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    Fireworks Tragedy Kills North Dakota Firefighter

    Fireworks Tragedy Kills North Dakota Firefighter

    HEATHER CASPI
    Firehouse.com News


    North Dakota Firefighter Barry Dockter died in the line of duty after a tragic Fourth of July fireworks accident.

    Dockter, 44, served the Anamoose Fire Department for two years.

    The department was handling the local Drake Centennial fireworks display when one of the shells hit Dockter in the chest during the show, McHenry County Sheriff Marvin Sola told the Minot Daily News.

    The rest of the show was cancelled. Officials said they don't know what caused the accident.

    "We're not exactly sure," said Assistant Chief Mike Rudnick. "One of the shells exploded near him and as a result he was killed."

    Harvey Ambulance Service transported Dockter to St. Aloisius Hospital in Harvey, where he was pronounced dead on July 5.

    Rudnick said this is the first line of duty death he is aware of in the department's history.

    Dockter is survived by his wife Cindy, his children Todd Dailey of Mandan and Kristina Dailey of Bismark, and a granddaughter.

    Dockter was born in Greely, CO but grew up on an Anamoose farm. He earned an auto mechanic degree in 1978 from North Dakota State School of Science.

    Rudnick said the firefighter moved back to Anamoose about three years ago to farm with his father, and also did maintenance work for the city. He was an outdoor sports enthusiast, and especially enjoyed fishing and hunting.

    "He was a fun-loving guy," Rudnick said. "He was very willing to help out with anything that needed to be done."

    The funeral was held Wednesday, July 10 at St. Martin Lutheran Church in Anamoose, followed by the burial in the church cemetery.

    A memorial fund has been established in the name of Firefighter Barry Dockter, C/o Anamoose Fire Department, P.O. Box 28, Anamoose, ND 58710-0028.

    The Anamoose Fire Department has about 25 members, all volunteer, and serves a population of 500 in rural area of 244 square miles.



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    Dockter, Barry

    Age: 44
    Rank: Firefighter
    Status: Volunteer
    Incident Date: 07/04/2002
    Incident Time: 22:30
    Death Date: 07/05/2002

    Cause of Death: Struck By/Contact with Object
    Nature of Death: Internal Trauma
    Emergency Duty: No
    Duty Type: Other
    Activity Type: Other
    Fixed Prop. Use: Outdoor Property

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Anamoose Fire Department
    P.O. Box 28
    Anamoose, North Dakota 58710-0028
    Chief: Tom Sieg

    Initial Summary:
    Firefighter Dockter was working with the Anamoose Fire Department at the Drake Centennial fireworks show when he was struck by an errant fireworks shell and died the following day from the injuries he sustained.

    Memorial fund has been established in the name of Firefighter Barry Dockter, C/o Anamoose Fire Department, P.O. Box 28, Anamoose, ND 58710-0028.
    Check sent 9/19/02 - $1,000

    http://www.usfa.fema.gov/application....cfm?p_id=1304

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