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  • California Fires Claim the Life of a Firefighter

    I was just watching the news about the fire here on the west coast of Florida and Fox News gave a BREAKING NEWS REPORT: One of the fires in San Diego County has claimed the life of a firefighter and injured 2 others when they were overrun by the fire. According to Fox News this was confirmed by the California Division of Forestry.
    09-11 .. 343 "All Gave Some..Some Gave ALL" God Bless..R.I.P.
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    IACOJ Minister of Southern Comfort
    "Purple Hydrant" Recipient (3 Times)
    BMI Investigator
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    The comments, opinions, and positions expressed here are mine. They are expressed respectfully, in the spirit of safety and progress. They do not reflect the opinions or positions of my employer or my department.

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    Associated Press Link to Story

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    Associate Press

    Firefighter Killed, 2 Injured in Calif.

    SAN DIEGO - One firefighter was killed and two were injured battling the largest blaze in San Diego County on Wednesday, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry said.

    It marks the first firefighter death in the outbreak of wildfires in Southern California. Department of Forestry spokeswoman Cathy Fritz said she had no additional details on the firefighter's death.

    Matt Mathes, regional spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service, said the firefighters were injured in Julian, a historic mining town known for its apple crop. He said the two injured firefighters suffered critical injuries. Hundreds of firefighters have converged on the mountain retreat of Julian in the past 24 hours to make a stand against the Cedar Fire, a 233,192-acre blaze that has destroyed hundreds of homes since it started Saturday. Firefighters in Julian were told that their injured colleagues were flown out of the area by helicopter.
    Last edited by captstanm1; 10-29-2003, 05:54 PM.
    09-11 .. 343 "All Gave Some..Some Gave ALL" God Bless..R.I.P.
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    IACOJ Minister of Southern Comfort
    "Purple Hydrant" Recipient (3 Times)
    BMI Investigator
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    The comments, opinions, and positions expressed here are mine. They are expressed respectfully, in the spirit of safety and progress. They do not reflect the opinions or positions of my employer or my department.

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    • #3
      God bless those that are facing peril and accept those that have left this world for home.

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      • #4
        Pray for strength for the families of the dead and injured. May the dead rest in peace and the injured make a speedy and complete recovery.
        Proud member of the IACOJ
        ftm-ptb-egh
        *** These are my opinions, they do not in any way reflect those of my department.***

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        • #5
          I sit here with tears in my eyes and an ache in my heart for our lost brother. I pray for him to rest in peace, for his family that they may find comfort in this awful time and for his Fire Department family that they may too find comfort, that they may continue on in their fight to contain this blaze, even though they have heavy hearts at this time and that they may win that fight without any further losses of life. Please God, keep our Cali brothers and sisters (and all those there helping them) safe, bring them all home to their families.


          May the injured have a quick recovery, and know that we are all pulling for them.
          To the world you might be one person, but to one person you just might be the world.

          IACOJ-WOT proud

          GO WHITE SOX!!!!!

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          • #6
            Callous MU++ !!!

            AP Headline:

            First Firefighter Dies in Calif. Blazes
            By ANDREW BRIDGES, Associated Press Writer



            Like it was expected! Like it's an acceptable loss!

            Maybe he didn't mean it that way, but things are tough enough already.

            May our fallen brother rest in peace and our injured enjoy a speedy recovery.

            I have nothing but respect for everyone on the line in California.
            ullrichk
            a.k.a.
            perfesser

            a ship in a harbor is safe. . . but that's not what ships are for

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            • #7
              It is with a heavy heart that I read this thread. God speed to full recovery for those who are injured. May God keep you from further harm.

              He has taken one of our Brothers, and will keep him safe. May he keep the others safe too.
              If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)

              "I may be slow, but my work is poor." Chief Dave Balding, MVFD

              "Its not Rocket Science. Just use a LITTLE imagination." (Me)

              Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!

              impossible solved cotidie. miracles postulo viginti - quattuor hora animadverto

              IACOJ member: Cheers, Play safe y'all.

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              • #8
                My prayers go out to the family of the firefighter and to the injured firefighters as well. Hopefully our brothers and sisters on the west coast can get these wild fires under control very soon and end the death and destruction going on right now....God Speed!!!

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                • #9
                  god bless and keep you

                  Agree the tone of a couple of articles is poor, including the one here on firehouse, 1st Ff lost, like its enevitable...... Yes its the worlds most dangerous job, but ITS NOT ENEVITABLE AND DEFINATELY NOT ACCEPTABLE. But for right now more importantly......

                  Dear God Please open your gates and arms to our fallen brother (or sister), and grant your peace to his or her loved ones, please watch over our injured brother (or sister) and speed his/her recovery, and watch over and protect all of our brothers and sisters fighting the California fires, Amen.....
                  (should now be CharlieRFD,past,Pres.), but I've had this screen name for so long, I'm keeping it..., besides I'm Deputy Chief now.
                  BE SAFE OUT THERE
                  NEVER FORGET
                  GOD BLESS THE 343 AND 60, MAY GOD GRANT HIS PEACE TO THEIR LOVED ONES.
                  IACOJ
                  F.O.O.P.

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                  • #10
                    LODD

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                    Steve Rucker, a 38-year-old fire engineer from the Novato Fire
                    Protection District near San Francisco, died while battling the
                    Cedar Fire, which has burned more than 250,000 acres and 1,400
                    homes. It was the first firefighter death since the series of
                    blazes began last week.
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                    I offer my condolences to the Rucker family, and the Novato firefighting community. May our dear brother rest in peace!
                    Proudly serving as the IACOJ Minister of Information & Propoganda!
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                    • #11
                      It is with a heavy heart that I offer my deepest sympathies to the Rucker family and to Steve's firefighting family of the Novato Fire Protection District. May God comfort you in your time of sorrow.

                      I pray for a quick and full recovery for the firefighters injured in the incident that so suddenly took Steve's life.

                      To the 13,000 firefighters in southern California, you are all doing an awesome job braving the fires with such strength and determination! Our thoughts are with you on this difficult day.

                      Rest in peace, Steve. Sleep with angels
                      September 11th - Never Forget

                      I respect firefighters and emergency workers worldwide. Thank you for what you do.

                      Sheri
                      IACOJ CRUSTY CONVENTION CHAIR
                      Honorary Flatlander

                      RAY WAS HERE FIRST

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                      • #12
                        NOVATO, Calif. (AP) - The firefighter killed when a fast-moving
                        wildfire overtook his four-man crew as they tried to save a home
                        was remembered at his home firehouse Thursday as a hard worker
                        dedicated to the job.
                        "He wasn't sent there. He asked to go," Deputy Novato Fire
                        Chief Dan Northern said, fighting back tears as he stood beside a
                        shrine of flowers, photos and the gear Steve Rucker had left
                        behind.
                        Rucker, 38, was the first firefighter killed battling the blazes
                        that have ravaged Southern California since the Santa Ana winds
                        began blowing through the parched hills last week. Twenty people
                        have died in wildfires still raging in San Diego, San Bernardino
                        and Ventura counties.
                        Rucker and his crew from the Novato Fire Protection District,
                        north of San Francisco, were in San Diego County on Wednesday
                        fighting a wildfire that has burned more than 230,000 acres and
                        nearly 1,100 homes.
                        They were trying to save a mountain home near Wynola when the
                        fire flared up. The crew was overrun so quickly they didn't have
                        time to reach their engine, said Fred Batchelor, a state fire
                        marshal. He said they tried to take refuge in the house they were
                        trying to protect.
                        "It's calm one moment, and the next moment you have an
                        explosive situation," Batchelor said. "In this case, it flared up
                        and rolled in there and engulfed them."
                        One of the three surviving crew members, Capt. Doug McDonald,
                        was in critical condition Thursday with second-degree burns over 28
                        percent of his body. The other two, Shawn Kreps and Barrett Smith,
                        were treated for minor burns.
                        At the site just off Highway 78 and Orchard Lane, yellow police
                        tape cordoned off the area where Rucker died.
                        Hundreds of miles to the north in Novato, Rucker's fellow
                        firefighters remembered the 11-year veteran firefighter and father
                        of two as they stood around the memorial in the firehouse lobby.
                        "We're all struggling, trying to make sense of the situation,"
                        Northern said.
                        The shrine grew as firefighters from nearby communities and
                        Novato residents paid their respects.
                        Friends and colleagues remembered Rucker as gregarious and
                        generous, a man who organized holiday toy drives and volunteered
                        with the Boy Scouts.
                        Guy Durham lived a few doors down from the Ruckers for several
                        years, but didn't meet Steve Rucker until Durham was in a
                        hospital's intensive care unit after suffering a heart attack.
                        "We hadn't even met and the very next day he came to the ICU
                        checking on my status and asking if he could do anything," Durham
                        said. "That was the kind of caring person he was."
                        Fire Chief Jeff Meston prepared to fly to the San Diego area
                        with members of the firefighters' families Thursday. He said Rucker
                        was "really one of those firefighters that we all love."
                        "He's the kind of guy that organizes for the families - the
                        Easter Bunny coming, Santa Claus coming for the kids," Meston
                        said. "He was just a great man."
                        At a morning briefing in the San Diego area, many firefighters
                        wore black bands on their badges in memory of Rucker as they
                        prepared to go battle the blaze that had killed him.
                        "We know our job is dangerous," said Jim Venneau, a
                        31-year-old firefighter stationed in nearby Julian. "We know the
                        chances we take when we do these kinds of things. It bothers you.
                        You want to know exactly what happened because you don't want it to
                        happen to you."
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                        On the Net:
                        Novato Fire Protection District: http://www.novatofire.org/
                        Proudly serving as the IACOJ Minister of Information & Propoganda!
                        Be Safe! Lookouts-Awareness-Communications-Escape Routes-Safety Zones

                        *Gathering Crust Since 1968*
                        On the web at www.section2wildfire.com

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                        • #13
                          Coming Home-Monday 11/03/03

                          (Novato-AP) -- The body of a Novato firefighter killed in the
                          Southern California wildfires will soon be returned home.
                          The body of fire engineer Steven Rucker will be flown to Santa
                          Rosa tomorrow (Monday) by the California Air National Guard.
                          The body will then be escorted to Novato in a procession of
                          public safety vehicles.
                          A memorial service for Rucker is being planned for November 12th
                          at the Marin County Civic Center.
                          Proudly serving as the IACOJ Minister of Information & Propoganda!
                          Be Safe! Lookouts-Awareness-Communications-Escape Routes-Safety Zones

                          *Gathering Crust Since 1968*
                          On the web at www.section2wildfire.com

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                          • #14
                            Hundreds gather to honor fallen Novato firefighter

                            (Santa Rosa-AP) -- Hundreds of police, firefighters and
                            emergency medical personnel lined the road to the airport in Santa
                            Rosa as the body of fallen Novato firefighter Steve Rucker came
                            home.
                            Rucker died last week when his four-man crew was overrun by
                            flames while trying to protect a home from a wildfire near Wynola
                            in San Diego County.
                            The captain of Rucker's crew, Doug McDonald, suffered burns over
                            28 percent of his body and remains at a San Diego burn facility. He
                            is expected to recover.
                            Shawn Kreps and Barrett Smith suffered minor burns.
                            They escorted Rucker's remains on the California Air National
                            Guard C-130 cargo plane yesterday.
                            Thousands of people are expected to attend Rucker's memorial
                            service November 12th at the Marin County fairgrounds.

                            (Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
                            Proudly serving as the IACOJ Minister of Information & Propoganda!
                            Be Safe! Lookouts-Awareness-Communications-Escape Routes-Safety Zones

                            *Gathering Crust Since 1968*
                            On the web at www.section2wildfire.com

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                            • #15
                              Lastest info...

                              Get the lastest info at-

                              www.cpf.org

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