At approximately 2:40 p.m. on Oct. 20, 2018, Chief Tom Henrich responded with Earling Fire and Rescue Department units to a combine and field fire. While on scene, Henrich fell ill. CPR was administered and Henrich was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased. An autopsy is pending to determine the official cause of death.
Incident Location: Highway 37 and Hazel Road, Shelby County, Iowa (U.S. National Grid: 15T UG 00313 27772 (DD: 41.777, -95.403))
On Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, Probationary Firefighter Joshua Eugin was participating in a multi-department training exercise. Eugin was taking part in a “blackout drill,” in which firefighters simulate rescuing victims inside a dark structure with fake smoke. Eugin collapsed while on-scene and fellow firefighters performed CPR. He was taken to the hospital where he died a short time later. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be reported.
While driving his personal vehicle to the fire station to respond to a structure fire, Firefighter Dustin Grubbs was involved in a motor vehicle accident. During the accident, the vehicle left the road during a turn, hit a light pole and flipped over. Grubbs passed away on scene from the injuries sustained.
Incident Location: Intersection of Raleigh Drive NE and Rose Drive NE, Magee, MS (U.S. National Grid: 16R BA 42501 30291 (DD: 31.879, -89.722))
On 11/21/18, Firefighter Michael Galay responded to smoke and a fire alarm activation at an office building. He returned from the incident and proceeded to assist several firefighters at Station 1 with the arrival of a new engine company. Galay then went home, where, on the morning of 11/22/18 at approximately 0645hrs, his wife attempted to wake him and found him unresponsive. CPR was administered and Galay was transported to the hospital where he died a short time later. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be reported.
Assistant Chief Dennis Straight was directing traffic at an accident scene on the on-ramp to Highway 5 from the northbound lane of Highway 521 when he was struck by a vehicle. Life-saving efforts were administered on scene and Straight was then transported to Springs Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.
Incident Location: On-ramp to Highway 5 from the northbound lane of Highway 521, Lancaster, SC (U.S. National Grid: 17S NU 17689 54692 (DD: 34.834, -80.806))
On December 9, 2018, Firefighter Christopher Roy responded with the Worcester Fire Department to a basement fire of a 3-story, 6-unit apartment building. Conditions deteriorated rapidly and, ultimately, the fire went to five alarms. Heavy fire forced several firefighters to the second floor to evacuate. With the assistance of other crews and the Rapid Intervention Team, five firefighters escaped using ladders. Two additional firefighters, including Firefighter Roy, became trapped and had to be rescued by fire crews. Both were transported to a local hospital where Firefighter Roy passed away from the injuries sustained. The second firefighter was evaluated and released.
Incident Location: 7 Lowell Street, Worcester, MA 01603
Incident Description: On Oct. 24, 2018, California Office of Emergency Services Assistant Fire Chief Ken Hood suffered an acute medical emergency during a multi-agency coordination meeting in Quincy, CA. He received immediate assistance from the Quincy Fire Department and other public safety professionals who were attending the meeting. Despite a valiant effort by first responders and then emergency room personnel, Hood passed away hours later at the Plumas District Hospital in Quincy, CA.
During his 24-hour shift on Nov. 8, 2018, Firefighter Michael Lubig led a crew as acting Sergeant for Squad 4 during which he responded to three fires and one medical incident. Toward the end of his shift, Lubig suffered a medical emergency and was transported to Henry Ford Hospital. On Nov. 12, 2018, Lubig passed away from the injuries sustained. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be reported.
Incident Location: Pending
With the signing of an executive order by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, the Lyndon Fire Protection District and the St. Matthews Fire Protection District will officially be merged effective July 1, 2018. Following months of discussion and evaluation of various options, the Lyndon Fire Protection District board of trustees formally approved a merger at their meeting on May 29, 2018. The St. Matthews Fire Protection District then approved the merger at their meeting on June 6, 2018. A “Joint Merger Petition…” of the two fire districts was signed by the Fire Chiefs and Board Chairmen on June 18, 2018 and filed with Mayor Fischer on June 20, 2018.
This merger will enhance fire and rescue services to the merged district by reducing response times, increasing staffing levels thus providing a higher level of service for the merged district. The merger will provide the needed level and accessibility of emergency medical response resources to the benefit of the merged district through the expansion of St. Matthews Fire & EMS’s ambulance fleet stationed throughout the merged district. These two entities now come back to where they both started. In 1950 the Lyndon Volunteer Fire Department was organized. It’s area of service at the time was carved out of an area of rural Jefferson County previously serviced by the St. Matthews Volunteer Fire Department. Today’s service is much different from those early days. At the time both fire departments were made up of all volunteers firefighters. Today the new entity will now be one of the larger fire and EMS services in suburban Louisville operating out of four fire stations with around 90 full time career fire and EMS personnel.
The quality service that has been provided to the citizens of both entities in the past will not be lost, but will only be enhanced, as we all continue to proudly serve the citizens we are here to protect!
As of 12/14/2018 at 11:00 AM there was a CSX train broken down on the tracks with brake issues. All railroad crossings between, and including, Chenoweth Lane and Hubbards Lane are blocked. These crossing will be blocked for several hours. Traffic in the these areas are extremely congested. Motorists are urged to find alternate routes to avoid the area.