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  • Green Bay, WI LODD

    Rotton, terrible news....

    Firefighter dies in east-side blaze

    Second injured as pair fall through floor of burning home on Edgewood Drive

    By Nathan Phelps
    [email protected]


    A Green Bay firefighter died and another was injured after they dropped through the floor of a burning house Sunday afternoon and into a basement "filled with fire."


    The incident occurred when two firefighters entered the house at 438 Edgewood Drive on the city's east side shortly after noon. No one was at home at the time of the blaze.


    "They followed their standard procedures to attack this fire," Green Bay Fire Chief Jeff Stauber said Sunday night. "They took a line in … and soon after entering the building fell through the first floor into a basement that was filled with fire."


    A female firefighter was able to escape from the home through a window and was taken to St. Vincent Hospital, where she was treated for burns and released, Stauber said. Firefighters were still attempting to recover the body of a male firefighter late Sunday night.


    "The structure right now is not safe to enter. There have been several flare-ups throughout the afternoon as we've made every attempt to do search and rescue," he said. "It's been a very difficult day for everyone in our department as well as all city employees."


    At 8:30 p.m., Stauber said the body of the firefighter was still in the building and crews were in a "recovery mode."


    Names of the firefighters involved in the incident were not released, but Stauber said the deceased firefighter was an engineer and had been with the department for 17 years.


    He said this is the first time the department has lost a member "in this type of situation."


    News of the loss hit other firefighters hard.


    Rich Gee, a Green Bay firefighter and vice president of the firefighters union, was choked with emotion.


    "I knew the individual very well … It's very hard," he said. "We're a family and it hurts us a lot. It's a hard day for everyone involved."


    Throughout the afternoon and night, firefighters congregated at the scene. At Fire Station No. 5 on Finger Road, the closest station to the fire, cars filled the parking lot and lined the street in front of the station by early evening.


    Stauber said a significant number of firefighters were on the scene around 8:30 p.m.


    "They're doing what they can to support each other," he said.


    Bystanders said they were moved by the news that one of the city's firefighters had died in the line of duty.


    "They're America's heroes; they're our heroes on the home front," said Green Bay resident Kelly Trickey who spent several hours Sunday just outside of the police barrier leading into the fire scene. "I asked my daughter, 'Would it be corny if as the relief (firefighters) came in, I saluted them?' I did."


    Don Davis, who lives a little more than a block from the house, said he felt for both the firefighter and the owner of the home.


    "They lost their house — everything is lost — and one of our best was along with it," he said. Losing the firefighter "is just like losing a neighbor."


    The Lakeland Chapter of The American Red Cross provided both food and beverages for firefighters. The homeowner did not need assistance with lodging, said Jody Weyers of the Lakeland Chapter.


    Brown County tax records list the value of the house at about $330,000.


    Numerous agencies responded to the scene, including the department's own technical rescue team, the Green Bay Police Department, Brown County Fire Investigation Task Force, the Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and a structural engineer.


    "I hate to use the term 'normal' structure fire … it's never normal, there's always danger here," Stauber said when asked if it was a "normal" structure fire. "That's what they're here to determine, is there anything unusual. I don't know that at this point."


    The cause of the fire was not known Sunday.


    Stauber said the investigation was turned over to the Department of Criminal Investigation with assistance of local agencies to ensure an objective investigation.


    "With a death involved or serious injures — whether it's civilian or firefighter — we do everything to make sure it's investigated to the fullest," he said.

  • #2
    Rest easy, Brother Wolff.
    Last edited by jasper45; 08-14-2006, 06:13 PM.

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    • #3
      Rest in Peace ................may I also take this oppurtunity ro remind you all to drop your signature before posting in the NL/LODD threads.
      IACOJ both divisions and PROUD OF IT !
      Pardon me sir.. .....but I believe we are all over here !
      ATTENTION ALL SHOPPERS: Will the dead horse please report to the forums.(thanks Motown)
      RAY WAS HERE 08/28/05
      LETHA' FOREVA' ! 010607
      I'm sorry, I haven't been paying much attention for the last 3 hours.....what were we discussing?
      "but I guarentee you I will FF your arse off" from>
      http://www.firehouse.com/forums/show...60#post1137060post 115

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      • #4
        RIP Brother. May God give strength to the fallen firefighter's family, FD brothers, and the injured member.
        Tom

        Never Forget 9-11-2001

        Stay safe out there!

        IACOJ Member

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        • #5
          RIP brother and may the lord be with your family and friends
          IACOJ
          FTM-PTB

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          • #6
            Rest in Peace, Brother.......Rest in Peace. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and fellow firefighters.
            Chief
            Wren Volunteer Fire Department
            IACOJ
            Southern Division

            http://www.wrenfiredepartment.4t.com/

            In Memory of:
            FireFighter/Pilot James Archer
            1946-2005
            "Rest in peace James, you now have the ultimate set of wings on you."

            Thanks, LeuitEFDems

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            • #7
              Here is a little more news.

              http://cms.firehouse.com/content/art...Id=39&id=50680

              I knew Arnie and had a couple classes with him. Very great guy. Was due to be promoted to LT in the next week or so.

              Very sad. First LODD ever for Green Bay. I know a lot of brothers and sisters over there. My thoughts are with them and the family.
              Jason Knecht
              Firefighter/EMT
              Township Fire Dept., Inc.
              Eau Claire, WI

              IACOJ - Director of Cheese and Whine
              http://www.cheddarvision.tv/
              EAT CHEESE OR DIE!!

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              • #8
                God Speed my friend....

                Along with Dicky, I know some of the jakes from GB. Good people and a good dept. Arnie will be promoted as planned on Friday. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

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                • #9
                  rest in peace brother you are gone but not forgotten

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                  • #10
                    Rest in peace, dear Brother. May God welcome you home and bring comfort to your family, friends and fellow firefighters.
                    Chris Minick, P.E., Firefighter II
                    Structures Specialist, MD-TF 1

                    These statements are mine and mine alone
                    I.A.C.O.J. Building crust and proud of it

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                    • #11
                      My sincerest condolences to Arnie Wolff's family and also to his colleagues in the Green Bay Fire Department. Rest in peace.

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                      • #12
                        My condolences to Brother Wolff's family, friends, and fellow firefighters'. May God comfort you in the tough days ahead.
                        My posts reflect my views and opinions, not the organization I work for or my IAFF local. Some of which they may not agree. I.A.C.O.J. member
                        "I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them."
                        George Mason
                        Co-author of the Second Amendment
                        during Virginia's Convention to Ratify the Constitution, 1788
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                        • #13
                          My deepest condolences to the family, rest in peace brother.

                          PKFPD
                          IACOJ and proud of it


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                          • #14
                            THe end of my signature is my response. Thank you.
                            I.A.C.O.J. Charter Member
                            "Chet, get an inch and a half on that!"

                            "Not for fame or reward,Not for place or rank. Not lured by ambition or goaded by necessity. But in simple obedience to duty as they understood it. These men suffered,sacrificed,dared all, and died. Let us never forget our fallen friends."

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                            • #15
                              My deepest condolences to the Green Bay FD, and the friends and family of FF Wolff. Rest in Peace Brother.
                              Shawn M. Cecula
                              Firefighter
                              IACOJ Division of Fire and EMS

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