Remembering September 11, 2001

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Today September 11, 2015 the members of Star City Fire and EMS pause, reflect, remember and honor those individuals from Police, EMS and Fire that made the ultimate sacrifice on September 11, 2001. Daily these and countless other bold and fearless public servants suit up, head out and face the challenges of the day knowing full well that when they leave their friends and loved ones at home that they may never come home again. Today we do not mourn the deaths of those who have gone on before us, but rather choose to celebrate their lives and honor the selfless sacrifices made on that fateful day. Rest well our brothers and sisters. Listed below are all the confirmed line of duty deaths on September 11, 2001:

FDNY Chief Peter J. Ganci, Jr., 54
FDNY Commissioner William M. Feehan, 72
FDNY Marshal Ronald Paul Bucca, 47
FDNY Chaplain Mychal Judge, 68
Battalion 1
  • Chief Matthew Lancelot Ryan, 54
  • Lt. Paul Thomas Mitchell, 46
Battalion 2
  • Chief William McGovern, 49
  • Chief Richard Prunty, 57
  • Faustino Apostol, Jr., 55
Battalion 4 Lt. Thomas O’Hagan, 43
Battalion 6 Chief John P. Williamson, 46
Battalion 7
  • Chief Orio Palmer, 45
  • Lt. Stephen G. Harrell, 44
  • Lt. Philip Scott Petti, 43
Battalion 8
  • Chief Thomas Patrick DeAngelis, 51
  • Thomas McCann, 45
Battalion 9
  • Chief Dennis Lawrence Devlin, 51
  • Chief Edward F. Geraghty, 45
  • Lt. Charles William Garbarini, 44
  • Carl Asaro, 39
  • Alan D. Feinberg, 48
Battalion 11 Chief John M. Paolillo, 51
Battalion 12 Chief Frederick Claude Scheffold, Jr., 57
Battalion 22 Lt. Charles Joseph Margiotta, 44
Battalion 43 Lt. Geoffrey E. Guja, 49
Battalion 47 Lt. Anthony Jovic, 39
Battalion 48
  • Chief Joseph Grzelak, 52
  • Michael Leopoldo Bocchino, 45
Battalion 49
  • Chief John Moran, 42
Battalion 50 Chief Lawrence T. Stack, 58
Battalion 57
  • Chief Dennis Cross, 60
  • Chief Joseph Ross Marchbanks, Jr, 47
Division 1
  • Capt. Joseph D. Farrelly, 47
  • Capt. Thomas Moody, 45
Division 11 Capt. Timothy M. Stackpole, 42
Division 15
  • Chief Thomas Theodore Haskell, Jr., 37
  • Capt. Martin J. Egan, Jr., 36
  • Capt. William O’Keefe, 48
Engine 1
  • Lt. Andrew Desperito, 43
  • Michael T. Weinberg, 34
Engine 4
  • Calixto Anaya, Jr, 35
  • James C. Riches, 29
  • Thomas G. Schoales, 27
  • Paul A. Tegtmeier, 41
Engine 5 Manuel Del Valle, Jr, 32
Engine 6
  • Paul Beyer, 37
  • Thomas Holohan, 36
  • William R. Johnston, 31
Engine 8 Robert Parro, 35
Engine 10
  • Lt. Gregg Arthur Atlas, 44
  • Jeffrey James Olsen, 31
Engine 21 Capt. William Francis Burke, Jr., 46
Engine 22
  • Thomas Anthony Casoria, 29
  • Michael J. Elferis, 27
  • Vincent D. Kane, 37
  • Martin E. McWilliams, 35
Engine 23
  • Robert McPadden, 30
  • James Nicholas Pappageorge, 29
  • Hector Luis Tirado, Jr., 30
  • Mark P. Whitford, 31
Engine 26
  • Capt. Thomas Farino, 37
  • Dana R Hannon, 29
Engine 29 Michael Ragusa, 29
Engine 33
  • Lt. Kevin Pfeifer, 42
  • David Arce, 36
  • Michael Boyle, 37
  • Robert Evans, 36
  • Keithroy Marcellus Maynard, 30
Engine 37 John Giordano, 47
Engine 40
  • Lt. John F. Ginley, 37
  • Kevin Bracken, 37
  • Michael D. D’Auria, 25
  • Bruce Gary, 51
  • Steven Mercado, 38
Engine 50 Robert W. Spear, Jr., 30
Engine 54
  • Paul John Gill, 34
  • Jose Guadalupe, 37
  • Christopher Santora, 23
Engine 55
  • Lt. Peter L. Freund, 45
  • Robert Lane, 28
  • Christopher Mozzillo, 27
  • Stephen P. Russell, 40
Engine 58 Lt. Robert B. Nagel, 55
Engine 74 Ruben D. Correa, 44
Engine 201
  • Lt. Paul Richard Martini, 37
  • Gregory Joseph Buck, 37
  • Christopher Pickford, 32
  • John Albert Schardt, 34
Engine 205 Lt. Robert Francis Wallace, 43
Engine 207
  • Karl Henry Joseph, 25
  • Shawn Edward Powell, 32
  • Kevin O. Reilly, 28
Engine 214
  • Lt. Carl John Bedigian, 35
  • John Joseph Florio, 33
  • Michael Edward Roberts, 31
  • Kenneth Thomas Watson, 39
Engine 216 Daniel Suhr, 37
Engine 217
  • Lt. Kenneth Phelan, 41
  • Steven Coakley, 36
  • Philip T. Hayes, 67
  • Neil Joseph Leavy, 34
Engine 219 John Chipura, 39
Engine 226
  • Brian McAleese, 36
  • David Paul De Rubbio, 38
  • Stanley S. Smagala, Jr., 36
Engine 230
  • Lt. Brian G. Ahearn, 43
  • Frank Bonomo, 42
  • Michael Scott Carlo, 34
  • Jeffrey Stark, 30
  • Eugene Whelan, 31
  • Edward James White III, 30
Engine 235
  • Lt. Steven Bates, 42
  • Nicholas Paul Chiofalo, 39
  • Francis Esposito, 32
  • Lee S. Fehling, 28
  • Lawrence G. Veling, 44
Engine 238 Lt. Glenn E. Wilkinson, 46
Engine 279
  • Ronnie Lee Henderson, 52
  • Anthony Rodriguez, 36
Engine 285 Raymond R. York, 45
Engine 320 Capt. James J. Corrigan, 60
Haz-Mat 1
  • Lt. John A. Crisci, 48
  • Dennis M. Carey, 51
  • Martin N. DeMeo, 47
  • Thomas Gardner, 39
  • Jonathan R. Hohmann, 48
  • Dennis Scauso, 46
  • Kevin Joseph Smith, 47
Ladder 2
  • Capt. Frederick Ill, Jr, 49
  • Michael J. Clarke, 27
  • George DiPasquale, 33
  • Denis P. Germain, 33
  • Daniel Edward Harlin, 41
  • Carl Molinaro, 32
  • Dennis Michael Mulligan, 32
Ladder 3
  • Capt. Patrick J. Brown, 48
  • Lt. Kevin W. Donnelly, 43
  • Michael Carroll, 39
  • James Raymond Coyle, 26
  • Gerard Dewan, 35
  • Jeffrey John Giordano, 45
  • Joseph Maloney, 45
  • John Kevin McAvoy, 47
  • Timothy Patrick McSweeney, 37
  • Joseph J. Ogren, 30
  • Steven John Olson, 38
Ladder 4
  • Capt. David Terence Wooley, 54
  • Lt. Daniel O’Callaghan, 42
  • Joseph Angelini, Jr, 38
  • Peter Brennan, 30
  • Michael E. Brennan, 27
  • Michael Haub, 34
  • Michael F. Lynch, 33
  • Samuel Oitice, 45
  • John James Tipping II, 33
Ladder 5
  • Lt. Vincent Francis Giammona, 40
  • Lt. Michael Warchola, 51
  • Louis Arena, 32
  • Andrew Brunn, 28
  • Thomas Hannafin, 36
  • Paul Hanlon Keating, 38
  • John A. Santore, 49
  • Gregory Thomas Saucedo, 31
Ladder 7
  • Capt. Vernon Allan Richard, 53
  • George Cain, 35
  • Robert Joseph Foti, 42
  • Richard Muldowney Jr, 40
  • Charles Mendez, 38
  • Vincent Princiotta, 39
Ladder 8 Lt. Vincent Gerard Halloran, 43
Ladder 9
  • Gerard Baptiste, 35
  • John P. Tierney, 27
  • Jeffrey P. Walz, 37
Ladder 10 Sean Patrick Tallon, 26
Ladder 11
  • Lt. Michael Quilty, 42
  • Michael F. Cammarata, 22
  • Edward James Day, 45
  • John F. Heffernan, 37
  • Richard John Kelly, Jr, 50
  • Robert King, Jr, 36
  • Matthew Rogan, 37
Ladder 12
  • Angel L. Juarbe, Jr, 35
  • Michael D. Mullan, 34
Ladder 13
  • Capt. Walter G. Hynes, 46
  • Thomas Hetzel, 33
  • Dennis McHugh, 34
  • Thomas E. Sabella, 44
  • Gregory Stajk, 46
Ladder 15
  • Lt. Joseph Gerard Leavey, 45
  • Richard Lanard Allen, 30
  • Arthur Thaddeus Barry, 35
  • Thomas W. Kelly, 50
  • Scott Kopytko, 32
  • Scott Larsen, 35
  • Douglas E. Oelschlager, 36
  • Eric T. Olsen, 41
Ladder 16
  • Lt. Raymond E. Murphy, 46
  • Robert Curatolo, 31
Ladder 20
  • Capt. John R. Fischer, 46
  • John Patrick Burnside, 36
  • James Michael Gray, 34
  • Sean S. Hanley, 35
  • David Laforge, 50
  • Robert Thomas Linnane, 33
  • Robert D. McMahon, 35
Ladder 21
  • Gerald T. Atwood, 38
  • Gerard Duffy, 53
  • Keith Glascoe, 38
  • Joseph Henry, 25
  • William E. Krukowski, 36
  • Benjamin Suarez, 34
Ladder 24
  • Capt. Daniel J. Brethel, 43
  • Stephen Elliot Belson, 51
Ladder 25
  • Lt. Glenn C. Perry, 41
  • Matthew Barnes, 37
  • John Michael Collins, 42
  • Kenneth Kumpel, 42
  • Robert Minara, 54
  • Joseph Rivelli, 43
  • Paul G. Ruback, 50
Ladder 27 John Marshall, 35
Ladder 35
  • Capt. Frank Callahan, 51
  • James Andrew Giberson, 43
  • Vincent S. Morello, 34
  • Michael Otten, 42
  • Michael Roberts, 30
Ladder 38 Joseph Spor, Jr., 35
Ladder 42 Peter Alexander Bielfeld, 44
Ladder 101
  • Lt. Joseph Gullickson, 37
  • Patrick Byrne, 39
  • Salvatore B. Calabro, 38
  • Brian Cannizzaro, 30
  • Thomas J. Kennedy, 36
  • Joseph Maffeo, 31
  • Terence A. McShane, 37
Ladder 105
  • Capt. Vincent Brunton, 43
  • Thomas Richard Kelly, 39
  • Henry Alfred Miller, Jr, 51
  • Dennis O’Berg, 28
  • Frank Anthony Palombo, 46
Ladder 111 Lt. Christopher P. Sullivan, 39
Ladder 118
  • Lt. Robert M. Regan, 48
  • Joseph Agnello, 35
  • Vernon Paul Cherry, 49
  • Scott Matthew Davidson, 33
  • Leon Smith, Jr., 48
  • Peter Anthony Vega, 36
Ladder 131 Christian Michael Otto Regenhard, 28
Ladder 132
  • Andrew Jordan, 36
  • Michael Kiefer, 25
  • Thomas Mingione, 34
  • John T. Vigiano II, 36
  • Sergio Villanueva, 33
Ladder 136 Michael Joseph Cawley, 32
Ladder 166 William X. Wren, 61
Rescue 1
  • Capt. Terence S. Hatton, 41
  • Lt. Dennis Mojica, 50
  • Joseph Angelini, Sr., 63
  • Gary Geidel, 44
  • William Henry, 49
  • Kenneth Joseph Marino, 40
  • Michael Montesi, 39
  • Gerard Terence Nevins, 46
  • Patrick J. O’Keefe, 44
  • Brian Edward Sweeney, 29
  • David M. Weiss, 41
Rescue 2
  • Lt. Peter C. Martin, 43
  • William David Lake, 44
  • Daniel F. Libretti, 43
  • John Napolitano, 32
  • Kevin O’Rourke, 44
  • Lincoln Quappe, 38
  • Edward Rall, 44
Rescue 3
  • Christopher Joseph Blackwell, 42
  • Thomas Foley, 32
  • Thomas Gambino, Jr., 48
  • Raymond Meisenheimer, 46
  • Donald J. Regan, 47
  • Gerard Patrick Schrang, 45
Rescue 4
  • Capt. Brian Hickey, 47
  • Lt. Kevin Dowdell, 46
  • Terrence Patrick Farrell, 45
  • William J. Mahoney, 37
  • Peter Allen Nelson, 42
  • Durrell V. Pearsall, 34
Rescue 5
  • Capt. Louis Joseph Modafferi, 45
  • Lt. Harvey Harrell, 49
  • John P. Bergin, 39
  • Carl Vincent Bini, 44
  • Michael Curtis Fiore, 46
  • Andre G. Fletcher, 37
  • Douglas Charles Miller, 34
  • Jeffrey Matthew Palazzo, 33
  • Nicholas P. Rossomando, 35
  • Allan Tarasiewicz, 45
Special Operations
  • Chief Raymond Mathew Downey, 63
  • Capt. Patrick J. Waters, 44
  • Lt. Timothy Higgins, 43
  • Lt. Michael Thomas Russo, Sr, 44
Squad 1
  • Capt. James M. Amato, 43
  • Lt. Edward A. D’Atri, 38
  • Lt. Michael Esposito, 41
  • Lt. Michael N. Fodor, 53
  • Brian Bilcher, 37
  • Gary Box, 37
  • Thomas M. Butler, 37
  • Peter Carroll, 42
  • Robert Cordice, 28
  • David J. Fontana, 37
  • Matthew David Garvey, 37
  • Stephen Gerard Siller, 34
Squad 18
  • Lt. William E. McGinn, 43
  • Eric Allen, 44
  • Andrew Fredricks, 40
  • David Halderman, 40
  • Timothy Haskell, 34
  • Manuel Mojica, 37
  • Lawrence Virgilio, 38
Squad 41
  • Lt. Michael K. Healey, 42
  • Thomas Patrick Cullen III, 31
  • Robert Hamilton, 43
  • Michael J. Lyons, 32
  • Gregory Sikorsky, 34
  • R. Bruce Van Hine, 48
Squad 252
  • Tarel Coleman, 32
  • Thomas Kuveikis, 48
  • Peter J. Langone, 41
  • Patrick Lyons, 34
  • Kevin Prior, 28
Squad 288
  • Lt. Ronald T. Kerwin, 42
  • Ronnie E. Gies, 43
  • Joseph Hunter, 31
  • Jonathan Lee Ielpi, 29
  • Adam David Rand, 30
  • Timothy Matthew Welty, 34
EMS Battalion 49
  • Paramedic Carlos R. Lillo, 37
EMS Battalion 57
  • Paramedic Ricardo J. Quinn, 40

Port Authority Police Department

  • Supt. Ferdinand V. Morrone, 63
  • Chief James A. Romito, 51
  • Lt. Robert D. Cirri
  • Insp. Anthony P. Infante, Jr., 47
  • Capt. Kathy Nancy Mazza, 46
  • Sgt. Robert M. Kaulfers, 49
  • Donald James McIntyre, 38
  • Walter Arthur McNeil, 53
  • Joseph Michael Navas, 44
  • James Nelson, 40
  • Alfonse J. Niedermeyer, 40
  • James Wendell Parham, 32
  • Dominick A. Pezzulo, 36
  • Antonio J. Rodrigues, 35
  • Richard Rodriguez, 31
  • Bruce Albert Reynolds, 41
  • Christopher C. Amoroso, 29
  • Maurice V. Barry, 48
  • Clinton Davis, Sr., 38
  • Donald A. Foreman, 53
  • Gregg J. Froehner, 46
  • Uhuru Gonga Houston, 32
  • George G. Howard, 44
  • Thomas E. Gorman
  • Stephen Huczko, Jr., 44
  • Paul William Jurgens, 47
  • Liam Callahan, 44
  • Paul Laszczynski, 49
  • David Prudencio Lemagne, 27
  • John Joseph Lennon, Jr., 44
  • John Dennis Levi, 50
  • James Francis Lynch, 47
  • John P. Skala, 31
  • Walwyn W. Stuart, Jr., 28
  • Kenneth F. Tietjen, 31
  • Nathaniel Webb
  • Michael T. Wholey
  • Sirius, K-9

New York City Police Department

  • Sgt. Timothy A. Roy, Sr., 36
  • Sgt. John Gerard Coughlin, 43
  • Sgt. Rodney C. Gillis, 33
  • Sgt. Michael S. Curtin, 45
  • Det. Joseph V. Vigiano, 34
  • Det. Claude Daniel Richards, 46
  • Moira Ann Smith, 38
  • Ramon Suarez, 45
  • Paul Talty, 40
  • Santos Valentin, Jr., 39
  • Walter E. Weaver, 30
  • Ronald Philip Kloepfer, 39
  • Thomas M. Langone, 39
  • James Patrick Leahy, 38
  • Brian Grady McDonnell, 38
  • John William Perry, 38
  • Glen Kerrin Pettit, 30
  • John D’Allara, 47
  • Vincent Danz, 38
  • Jerome M. P. Dominguez, 37
  • Stephen P. Driscoll, 38
  • Mark Joseph Ellis, 26
  • Robert Fazio, Jr., 41

Private emergency medical services

  • Keith Fairben, 24, – Paramedic
  • Richard Pearlman, 18, – EMT
  • Mario Santoro, 28 –  Paramedic
  • Yamel Merino, 24 – EMT
  • Mohammad Salman Hamdani, 23 – EMT and also a member of the New York City Police Department Cadet Corps
  • Marc Sullins, 30 – EMT
  • Mark Schwartz, 50 – EMT
  • Jeff Simpson, 38 – EMT

July Call Stats

Stats are in for July!

Members from Co 20 responded to 81 calls for service, which included 6 accidents with no injuries and 4 accidents with injuries, 2 of which included entrapment.

Top responders for the month of July were:

Lieutenant Ethan Bailey – 21 calls
Firefighter Jared Lamb – 18 calls
Firefighter Brian Sites – 17 calls
Chief Kris Osecky – 15 calls
Firefighter Justin Maggard – 14 calls

Mountainfest – Day 3

The final day of Mountainfest was the biggest and busiest day for the members of SCVFD/SCEMS. As thousands of motorcycles and spectators attended the various shows and activities of the rally many people needed the assistance of SCVFD/SCEMS. Thankfully many of those that Company 20 contacted only needed general assistance and were able to refuse/did not need transport, but those that did need treatment and transport were expertly treated by the members of SCVFD/SCEMS.

Not only did Company 20 remain able to provide high level care and coverage for Mountainfest, but also Company 20 was dispatched to an industrial structure fire in our 2nd due. Crews from Engine 201, Squad 203, Unit 202, and Unit 206 provided back-up interior attack crews, RIT, rehab and accountability for the incident. Due to the quick response of Co. 17, 20, 23 and 13 the turbine fire was able to be contained and extinguished quickly and all units were able to clear from scene within approximately an hour and a half of dispatch.

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Mountainfest – Day 2

Day 2 of Mountainfest at Mylan Park continued to be as busy for SCVFD and SCEMS as day 1. Company 20 personnel continued to provide primary EMS and Fire coverage for the event, able to respond for other emergencies dispatched in the county by MECCA, and available for emergent and non-emergent transports via the SCEMS transport line.

Motorcycle Lines

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Mountainfest – Day 1

 

Today, July 23, 2015, started day one of Mountainfest 2015 an annual motorcycle rally held at Mylan Park in Morgantown. Star City EMS was contracted to provide EMS coverage for the event and was staged and dispatched from ‘the hill’ overlooking the Mountainfest grounds. Other members of SCVFD provided fire coverage for the event and were staged and dispatched from the same location as SCEMS. Numerous SCVFD/SCEMS crews from Engine 201, Squad 203, Unit 206, Medic 21, Medic 27, Ambulance 29 as well as multiple ‘quick response’ ATVs remained on scene all day from 9am (before the event opened) to 11pm (when the event grounds closed).

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“Hell Night” Training

Friday, 7/10/2015, over 30 of our officers and members participated in a training event that has been given the nickname “Hell Night.” This training event was designed to test how our members react to scenarios they know very little about, operate on very little sleep, and work together as a team. The event began on 7/10/2015 1900 hours and concluded on 7/11/2015 at 0530 hours.

In the first scenario, our members faced a mock house fire with entrapment. This fire resulted from a domestic disturbance, so our crews had to deal with a primary search, heavy fire conditions, and patients who were very agitated.

The next scenario was a vehicle accident with entrapment of 4 patients and ejection of a 5th. Crews had to remove doors and work together as a team to efficient extrication and provide effective medical care.

The final scenario was a missing person that resulted in a low angle rope rescue. In this event, crews had to establish search techniques, set up a low angle hauling system, and package a patient in a stokes for hauling.

There is no doubt that our department as a whole walked away from this event with a training plan for the remainder of the year.

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MVC – Stewardstown Road

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On 7/5/15 at 0244 hours Company 20 was alerted for a single vehicle MVC (negative injuries/entrapment) with power pole damage. Unit 202 responded to scene to assist MONEMS and Monongalia County Sheriff department with traffic control and hazard mitigation. Company 20 units remained on scene for approximately two hours while multiple MonPower units were dispatched to repair the extensive damage to the poles.

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MVC – Willowdale Road

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On 7/4/15 at 1701 while staging for the Morgantown 4th of July parade Company 20 was alerted for a two vehicle head-on type collision on Willowdale Road near Stadium Drive. Squad 203 and Ambulance 21 responded from downtown to assist MONEMS and Monongalia County PD with the incident. Company 20 personnel assisted with patient care, vehicle stabilization, fluid removal, fire prevention and traffic control while PD investigated the incident. Needless to say Squad 203 and Ambulance 21 didn’t make the parade, but the volunteers of SCVFD remain ready to answer the call to action.

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