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This week we remember 2 Pittsburgh Firefighters who were tragically killed in a collapse while operating in the final stages of a church fire on St Patrick's Day, March 13, 2004. Battalion Chief Charles Brace, 55 was acting as an Incident Safety Officer and Master FF Richard Stefanakis, 51 were performing overhaul, extinguishing remaining hot spots (3+ hours after the initial alarm) inside the church vestibule when the bell tower collapsed on them-killing them and injuring 20+ firefighters. A backdraft occurred earlier in the incident that injured an additional six firefighters. The call came in at 0845, the backdraft occurred at 0928 and the collapse occurred at 1214 hours. This is a link to the NIOSH report: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face200417.html

In Yellowknife, Canada, two more tragic deaths happened on March 17 of 2005...5 years ago this week...when 2 Firefighters were killed in the Line of Duty while operating at a detached saw shed fire...a saw shed. An outside shed used to saw lumber at a home supply business....what's that value? A simple shed. So they died for what...? A shed.

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