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December, 2017


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1st Responder Newspaper honors and remembers emergency responders lost in the line of duty

Wisconsin: Matthew Mark Deicher, 47 Rank: Firefighter-EMT Incident Date: July 31, 2017 Death Date: September 23, 2017 Fire Department: Mosinee Fire Department Initial Summary: Firefighter-EMT Matthew Mark Deicher was paralyzed from a July 31, 2003, ambulance crash while located in the patient compartment of the vehicle. On September 23, 2017, Firefighter-EMT Deicher passed away from complications due to his injuries and related medical condition. Indiana: Eric J. Balliet, 41 Rank: Captain Incident Date: September 27, 2017 Death Date: September 27, 2017 Fire Department: Fort Wayne Fire Department Initial Summary: Captain Eric J. Balliet died September 27, 2017, during a training exercise at a commercial structure while leading a crew during physically demanding maneuvers. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be determined and reported.

North Carolina: Jason Keith Hensley, 40 Rank: Probationary Firefighter Incident Date: October 8, 2017 Death Date: October 9, 2017 Fire Department: Triple Community Fire Department Inc. Initial Summary: Probationary Firefighter Jason Keith Hensley responded to a call for service of a tree blocking the roadway. Firefighter Hensley's POV was parked behind the fire department's brush truck and a police department vehicle was also on the scene. All emergency vehicles had their lights activated. Just after midnight, a pickup traveling eastbound on US Highway 70 approached the scene

and failed to stop. The vehicle first struck Firefighter Hensley, who was wearing his reflective gear, killing him instantly, then crashed into the other vehicles at the scene. The driver of the vehicle spent the night in the hospital from injuries received and has since been charged by police with driving while impaired, no operator’s license, reckless driving, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. South Dakota: Donald Fred Manger, 54 Rank: Fire Chief Incident Date: October 14, 2017 Death Date: October 14, 2017 Fire Department: Presho Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: Fire Chief Donald Fred Manger fell ill and passed away while on the scene of a working fire in an unoccupied structure. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be reported.

Florida: Steven R. Terry, 53 Rank: Firefighter/Paramedic Incident Date: September 3, 2017 Death Date: September 14, 2017 Fire Department: Hernando County Fire Rescue Initial Summary: Firefighter/Paramedic Steven R. Terry passed away while on duty October 16, 2017. Firefighter/Paramedic Terry was found unresponsive by his fellow Fire Station #9 crew members who then initiated resuscitative measures. He was transported by Hernando County Fire Rescue paramedics to Bayfront Brooksville Hospital. Despite the exhaustive efforts by the Bayfront Brooksville Hospital ED team, Firefighter/Paramedic Steven R. Terry passed away. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be determined and reported.

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