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    From IAFF.org

    Wednesday, April 20, 2005
    It is with deepest regret and sorrow to report the line-of-duty death of Fire Fighter David W. O’Conner of IAFF Local 1784 – Memphis, Tennessee. Brother O’Conner died today when he passed out while driving an Engine returning from a false alarm. Lieutenant O’Conner was able to guide the pumper to a stop without injuring anyone. A cause of death has not been determined. As soon as we receive further information regarding funeral arrangements, we will let you know. O' Connor was 38.

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    Godspeed Brother. Take a Blow...We'll pick up form here.

    Look forward to receiving more information on this as it becomes availiable.

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    Hey guys. Thanks for starting the thread. David was a super nice guy. A couple of things have come out since this was first reported. First, David was the Driver assigned to Engine 7. He collasped while driving and the Lieutenant (CO) was able to reach across the cab and somehow control the pumper and get it stopped.

    Funeral arrangements are not yet out. The family has asked that any donations be made to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital.

    Thanks for the prayers.
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    Thoughts and prayers going out for David's family and fellow firefighters.
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    Default Another LODD- this really sucks!

    My God, please help me....... 38? ......please help me to understand.....my prayers include many,.... his family is first, tonight.
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    Unhappy

    URL:http://www.commercialappeal.com/mca/...716496,00.html

    Firefighter, 38, collapses behind wheel on routine alarm call, dies
    Cause of death not released; shift sent home
    By Sherri Drake


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    April 21, 2005
    A 38-year-old Memphis firefighter died Wednesday after he collapsed behind the wheel of a fire engine on a routine alarm call.
    Shortly after 11 a.m. David O'Conner, driving Engine 7 West on St. Paul, collapsed, sending the fire engine onto the sidewalk, MFD Deputy Director Alvin Benson said.

    Lt. Kenneth Lepard jumped over the console, grabbed the wheel and steered it clear of a fence, Benson said. It's unclear how fast the engine was moving.

    Firefighters were unable to revive O'Conner, Benson said. He was pronounced dead at Methodist University Hospital.
    O'Conner had been with the department nine years. He was on the A shift, which started at 7 a.m. Wednesday. Firefighters on his shift at Fire Station 7, at Jefferson and Pauline, were sent home Wednesday.

    "It's just absolutely traumatic for us every time we lose a fellow firefighter," Benson said.

    Flags at fire stations across the city were lowered to half staff.
    Officials didn't release the cause of death, and funeral arrangements were incomplete.

    His family requests that any donations be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.



    Our hearts are heavy this morning with the lost of Firefighter David O'Conner. To all my Brothers and Sisters in the Fire Department of Memphis, God Bless you and know that our thoughts are with each of you and with Firefighter O'Conner's Family at this time.



    REST IN PEACE My Brother!



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    Rest in peace, Brother O'Conner.
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    ^^^

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    RIP Brother, my prayers to your family and everyone involved.
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    Rest In Peace Brother...my Prayers are with his Family and Friends at this time.
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    Unhappy Funeral Notice for FF David O'Conner

    See the following link.


    http://www.memphisfire.net/



    David O'Conner, 38, of Bartlett, driver for Memphis Fire Department, died Wednesday at Methodist University Hospital.

    Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Broadmoor Baptist Church with burial in Memory Hill Gardens. Memphis Funeral Home Germantown Parkway Chapel has charge.

    Mr. O'Conner, the husband of Brenda Messina O'Conner, also leaves his mother, Dorothy Riemath of Southaven; his father, James O'Conner of Greenville, Miss.; three brothers, Johnny O'Conner of Greenville, Jimmy O'Conner of Millington and Ray O'Conner of Memphis, and two stepsisters, Donna Eddings of Eads and Sandra Crain of Memphis.

    The family requests that any memorials be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or Memphis Humane Society.



    Rest In Peace Brother

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    Rest easy brother. God bless his family and firefighters.

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    Picture from front of Memphis Fire Station #7

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    Rest in Peace Lieutenant O’Conner.

    My thoughts and prayers are with his immediate family, his fire house family and friends. May God give them the strength necessary to get through this difficult time.
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    Funeral Arrangements:


    www.memphisfire.net
    RK
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    Management is making sure things are done right. Leadership is doing the right thing. The fire service needs alot more leaders and a lot less managers.

    "Everyone goes home" is the mantra for the pussification of the modern, American fire service.


    Comments made are my own. They do not represent the official position or opinion of the Fire Department or the City for which I am employed. In fact, they are normally exactly the opposite.

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    Originally posted by MemphisE34a
    Funeral Arrangements:


    www.memphisfire.net
    Hey Brother. Real sorry about FF O'Conner.

    I posted the arrangements this morning, Knew you guys were busy. Saw the 4 alarm job on Shady Grove on the news.

    Be careful Brother..

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    Yeah, we were at that job for about 5 hours. We have been busy, but thanks for posting the arrangements and the kinds words about our brother. I don't think I ever saw him when he wasn't smiling.
    RK
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    Management is making sure things are done right. Leadership is doing the right thing. The fire service needs alot more leaders and a lot less managers.

    "Everyone goes home" is the mantra for the pussification of the modern, American fire service.


    Comments made are my own. They do not represent the official position or opinion of the Fire Department or the City for which I am employed. In fact, they are normally exactly the opposite.

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    Unhappy FF O'Conner

    I am truly sorry to learn that Memphis has lost another Firefighter. Being out of town for a while, I was disconnected with a lot of the news of the fire service.

    My deepest condolences to the Family, Department, and his Company.

    We are only here for a short time and we strive to make it the best it can be and impart good things on our associates.

    God Bless David O’Conner and all the members of the Memphis Fire Department.


    Rest in Peace Brother!!


    Stay Safe and Well Out There....

    Always remembering 9-11-2001 and 343+ Brothers

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    Thoughts and Prayers to his Friends and Family

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