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In memory of those who gave all
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1st Responder Newspaper honors and remembers emergency responders lost in the line of duty
New Jersey: Richard W. Leonard, 70 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: April 10, 1993 Death Date: July 30, 2017 Fire Department: Perth Amboy Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter Richard W. Leonard was operating a pumper at a fire on State Street in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, on April 19, 1993. The fire involved a recycling facility with plastics. Firefighter Leonard did not have breathing air and worked in the highly toxic plastic burning smoke for hours. Leonard never returned to duty and spent the last 24 years under workers' compensation care for continuous medical conditions caused from inhaling the smoke. Firefighter Leonard died on July 30, 2017 due to the effects of the smoke exposure. Texas: Jay Hinkie, 61 Rank: Assistant Fire Chief Incident Date: August 2, 2017 Death Date: August 2, 2017 Fire Department: Silsbee Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: Assistant Fire Chief Jay Hinkie was struck in the roadway by a passing vehicle while he operated at the scene of a single vehicle rollover. As firefighters were cleaning up the scene, Hinkie was walking with traffic in the westbound lanes of FM418 near Ruby Lane when he was struck. Chief Hinkie was rushed to a hospital in Beaumont where he succumbed to his injuries. The fatal accident remains under investigation by authorities. Montana: Brent M. Witham, 29 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: August 2, 2017 Death Date: August 2, 2017 Fire Department: U.S. Forest Service Initial Summary: Firefighter Brent Witham was
struck and killed by a falling tree while working on the Lolo Peak fire in Western Montana. Witham was given CPR and other emergency medical aid by fellow firefighters and was then airlifted to a hospital in Missoula, Montana. Despite all efforts, Witham passed away as a result of his injuries. Firefighter Witham was a member of the Vista Grande Hotshot crew based in Idyllwild, California. Montana: Tom Martin, 61 Rank: Fire Chief Incident Date: August 18, 2017 Death Date: August 19, 2017 Fire Department: Black Eagle Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: Fire Chief Tom Martin attended live fire training on the evening of August 18, 2017. Within 24 hours of this training, Martin passed away at his residence on August 19, 2017.
Kentucky: Thomas P. McBride, 60 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: August 24, 2017 Death Date: August 24, 2017 Fire Department: Campbellsburg Fire and Rescue Initial Summary: While participating in search and rescue training Thursday evening, Firefighter Thomas P. McBride complained of difficulty breathing. He removed his breathing apparatus, denied medical treatment, cooled down, stated that he felt better and requested to return to the training. Instead, he was assigned to pump operations. A short time later, he collapsed. Resuscitation efforts were started immediately and Firefighter McBride was transported to an area hospital where he later succumbed to his injury. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be reported.