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    Fire Claims Pennsylvania Firefighter

    Fire Claims Pennsylvania Firefighter

    LON SLEPICKA
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    A Northern Wayne Fire Company firefighter from station 3 in Lakewood, PA died Monday night at a structure fire.

    The details of the incident are still being put together, but Glen Gunuskey, Director of the Wayne County Emergency Management Department said the fire call came in to dispatch at 9:10 p.m. Edmund Malinski, 39, was pulled from the structure at about 11 p.m., transported to Wayne County Memorial Hospital and pronounced dead at about 11:30 p.m.

    The cause of death was not yet determined although Gunuskey said it did not appear to be trauma related. Malinski is survived by his wife and a daughter from a previous marriage. The Department is in northeast Pennsylvania near the New York State border.


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    Malinski, Edmund E

    Age: 39
    Rank: Firefighter
    Status: Volunteer
    Incident Date: 11/04/2002
    Incident Time: 23:11
    Death Date: 11/04/2002

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

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Northern Wayne Fire Company
    P.O. Box 253
    Lakewood, Pennsylvania 18439

    Initial Summary:
    Firefighter Malinski died while conducting interior operations at a structure fire in the community of Lakewood. An investigation and autopsy is underway to determine the cause of death.


    Memorial Fund Info: In Firefighter Malinski's name c/o Northern Wayne Fire Company. - Funeral arrangements: Calling hours will be held on Thursday, November 7th from 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 at the Henderson Biedekapp Funeral Chapel, Main Street, Hancock NY. A Firefighter's Funeral will be held from the funeral chaple on Friday, November 8th at 2 PM.


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    PA Firefighter Killed in House Blaze

    PA Firefighter Killed in House Blaze


    PETER BECKER
    Courtesy of The Wayne Independent

    LAKEWOOD - A 39-year-old Northern Wayne Fire Department firefighter died Monday night in the line of duty.

    The fireman, Edmund Malinski, died during a response by his Department to a structure fire, Fire Chief Mark Wenk said.

    The fire call came in to dispatch at 9:10 p.m. Edmund Malinski was pulled from the structure at about 11:00 p.m., transported to Wayne County Memorial Hospital and pronounced dead at about 11:30 p.m.

    As was reported at the Web site firehouse.com, the cause of death was not yet determined although Glen Gunuskey, Wayne County Emergency Management Coordinator, said it did not appear to be trauma related. The case still is being investigated.

    Malinski is survived by his wife Michelle and a 14-year-old daughter, Patricia, from a previous marriage. Edmund and Michelle would have been married only one month on Tuesday, stated Debbie Smith.

    Smith is the Emergency Medical Technician with Northern Wayne Fire Department Ambulance who first performed CPR on "Eddie" after a Belmont firefighter found him collapsed on the second floor.

    Medic 504 paramedics were dispatched at 10:20 p.m. to the fire scene, which was two miles south of Route 370 on South Preston Road. A broadcast from the Wayne County Communications Center indicated that a man was down, and CPR was in progress.

    Eddie was a volunteer firefighter with Northern Wayne for 15 years and was regarded as a good friend to all, Smith said. He was noted as being very helpful and willing to lend a hand in any way he could. He was dedicated to firefighting and was at most calls. Although he did not hold an office, he was one of their interior firemen at structure fires.

    He was employed as a chief mechanic at Mount Tone Ski Resort and a summer camp.

    "Eddie was a great guy," Smith reported.

    Chief Wenk said that the fire occurred at the home of Robbie Flynn, and was pretty much destroyed. Smith stated there was a great deal of heavy black smoke, although from where she was she did not see any flame. Mr. Flynn was not at home at the time, but his wife and children were; all got out all right. There were no other injuries reported.

    They had a good response, with Pleasant Mount Emergency Services Fire Department assisting. There were 20 firefighters on scene from Northern Wayne.

    Smith said that other firefighters were aware something was wrong with Eddie, but did not know the details, and the effort to battle the blaze went ahead without stopping. She said that when she came back to the fire hall in Lakewood from Wayne Memorial Hospital it was about 1:00 a.m. and most of the firefighters were still at the station. She broke the news of Eddie's death, which she affirmed was met with a great deal of shock. She described the company as very close-knit. A tragedy like this is something no one expects to happen to them, she added.

    Wednesday night, Northeastern EMS personnel will be conducting a de-briefing session for the firefighters and medical personnel involved, to help them get through this emotionally.

    She said nothing like this has happened before in their company, although in 1995, one of their ambulance personnel, Lisa Allan, died of natural causes while on a call.

    Honesdale Fire Chief Jerry Theobald said he did not recall any other death of a firefighter in Wayne County in the last 30 years. Honesdale fireman George Bergmann was killed fighting a fire on Main Street, on January 14, 1912.

    Theobald remarked that this is why volunteer firefighters go through a great deal of training and drills, and are heavily insured, due to the inherent dangers they face.

    Don Hiller, who is president of the Wayne County Firemen's Association as well as Seelyville Fire Chief, stated that such an incident goes to show that their job is not to be taken for granted. While each company may be different in terms of training, Hiller said in general that the stress on volunteers is greater than ever.

    Immediately after hearing the news that Eddie was dead, Debbie Smith said, someone lowered the flag outside the fire hall to half-mast. The flag at the Preston Township Offices also was at half-mast, Tuesday, and black draperies were put up at the fire station.

    While details have to be worked out, Smith said that a fireman's procession is expected at the time of the funeral or service, and other fire companies are welcome to participate.

    Northern Wayne Fire Department was organized in 1950 and is based in Lakewood, Preston Township.


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    The Northern Wayne Fire Company announced today the funeral arrangements for Edmund E. Malinski, who died while fighting a structure fire on South Preston Road in Lakewood on Monday, November 4th, 2002.
    Funeral home visitation will be held at the Henderson Biedekapp Funeral Chapel in Hancock NY, located on Main Street in Hancock, Thursday, November 7th, 2002 from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM and from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM. There will be a Fire Fighter Memorial Service on Thursday evening at 6:30 PM at the Henderson Biedekapp Funeral Chapel.

    The Funeral Service on Friday, November 8th, 2002 will begin at 2PM at the Funeral Home. Following the service the Funeral Procession will proceed to the Saint Julianna

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    Lakewood, Pennsylvania Firefighter Died from Smoke

    Lakewood, Pennsylvania Firefighter Died from Smoke


    PETER BECKER
    Courtesy of The Wayne Independent

    LAKEWOOD -- A firefighter procession is being planned for Friday to honor the memory of Edmund Malinski, Northern Wayne fireman, who died fighting a structure fire Monday evening.

    Malinski, 39, from Lakewood, reportedly was found to have died from carbon monoxide poisoning, due to smoke inhalation, according to Northern Wayne Fire Department spokesperson Debbie Smith. Malinski had been wearing his gear.

    He was found on the second floor near a stairwell of the home on South Preston Road. After being found by another firefighter at about 10:25 p.m., firemen took him out of the smoky building and ambulance personnel performed CPR. He was taken to Wayne Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 11:30 p.m. by Wayne County Coroner Edward Murray.



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    As stated in Malinski's obituary on page two, visitation is at the Henderson-Biedekapp Funeral Chapel, 29 East Main St., Hancock, NY, on Thursday from 2:00 to 4:00 and from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. There also will be a Firefighter Memorial Service on Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. at the Chapel.

    The funeral is planned for Friday at 2:00 p.m. at the Chapel.

    The firefighter's procession will start from the funeral home and continue to St. Juliana's Cemetery at Rock Lake on Route 247. Fire companies wishing to bring apparatus to the funeral and participate in the procession are asked to arrive in the area of the Chapel between 1:00 and 1:30 p.m. Northern Wayne Fire Department has asked that participation be restricted to one apparatus per community.

    A memorial fund has been established at the Community Bank and Trust Company to benefit the surviving Malinski family members. Donations can be sent to: Edmund Malinski Memorial Fund c/o Community Bank and Trust Company, P.O. Box 257, Lakewood, PA 18439.



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    Unhappy��������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Ed Malinski

    I am Eds cousin, and just returned from his funeral yesterday. His father and my mother, along with many others founded the Northern Wayne Fire Co. 52 years ago. Ed is our 1st L.O.D. He was only married 1 month, and was about to leave on his honeymoon.
    He will always be in our thoughts and prayers. You always hope to never have to experience such tragedy, especially 1st hand. Our lives are forever changed.

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