It is with deep regret that I share that firefighter Darren Johnsen, 36, of the Rice Lake Volunteer Fire Department (Minnesota) took his own life on July 13th.
I served with Rice Lake for three years, and Darren was a longtime volunteer, having joined soon after he completed High School. Darren was an aggressive member, very heads up and on top of his game, I would have followed him into just about anything. He rose as far as Assistant Chief, but in the past few years had given up the white hat in order to free time up for his other interests: family and the outdoors.
As yet no one knows why Darren made this choice, whether it might be related to the job or his personal life.
He is survived by his wife, son, mother and brother.
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07-16-2007, 10:15 PM #1
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- Pacific Northwest
Firefighter Darren JohnsenYou only have to be stupid once to be dead permanently
IACOJ Power Company Liason
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and is willing to take command. Very often, that individual is crazy. - Dave Barry.
07-17-2007, 09:27 AM #2
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- University Park, MD
Sorry about your loss and praying that you and the members can keep the faith. Pm'd you as well."If you put the fire out right in the first place, you won't have to jump out the window."
FDNY E.48, SQ.18
Alexandria, VA F.D.
Rest in Peace
07-21-2007, 10:43 PM #3
Hey brother, sorry about you and your department's loss. I can only imagine the grief that your membership must be experiencing. God bless.
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