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Greene County, Alabama Firefighter LODD

We regret to inform the fire service community of a Line of Duty Death that occurred early this morning in Greene County. At 2:36 AM Assistant Fire Chief Stanley Martin Jr. of the Springfield Volunteer Fire Department responded as an apparatus operator to the scene of a structure fire at 71 Peachtree Lane, Eutaw, AL.  Following suppression activities, Asst. Chief Martin began to complain of shortness of breath.  Fire Chief George Henderson called for an ambulance, but prior to its arrival, Asst. Chief Martin stopped breathing and resuscitation was initiated by on scene personnel.  He was transported to Greene County Hospital but medical efforts were unsuccessful. He was 71 years of age.


LODD representatives from the Alabama Association of Fire Chiefs/Alabama Fire College are working to support the family and Springfield Volunteer Fire Department. Funeral arrangements are pending and the family welcomes local responders to attend in fire service uniforms. More information will follow as it becomes available.

Alabama Firefighter LODD

It is with regret that we note the passing of Firefighter Dale Scott Queen of the Oak Ridge Volunteer Fire Department in Morgan County.  Firefighter Queen became ill while one an emergency run and subsequently passed away a short time later at Decatur General Hospital.  Firefighter Queen is survived by his wife Elizabeth, and their sons, Tanner, 14; Dakota 13; and Avery, 9.

Dale Scott Queen

Peck Funeral Home in is handling the arrangements.  Visitation will be at the funeral home on Friday, May 3, from 1800-2100.  The funeral with firefighter honors will be held Saturday, May 4th, at 1300. at the funeral home.  Any department wishing to have apparatus in the procession are welcomed to form up at the Hartselle High School Stadium (Sparkman Drive) by 1230 on Saturday.

Our sincere condolences to the family and to the Oak Ridge Fire Department.

NFFF Assistance fund for West, Texas Firefighters

West, Texas Firefighter and EMS Fallen Hero Fund

In light of the tragic event in West, Texas, on Wednesday and in cooperation with local support efforts, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation has established a national fund to accept monetary donations to assist the survivors and coworkers of the fire and EMS personnel who died in the line of duty. Checks can be mailed to:

NFFF c/o West, Texas Fire and EMS Fallen Hero Fund

P.O. Drawer 498

Emmitsburg, MD 21727.


Donations also can be made by credit card at  All donated funds will be used to assist the survivors and coworkers to rebuild their lives and support the programs and services they will need.

“This fire and explosion have devastated the entire town in which so many people know and care about each other,” said Chief Ron Siarnicki, executive director of the NFFF. “We want to ensure the survivors and coworkers of those who died in the line of duty know that the entire fire service family is holding them in our hearts and doing all we can to offer support.”

As a result of the blast, the station along with the apparatus, equipment and turn-out gear were destroyed or badly damaged. If you would like to donate these items, please send a message with your contact information to and the Foundation will share this with the West, Texas department.




We are receiving word that six fire stations have been destroyed on the South Shore of Long Island.  We know of these six and have received little word from Suffolk County or information regarding stations in New Jersey.  Our Brothers and Sisters need us to take action immediately to help them get back into service.  Some of the equipment that came to Alabama in the aftermath of the April 27th Tornados came from the fire stations that now lay in ruins.  Now is our time to step up and lend a helping hand to our Brothers and Sisters that have been there in the past for us.


The Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund is requesting that donations be sent to assist these departments as indicated below.  If you or your department would like to make a donation to the Fund, all of the money will be used to assist the firefighters and their departments.  Contact Spruce McRee, Director of Alabama Chapter Terry Farrell Fund (205-908-3850 – ,Larry Jarvis (205-799-4152 –, or Reid Vaughan (205-499-6905 – if you need assistance with the collection of your donation.  The Alabama Chapter will be collecting donations from Alabama Firefigthers and Fire Departments.  We will forward every penny of that money to the National Chapter to assist the affected departments.  Please see the announcements attached from the Secrets List (


Yours in Service,


Spruce McRee, Director

Alabama Chapter



The Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund was established in memory of Terry Farrell, a decorated member of FDNY Rescue 4 and Chief of the Dix Hills (Long Island) VFD. Terry, along with 342 of his brothers, perished on September 11, 2001  in the World Trade Center attack. “The Fund” assists firefighters and their families with educational, medical and equipment needs in time of need…. The Terry Farrell Fund DIRECTLY supports Firefighters who serve their communities and “The Fund” has a stellar reputation. “The Fund” also provides donated usable fire equipment, apparatus and related items to help departments in urgent need – so they can get back to serving their communities. The Terry Farrell Fund  is operated predominately by Firefighters along with friends of the Fund and operate on a volunteer basis in order to give back to the firefighting community.


Phone Direct: 516-783-1996, 516-840-8839 or e-mail: and (copy both due to e-mail/internet service outages in NY)



(The Terry Farrell Fund operates on an annual budget of 1 to 3%. They have no paid staff, and all of their members are Firefighters and family members who volunteer to make the lives of brothers & sister Firefighters better. They are a 501c3 exempt organization)



The IAFF Disaster Relief Fund provides assistance to IAFF members in the United States and Canada who suffer financial hardship as the result of a federally declared disaster area or in cases of natural or man-made disasters, such as floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, fires or civil disturbances. Created in 1993 as a nonprofit, tax exempt, trust fund affiliated with the IAFF, the IAFF Disaster Relief Fund provides immediate cash to IAFF members in time of greatest need. The Fund was established after the IAFF assistance to its members following the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew.


(The IAFF Disaster Relief Fund is a 501 (c)(3) Trust Fund)


The Secret List 11-2-12 /1100 Hours





WTC at Cuba Fire Part I…

After a successful display at the Cuba Day celebration on Saturday, May 19th, the WTC Steel traveled to the Lauderdale United Methodist Church in Lauderdale, MS.  Cuba Fire was assisted by a sister agency in Mississippi with the transport and care of the steel.  The LUMC congregation held a special service of remembrance for those who lost their lives on 9/11, and also held a service of celebration and thanks for those that protect the East Mississippi and West Alabama area.  Police, Fire, and EMS providers from the twin states area attended the special service in their honor.  The WTC Steel was placed in the front of the sanctuary and many people shed a tear or commented about the memories they had of that fateful day.  Below is the video from the local ABC affiliate about the special service.

WTC Steel at Huguley Fire…

Chief Stan Taylor of the Huguley Fire Department sent along these excellent pictures of their department’s activities while hosting the WTC Steel.  The picture with the children is most poignant.  These little guys and gals were not around to witness that day, but through the efforts of the fire service they are being taught about this vital date in our history. 


Firefighter Justin Gillen…

Brierfield Volunteer Firefighter

Justin Gillen



On Saturday afternoon March 24, 27-year-old Justin Gillen was killed in a motorcycle accident.  Justin leaves behind a wife, Paige, 10-year old son, Tyler and 3-year-old daughter, Jenna.  Justin had just found a job in January so unfortunately his insurance benefits were not in force yet and there is no coverage to help this family with final and ongoing expenses.


Justin was a good man and firefighter.  He loved the fire service and to help his community but he loved his family more.


The Alabama Chapter of the Terry Farrell Firefighter’s Fund is working to collect funds to help this grief stricken family.  100% of donations in Justin’s name will go to help this family.


Donations may be made to:


The Terry Farrell Firefighter’s Fund-Alabama Chapter

Justin Gillen

C/O The Alabama Fire College

2501 Phoenix Dr

                                                                                                                       Tuscaloosa, AL 35405



Spruce McRee


Brierfield Volunteer Fire & Rescue

Oneonta Event…

Pictures from the display at the Oneonta Public Library on March 17th and the Oneaonta Wal-mart on March 18th. 








Pictures from the Home and Garden Display…

The images shared below were taken by Alabama Chapter Director Spruce McRee at the recent Home and Garden show held at the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center.  These pictures provide just a glimpse into the display and the impact that it had on the people there.  One of the most poignant images is a father showing the steel to his son.  From the looks of the young man he has only heard about that fateful day in American History through the eyes and ears of others.  The fact that we are able to share this important piece of history with the children and the adults alike is incredible.  Chief McRee stated that, “there is no piece of the Arizona that has travelled through the states.”  However, here we are able to place a piece of another day when America and her fire service were attacked before the people.  They are able to touch and see a vivid reminder of that day and share in the honor this shows to the memory of the loved and lost. 


Special thanks to the Birmingham Fire and Rescue Department’s Honor Guard for providing so much assistance at this event.