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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Ed Hartin
Wanted: Honest Discernment in Our Fire Service Discussions
Excellent article Bill!
2014-10-14 12:47:14
Ron Ayotte
Complacency and Awareness: History Lessons from the Mog and Rangers
Bill.. I agree with Tony C. The situations we respond to sometimes reuire that we tune and tweak SOPs and SOGs "on the fly" in order to complete the tasks given. Fire doesn't care what is stated in our SOPs/SOGs.
2014-10-11 22:14:29
Bill Carey
Complacency and Awareness: History Lessons from the Mog and Rangers
Thanks Tony.
2014-10-06 11:06:34
Tony C.
Complacency and Awareness: History Lessons from the Mog and Rangers
A great read, Bill. I see so much of this in the fire service. I forgot to pull up my hood on the last fire and I didn't get burned. I didn't buckle my waist strap on the last fire and I didn't get tangled up. I didn't check my bottle before my last fire…
2014-10-05 15:37:05
Kelly Jernigan
A Bit of Compassion
Thank you for taking the time to write this article. It's wonderful to know others share the same compassion for animals.
2014-09-27 13:53:01
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