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    Default How many friends have you lost?

    I just sat down here and ran into a widow of a fire service friend that was killed on the job over two years ago. Then I started thinking about all the other friends in the fire service I have known that have passed on.

    I love being a Firefighter and in the service, but now looking back, I have lost a lot of brothers over the years. Pretty much everyone here is in the same boat. After awhile, it just sucks when its more than a few.

    Add that to its just being part of the job. Thanks for listening.

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    Lost my brother on the job in July 01, worst time in my life....then came 9-11.
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    None on the job. But many have gone. They all suck.

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    I lost a very good friend on October 29, 1994. He gave his life to protect a proby. They were both coming down an aerial ladder, and he saw that the proby would have been in a world of hurt, so he acted. But that was they way that HE was.

    And on 9-11-01, I lost 6 good friends.

    Thats all I have to say about that.
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    BOU,

    I have lost 11 on my job and many others from departments that I knew, not to say all my Brother's that were lost on 9-11!

    Too many each and every year as far as I am concerned!!

    Stay Safe and Well Out There....

    Always remembering 9-11-2001 and 343+ Brothers

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowball View Post
    Lost my brother on the job in July 01, worst time in my life....then came 9-11.

    Gary- And that was your real life blood brother too. That incident is still hard for me to....understand.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    Although HER and I didn't work for the same department, I knew Jaime Foster who worked for the Los Angeles (City) Fire Department who was killed in the line of duty in August 2004.

    Probationary Firefighter Foster was the first, and only, female FF killed in the line of duty in LAFD history.

    Jaime was 25 years old.
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    Scott- Thanks for posting that. We need to remember stuff like that.

    Shoot me an email or PM sometime.

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    Lost my brother to fire in 91. and 2 very good friends to fire over the years.

    But i always feel something whenever i see a LODD

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    Lost a couple of friends to LODD's, 2004 and 2005.

    Lost a friend and a helluva captain to a kayaking accident just this last March.

    We've also had to deal with the loss of a child for two of our captains (one accidental drowning, the other luekemia) in the last year and a half.

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    I've had four of my co-workers die on duty. Each at a different organization.
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    3, My partner and friend a month ago, another partner and friend 5 years ago and one about 10 years ago.

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    How many friends have you lost?
    Far too many, Bou.. far to many...

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    I am unique I guess because I work on both sides, fire service and law enforcement. I have experienced two deaths from the fire service.

    Department of Natural Resources Firefighter Donald L. Eisberner On Eau Claire County Forest land. On April 24 1982 Don was burned over and killed on the 274 acre Canoe Landing fire. He was operating a bulldozer making a fire line when the fire ran over his dozer. I was young (10yrs old) when this happened but him and my Dad, who was a firefighter too, were buds. I remember him showing me some of the DNR wildland equipment and telling me that I would make a great firefighter someday.

    Augusta-Bridge Creek Firefighter Bob Waskiewicz who was overrun and died on a small grass fire on 4/3/95. Bob came from the East Coast, outside NYC and worked on a private ambulance in the city for a while. He married a girl from WI who wanted to move back to this area. He joined the Augusta FD when they moved here. Him and I went to a lot of training together and he had that East Coast accent and attitude which made him very unique in my neck of the woods. We got along great too. It was my honor to videotape his funeral at the request of the Fire Chief and his wife. Still hard to talk about sometimes.

    On the law enforcement side was Deputy Jason Zunker of the Chippewa County Sheriff's Office. Jason died of injuries he sustained when he was struck by a vehicle while setting up traffic control for a truck fire just south of Bloomer, WI on US Hwy 53 on Saturday, January 5, 2008. Jason had worked for me a few times at a local music fest, Country Jam, in the campgrounds as well as sharing a couple of classes together.

    Trooper William Schoenberger from the Wisconsin State Patrol was killed 04/22/93 from head injuries sustained 04/17/93 when his squad car was struck from behind by a semi-tractor trailer. Willie was on the scene of a car fire at the time and had positioned his car in the traffic lane to protect fire department personnel. He was a great inspiration to me as well.


    Then of course a few 'old timers' on both the fire and law enforcement side including a retired Fire Chief who inspired me very much. I know, we all have our stories and compared to you all, it doesn't seem much and that I am lucky (if you want to call it that) that I have only had a small exposure in comparison.

    Thanks for posting this Bou.....
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    NO LODD here ...................but many others. Also I will always rememer 9/11 ..and how my heart sank knowing how many firefighters could be in there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainGonzo View Post
    Far too many, Bou.. far to many...
    I second that.

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    Been to too many LODD funerals. One is even too much. Was part of the Honor Gaurd for a couple as well. It truly sucks that we lose over 100 Brothers and Sisters every year. May they all rest in peace.


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