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    30-Year-Veteran Firefighters Mourned in Texas, Pennsylvania

    30-Year-Veteran Firefighters Mourned in Texas, Pennsylvania

    NICOLE LOZARE
    Firehouse.Com News

    Firefighters in Pennsylvania and Texas are mourning the deaths of two 30-year veteran firefighters who died on January 17.

    Volunteer firefighter Ernest Young of Rochester, Penn. died from head injuries he sustained in a fall and Captain Juan Gilbert De Leon of McAllen, Texas suffered a fatal heart attack while on duty.

    Young, 52, was helping replace garage door openers at the Big Knob Volunteer Fire Department when he fell off the 12 feet high ladder. He was flown to the University of Pittsburg Medical Center where he was operated on for the multiple fractures in his skull. He died the next day due to bleeding in his brain according to Chief P.J. Moldovan.

    "He wouldn't lead nobody in the wrong direction," said Chief Moldovan who served with Young for 14 years."He always corrected everyone so noone got hurt."

    Young served as the Head Trustee of the department and as a paramedic for Medic Rescue in nearby Beaver County. He worked as a shipping receiver for Paragon Tradebrands. He spent his spare time with his family, the church and hunting with the other firefighters.

    "He was a father figure to everyone in the department," said Chief Moldovan. Firefighter and brother-in-law Lonnie Vodenichar, who served with Young for 30 years, remembers how Young stayed with a fellow firefighter and his ill daughter at the hospital until they found out what was wrong with the little girl.

    "We had out first call yesterday...it was hard to climb back up in that truck,"said Vodenichar who also just lived a block away from Young."I was always in the officer's seat and he was always my driver...it's going to be hard thinking of what it would be like without him there."

    Young is survived by his wife Linda, and their three children, Amy, Stacey and Timothy. Donations for Firefighter Ernest Young can be sent to the Big Knob Volunteer Fire Department at 1229 Route 989, Rochester, PA 15074.

    Donations for Firefighter Young can be sent to the Big Knob Volunteer Fire Department 1229 Route 989, Rochester, PA 15074.

    Captain Juan Gilbert De Leon was also on-duty when he passed away. He was performing administrative duties when the 53-year old had a heart attack. Fellow firefighters used CPR before an ambulance took him to Rio Grande Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

    De Leon served as a firefighter for 31 years in the town where he grew up. He decided to join the fire department after his firefighting experience in the Air Force.

    "He liked being a firefighter," said Assistant Chief Joe Garza."He was easy going and liked to help people."

    Garza describes De Leon as a very professional man."It was his attitude and the way he handled himself," said Garza."The department will greatly miss him. he was an asset to the department and the citizens of McAllen."

    De Leon is survived by his wife Linda and his daughter.

    Donations for Captain De Leon can be sent to the McAllen Fire Department 101 South Bicentennial, McAllen TX 7850.


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    De Leon, Juan Gilberto

    Age: 53
    Rank: Captain
    Status: Career
    Incident Date: 01/17/2000
    Incident Time: 20:52
    Death Date: 01/17/2000

    Cause of Death: Stress/Exertion
    Nature of Death: Heart Attack
    Emergency Duty: No
    Duty Type: Administrative
    Activity Type: Support Duties
    Fixed Prop. Use: Store/Office

    Fire Dept. Info: McAllen Fire Department
    101 South Bicentennial Blvd.
    McAllen, Texas 78501
    Chief: Everett H. Derr

    Initial Summary:
    Heart attack while performing administrative duties.


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    Young, Ernest John

    Age: 52
    Rank: Firefighter/Trustee
    Status: Volunteer
    Incident Date: 01/16/2000
    Incident Time: 14:30
    Death Date: 01/17/2000

    Cause of Death: Fell or Jumped
    Nature of Death: Internal Trauma
    Emergency Duty: No
    Duty Type: Maintenance
    Activity Type: Station Activity
    Fixed Prop. Use: N/A

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Big Knob Vol. Fire Dept., Station #26
    1229 Route 989
    Rochester, Pennsylvania 15074
    Chief: PJ Moldovan

    Final Summary:
    Firefighter/Trustee Young was assisting with the replacement of electric garage door openers on some apparatus bay doors at his fire station. Firefighter Young and another firefighter had climbed to the top of a fire rescue truck using a 14-foot extension ladder. As Firefighter Young began his descent, the ladder slipped out from under him and Firefighter Young fell approximately 10 feet and struck his head on the concrete floor. The ladder was not being footed at the time it fell. Despite immediate medical aid and transport by helicopter to a regional hospital, Firefighter Young died on January 17, 2000. The cause of death was listed as blunt force trauma to the head. Additional information about this incident may be found in NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation F2000-07.


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