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Death Notice

October 2014

Condolences to the family of former D.C. Fire Chief Theodore R. Coleman who passed away on October 14, 2014. He was 87 years old.

Chief Coleman led the Department from February 1983 to December 1988. Appointed on January 5, 1953 to Engine Co. 7 and retired on December 1, 1988 as Fire Chief.

Funeral Arrangements are as follows:

THURSDAY OCT. 23 2014, FROM 9:00 AM TO 11:00 AM.



925 Bladensburg Road N.E.

October 16 2014: Story By Vito Maggiolo

Nobody was injured after a car slammed into the side of a drug store in Northeast DC on Thursday afternoon, October 16th.

The accident took place in the 4 PM hour at the CVS pharmacy at 925 Bladensburg Road NE. The collapse rescue assignment arrived to find a hole punched thru a wall of the building. The driver had already backed out and claimed no injury.

Firefighters evacuated the store, secured utilities, and set up a safety zone. The cave-in task force determined there were no structural stability issues.

Class 267 Reunion

October 2014: Courtesy of Steve Reid

Members of DCFD Class 267 were appointed to the District of Columbia Fire Department on October 11, 1977.

Thirty-Seven years later on October 11, 2014, following the retirement of the last member, DFC Kevin Byrne, they gathered at the Maryland National Golf Club Schroyer’s Tavern in Middletown, MD to celebrate.

Eight of the twenty-four classmates attended and shared many of their career stories.

Classmates in attendance included Stephen Reid and his wife Pat, Thomas Herlihy and his wife Aleida, Kevin Byrne and his wife Nancy, John Parry and his wife Kathy, William Wallace and his wife Holly, Leroy Hosgood and his wife Ruth, James Talbert, and Kevin Klein.

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1345 Good Hope Road S.E.

October 15, 2014: Story By Vito Maggiolo

Photos Courtesy Engine15 & Rescue Squad 3

A tightly secured commercial building in Anacostia posed severe forcible entry problems when it caught fire on Wednesday morning, October 15th.

The blaze was reported around 6:45 AM in a one story structure at 1345 Good Hope Road SE. A working fire dispatch was sounded as firefighters utilized several saws to gain entry into the store. Once inside, they encountered fire in a merchandize rack that had extended into the ceiling.

Ventilation also proved challenging, but a persistent interior attack finally brought the flames under control, with the assistance of an additional truck company above the box and working fire assignments.

All searches of the structure proved negative.

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338 Madison Street N.W.

October 11, 2014: Story By Vito Maggiolo

A blazing row home greeted 4th Battalion firefighters on Friday, October 11th.

The fire broke out around 1:30 PM at 338 Madison Street NW, a two story, middle row house. Arriving units encountered flames billowing from the second floor rear of the dwelling, and a working fire dispatch was immediately requested.

Fire was able to spread slightly to the adjacent "D" exposure before the blaze was contained. All searches proved negative.

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11th & Girard N.W.

October 9, 2014: Story By Vito Maggiolo

One person had to be removed from an overturned vehicle in the Columbia Heights area during the early morning hours of Thursday, October 9th.

The incident took place at the corner of 11th and Girard Street NW around 2:30 AM. The vehicle apparently went out of control and ended up on its side against the wall and fence surrounding a home.

The lone occupant was transported to a local hospital.

1258 Florida Avenue N.E.

October 7, 2014: Story By Vito Maggiolo

Engine 10 and Truck 13 made quick work of a dawn blaze a short distance from their quarters on Tuesday, October 7th.

The fire took place around 6 AM on the top floor of a two story row at 1258 Florida Avenue NE. Although fire was showing on arrival, it was promptly knocked down by the first attack line.

A fire investigator looking into the source of the fire after it was extinguished suffered injuries and was transported to the hospital.

Firefighters Honored

October 2014

Courtesy of DCFIRE & EMS

Firefighter James Bunn was one of many firefighters who received a certificate of appreciation for heroic actions taken during a house fire in the 4500 block of Blaine Street N.E. in July.


2014 DCFD Challenge Coin $10, Sales to benefit DCFD Firefighters Burn Foundation : Contact Elliot 301-807-8192 or DCFIREBYE

South Capitol Street S.W.

October 4, 2014: Story & Photos By Elliot J Goodman

Saturday afternoon DC Fire and EMS personnel were dispatched to the entrance at Bolling AFB for an MVA with trapped victims.

As the incident was at the main gate of Bolling, Naval District Washington Firefighters responded as well with their new Pierce Rescue Engine 43 and started the extrication.

Rescue Squad 3 arrived on the scene and assisted with a second tool. The patient was extricated and transported to the hospital. Assisting on the call were Engine's 15 and 32 as well.

2 Massachussetts Avenue N.E.

October 2, 2014: Story & Photos By Elliot J Goodman

Around 5 PM the Special Operations Assignment was sounded for a man that had fallen approximately 20 feet into a concrete pit.

Engine 3 arrived on the scene and found a person at the bottom of the pit who had fallen on a concrete slab. Rescue Squad 1 assisted by Truck 4, Squad 2, Engine 3 and other DCFEMS personnel climbed into the pit, rendered first aid and packaged the person who was in critical condition.

Truck 4 raised the patient above ground where he was turned over to EMS personnel and transported to the hospital.

ATV 29

October 2014: Story By Vito Maggiolo

Photo Courtesy of Firefighter Chris Oliphant

One of DC's newer acquisitions, ATV 29, sits in front of the Quarters of Engine 29 and Truck 5 on MacArthur Boulevard.

It is used for responses along the C&O canal and the Capital Crescent Trail.

Pepco Power Plant

October 2, 2014: Story By Vito Maggiolo

DC firefighters battled a blaze in a large disused transformer at a Pepco facility in Southwest DC on Thursday, October 2nd.

The fire erupted around 9:15 AM at the old power plant at First Street and Potomac Avenue SW. Although the transformer was well involved, it was quickly determined that it contained no oil and presented no electrical hazard.

The foam unit task force and hazmat were initially requested, but were quickly returned to service. It took considerable effort to open up the metal exterior and expose the insulating layers burning within.

Yes, Virginia, firefighters DO rescue cats from trees, including in your Nation’s Capital.

October 1, 2014: Story By Vito Maggiolo

Truck 6 recently saved “Peanut”, who was missing and finally located up a tree in Mount Pleasant.

Posting on a local website, the owner gave thanks to the company and in particular firefighter Steve McKnight, who was the one to actually snatch Peanut from a fate worse then death.



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