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  • hwoods
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    Your Brothers and Sisters here in Maryland join in expressing our condolences as well. The loss of one of our own is special to us, regardless of circumstance. Stay Safe....

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  • superchef
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    No need to apologize Kiwi.

    Rest in peace Robert Watson.

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  • CJMinick390
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    Rest in peace, brother.

    No need to apologize, Kiwi.

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  • FlyingKiwi
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    Ok after some more asking around.

    Robert Watson was NOT on a fire call out at the time of the accident, he was clearing storm damage from the road side when struck.

    My apologies.

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  • ChiefReason
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    Kiwi:
    No matter how it is classified; the circumstances and the tragic end result are sad indeed.
    Illinois sends its heartfelt condolences to your fallen brother.
    Take care and be safe above all else.
    CR

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  • WebTeam
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    Just to clarify for the users, this does not appear to be a line of duty death as the post title suggests.

    We are sorry for the loss of any firefighter, but just to clarify for those that may not read the full story and wonder why its not posted elsewhere, from all indications from the contacts we've made this was an off-duty fatality.

    Thanks
    WebTeam

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  • superchef
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    My deepest sympathies to the family and friends of deputy Chief Robert Watson. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  • sconfire
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    On behalf of the South Carolina Fire Service, I offer our sincerest sympathies in your loss.

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  • ThNozzleman
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    Deepest sympathies from Jefferson City Fire.

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  • Rayr49
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    Please convey my sympathies to the family of Deputy Chief Watson. He will be remembered in our prayers.

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  • Lewiston2Capt
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    The thoughts and prayers of your brothers and sisters from Lewiston Fire Co. No. 2 are with the New Zealand Fire Service and the family of Deputy Chief Robert James Watson.

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  • FyredUp
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    Deepest sympathies to the friends and family of Deputy Chief Robert James Watson.

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  • fflynn17
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    My thoughts are with you and the brothers and sisters in New Zealand.

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  • FlyingKiwi
    started a topic New Zealand LODD

    New Zealand LODD

    Tragedy on Brookby Road
    10 June 2003
    by Staff Reporters

    A popular Marlborough volunteer fireman died this morning when he was hit by a car while clearing branches on Brookby Rd.

    Robert James Watson, 35, was killed when he was struck by a car shortly before 7am today while clearing the debris from the rural roadside where he lived.

    Mr Watson, known as "Wattie", was the deputy chief fire officer of the Renwick Volunteer Fire Brigade.

    Senior Constable Russell Smith of Blenheim police said the accident was still being investigated, but it was believed a southbound Toyota car struck Mr Watson and then collided with his Ford utility, which was parked on the roadside.

    Mr Watson died at the scene.

    The Toyota driver was taken to Wairau Hospital by ambulance to be checked for injuries. He did not appear to be seriously injured, Mr Smith said.

    Police, ambulance and firefighters - including Mr Watson's Renwick colleagues - attended the accident and Brookby Rd was closed to traffic.

    Renwick Volunteer Fire Brigade chief fire officer Dave McFarlane said Mr Watson's fellow volunteers were devastated and stunned by his death.

    "We deal with death and destruction every day but it's never one of your own," Mr McFarlane said.

    Mr McFarlane described his deputy as "an all round bloody good guy".

    "He didn't have a bad bone in his body.

    "Nothing was ever too much trouble, he was always trying to help people."

    Former Renwick brigade chief officer Allan Newman said Mr Watson was highly regarded by the whole community.

    _______________

    Abridged story, full version in LODD thread.

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to Watties family and colleagues

    Kia Kaha Brother.
    Last edited by FlyingKiwi; 06-10-2003, 06:32 PM.

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