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    Ala. Firemedic Dies After Falling Through Floor

    Ala. Firemedic Dies After Falling Through Floor

    Firehouse.Com News

    Center Point, Ala. firefighter/Paramedic Rickey L. Davis died Thursday night after falling through the floor at a house fire, officials said.

    "This is the first loss we've ever had," Mark Sims, president of the Center Point Fire Board, told the Associated Press.

    Davis, 33, was a five-year veteran of the department. He was an extremely devoted family man. For the last 15 years he was married to Darlene Davis and had three children, Jessica 15, Torrey 12, and Deven 10.

    He was reportedly the nozzleman on the blaze when he fell through the floor into the basement, which was on fire, officials said.

    The Alabama State Fire Marshall's office and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department are investigating the cause of the fire.

    Fire Chief Paul Hunnicutt said "the Department is beginning the recovery process. We are grateful for the outpouring of support from the community and the nation."

    "Rickey was a close friend of mine ... I have never met a nicer, more sincere person in my life," said Lieutenant Steve Elliott, the Department's Webmaster who also worked on a shift with Davis for two years. "He was a fine Christian man who was dedicated to his family and friends. My heart goes out to his family, I have lost a friend, they have lost a husband and father."

    Davis was employed by the Center Point Fire Department as well as the City of Homewood Fire Department. He worked earlier in his career for the City of Bessemer Fire Department. He was on duty at Center Point Fire Station 2 in Pinson when he answered the alarm which took his life.

    Funeral and Visitation

    Funeral Services for Rickey Davis will be held Wednesday April 26, 2000 at:

    Cathedral of the Cross
    1480 Center Point Parkway
    Birmingham, AL 35215

    Visitation will be held from 11:00am - 1:00 pm Wednesday April 26, 2000

    Following the funeral services there will be a fire department procession to Elmwood Cemetery, 600 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW, Birmingham

    Flowers should be delivered to Cathedral of the Cross starting Monday 4/24/2000.

    For additional information contact Center Point Fire Department @ (205) 853-8295

    Memorial Fund Established

    Center Point Fire Department has established a fund to support Rickey's family. You may make donations to this fund by mail to:

    Center Point Fire District
    P.O. Box 9651
    Birmingham, AL 35220

    Checks should be made payable to the "Rickey Davis Fund"

    Donations to the fund will also be accepted at any Center Point or Homewood Fire Station.

    About the Center Point Fire Department

    The Center Point Fire Department was founded in 1969 as a fire district. It provides fire protection and EMS service for a 60 square mile area of Northeastern Jefferson County in Central Alabama. Approximately 100 employees staff four fire stations manning four ALS Engine Companies and four ALS Transport Units. The department responds to about 4500 calls annually.

    Contact Information

    For agencies wanting information about the funeral, visitation, or placing apparatus in the fire service procession, contact Lieutenant Jeff Dempsey, Center Point Fire Station 5, B Shift on Tuesday April 25th at (205) 856-8483 or (205) 856-8490.

    You may also contact Deputy Chief Donnie West at (205) 853-8295 Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday April 24th-26th

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    Davis, Rickey Levi

    Age: 33
    Rank: Firefighter/Paramedic
    Status: Career
    Incident Date: 04/20/2000
    Incident Time: 18:13
    Death Date: 04/20/2000

    Cause of Death: Caught or Trapped
    Nature of Death: Burns
    Emergency Duty: Yes
    Duty Type: Fireground Operations
    Activity Type: Advancing Hose Lines/Fire Attack
    Fixed Prop. Use: Residential

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Center Point Fire and Rescue
    Howard Summerford, Jr.
    2240 Center Point Road
    Center Point, Alabama 35215
    Chief: Paul D. Hunnicutt

    Final Summary:
    Firefighter/Paramedic Davis and members of his department were dispatched to a report of a fire in a single-family residential structure that included a full basement. Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy smoke showing from the structure and found that the fire was in the basement. Firefighters attempted to reach the fire through the garage door (which opened into the basement) but were unsuccessful in locating the seat of the fire. A positive-pressure fan was placed at the garage door. Another team of three firefighters, including Firefighter/Paramedic Davis, advanced an attack line through the front door of the residence. On their initial entry into the residence, they were unable to locate any fire. The crew withdrew, found that a positive-pressure fan had been placed at the front door, and returned to explore another area of the house. Firefighter/Paramedic Davis was at the nozzle as the hoseline was advanced into the second entry on the main floor of the residence. As the line was advanced, Firefighter/Paramedic Davis fell through the floor into the area of the basement that was involved in fire. Other firefighters helped Firefighter/Paramedic Davis as he attempted to jump back to the first floor from the basement but his efforts were unsuccessful. Firefighters attempted to lower a scuttle hole ladder into the hole but the location of the hole and the sagging of the first floor into the basement prevented its use. Firefighters instructed Firefighter/Paramedic Davis to use the hoseline to protect himself as they attempted to rescue him through the basement. An attack team entered the basement and fought their way to the room that contained Firefighter/Paramedic Davis. He was removed from the basement and received ALS medical treatment immediately. He was transported by ground and air ambulances to a hospital in nearby Birmingham. He was treated in the emergency room but was pronounced dead. The cause of death was listed as hyperthermia (thermal injuries). The carboxyhemoglobin level that was found in Firefighter/Paramedic Davis

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