March 24, 2017

Jason Weiland - Police Officer Fatality - and victims - Dianne Look, Karen Barclay and Sara Sann - Wisconsin

Jason Weiland
Detective Jason Weiland, age 40, died in the line of duty on March 22, 2017, in Weston, Wisconsin.

Detective Weiland was a member of the Everest Metropolitan Police Department. He had 18 years of service in law enforcement and 15 years with the department.

It is all such a terrible tragedy that it difficult to relate. 


Jason was killed while responding to several domestic disturbance calls and other reports of multiple shootings in various locations.

Initially, police responded to a domestic disturbance call at a bank in Rothschild, in which two women, Dianne Look, age 67, and Karen Barclay, age 62, were shot and killed by a male subject. 


This male then entered a law office in Schofield and killed Sara Quirt Sann, age 43, who was an attorney working there. 

This male then barricaded himself inside an apartment complex in Weston, where he exchanged fire with officers from multiple agencies. During this firefight, Jason Weiland was fatally struck down by gunfire. 

The suspect, Nngmy Vang, age 45, has been taken into custody.

Dianne M. Look grew up in many places, but she called Wisconsin home. A graduate of DC Everest High School, Dianne was the loving mother to two children, Christy Bleu and Chuck Mientke. Dianne will be remembered as a loyal employee of Marathon Savings Bank, where she has been a branch manager since 1998. Dianne valued the customer relationship and loved to serve her customers and neighbors. Dianne met her husband, Robert Look, while working at a local bank in 1988. The two married in 1992 and lived in South Dakota for a number of years before returning to Wisconsin in 1998. They have resided in Wisconsin since. Dianne and Robert celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary this past Valentine's Day. Dianne was 67-years-old.

Karen L. Barclay moved to Wisconsin in 1993 and was employed at Marathon Savings Bank for more than five years. She was a loving mother to one daughter and two granddaughters, ages four and seven. Karen will always be remembered as “mum mum” by her granddaughters. Karen was extremely dedicated to her work. She loved her holidays, co-workers, and spending time with family. Karen was 62-years-old.

Sara H. Quirt Sann was a life-long resident of Wausau. She was a loving wife, daughter, sister, stepmom, aunt, friend, and a community servant. Sara loved golf,
Saint Bernadette of Lourdes who
said: "I am ground like a grain of
wheat", pray for all women who
are ground down by domestic
violence. Pray for an end to the
insanity.  
yoga, practicing law, and her dog, Mary. Sara was a warrior for change in society. Sara was 43-years-old.

A memorial fund for the Weiland family has been established through Intercity State Bank, 2900 Schofield Ave., Weston, WI 54476. Donations for the family can be directed to Intercity State Bank under the name of “Weiland Memorial Fund.”

A funding campaign as been set up at River Valley Bank entitled "Victims Family Fund. River Valley Bank is matching the first $25,000 dollars in donations. Payments are accepted online and at any bank branch for the next month.

Oceans of tears are being shed for Dianne, Karen, Sara and for Jason. They will be mourned and missed forever.

The members of the Everest Metropolitan Police Department are in mourning over the death of their brother. Jason was a dedicated professional who was well-respected by his peers. He stepped up and did the right thing. It was his job to do so. He will be forever remembered.


Michael, Patron Saint of the Police,
pray for Jason and for those who have lost him. 
Jason's loved ones are devastated over his tragic death. He was loved. He did his best. He will be forever mourned.

Jason is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his wife and two children.

Thank you for your service to the community, Jason.

Pray for all who die in the line of duty. 

Pray for all who go to work and who die there.

God save us from the psychopaths. They are killing us, Father. Amen. 


Pray that Robert Weiland is in Heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Pray that Dianne Look is in Heaven. Pray that she is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Pray that Karen Barclay is in Heaven. Pray that she is at peace and is with God, Amen.

Pray that Sara Quirt Sann is in Heaven. Pray that she is at peace and is with God, Am
en.

March 22, 2017

Robert Boniface - U.S. Air Force Fatality - Afghanistan

Sergeant 1st Class Robert R. Boniface, age 34, of San Luis Obispo, California, died on March 19, 2017, in Logar Province, Afghanistan. 

Robert Boniface
Sergeant 1st Class Boniface was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group based at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.

Robert died of a non-combat related incident which is under investigation. 

Robert was participating in Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, which is the U.S. military's support of allies against terrorists in Afghanistan. 

Robert was a Green Beret and a Medical Sergeant. He was originally from El Centro, California but had lived in San Luis Obispo for some time. 

Robert entered the Army in 2006. In 2010, he became a Green Beret and served out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina. 

Robert's awards and decorations include two Bronze Stars, the Army Commendation Medal, and many others.

Robert's military comrades are in mourning over the death of their brother. He will be forever remembered.

Robert's loved ones are devastated over his tragic death. He was loved. He did his best. He will be
Angels of God, pray for Robert and
for those who have lost him.
forever mourned.

Robert is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his parents, his wife and his daughter. 

Thank you for your service to America, Robert. 

Pray for all who die in a foreign land, far from their loved ones. 

Pray that Robert is in Heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Pray, without ceasing, unto God for an end to all War. It is enough.

March 20, 2017

Joseph Toscano - Firefighter Fatality - Watertown, Massachusetts

Firefighter Joseph Toscano, age 54, of Randolph, Massachusetts, died in the line of duty on March 17, 2017, at a hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 
Joseph Toscano

Firefighter Toscano was a member of the Watertown Fire Department. He had 20 years of service. 

Watertown has a population of 32,000 and is part of the Greater Boston area. 

Joseph was part of a crew battling a two-alarm house fire in Watertown. During the firefight he collapsed from an unknown medical condition. 

He was rushed to a hospital in Cambridge where, tragically, he passed away. 

Joseph was raised in Massapequa, New York. He was a family man who built his family's home. He was always stepping up to help his family and friends. He liked to cook for his firefighter comrades. He worked for decades for Incarnation Camp in Connecticut. 

Florian, Patron Saint of
Firefighters, pray for Joseph
and for those who have lost him.
The members of the Watertown Fire Department are in mourning over the death of their brother. Joe was well-liked and well-respected by all. He was one of the good guys. He will be forever remembered.

Joseph's loved ones are devastated over his sudden and tragic death. He was loving and kind in spirit. He did his best. He will be forever mourned.

Joseph is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his wife, Maureen, and his five children.

Thank you for your service to the community, Joe.  

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

Pray for all who die suddenly. They are with us one moment and are gone before we can say goodbye.

Pray that Joseph is in Heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Shawn Anderson - Sheriff's Office Fatality - Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Shawn Anderson
Sergeant Shawn Anderson, age 43, died in the line of duty on March 18, 2017, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Sergeant Anderson was a member of the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office. He had 18 years of service.

In the late evening hours, Shawn and another officer had gone to a beauty salon in a strip mall to investigate a rape accusation. The suspect in the case was being interviewed when a struggle ensued. The male subject shot Shawn.

Shawn was rushed to a local hospital where, tragically, he was pronounced deceased.

The suspect was shot during the incident and is in custody.

Shawn was a U.S. Army veteran with six years of service in the military.  He is the father of two children.

During his career with the Sheriff's Office, Shawn served in numerous divisions of the
Michael, Patron Saint of the Police, pray for
Shawn and for those who have lost him. 
department. He received many awards and decorations for his high level of performance. Last year, he was honored for helping to deliver a baby on the side of a roadway. He had served over 60 high risk warrants as a member of the SWAT team. He also received a life saving award for rescuing a woman during an attempted suicide incident on a local bridge.

The members of the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office are in mourning over the death of their brother. Shawn was hard-working and focused. If something had to be done, he did it. He had a sense of humor and he had a soft heart. He will be forever remembered.

Shawn's loved ones are devastated over his sudden and tragic death. He did his best. He will be forever mourned.

Shawn is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members who will forever miss him.

Thank you for your service to America and to the community, Shawn.

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

Pray for all who die suddenly. They are with us one moment and are gone before we can say goodbye.

God save us from the Lost Ones who bring death to others. Amen.

Pray that Shawn is in Heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

March 17, 2017

Yadira Arroyo - Emergency Medical Technician Fatality - New York City

Yadira Arroyo
EMT Yadira Arroyo, age 44, died in the line of duty on March 16, 2017, on a street in the Bronx, New York City. 

EMT Arroyo was a member of the New York City Fire Department. She had 14 years of service. 

In the early evening hours, Yadira and another EMT were responding to an emergency call. They were alerted that a man was riding on the back bumper of their ambulance. They stopped the vehicle and Yadira got out. The male subject ran around to the other side of the ambulance and got into the driver's seat. He put the vehicle into reverse and ran over Yadira who was standing behind it. She was dragged by the vehicle until it ran into several parked cars and got stuck in a snowbank. 

Yadira was rushed to a local medical center where, tragically, she was pronounced deceased. 

Witnesses were able to hold the man until the police arrived. 

Florian, Patron Saint of
Firefighters, pray for Yadira
and for those who have lost her.
Jose Gonzalez, age 25, of the Bronx, was arrested on charges of murder, grand larceny and driving while impaired by drugs. He has a prior history of mental health problems and numerous arrests. 

Yadira was the mother of five children. She was engaged to be married. 

The members of the New York City Fire Department are in mourning over the death of their sister. She was a valued member of their team. She will be forever remembered.

Yadira's loved ones are devastated over her sudden and tragic death. She was a loving mother who did her best. She will be forever mourned.

Yadira is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members who will forever miss her.

Thank you for your service to the community, Yadira.

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

Pray for all who die suddenly. They are with us one moment and are gone before we can say goodbye.

God save us from the Lost Ones who bring death to others. Amen.

Pray that Yadira is in Heaven. Pray that she is at peace and is with God. Amen.

March 16, 2017

Good Samaritans - Jonathan Mango; Debbie Bolton

Jonathan running towards the woman on the tracks
On March 8, 2017, Jonathan Mango, age 28, was driving on a street in Saddle Brook, New Jersey.

He was idling at a railway crossing when he noticed an elderly woman, with canes in each hand, hobbling across the train tracks.

Red lights were flashing and a train was in the distance. Jonathan darted out of his car, ducked under the lowered railway gates and ran to the woman. Another unknown man rushed up to help and together they managed to direct the woman to safety just as a commuter train sped past.

If she had not received help, she would have been killed.

It was later determined that the woman is 89 years old, doesn't speak English well and often goes on walks by herself.

Credit also goes to the train conductor who applied the emergency brakes and slowed the train, giving an extra few seconds to Jonathan and the other man to lead the woman to safety.

Jonathan was praised for his actions but replied: "It's just an ordinary Wednesday."
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On March 8, 2017, a man and his young daughter were at the Omaha, Nebraska airport tying to check in for a flight. When he had booked the flight in January, his daughter was under the age of 1 year old and was therefore allowed to fly for free. In the interim, the girl had a birthday and was now 2 years old and her flight would not now be free.

Debbie Bolton at the reservation counter
The man was visibily very upset. He didn't have the extra money and he started making telephone calls. The plane fare for the girl was over $700 U.S.

Debbie Bolton was standing nearby and asked the man what was wrong. When she heard his story she approached the reservation desk and offered to pay for the girl's plane ticket. And she did pay the fare.

Debbie is the co-founder of Norwex, an international cleaning supplies company, and she was passing through Omaha on her way home.

Debbie did not want any publicity over this incident. Friends have stated that she is an amazing woman.
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The Good Samaritans reach out to
strangers who are in distress.

God bless Jonathan Mango who is a Good Samaritan. 

God bless Debbie Bolton who is a Good Samaritan.

They are the people who step up in times of need and in times of distress.

Good Samaritans are the everyday heroes of the modern era.

March 15, 2017

Jackie Deveau - a victim of Hit-And-Run in Nova Scotia, Canada

Jackie Deveau
Jackie Deveau, age 54, of Cheticamp, Nova Scotia, died on March 11, 2017, at a hospital in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada. 

He was struck down by a hit-and-run driver at about 9:30 p.m. on a highway in Sydney. 

It is unknown why Jackie was walking on the highway at that time.

Anyone with information is urged to call 902-794-5800 or 1-800-803-RCMP (7267) or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Jackie was a Canadian Air Force veteran. He served as a peacekeeper in Kuwait in the early 1990's. He also helped with the cleanup of Swissair Flight 111, which crashed into the Atlantic Ocean southwest of Halifax International Airport in 1998. 

Jackie was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder three years after participating in the Swissair cleanup. He finished his career as a master warrant officer and retired in September of 2016. 

Jackie was a staunch supporter of "Soldier On", which is a support program for P.T.S.D. survivors. His family requests that all levels of government step up and provide increased support for military men and women who suffer from military-related trauma. 

The circumstances of this fatal accident are unknown at this time. Most hit-and-run deaths are caused by drivers who are impaired by alcohol or drugs; or by drivers who
Angels of God, pray for Jackie and for those
who have lost him. 
are texting or talking on their cell-phones; or by drivers who are speeding. 


We offer this advice to all drivers: If you find that you are drunk, wasted or doped up on street drugs or prescription drugs or if you are falling asleep on your feet, do NOT drive. Call a family member or a friend for a ride; or take a taxi or a bus; or stay where you are until you sober up; or crawl home on your hands and knees. It will be better for you and for the world if you do.

Regret can last a lifetime.

Jackie's loved ones are devastated over his sudden and tragic death. He loved his family and his friends. He loved life. He was a giving and selfless man with a kind spirit. He tried to help others. He did his best. He will be forever mourned.

Jackie is survived by many loving friends and family members including his wife, Lorna.

Pray for justice for Jackie. 

Thank you for your service to Canada, Jackie. 

God save us from the hit-and-run drivers. They strike us down on the road and then run away like wolves. Amen.

Pray that Jackie is in Heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

March 13, 2017

Dennis DeVoe - Firefighter Fatality - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Lieutenant Dennis DeVoe, age 45, died in the line of duty on March 11, 2017, at a hospital in Hershey, Pennsylvania. 
Dennis DeVoe

Lt. DeVoe was a member of the Harrisburg Bureau of Fire. He had 21 years of service. 

Dennis was called "Denny" by many of his family and friends. 

In the evening hours of March 10, 2017, a fire broke out in a row house in Harrisburg.  The emergency call stipulated that people were trapped in the building. 

Dennis was responding to the alarm. At a controlled intersection his vehicle was struck by a stolen vehicle which was being driven by a 19 year old female who ran a stop sign. Dennis' vehicle was hit so hard that it was forced through a fence and into a parking lot. 

Dennis was rushed to a hospital where, tragically, on March 11, 2017, he succumbed to his injuries. 

Tragically, Ashanti Hughes, a small child, died as a result of the fire. The cause of the fire is believed to be a hoverboard which was being charged. While charging it burst into flames, setting the entire house on fire. 

Florian, Patron Saint of Firefighters,
pray for Dennis and for those who
have lost him. 
The 19 year old female driver fled the scene but was later arrested at a hospital. She is believed to have been intoxicated. 

This woman is innocent unless proven guilty. 

However, we offer this advice to all drivers: If you find that you are drunk, wasted or doped up on street drugs or prescription drugs or if you are falling asleep on your feet, do NOT drive. Call a family member or a friend for a ride; or take a taxi or a bus; or stay where you are until you sober up; or crawl home on your hands and knees. It will be better for you and for the world if you do.

Regret can last a lifetime.

A funding site has been set up to help the DeVoe family with expenses. 

Dennis and his family lived in Stewartstown. He had volunteered with fire departments in Fawn Grove, Stewartstown and Whiteford. He first started volunteering at age 16. 

The members of the Harrisburg Bureau of Fire are in mourning over the death of their brother. Dennis was a dedicated professional who saved lives. He was a mentor to others. He was one of the good guys. He will be forever remembered.

Dennis' loved ones are devastated over his sudden and tragic death. He was loving and he was loved in return. He did his best. He will be forever mourned.

Dennis is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his wife, Amy, and their children.

Thank you for your service to the community, Dennis. 

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

Pray for all who die suddenly. They are with us one moment and are gone the next. 

God save us from the drunk and the doped up drivers. They are killing us, Father. Amen.

Pray that Dennis is in Heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Pray for Ashanti Hughes and for those who have lost her. Amen. 

March 11, 2017

Curtis Bartlett - Deputy Sheriff Fatality - Virginia

Curtis Bartlett
Deputy Sheriff Curtis Bartlett, age 32, died in the line of duty on March 9, 2017, in Carroll County, Virginia.

Deputy Sheriff Bartlett was a member of the Carroll County Sheriff's Office based in Huntsville, Virginia. He had 3 1/2 years of service with Carroll County and one year of service with the Albemarle Police Department in North Carolina.

Late on March 9th, Curtis was responding to assist another Deputy and a Virginia State Police trooper who were pursuing a vehicle. He was traveling on Highway 58 when his patrol car collided with a semi-trailer.

Tragically, Curtis succumbed to his injuries at the scene of the accident.

The driver of the vehicle being pursued was arrested and charged with driving on a revoked license resulting in death and related charges.

Curtis was a U.S. Army veteran and served from November of 2004 to July of 2007. 

He graduated from Galax High School in Galax, Virginia. He was a 2013 graduate of the New River Criminal Justice Training Academy in Dublin, Virginia. Curtis joined the Carroll County Sheriff's Office in June of 2013. 
Michael, Patron Saint of the
Police, pray for Curtis and
for those who have lost him.

Friends describe Curtis as a talented and helpful man. He was a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer who was recognized for his commitment to health, nutrition and fitness. He strived to motivate others within the Sheriff’s Office and other agencies to work towards healthier lifestyles. He was also a personal fitness trainer. He had also served as a resource officer at county schools. He was a certified K-9 handler and a licensed pilot.

The members of the Carroll County Sheriff's Office are in mourning over the death of their brother. Curtis was a dedicated and professional Deputy who was well-respected by his comrades. He will be forever remembered.

Curtis' loved ones are devastated over his sudden and tragic death. He did his best. He will be forever mourned.

Curtis is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his parents and four siblings.

Thank you for your service to America and to the community, Curtis. 

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

Pray for all who die by misadventure. They are with us one moment and are gone before we can say goodbye.

Pray that Curtis is in Heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

March 10, 2017

Alfred Barr - Canadian Air Force Fatality - Winnipeg, Manitoba

Alfred Barr
Master Cpl. Alfred Barr, age 31, died in the line of duty on March 8, 2017, near Yorkton, Saskatchewan.

Master Cpl. Barr was a member of 435 Transport and Rescue Squadron at 17 Wing in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Alfred was a Search and Rescue Technician. These Air Force personnel find and save people in dangerous situations, sometimes under extreme conditions.

He was attending a training session which involved a parachute jump. Tragically, Alfred was mortally injured in an accident during the jump.

The tragic accident is under investigation by Air Force authorities. 


Alfred was originally from Lethbridge, Alberta. He joined the military in 2009 and had graduated from the search-and-rescue training course in June of 2016.

Friends and comrades describe Alfred as a man who was always smiling and who
was upbeat, hard-working and kind in spirit.

Light a candle for Alfred. Light his way to Heaven.

The members of the 435 Transport and Rescue Squadron are in mourning over the death of their brother. Alfred was proud to be a Search and Rescue Technician. He stepped up and did what had to be done. He will be forever remembered.

Alfred's loved ones are devastated over his sudden and tragic death. He had a zest for life and was adventurous. He was optimistic. He was loving and was loved in return. He did his best. He will be forever mourned.

Alfred is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including but not limited to his mother, his sisters and his fiancĂ©e.

Thank you for your service to Canada, Alfred. 

Pray for all who die in the line of duty. 

Pray for all who die by misadventure. They are with us one moment and are gone before we can say goodbye.

Pray that Alfred is in Heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

March 9, 2017

William Dowling - Firefighter Fatality - Houston, Texas

Bill Dowling
Captain William Dowling, age 43, died in the line of duty on March 7, 2017, at a hospital in Colorado.

Captain Dowling was a retired member of the Houston Fire Department. He had worked out of Fire Station 68. He had 17 years of service.

He was known as Bill to his family and friends.  He was known as "Iron Bill" to many citizens of Houston because of his fortitude and tenacity.

Just after noon on May 31, 2013, Bill and numerous other firefighters responded to a fire at the Southwest Inn in Houston. A motel, restaurant and sports bar were part of the structure.

Tragically, four Houston Firefighters were killed when a roof collapsed on them. More than a dozen other firefighters were injured, some extremely seriously.

Bill was one of those seriously injured. He lost both of his legs. He lost the ability to speak. He suffered from brain damage.

Bill was retired the day after the tragedy and continued to fight for survival from then
Florian, Patron Saint of
Firefighters, pray for Bill
and for those who have
lost him.
on. Bill and his wife and children had moved to Durango, Colorado, to take advantage of an adaptive sports rehabilitation program in existence there.

Tragically, Bill passed away from complications resulting from his injuries. His passing is considered to be in the line of duty.

Bill began his firefighting career in 2000. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran.

The members of the Houston Fire Department are in mourning over the death of their brother. Bill was a hero whose services to Houston will never be forgotten.

Bill's loved ones are devastated over his death. He was incredibly brave. He did his best. He will be forever mourned.

Bill is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his wife, Jacki and three children - Faith, Forrest and Foster.

Thank you for your service to America and to the community, Bill.

Pray for all who go to work and who die because of it.

Pray for all who suffer.

Pray that Bill is in Heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

March 1, 2017

Kevin Haverly - Deputy Sheriff Fatality - Greene County, New York

Kevin Haverly
Deputy Sheriff Kevin Haverly, age 26, died in the line of duty on February 28, 2017, in Greene County, New York.

Deputy Sheriff Haverly was a member of the Greene County Sheriff's Office. He had four years of service.

Kevin was working an overnight shift. Before 6:30 a.m., he was returning to the satellite office in Ashland when his patrol SUV left the roadway of Route 23 and crashed into a utility pole.

Tragically, Kevin succumbed to his injuries, at the scene of the accident. 

Comrades describe Kevin as a great guy who had always wanted to be a deputy sheriff. He always had a smile on his face. He loved his family and he loved to hunt and fish. 

Michael, Patron Saint of the
Police, pray for Kevin and
for those who have lost him.
Kevin was a graduate of the Christian Brothers Academy. Friends there describe Kevin as a friendly and helpful young man with a kind spirit.

The members of the Greene County Sheriff's Office are in mourning over the death of their young brother. Kevin was a hard worker. He was a professional who had a future in law enforcement. He will be forever remembered.

Kevin's loved ones are devastated over his sudden and tragic death. He did his best. He will be forever mourned.

Kevin is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his mother; his sister; his wife and his three children.

Thank you for your service to the community, Kevin. 

Pray for all who die by misadventure. They are with us one moment and are gone before we can say goodbye.

Pray that Kevin is in Heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

February 27, 2017

James Franciskovich - Firefighter Fatality - Iowa

James Franciskovich
Firefighter James Franciskovich, age 52, of West Burlington, Iowa, died on February 24, 2017, on a highway in Mahaska County, Iowa.

Firefighter Franciskovich was a volunteer member of the West Burlington Fire Department. He had 15 years of service.

He was known to his friends as Jim and as "Franco".

Jim was a passenger in a fire department vehicle with two other firefighters. They were travelling to the State Fire School in Ames, Iowa, for training. After 6:00 p.m., the driver lost control of the vehicle on an icy stretch of highway and flipped over. Jim was ejected from the vehicle.

Tragically, Jim, died of his injuries.

The other two firefighters received minor injuries.

Jim was an Army veteran with 20 years of service. He also worked in plant operations maintenance for Great River Medical Center.

He was an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs, Minnesota Vikings and Miami Hurricanes. He
Florian, Patron Saint of
Firefighters, pray for Jim
and for those who have
lost him.
loved motorcycles, working out, being outdoors and spending time with his grandchildren.

Friends describe Jim as a helpful man who was easy to talk to. He had a sense of humor.

The members of the West Burlington Fire Department are in mourning over the death of their brother. Jim took his firefighting duties seriously. He will be forever remembered.

Jim's loved ones are devastated over his sudden and tragic death. He did his best. He will be forever mourned.

Jim is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his brothers - John and Peter; his sisters - Mary and Marianne; his wife, Cindee; his daughters Haley and Stephanie; his step-children, Anthony and Emilie; and four grand-children.

Thank you for your service to America and to the community, Jim. 

Pray for all who die by misadventure. They are with us one moment and are gone before we can say goodbye.

Pray that Jim is in Heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.