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    Unhappy Maryland LODD

    FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - A 24-year-old firefighter recruit
    collapsed and died near the end of a three-mile training run
    Wednesday morning as the air temperature and humidity approached
    hazardous levels, Frederick County authorities said.
    A board of inquiry will investigate the circumstances of Andrew
    James Waybright's death, Emergency Services Director Stanley L.
    Poole Jr. said. The state medical examiner's office will perform an
    autopsy.
    The temperature was 75 degrees and the heat index a relatively
    comfortable 80 degrees when Waybright, of Gettysburg, Pa., and 12
    other newly hired Frederick County firefighters set out in shorts
    and T-shirts around 7 a.m. from the training center just south of
    the city, Poole said.
    An hour later, as they jogged back to the complex after
    calisthenics, the air temperature was 84 and the heat index 96,
    Poole said. When the heat index reaches 100 degrees, outdoor
    exercises are canceled, Poole said.
    Waybright became dizzy around 8:10 a.m. just after entering the
    20-acre compound, and collapsed after an instructor insisted he
    stop running, Poole said. No other recruits appeared to be ill, he
    said.
    "There were no complaints from him until the point they got to
    the end of the run," Poole told a news conference.
    He said instructors tried to revive Waybright with
    cardiopulmonary resuscitation, then called an ambulance. He was
    pronounced dead on arrival at Frederick Memorial Hospital.
    Waybright, who stood 6-foot-2-inches and weighed at least 200
    pounds, apparently was in good physical shape. He had passed a
    physical ability test and a firefighter medical exam, including a
    stress test, before starting the training July 1, Poole said.
    "It could be some medical problem we didn't catch or some other
    issue," he said.
    Waybright was a volunteer firefighter in Taneytown before
    joining the Frederick County paid force part-time in May, Poole
    said. The 20-week training program marked the start of his
    full-time employment with the county, Poole said.
    "The indication from the family is that he had been working
    out," he said. "It's not a case where he was unfamiliar with
    physical activity or running."
    He said the board of inquiry, composed of fire-and-rescue
    officials from Frederick, Montgomery and Howard counties, and the
    Frederick County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association, could meet
    as soon as Friday. Its work will include a review of training
    policies and procedures, Poole said.
    Poole's tough training regimen was criticized two years ago
    after a number of recruits reportedly collapsed. At least one told
    The Frederick News-Post he had been made to do extra push-ups for a
    sip of water. Instructors denied the claims.
    Poole said Tuesday that water was available to Waybright before
    and after the run. "They had plenty of water," he said.
    Charles Abrecht, a former president of the Frederick County
    Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association who objected to "boot camp
    tactics" in the training camps in the past, said mistreatment did
    not appear to be an issue in Waybright's case.


    (Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press

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    Volunteer fire company mourns death of Waybright

    (Harney-AP) -- The volunteer fire company where Andrew Waybright
    spent thousands of hours was the setting last night for a final
    salute.
    According to relatives, Waybright started hanging around the
    fire house in the Carroll County town of Harney when he was in his
    early teens.
    He collapsed and died Wednesday after a three-mile run while
    training to become a Frederick County firefighter. The state
    medical examiner's office says heat played a role in Waybright's
    death. His body temperature when he arrived at Frederick Memorial
    Hospital was 107-point-4.
    Waybright was an E-M-S captain with the Harney Volunteer Fire
    Company and was often recognized as one of the top ten responders.
    Fire department honor guards stood at attention by his casket
    last night as fire and rescue members, friends and neighbors paid
    their respects.
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    Sincerest Sympathies to the Waybright Family and all of those who had the pleasure of working with Andy.
    The funeral was a simple, traditional and beautiful service in Gettysburg attended by close to 500 people, from all over Maryland, DC and Pennsylvania. Beautiful weather accompanied the service.
    The equipment procession was very long, and showed a lot of support from the firefighting family. The Honor Guards from Montgomery County, Howard County and Maryland State Police were present for his final call in the cemetery.
    His final voyage was taken atop a Harney VFD engine, and his entire recruit class from Frederick County was also there to show suport.
    He will be missed.

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    Unhappy Investigation

    FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - A panel of local and state emergency
    services officials opened an inquiry Wednesday into the
    heat-related death of a young Frederick County firefighter who
    collapsed during training exercises last week.
    The board of inquiry, meeting behind closed doors, planned to
    formalize its structure and goals at the organizational session,
    Walter F. Murray, deputy chief of the Frederick County Emergency
    Services Division, said.
    Murray, the panel chairman, said the board would take its time
    looking into the death of Andrew J. Waybright. "We're not going to
    rush through anything," he said.
    Waybright, 23, of Gettysburg, Pa., collapsed and died July 3
    near the end of an hour-long morning workout that included
    calisthenics and a three-mile run. State health officials said on
    Friday an autopsy showed the 6-foot-5, 240-pound recruit died from
    heat stroke, or hyperthermia, with a body temperature of 107.4
    degrees.
    Physical training at the 20-week school has been suspended
    pending the panel's investigation.
    Waybright's cousin, Keith Waybright, a sergeant with the Harney
    Volunteer Fire Co. in northern Carroll County, said Wednesday he
    blames leaders of the school, which is run by Frederick County, for
    Andrew's death.
    "The Frederick County Department of Fire and Rescue Services
    instructors and their supervisors acted irresponsibly and without
    common sense," Waybright said.
    The school is independent from the Maryland Fire and Rescue
    Institute, a state agency that trains volunteer and professional
    firefighters. The institute's field operations director, Russell
    Strickland, is among the seven members of the board of inquiry
    which also includes officials from Frederick, Montgomery and Howard
    counties.
    Waybright was beginning his third day of firefighter school.
    Leaders of the school have said he and his 12 classmates were
    encouraged to drink water before the workout but did not carry any
    with them and may not have been given any during the session. The
    air temperature was at least 84 degrees when Waybright died, and
    the heat index was at least 96 - four degrees shy of the 100-degree
    heat-index reading that would have halted outdoor activities under
    the school's policy.
    Waybright had complained of dizziness shortly before he
    collapsed, school officials have said. The group's instructor was a
    paramedic, and there were several emergency medical technicians in
    the group, Andrew Marsh, the school's deputy chief said.
    Frederick County Sheriff James Hagy said his criminal
    investigators were awaiting Waybright's toxicology test results
    from the state medical examiner's office. Sgt. Ted Nee, the
    criminal investigations supervisor, said last week the case did not
    appear to involve any criminal activity.
    The Maryland Occupational Safety and Health agency also is
    investigating the death, Mike Beard, a Frederick County risk
    management official, said.

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    If accreditation is sought, fire officials would come to inspect the academy and scrutinize its policies, procedures and regulations, he said. As of now, no such inspections take place.

    This is what Mr. Marsh from Frederick County DFRS had to say about the County training. Now, Is it foolish for one to assume that if fire officials were inspecting the academy and scrutinizing its polices, procedures and regulations that a 23 year old recruit would still be alive?

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    If the procedures had been scrutinized and approved, this MAY have been prevented. It may not have been prevented, also. We will never know.
    I honestly think that the recruit class procedures in hot weather for all classes in the future will now be future because of this terrible loss, and the investigation that is following.
    Andy was a great guy, and it sucks that he is now gone from our view, but his death has brought light to something no one paid enough attention to. Now, perhaps, we can prevent a heat stroke death in the future. And if one life can be saved by changing policies and procedures, it is all worth it.

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    I have read all the facts of Andy's death posted in this thread and I appreciate that hopefully this will open people's eyes as to how training should be handled so that no one else will be lost in such a tragic and preventable way.

    I appreciate the sympathy for Andy's family and friends. But I want everyone to know the caliber of person that Andy was, and a little bit about who he was. Andy had been running and preparing for this academy and had been looking forward to the future.

    The following is what I read at Andy's funeral and I feel that it is a statement as to who he was and how much he will be missed by his family and friends:

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    Andy was my partner at Taneytown Fire Dept. He was my driver and I was his medic. We worked together 24 hours at a time.

    When Andy and I started working together he told me that he was not too sure about working with a woman….there were no women in Harney Fire Dept. and he grew up with brothers. And even though we were very different, we had similar values and similarities in our upbringing that made us really grow to like one another and work well together.


    One of the first shifts we worked together he told me I want you to remember that we are partners no matter what happens. When things went well or when things went bad we were partners. I knew that he would watch my back and I would watch his…...although I know that I had the better end of that deal. Andy always knew what we needed…..he knew to call for the helicopter or extra help with just a look from me. He would get things out of the ambulance before I even asked for it.

    The only thing that I had to be mindful of was his sense of direction. One time when we were transporting a patient, we had been driving for a few minutes and he looked back and said, I think we made a wrong turn and when I asked him why…..he said because we just went past the house again.

    Andy was everything that you could want in a partner, he was loyal, hardworking, and always wanted to learn and was very serious. But not all the time…….my first taste of Andy’s humor was when one night. We left the hospital and on Center St. I caught sight of a deer running towards the ambulance. I knew that he could not see it and yelled “deer, deer, deer! Andy continued to drive and the deer ran into the side of the ambulance……Andy looked at me and said……….next time maybe you should say stop. But I know for a fact that I was on the tame side of his humor. He would tell me stories of jokes and tricks that he played on his friends from Harney and until just recently I thought that these stories were exaggerated but in the last few days have found them all to be true.

    Andy also was an agitator…..once he knew what buttons to push, you were done. Andy would agitate me some days to the point where he had to duck to miss things that I threw at him….then he would ask me “are you mad at me, are you mad at me” I always replied yes, but could not keep the smile off of my face. I once told Andy, …..That “ By 4:00 I am just about done with you” and he told me, with that look on his face, that “Most people don’t last that long.”

    Andy was always planning things and drawing maps and diagrams to explain his plans to me. He drew me diagrams of his raft and how he was going to make it bigger and better so he could fit more people on it. When he first started to plan his house, he started drawing up house plans from scratch and spent most of the day on it…..measuring, erasing and planning. He drew pictures to help me understand what work they were doing on the farm, he even drew me a picture of the layout of the septic system when it needed repair.

    Andy had an entrepreneurial spirit, which I think that he got from his uncle. He was always brainstorming ideas for a new business like landscaping, laying sidewalks, or building picnic tables. Andy built me one of his picnic tables and when I got it home and sat at it….I was like a child at huge table….I kidded Andy and told him that I thought he built the table for me not him. He told me that was the best table that I would ever own and that it is. His most recent idea was building a Bed and Breakfast, but I am not sure what his expertise in this field was.

    Andy loved the Harney fire dept. He talked about his friends, the calls, and even the fundraisers. He hated to miss calls and said that one good thing about working at Taneytown was the fact that he could still go on Harney calls sometimes. The only time I had to tell him to slow down was when we were responding to Harney.

    Andy got along with the volunteers at Taneytown and had many friends there also. He enjoyed sitting with the officers and talking shop and he enjoyed listening to stories from the older members…..he told me that not enough people appreciated what the older members had to say. His respect for older people was also evident when he spoke of his grandparents and his great-uncle.

    Andy got used to working with a woman and I even started to soften him up a little bit. One day after we watched Oprah, we sat at the table and we wrote down our goals. I told Andy to take his list and put them where he could see them every day so that when he made decisions they would be in keeping with his goals. And unbelievably Andy actually kept them and had them on his bureau. One of the things that were on his list of goals were to be involved in the Harney fire dept. and another goal, his “heart goal” the goal that was dearest to his heart was to work on and maintain the family farm.

    I asked Andy on numerous occasions when we were discussing the future, or he was trying to make a decision…………”Andy, what do you really want to do??? What is most important to you?? His answer was always the same…….Working with his family on the farm, maintaining the family farm. That answer never changed.

    Andy spoke of his family all the time and it was clear how important they were to him and how much he loved them.


    I was upset that Andy was no longer going to be my regular partner, but I was happy for his opportunity. He reassured me that he would always be there if I needed anything or just needed to talk. I knew that it was true that I could still depend on him and confide in him. Whenever I was going through a hard time or had any doubts, Andy would always tell me that it was going to be OK and told me encouraging things. Andy helped me to look at things differently, to put things in perspective and I can honestly say that I am a better person for having known him.

    Andy was my partner, my confidant, and my friend. I will miss him!

    Goodbye Andy

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