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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Dave LeBlanc
Who Looks After The Victims?
Dave - I think the reason there is a debate is because the message is so contorted. From those that have chosen to manipulate the information to suit their position, the the ISFSI own website saying different things about what the tactics truly are. I agree 100% with giving everyone the information and letting them…
2014-11-20 22:06:56
Dave Skidmore
Who Looks After The Victims?
I'm glad you identified the "one issue no one is discussing, the lack of manpower on scene". My department runs a single apparatus, staffed with a minimum of 4 guys sometimes 5, with our second due being either our paid call or mutual aid - either option realistically being 10 plus minutes behind the first…
2014-11-19 22:01:40
Heath Smith
Who Looks After The Victims?
Great article Dave. I agree with your comment that "they became traditions because they work." And yes if you change the focus from life safety to your own safety how about holding a town meeting and letting those you swore to protect know whats going on, I am sure they will see your point!
2014-11-19 19:28:21
Ron Ayotte
Who Looks After The Victims?
Excellence as usual, Dave.
2014-11-19 03:39:35
Ron Ayotte
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David... excellent series.
2014-11-15 02:37:13
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