JUNE 25, 1999 --- Village of Akron Firefighter Wayne Rosen, 24, was killed in the line of duty on June 22, 1999. Rosen, EMS Captain and also a paramedic for the City of Batavia Fire Department, was enroute to his firehouse to participate in a mandatory hose testing exercise when his motorcycle was struck head-on by a reported drunk driver. The incident is being treated as a line of duty death by the Erie County Division of Fire Safety which implements and administers a Fallen Emergency Services Provider action plan.
The Akron Fire Company responded to the accident and treated the young volunteer. Rosen suffered internal and other injuries and died while enroute to the Erie County Medical Center via Mercy Flight Helicopter. According to a Buffalo News report, the female driver of the vehicle that struck Rosen was charged with driving while intoxicated, vehicular manslaughter and felony driving while intoxicated due to a previous drunk driving conviction.
The Akron Fire Company is extending an invitation to all surrounding fire fighters and emergency services representatives. Calling hours for the fire service will be on Friday-June 25, 1999 at 7pm at the J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home. All fire company personnel are asked to assemble at the Akron Fire Hall at 6:30pm.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday-June 26, 1999 at 11am at the Free Methodist Church. Fire service personnel are asked to meet at the Akron Fire Hall at 9:30am.
The funeral home is located at 32 John St., the church is at 9 Scotland Road, and the fire hall is at 1 Main St., all in the Village of Akron.
The Akron Fire Company requests that all local municipal flags be lowered to half staff until the conclusion of funeral services on Saturday.
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