Tag Archives: LODD

Conviction of Arsonist in Ohio LODD Upheld

The conviction of a man accused of arson and murder for the 2015 fire that killed Hamilton, Ohio firefighter Patrick Wolterman has been upheld by the Twelfth Appellate District Court of Appeals. Lester Parker was charged with hiring his nephew, co-defendant William Tucker, to set fire to Parker’s home in order to collect the insurance proceeds.

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Delaware LODD Prompts Suit Over Non-Locking Carabiner

The estate of a Delaware firefighter killed in a helicopter training exercise in 2016 has filed suit against the companies that sold the harness system he was wearing when he fell to his death. Timothy McClanahan died when he fell about 100 feet from a Delaware State Police helicopter during a hoist training exercise.

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Family Seeks LODD Status for 1935 FDNY Death

The family a New York City firefighter who died after a fire in 1935, is seeking to reopen the department’s decision to treat the death as not in-the-line-of-duty. Firefighter Thomas O'Brien passed away in October 1935 at Engine 3’s quarters on West 17th Street hours after he returned from a two-alarm fire

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Hartford LODD Suit Settled for $350k

The family of Hartford firefighter Kevin Bell has agreed to settle a wrongful death lawsuit they filed against the city and three fire officers for $350,000. Bell died on October 7, 2014 when he became separated from his crew during rapid fire development.

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Families of Houston LODDs Sue Motorola and Scott

The families of three Houston firefighters killed in the 2013 Southwest Inn fire have filed another wrongful death lawsuit, this time naming Motorola and Scott Safety as defendants. The suit filed Monday accuses Motorola and Scott of negligence, gross negligence and product liability for selling products that are dangerously defective and contain design defects.

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LODD Widow Claims Georgia Fire Chief Responsible for Wrongful Death

The widow of a firefighter killed in a collapse at a house fire in Waycross, Georgia in 2013, claims the fire chief and the building’s owner are responsible her husband’s wrongful death. Diane Little, the widow of Fire Lieutenant David Jeffrey Little, filed the lawsuit last week in Ware County state court naming the City of Waycross, Fire Chief David E. Eddins, and Ruben Guinovart as defendants

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Illinois Fire Department Sues For Damages in Fatal Highway Accident

An Illinois fire department has filed suit against the driver and the owners of a tractor-trailer that slammed into a fire truck on I39 in 2013 killing one firefighter and injuring six. The Hudson Fire Department filed suit against the driver, Mansur Shakirov, as well as the semi's owners seeking compensation for $158,610. The accident occurred on March 5, 2013 while crews were at the scene of a prior multi-vehicle accident and claimed the life of FF Chris Brown.

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Family Demands Criminal Charges in Philly LODD

Following the release of an internal investigation into the death of a Philadelphia firefighter in December, the firefighter’s family is speaking out demanding that criminal charges be filed against those in the department who were responsible. FF Joyce Craig was killed on December 9, 2014 at a basement fire where she was separated from her crew. She activated the emergency button on her radio but was not located for another 17 minutes.

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Chief Officer Accused of Trying to Influence Subordinate’s Testimony

A chief officer from Hartford, Connecticut, who has been in the public spotlight on a number of accounts, is now being accused of trying a influence a subordinate's testimony in a disciplinary proceeding. Deputy Chief Terry Waller is accused of suggesting to Fire Captain Luis Ocasio that he be less than candid in his testimony in a hearing for a firefighter accused of being intoxicated while on duty...

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Webster NY Firefighter Ambush Victims File Suit

The firefighter-victims of a fatal Christmas Eve ambush in upstate New York in 2012 have filed suit against the estate of the alleged shooter, his accomplice who purchased the weapons for him, and the store from which the weapons were ...

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Missouri LODD Widow Sues for Wrongful Death

The widow of a Missouri firefighter killed in the line of duty in February has filed a wrongful death suit against the University of Missouri. Columbia Fire Department Lt. Bruce Britt died February 22, 2014 while evacuating students out of ...

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Phoenix OSHA Citation and Milwaukee Scapegoat

There were several fire law cases this week that I missed covering that are really worth noting. Here are two of them: The first is a $95,000 citation by the Industrial Commission of Arizona against the Phoenix Fire Department arising ...

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