Two Less Names, But Still Just as Dead

You may have missed this small fact in the 2010 LODD information.

Note: I have removed the statements regarding the NFFF because some readers have begun confusing the relationship between the NFFF, the USFA and line of duty death numbers. My muddy point about the NFFF widget was my personal opinion regarding counting line of duty deaths and should not be thought of as a shot against the NFFF and their mission.

- Bill

You may think it disrespectful to mention this fact now, just after our national memorial service, but I specifically waited to see if other sites, forums and blogs would pick up on it. "It" is below…

Did you catch it?

"An additional two firefighters were killed in a POV while they were returning from a fire certification class at a local community college. These firefighters were apparently involved in street racing with firefighters in another vehicle."

Last year I commented on how the sad event of two volunteer firefighters from North Carolina were killed while returing from training. What made it more sad was that the two were involved in drag racing. Sadder still, we learned that another volunteer firefighter was charged for the incident, drag racing with the victims.

Shortly after the March 2010 incident the USFA had officially declared the deaths of Jeremy Bolick and Tommy Wright as "official line of duty deaths." As late as January of this year, they were listed in the USFA's 2010 Firefighter Fatality Provisional Statistics.

It is fitting and respectful toward the other line of duty deaths recognized that Bolick and Wright were not as their actions were illegal and as with other line of duty deaths I have noted, outside the normality of "line of duty."

Still, it is sad when a firefighter dies, and saddness relived when honor and recognition are taken away.

As I have said before, if we could change the way we define "line of duty" , "on duty" and how we count our fatalites, maybe we'll be closer to truly changeable figures.

But I doubt it.

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Jeff chandler
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Very good explanation! I have been known to have the same rant.
2015-01-17 03:58:59
Anthony Correia
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Dave i agree with your whole post. However the one thing I'm not experiencing or seeing is the over safetyifcation. While i hear words spoke about being safe when possible, but not sacrificing service for safety. If anything, i see firefighters more aggressive than when i started many years back due to the increased protection…
2015-01-14 14:37:28
Jon Newton
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Well done. You make some awesome points. In regards to the "numbers".....(and kind of backing up your thought of changing tactics), we have often wondered why there is so much emphasis on RIT and the RIT/Industrial complex. I'm on Chicago and have worked in the Chicago Suburbs for almost 20 years. We've seen the advent…
2015-01-14 04:15:23
Marshall Sampietro
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spot on....
2015-01-02 14:43:50
Ron Ayotte
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“Over safetyification”... Dave, that is the best description of what those who want to prevent us from doing the job want to do to the job.
2014-12-31 16:29:29
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