From Chief Hank, LODRS:
It is with deep regret that I inform you of the death of Firefighter
Paul McGrath, 50, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Engine 34, which occurred
on Thursday, June 17th, 1999.
After working to bring a three-alarm arson fire under control in vacant
St. John's Hospital, he complained of feeling light-headed. As he was
being tended to by paramedics, he suffered a seizure. He came out of it
and then refused further help. Despite his arguments, medics continued
to minister aid, and he once again began seizing, this time going into
respiratory arrest. He was rushed to the hospital, where he was
pronounced dead a short time later. Since he was an organ donor, his
autopsy was delayed.
Ironically, F/F McGrath was born in St. John's Hospital and lived in the
area of the hospital his whole life. Acting on information from
community members late last night, police arrested a 17-year-old boy in
connection with the blaze and charged him with arson. Further charges
may be pressed after the results of the autopsy are released.
The 19-year veteran is survived by his wife and three children.
The Complete Story can be found by <a href="/news/99/6/17_lodda.html">clicking here</a>.
Please feel free to post condolences and we will make every attempt to forward them to officials in Pittsburgh.
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06-18-1999, 09:14 AM #1
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06-18-1999, 10:01 AM #2MacIntyre149Firehouse.com Guest
With much sadness we say goodbye to yet another firefighter that protects the Pittsburgh area. Our hearts go with him as he goes with us to our next alarm.
On monday this Pittsburgh Firefighter McGraff's Son will play in a PA State Championship baseball game, he wil dedicate the game to his father's honor.
those who do not learn history are condemned to repeat it.
06-18-1999, 10:24 AM #3mfgentiliFirehouse.com Guest
Sincere condolences to the McGrath family and the members of the Pittsburgh Fire Bureau from the New Bedford Fire Dept. Training Division.
06-18-1999, 10:33 AM #4Oxford Fire PoliceFirehouse.com Guest
The Oxford Fire Police sends its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Firefighter McGrath. Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this time of sorrow.
Maria Hilligoss, Administrative Assistant Oxford Fire Police Oxford, ME
06-18-1999, 11:01 AM #5JvettorelFirehouse.com Guest
The Cochranton VFD send it's sincere condolonces to the family and friends of Firefighter McGrath.
06-18-1999, 11:21 AM #6Mike KFirehouse.com Guest
The officers and members of Citizens Hose Company #1, Glassport, PA would like to express our deepest and sincere condolences to Firefighter McGrath's family, friends and the members of Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire. May he rest in peace.
06-18-1999, 02:16 PM #7epfdsta2Firehouse.com Guest
It's is with the deepest sympathy and heart felt sorrow to the Families of all our fallen brothers. It is important to remember that these Firefighter did what they loved and gave all for GOD and their community. Remember them as America's Bravest.
BE SAFE AND REST IN PEACE MY BROTHER,
06-18-1999, 03:25 PM #8Capt-EJ12Firehouse.com Guest
The Richmond, Virginia, Department of Fire and Emergency Services, extends it's deepest sympathy to the Members of The Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire, on the loss of Firefighter Paul McGrath. Words alone can not say enough to convey the sorrow all firefighters across the world feel upon learning of this tragic news. May God bless all the members of the Pittsburgh Bureau and the family of our departed Brother. May we all Stay Safe!
06-18-1999, 04:56 PM #9firefighter60Firehouse.com Guest
I would like to express the condolances of the Hookstown Vol Fire Dept. to the family of Firefighter McGraff, his friends, and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Lt. David Ferguson
06-18-1999, 04:58 PM #10firefighter60Firehouse.com Guest
I am sorry for the typo in the previous post please read it as McGrath.
06-18-1999, 05:41 PM #11Rodney WagnerFirehouse.com Guest
The Ridgefield Park Fire Department sends our condolences to the family, friends and fellow firefighters of Firefighter McGrath of the City of Pittsburg Bureau of Fire. Our prayers are with all of you.
Captain Rodney Wagner
Ridgefield Park, NJ Volunteer Fire Department
06-18-1999, 09:49 PM #12nsfirechapFirehouse.com Guest
On behalf of the men and women of the North Star VFD, I'd like to also offer my deepest heartfelt condolences to Firefighter McGraths family and the Pittsburgh FD. We are family, and when one of my brothers answer thier last alarm, I truly feel the loss. God bless you all and keep you safe.
Chaplain Jeff Turkel
North Star VFD
North Pole, Alaska
"Blessed are they that ,ourn for they shall be comforted".
06-18-1999, 09:58 PM #13Tom LynchFirehouse.com Guest
Soon after feeling grateful for your support during our time of need, we send our heartfelt condolences during your time of need. May you find hope in all the sympathy during this most difficult time.
NYFD Engine 331/Ladder 173
06-18-1999, 10:47 PM #14medic1Firehouse.com Guest
It is with deep sadness that we say goodbye
to a firefighter who has given the supreme sacrifice. Our prayers go to the McGrath family, Engine 34 and to all the members of the Pittsburgh Fire Dept.
Ogunquit,Me. Fire Rescue
06-19-1999, 12:02 AM #15breamikeFirehouse.com Guest
My heartfelt condolances go out to the McGrath family and Engine 34 for the extreme loss of a Brother Firefighter.
06-19-1999, 01:51 AM #16LedbellyFirehouse.com Guest
God Bless Firefighter McGrath, his family and friends and the Pittsburgh FD. I offer all my respect and sympathy in this time of sorrow.
06-19-1999, 10:45 AM #17twkickFirehouse.com Guest
The Laurens County EMS and Fire Department sends it's condolences to Fire Fighter McGrath's family, friends, and co-workers. You all are in our prayers. May he rest in peace.
Thomas W. Kickler, Director
Laurens County EMS
Laurens, South Carolina
06-19-1999, 12:04 PM #18I.A.F.F. Local 2934Firehouse.com Guest
The men of Local 2934 St. Johnsbury Fire Dept.(Vermont)send our condolances to the family and brothers of the Pittsburg Fire Dept.Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this trying time.
Barron P. Gilding
Vice President Local 2934
06-19-1999, 07:48 PM #19engine8Firehouse.com Guest
From the members of Baltimore County Fire Department Station 8 C shift we would like to offer our deepest sympathy and our prayers for the family of Firefighter Paul McGrath of Station 34 of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire.
Our thoughts and prayers are also with our brothers and sisters in Pittsburgh...
God Bless and stay safe...
06-20-1999, 01:39 PM #20part-timerFirehouse.com Guest
My deepest sorrow to his family. God has taken him home. Our prayers are with him.
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