Thanks again to T.S.L and Chief Goldfeder for reminding us to Never Forget!!!
When we think of staffing and Firefighters who gave their lives (especially where staffing was a contributing factor) ...we remember Keokuk, Iowa. Today is the anniversary of the Line of Duty Deaths of Keokuk Assistant Fire Chief Dave McNally, 48, Firefighter Jason Bitting, 29, and Firefighter Nate Tuck, 39...all of whom were killed while attempting the rescue of three trapped kids-who also perished. These 3 Firefighters left eight kids of their own behind.
The Firefighters died when a flashover occurred while the 3 were doing their interior search. Like so many areas, staffing is a major issue in Keokuk, and that morning, 4 of the 5 on-duty firefighters arrived on scene and upon hearing the mother screaming that her children were trapped inside, they immediately went in after them. When "Mom" screams that her kids are inside...we go in. Here is more information:
NIOSH FIRE REPORT:
INTERVIEW with Chief Mark Wessell of the Keokuk FD: