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    Default Biggest Fire Service Story of 2004?

    Firehouse.com has compiled our most read stories of 2004.

    What stories impacted you in 2004? They don't need to be on the list...just any story that impacted you, the way you do your job in the fire/EMS service, or just about anything else.

    Please post comments here.

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    Not sure if it was posted online or not, but when a member of a local department was killed in the line of duty, Firehouse Mag was supposed to feature him in an article.

    I know that his loss greatly affected us all, and I'm pretty sure that even hearing that FH was going to honor him in this way was really important to them all.

    Webteam, can you confirm it? LODD dealing with Mike Bliss from EMFD / Speedway Safety Services? Never got to see it if it was published..

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    In the Line of Duty to me are the most important stories FH writes. In most cases it's the only way I find out about a LODD.
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    FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
    FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
    FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
    FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
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    FF. Michael Dauria Engine 40

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    I think one of the biggest fire service stories of 2004 was the Presidential race and the division it caused(or exacerbated) within the fire service. Between the IAFF supporting John Kerry, Local 94 and Milwaukees endorsement of President Bush, "Firefighters for Bush", those ugly yellow IAFF Firefighters for Kerry and the amount venom posted on these very forums, I for one was very glad when it was over.
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    I would have to say that the LODD are the most important stories also. We really need to learn from them and hope that we can prevent, or at the very least, lessen any further tragedies.

    May we all keep the memories of our fallen brothers and sisters alive everyday.

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    Originally posted by E40FDNYL35
    In the Line of Duty to me are the most important stories FH writes. In most cases it's the only way I find out about a LODD.

    ....it's a shame they have to write so many of them, though....
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    The biggest would have to be all the lodd apparatus accidents. Especially Gerald McGowan KCFD. Rest in peace. He was on his way to become a great officer.
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    Which company/department stopped at the border and let the house burn?

    Was it 2004 or 2003?

    I'm losing my mind and all track of time.

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    Default Can I act like I am from Illinois and vote twice?

    Sorry to chime in again, but I REALLY LIKED the story about the IACOJ
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    E229Lt, that was in Ohio and in 2004.
    "This thread is being closed as it is off-topic and not related to the fire industry." - Isn't that what the Off Duty forum was for?

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    I think it is pretty cool that Illinois hold the record for largest backdraft recorded in history.
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    City of Niles in Ohio.
    May we never forget our fallen, worldwide.

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    What about the Chicago high-rise...

    It depends on how you want to define "biggest", I guess. Kinda like how you choose an MVP, Most Valuable to his team, or best player?

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    Default maybe not the biggest story

    Originally posted by StayBack500FT
    City of Niles in Ohio.
    The most contentious story

    While I stated up front that the boundries lines on a map wouldn't make a difference to me or my department, I played devils advocate and took the OICs position, and got flamed for it

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