO USAF Retired, open-heart surgery at Williford Hall went well onTuesday, 14 October 2003.  Val's doctors,  stated a heart valve was internally bleeding and three supply lines were partially blocked.  Val tolerated the surgical proceedure very well to correct these problems and is responding well in ICU. He is expected to be moved to a private room, 3-C, this weekend.  This is good news and let's give "Our Heaveanly Father" the credit,  Keep the prayers coming for Val total recovery.  Please pass this good news along and thanks to the Lackland Fire Chief Jerry Ball, Mike Jarrell a Retired Lackland Fire Captain and close friends Daine and Esther for keeping a close watch and updating the Retired Air ForceFire Chiefs, wrote:  Chief Bob Barrow chief.one@cox.net .

Up From Zero

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The documentary contains original film footage and personal interviews with the workers.

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To order a complimentary copy of "Up From Zero" on DVD, complete this form.

Hi Don, just learned that Chief Val Allen, CWO USAF Retired, was rushed to South Austin Medical Center, Austin, Texas, today, 9-23-03, by EMS.  He was admitted to the ICU-Heart for medical care.  That is all the information I have for now.  Please add Val to the DoDFIRE News and that prayers are needed.  Bob Barrow


The email below includes a request for information about the 0-10, 0-11A/B, and 0-6.  If anyone can help, that would be great.  The German company sells model fire trucks, including some AF ARFF vehicles.



I located their website - http://merlau.de/ but it's in German so I can't read a lot about it. I did find the P-2, P-4, P-15, P-19, P-23 models and they are still being offered for sale.

I'll post the information in the news section tonight but I don't want to post your home phone. That can be dangerous and I'm sure you get enough sales calls as it is.

Donald Warner
Panama City, Florida

-----Original Message-----

From: Daniel Mack [mailto:danmack2@yahoo.com]
Sent: Saturday, September 13, 2003 2:38 PM
To: donald.warner@dodfire.com 
Cc: Wolfgang Rotter


Hi Don:

Thanks for the response. I would greatly appreciate it if you could post the request on the website. You have permission to post this e-mail address and if you want you can include my fire department (513-248-3700)and home XXXXXX phone numbers.

RMM is the company that makes the ARFF models. I know they make (or made) a P-15 and P-23 and I think they do a P-4, P-19 and maybe a P-2. Let me know if you are interested and I can get more info.

Unfortunately, the kits are limited run and are pricey. The current state of the dollar versus the Euro doesn't make things any better.

Thanks again for the assistance.


--- Donald <donald.warner@dodfire.com>  wrote:


I can't help with what you asked for. However, with your permission, I'll post it in the dodfire.com website and see if any of my readers can help.

I'll remove your phone number and post only your email address if that's okay. Let me know.

I'm really interested in the model vehicles if they can produce them. That would be fantastic. I'll post information on the dodfire.com web site when available.

Donald Warner
Panama City, Florida

 -----Original Message-----

From: Daniel Mack [mailto:danmack2@yahoo.com]
Sent: Thursday, September 11, 2003 7:51 PM
To: donald.warner@dodfire.com

Mr. Warner:

Your name was given to me by John Garrett as a possible source for some information I am looking for.  I am trying to obtain line drawings / mechanical drawings with dimensions of the old O-10, O-11A, O-11B and O-6 crash trucks. A friend of mine in Germany is a military ARFF firefighter and is also an ARFF historian and model builder. Another gentleman in Germany who we know is also interested in producing model kits in 1/87 scale of these units. He owns a company that makes model fire truck kits and already offers a number of German and US ARFF rigs.

If it is possible to talk on the phone, please page me at XXXXXXXX and enter your phone number after the beeps. I work as Asst. Chief of a Cincinnati area fire department so the best way to reach me is by pager. Or, you can reply by e-mail.

Thank you in advance for your reply.

Dan Mack


Chief Charles Peters, 5l74 Scrivener Drive, Memphis, TN 38l34

 Forwarded for your information. Please keep Chief Peters and his family in your thoughts and prayers. I will keep you advised when additional information is received.

 From: Kimes, Leonard [mailto:LKimes@nsams.navy.mil]
Sent: Tuesday, September 02, 2003 10:42 PM

Chief Peters was admitted to the Baptist East Hospital, Room 2145 today after a cardiac cath revealed 6 coronary blockages. He is scheduled for surgery around 11-12 noon Wed. I have contacted Betty, his wife and family and I talked with him. He seemed to be in good spirits and asked for our prayers. I know he is close to you, and was extremely pleased he got to see all his Brother firefighters in Dallas, and especially a chance to visit with you. I thought it was appropriate to let you know and you may pass this on to whom ever you think.

I will keep you posted and please feel free to call Assistant Fire Chief Leonard Kimes, NAVSUPPACT MID-SOUTH.  

Additional comment from Chief Bob Barrow chief.one@cox.net what a delight it was to have “Pete” at the Gathering of Retired AF Fire Chiefs/ Pioneers Day in Dallas.  “Pete” was celebrating his 57th year of continuous Fire Service to his Country.  It was great to see “Pete: in his Fire Service uniform.  He communicated there, that he had a medical procedure planned when he returned home.  Our prayers and wishes are a speedy recovery will be with you “Pete”.


 -- An active-duty airman was found dead Aug. 13 in his dormitory room here.  Airman Joshua S. Robinson, 20, a firefighter with the 36th Civil Engineer Squadron, was found by co-workers. Responding base paramedics attempted to revive Robinson. He was pronounced dead at 9:29 a.m.

Robinson entered the Air Force in May 2002 and arrived at Andersen in December 2002.

The Air Force Office of Special Investigations is investigating the death. (Courtesy of Pacific Air Forces News Service)

Air Force pioneer dies

7/29/2003 - SAN ANTONIO (AFPN) -- Retired Maj. Gen. Norma E. Brown, the Air Force's first female wing commander, died July 22. She was 77.

The Madison, Fla., native entered the Air Force as a second lieutenant in December 1951. Her first assignment was as chief of military personnel for Flight Service headquarters in Washington, D.C.

She spent much of her career in the Air Force Security Service working in a series of personnel assignments. In December 1974, she became the first woman to command an Air Force wing when she assumed command of the 6940th Security Wing at Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas.

Later she became deputy chief of staff for manpower and personnel for the Air Force Logistics Command. She retired Aug. 1, 1982, as the commander of Chanute Technical Training Center, Chanute AFB, Ill.

Following her retirement, she settled in Leon Springs, Texas, just north of here. Among her military decorations were the Distinguished Service Medal and the Legion of Merit. Upon retirement, she became the first woman inducted into the Order of the Sword, an honor bestowed by Air Force noncommissioned officers to commissioned officers and civilian leaders who have made significant contributions to the enlisted corps.

NOTE:  General Norma Brown was an an admired supporter of the fire school at Chanute AFB IL.  The incident command mockup (Norma Brown AFB), currently used at the DoD Fire School was named in her honor.

19 Jul 03

-----Original Message-----
From: James Davis [mailto:r11@maui.net]
Sent: Tuesday, July 08, 2003 4:06 PM
To: donald.warner@dodfire.com
Subject: Research  

 Hi Don,

Can you put this somewhere in your site?

"Any of you old timers remember the CLASS 125 Crash Truck (WW II and Korea) with a Hardie pump?  If you do will you send me an E-mail at r11@maui.net? "  

Thanks,25_w_specs.jpg (421203 bytes) (click the picture for a full size view)

Jim Davis, Member and Historian
1204th Army Engineer Fire Fighting Platoon - World War II
Maui, Hawaii

WASHINGTON — People pestered by telemarketers can start signing up Friday for a national do-not-call list intended to block most phone sales pitches.

Consumers can register for the free government service by visiting the Web site www.donotcall.gov. Telephone registration using a toll-free number — 1-888-382-1222 — is available in states west of the Mississippi River, including Minnesota and Louisiana, the Federal Trade Commission (search) said. Nationwide registration should be available by July 7.

The national registry, an FTC project more than a year in the making, was being inaugurated Friday at a White House ceremony led by President Bush.

The list will block about 80 percent of telemarketing calls, FTC Chairman Timothy Muris (search) said.

"People own their homes and their phones and now they will have a choice about whether they want the calls," Muris said in an interview.


Telephone registration is being done in stages to ensure the system can handle the volume of calls expected, the FTC said. The commission expects up to 60 million phone numbers to be registered in the first year.

Release No. 06-01-03
June 5, 2003 

NPRC initiates online records request procedures 

The National Personnel Records Center is working to make it easier for veterans with computers and Internet access to obtain copies of documents from their military files.

Military veterans and the next of kin of deceased former military members may now use  a new online military personnel records system to request documents.  Other individuals with a need for documents must still complete the Standard Form 180 which can be downloaded from the online web site.

The new web-based application was designed to provide better service on these requests by eliminating the records center's mailroom processing time.  Also, because the requester will be asked to supply all information essential for NPRC to process the request, delays that normally occur when NPRC has to ask veterans for additional information will be minimized.  

Veterans and next of kin may access this application at http://vetrecs.archives.gov. Please note there is no requirement to type "www" in front of the web address. 


NOTE:  Chief Holt was one of AF fire protection's last pioneers.  I encourage each of you to send Mrs. Holt a note of sympathy.

From: ChiefFireball@aol.com 
Sent: Wednesday, May 21, 2003 9:43 AM
To: donald.warner@dodfire.com
Subject: Re: Greetings

 Dear Mr. Warner:

       Since Wando sent in his info, he passed away on the 21st of April 2003.
He was buried in the Tennessee Veterans' Cemetery in Nashville, Tennessee on April 25th, 2003.

       He enjoyed the DOD Fire Club pages and checked most days to see who had been added to the list. It gave him many happy moments of remembering good times and good comrades. We looked forward to attending the reunion in Texas this year but Cancer had other plans for him

        He had been in good health until last April and we had hoped the doctors had removed the cancer that was found last July. He was doing fine in Feb but the tests March the 20th revealed the cancer had returned.

       I wish to thank you and all those involved with the web pages for the pleasure you are bringing to your fellow firemen and their families.

       I will be keeping Wando's e-mail address as many of our friends still reach me by it.

       May the Lord continue to bless you and all those that endeavor to keep us safe from harm.

       Mrs. Wando Holt (Jane)

28 Apr 03

Lt Kevin Riley
Quonset RI Crash Rescue
RI Air National Guard.
It is with great sadness that the Fire Department of the RI Air National Guard announce the passing of one of their Brothers today. Lt Joseph Maiato.

Bills have been introduced in both the House of Representatives and the Senate to lower the retirement age for reservists from 60 to 55.  The bill which was introduced in the house last year got the support of 160 members.  DoD is resisting this move.

Reservists are now an integral part of the total force.  Many reservists were activated since September 11, 2001, and more will be in the coming days.  Many of our representatives recognize this service, but we need to get more on board to support these bills.

We have all heard the haunting song, "Taps."
It's the song used at military funerals and at the end of each
day on U.S. military bases.
Perhaps we should read the words to the melody U.S. soldiers
hear around the world each day.
Day is done, gone the sun
From the lakes, from the hills, from the skies
All is well, safely rest, God is nigh.
Fading light, dims the sight
And a star, gems the sky,
Gleaming bright, from afar,
Drawing nigh, falls the night.
Thanks and praise for our days
'Neath the sun, 'neath the stars, 'neath the sky.
As we go, this we know, God is nigh.
"Taps" Words by Union General Daniel Butterfield
and bugler Oliver Norton.

The Gathering of Pioneers and Retired Air Force Fire Chiefs will take place 22-23 August 2003 at the Adam's Mark Hotel, Dallas, Texas. Retired Chiefs are cordially invited to complete the registration form found on the Retirees Center page of this website. See the latest newsletter found on the PIONEERS page for details while visiting the Retirees Center. Hope to see you there. Bob Barrow

NEWS RELEASE from the United States Department of Defense
No. 139-03
March 22, 2003

To bolster force protection, the general public is urged not to send unsolicited mail, care packages or donations to service members forward deployed unless you are a family member, loved one or personal friend.

On Oct. 30, 2002, the Department of Defense (DoD) suspended the "Operation Dear Abby" and "Any Servicemember" mail programs due to force protection concerns. Although these programs provide an excellent means of support to friends and loved ones stationed overseas, they also provide an avenue to introduce hazardous substances or materials into the mail system from unknown sources. Unsolicited mail, packages and donations from organizations and individuals also compete for limited airlift space used to transport supplies, war-fighting materiel and mail from family and loved ones. Recently, DoD has become aware of organizations and individuals who continue to support some form of the "Any Servicemember" program by using the names and addresses of individual servicemembers and unit addresses. These programs are usually supported by well-intentioned, thoughtful and patriotic groups who are simply unaware of the new risks facing deployed military forces. Some individuals and groups publicize the names and addresses of service members, ships or units on Web sites, with good intentions. The result, however, is a potential danger to the troops they wish to support.

DoD cannot support creative and well-intentioned efforts that defeat force protection measures, but can instead recommend alternatives to mail and donation programs. To show support to troops overseas, the following are recommended:

* Log on to the following Web sites to show support, to include greeting cards, virtual Thank You cards and calling card donations to help troops stay in contact with loved ones:




* Visit Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals and nursing homes. Volunteer your services to honor veterans who served in past conflicts. Mail from family members and loved ones has always been encouraged and the military mail system will continue to work hard to get that mail to servicemembers overseas.

*Web version: http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Mar2003/b03222003_bt139-03.html 

News Releases: http://www.defenselink.mil/news/releases.html 

* DoD News: http://www.defenselink.mil/news/dodnews.html 

* Subscribe/Unsubscribe: http://www.defenselink.mil/news/dodnews.html#e-mail 

* Today in DoD: http://www.defenselink.mil/today 


Thank you so much for putting the information on will up on the web site. I have already received an email from the Lackland AFB fire department inquiring about what they can do. We had a fundraiser here this last weekend, and were able to collect $ 4,307.00 in donations for him. He's not married, and has no children (23 years old). I found out from our HRO office here that if people want to donate 9annual) leave to Will, they can do so the following way:

Go to the following link:


On line #10, have them put the following:

William L. Silva, Fire and Emergency Services Department, NAS JRB Fort Worth Tx 76127

And then FAX it directly to 1-866-401-5869

John Shelton


15 March 2003 - A plea for HELP!  We're always helping others; now lets help one of our own!!!

Mr. Warner,

I wasn't sure if this letter had been forwarded to you yet, but we are trying to get the word out wherever we can to help one of our young firemen, who was severely injured in a motorcycle accident, and subsequently has had his left leg removed just below the knee. if you could please post this on your web site, so we can get some money raised for him and his family. thank you in advance, sir.

Lt. John Shelton
NAS JRB Fort Worth
Fire & Emergency Services
1425 Carswell Ave.
NAS Fort Worth, TX
Com: 817-782-6330 DSN: 739-6330
Fax: 817-782-6338l
March 11, 2003


To: Whom It May Concern

From: The NAS Fort Worth Fire Department

Subject: Donations for severely injured Federal Firefighter William Silva

To Whom It May Concern:

On Saturday February 22, 2003, NAS Fort Worth firefighter William Silva was involved in a horrendous motorcycle accident. His injuries, which included several broken bones and ultimately the removal of his left foot from the mid calve area down, have been to say the least life and career altering. The journey of therapy and his recuperation has just begun. Though insured, his medical and personal debts are surely going to be outrageous. That is why we are asking to extend your hearts and hands to this fellow Department of Defense Firefighter. Having only been in the federal system for a short time, we are sure you can understand the hardships he and his family are facing at this time.

Will, a veteran of the United States Marine Corps with four years of outstanding service joined our department in August 2001. In the short time Will has been employed here at NAS Fort Worth, he has been an exemplary employee, having earned numerous certifications and licenses and awards. Also, in his off duty time, he has been very active in numerous side projects throughout the department including volunteering his time to go and speak at various schools lecturing children about his life as a fireman, fire safety, and fire prevention. That's why we are now distributing this memorandum. We as a department are doing everything we can both financially and administratively to help him and his family in any way we can. Among other things, we are planning a fill the boot drive and hot dog sale later in the month. We are in turn asking you for help. Your donations of money or annual leave would greatly be appreciated.

If you have any questions, or if we can be of any further assistance, please call us at the numbers above.

Thank you,

The Firefighters of NAS Fort Worth ESD

3 March 2003

Last Alarm - Raymond E. Guise, CMSgt, USAF (Retired), 1938-2003

CMS Raymond E. (Ed) Guise, USAF Retired  1938-2003 (age 64) of Grant Pass, Oregon, answered his "Final Alarm" January 19, 2003.  He precedes his wife, Janet, and 2 sons, all of Grants Pass OR.  Chief Guise served the USAF Fire Service 28 years.  He retired medically at Tyndall AFB due to a heart condition.

21 Feb 2003

Sadly, I am writing this to inform you that Fire Captain Larry D. Brown from Kingsley Field passed away this morning in his sleep. He was on duty and when he didn't wake up at his usual time, the other firefighters checked up on him and found him. Larry had 20+ years as a civilian here at Kingsley and had prior time in the Navy. The Wing and the local community are pulling together to provide an appropriate ceremony for him.

Gene Hurst
Battalion Chief
Kingsley Field Fire Dept.
Klamath Falls, OR

18 Feb 2003

News about the Smallpox Vaccinations - DoD & AF Policies and plans

14 Feb 2003

Wayne K. Clark, 46, USAF Retired, dies during training.  Link to story

31 Jan 03

Last Alarm - Nick Davila, 1947 - 2003 More Info


TO:                 IAFF Executive Board

                        IAFF State and Provincial Associations and Local Affiliates


DATE:            January 30, 2003


FROM:           Harold A. Schaitberger, General President

                        Vincent J. Bollon, General Secretary-Treasurer


It is with deepest regret and sorrow that we report to you the death of IAFF 16th District Vice President Nick Davila.  Brother Davila was killed earlier this evening in an automobile accident in San Antonio, Texas.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.


We will provide funeral information as soon as it becomes available.



1750 New York Avenue, NW

Washington, DC  20006-5395


Category: Metro and State
News Roundup
San Antonio Express-News
Web Posted : 01/31/2003 12:00 AM

Firefighters VP dies in car wreck

A retired Kelly AFB firefighter and union leader died Thursday after a wreck near Cotulla, family friends said.

Amedee "Nick" Davila, 55, of Schertz was an International Association of firefighters vice president whose region covered military installations in Texas,
Puerto Rico and Guam, among others.

 He died at University Hospital at 6:15 p.m., according to the Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office.

Davila and his son were driving back from Laredo when an 18-wheeler made an abrupt stop in front of them, friend Buddy Mass said. Their car hit the rear of the rig.

 Davila was taken by AirLife from the scene with a weak pulse and died soon after, Mass said. His son was not injured.

 A member of the AirLife crew told family that Davila had trained him 19 years ago.

26 Jan 2003

Last Alarm - Bernard "Ray" Munn, MSgt, USAF (Retired), 1935-2003

MSgt Bernard "Ray" Munn, USAF Retired (68) answered his Final Alarm, this morning, January 20, 2003 at his home in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.  I received this information from his wife, Mrs. Betty Munn.  Betty believed the cause was a massive heart attack.  It was fast and Ray had just passed a medical physical last week. Funeral arrangements will be handled by The Emerald Coast Funeral Home, Racetrack Road, Fort Walton Beach (850) 864-3361.  Ray is survived by his wife and only child, Lisa of Fort Walton Beach.

Ray Munn was a Fire Fighter, Fire Chief, Senior Fire Instructor at Greenville AFB Fire School and had earned his wings as a HH-43 "PEDRO" Airborne Fire Fighter Instructor in 1967.  He retired in early 1989 from U.S. Civil Service at Hurlburt Air Force Base, Florida as Chief of Fire Prevention.  He came to Eglin AFB in the early 1970's as a Master Sergeant assigned as a District Fire Chief on Eglin's vast military reservation.  He PSCs to Vietnam, serving a combat tour there with his good friend CMS Bill Wilson.

On be half of the Retired Air Force Fire Chiefs and their families, I have given Chief Munn's family our deepest condolences upon the passing of a dear friend and comrade.  Would appreciate the widest dissemination of this message as possible.  The April-June 2003 Issue of the Quarterly Network Newsletter by the Retired Air Force Fire Chiefs will have more details.

Wrote by:  Chief Bob Barrow, USAF CWO4 Retired
EDITOR, Retired Air Force Fire Chiefs
  (850) 243-1274

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