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FOR THE RECORD T he National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) offers finan- cial assistance for post-secondary education and training to spouses, life partners, children and stepchildren of fire- fighters honored at the NFFF Memorial. T he NFFF is now accepting applica - tions for 2017. Children and stepchildren must be under age 30 and have been under age 22 at the time of the firefighter's death. Scholarships must be postmarked and received by April 1, 2017. S cholarships are awarded for undergraduate and graduate studies, voca- tional-technical train- i ng, a nd cer t i f ica- tion and job training programs. They may be used for study at in-state or out-of-state public and private schools. Since 1997, the Founda- tion and its partners have awarded 1,060 scholarships totaling over $3 million. Fields of study for the recipients have ranged from Accounting to Auto Mechanics, and from Fire Science to Elementa r y Education. For additional informa- tion and eligibility require- ments, please visit the Schol- arship section of the NFFF website at U.S. firefighters recently died in the line of duty. Three deaths were health-related, two occurred as the result of injuries during firefighting operations and one is still under investigation. This edition of Firehouse is dedi- cated to these firefighters. Line-of-Duty Deaths 6 FIREFIGHTER ALFRED A. STEWART , 79, of West Milford, NJ, Volunteer Fire Company #6, died on Nov. 6. Stewart was performing mainte- nance duties alone at the station while other company members attended a drill. At some point, Stewart ascended a ladder inside the station. When fire department personnel returned from the drill, they found Stewart entangled in the fallen ladder. Despite lifesav- ing efforts, Stewart was pronounced dead shortly thereafter. It is unknown whether Stewart suffered a medical emergency while atop the ladder and then fell, or if the ladder had fallen while he was on it, causing his trauma. CHIEF MICHAEL PAYNE , 58, of the Brookston Prairie Township, IN, Fire Department, died on Nov. 8. Payne and members of his depart- ment responded to a truck fire just before midnight on Nov. 7. After the fire was extinguished, Payne fell ill and collapsed. Lifesaving efforts were initiated and he was transported to Indiana University Hospital where he passed away a few hours later. FIREFIGHTER TED RODNEY COLLETT , 41, of Red Bird, KY, Volunteer Fire and Rescue, died on Nov. 17. Collett suffered head and arm injuries on Oct. 29 while working a wildland fire incident. While on scene, a tree limb fell and struck him and the fire apparatus he was on. Collett was airlifted to Pikeville Medical Center for treatment, but succumbed to his injuries the evening of Nov. 17. MASTER FIREFIGHTER MICHAEL W. CURRY , 42, of Savannah, GA, Fire and Emergency Services, died on Nov. 19. Curry was involved in rescue operations at an emergency incident when he suffered an apparent medical condition. Emergency medical personnel attended to Curry on scene and transported him to Memorial University Medi- cal Center, where he passed away later that evening. FIRE POLICE CAPTAIN MERLE L. NELL , 78, of the Volunteer Fire Com- pany of Vernon, NY, died on Nov. 26. Nell became ill while working on a mutual aid fire call with his fire department, and later passed away in the hospital from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be reported. SENIOR FIREFIGHTER ARDYTHE "ARDY" HOPE , 48, of the Wilmington, DE, Fire Department, died on Dec. 1. After spending two months in the hospital fighting injuries suffered while attempting to rescue fel- low firefighters who were trapped after a floor collapse, Hope suc- cumbed to those injuries. She is the third Wilmington firefighter to die as a result of this fire. A daughter of the homeowner has been charged with arson and murder for intentionally setting the fire. 2016 EVT of the Year Announced R obert Corsi, chief mechanic, Cranston, RI, Fire Department, has been named the 2016 Emergency Vehicle Technician (EVT) of the Year by Firehouse. Corsi has 29 years with the Cranston Fire Department and holds 20 EVT certifications and 23 Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certifications. Corsi and his team support six stations, and maintain 43 vehicles and two fire boats. He is a member of the New England Fire Apparatus Maintenance Association (NEFAMA) and is currently chairman of the International Association's Emergency Vehicle Maintenance Section (EVMS). The EVT of the Year award will be presented to Corsi at the Fire Department Safety Officers Association's (FDSOA) 29 th annual Apparatus Specification & Vehicle Maintenance Symposium on Jan. 16, in Orlando, FL. The EVT of the Year is co-presented by Firehouse and the FDSOA and the award is sponsored by Smeal Fire Apparatus Co. You can read Janet Wilmoth's interview with Corsi online at Chief Mechanic Robert Corsi NFFF Now Accepting 2017–2018 Scholarship Applications 16 l Firehouse l January 2017

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