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    Teen Firefighter Killed in Truck Rollover: Driver Charged with DUI

    Teen Firefighter Killed in Truck Rollover: Driver Charged with DUI
    10th Grader Ejected from Cab of Tanker
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    DUSTIN BLEIZEFFER and NADIA WHITE

    NEWCASTLE, Wyo. -- A 16-year-old student firefighter was killed Thursday on the way to a nighttime fire call when the fire truck she was riding in left the road and rolled. The Weston County firefighter who was driving the truck has been arrested on charges of Driving Under the Influence.

    Anndee Huber, a 10th grader at Newcastle High School was ejected from the cab of the Freightliner tanker truck when driver Ron J. Caillier, 46, of Newcastle, lost control of the vehicle, according to the Wyoming Highway Patrol.

    The state patrol said the truck drifted off the roadway on a hard-pack county road 4.4 miles south of U.S. 85 and rolled 1 3/4 times.

    Neither the driver nor the passenger were wearing seatbelts. Highway Patrol Sgt. Stephen Townsend confirmed the 1981 Freightliner tanker truck was equipped with seatbelts.

    A total of five vehicles were responding to a fire at 10:15 p.m. at the time of the accident, according to the Highway Patrol report.

    Townsend said Huber was taken to Weston County Hospital where she was pronounced dead upon arrival.

    Caillier was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and was still being held with no bond at the Weston County Detention Facility on Friday morning. Additional charges are pending.

    Caillier was treated for cuts and abrasions.

    Weston County Sheriff Bill Ware and Weston County Fire Warden Kenny Williams were unavailable Friday and instructed their office staff not to comment about the incident to the media.

    The youngest of four children of Gary and Sharon Huber of Newcastle, Anndee was active in track and swimming, as well as the Explorer program, through which she was able to train to be a firefighter, according to her brother Kevin Huber. The Explorer program allowed students who passed a physical test to travel to fires and help with clean up and water supply, he said.

    "She was the greatest," he said, tearfully describing his 5-foot, four-inch, brown-haried sister. "How many 16 year olds do you know who want to be firefighters? She was 16 years old and she loved life. She loved her friends, she loved her family."

    A funeral for Huber is tentatively planned for Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Newcastle High School, Kevin Huber said. Fidler/Roberts & Isburg Funeral Chapel of Sundance is in charge of arrangements.

    Besides her parents, Huber, a Newcastle native, is survived by three siblings, Kevin of Casper, Teri Pikul of Casper and Hayden Huber; grandmothers Ina Huber of Alliance, Neb., and Verna Clark of Sundance.

    Hayden Huber has been deployed on the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman out of Norfolk, Va. He returned to port today after six months at sea for Operation Iraqi Freedom only to hear the news of his sister's death, Kevin Huber said.

    Huber's is the 47th death on Wyoming roadways so far this year. At this time last year, there had been 44 fatalities, according to the Highway Patrol.

    Townsend said the tragedy should remind travelers of highway safety this Memorial Day weekend.

    "That's exactly what we are going to be looking for this Memorial Day weekend: Drinking and driving, moving violations and safety belts," Townsend said. "We will be aggressively enforcing the seatbelt law."

    Currently, law enforcement officers cannot issue a citation for a seatbelt violation unless they also issue a citation for something else, Townsend said. But that will change on July 1 when a new law goes into affect. Officers will then be able to issue a seatbelt citation even if they don't issue a citation for some other offense.

    Townsend said a seatbelt violation alone does not warrant a traffic stop, however. The traffic stop must be based on some other violation.

    The Wyoming Highway Patrol deployed extra troopers on patrol beginning Friday afternoon, and the extra-large force will remain until midnight on Monday, Townsend said.

    Funeral and Memorial Arrangements

    According to the Obituary published in the Rapid City (SD) Journal, Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 27 from 2 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. at Newcastle High School's auditorium. Funeral will follow at 4 p.m., also at the auditorium. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetary.

    In lieu of flowers, a memorial scholarship will be established in Anndee's name. Memorials may be sent to P.O. Box 1380, Sundance, WY 82729.



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    Firefighter Charged with Homicide by Vehicle in Teen Fire Explorer's Death

    Firefighter Charged with Homicide by Vehicle in Teen Fire Explorer's Death

    17-Year Veteran Had Recent DUI Conviction, Was Spending Weekends in Jail for Parole Violation

    HEATHER CASPI and DAVE J. IANNONE
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    A veteran Wyoming firefighter who friends and others say had a history of alcohol problems and offenses has been charged with homicide and driving under the influence of alcohol in the death of a promising, popular teen fire explorer in a rollover crash Thursday night.

    Ron J. Caillier, 46, of the Newcastle Volunteer Fire Department, could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted. On Thursday night, Caillier and 16-year-old Anndee Huber, a 10th grader (Victim Profile) who was president of her class at Newcastle High School, were responding to a grass fire in Weston County when the accident occurred.

    According to law enforcement sources and reports, about six miles outside of Newcastle Caillier drifted the 1981 Freightliner tanker off the roadway. When he overcorrected, the unit went into a skid and overturned 1 3/4 times, a Wyoming Highway Patrol report stated.

    Caillier was tested 2.5 hours after the accident with a portable breathalizer, and according to the investigating trooper

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    Fire Explorer Lost in Wyoming Crash 'Loved Life' and the Fire Department

    Fire Explorer Lost in Wyoming Crash 'Loved Life' and the Fire Department

    Teen Lived Life to the Fullest During Her 16 Years


    HEATHER CASPI
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    Anndee Huber's friends and family say she loved life and lived it to the fullest during her 16 years.

    "She was very outgoing, loved her family and friends, loved helping people. She loved the thrill of life," said her brother Kevin Huber.

    "Anndee was 16 years old but she was older than that - a little wiser, little stronger, more outgoing than most 16-year-olds were. Rather than doing the things teenagers do, she was down at the fire hall getting her training," Kevin said. "She really liked it. Whenever that pager went off here she was off in a flash."

    Anndee joined the Newcastle Volunteer Fire Department's Explorer program as soon as she turned 16 last October. "Probably the biggest driving force was that her brother Hayden went through the same program," Kevin said. Hayden completed the explorer program and served as a firefighter before he joined the Navy. He hadn't seen his younger sister for eight months, and got the news of her tragic death just as he returned home from his deployment aboard the Harry S Truman.

    Kevin said Anndee was a 4.0 student, president of her sophomore class, a cross country runner, swimmer, and she liked to sing and play the piano. She was also secretary of the Explorers program. After high school she planned to go to college and possibly become a lawyer. "That's what she talked about most often. She also wanted to be a singer at times," Kevin said. "Basically whatever she decided to do she would have done that. We'll never know now."

    On Thursday night Anndee was riding in a 4,000 gallon tanker with driver Ron J. Caillier as they responded to a report of burning railroad ties due to an earlier grass fire. Caillier lost control on the dirt road and the vehicle rolled one and 3/4 times. Anndee was ejected and trapped underneath. Caillier has been charged with driving under the influence and aggravated homicide by vehicle.

    The first person on the scene was a railroad employee named Reed, Kevin said. "He was the first one to Anndee and he was with her for what he believed to be 15 minutes," Kevin said. "That was his estimate but it feels like an eternity." Kevin said the employee didn't feel a pulse, but held Anndee's head above the water as it gushed out of the tanker. When the rest of the fire crew arrived, they had to jack up the truck in order to extricate Anndee. She was transported to Weston County Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival. Kevin said doctors believe she died instantly.

    He added that the outpouring of support from the firefighting community has been incredible.

    "It has amazed me the past two days the tight knit bond that firefighters have. There are fire departments from all across the state that are sending trucks to be here," he said.

    Fire Chief Clarence Baker said this was the first time that department firefighters have ever responded to such a serious incident involving one of their own, and the first time they have lost someone in the line of duty.

    "There are a lot of guys hurting. We did some serious debriefing. It's not an easy thing when we lose one of our own," he said.

    Baker described Anndee as bright and cheery, and a go-getter. She was the only girl serving in the Explorer program at the time of her death.

    "She was quite a personality," Baker said. "She was kind of a take-charge person, she kept all the boys in line. With Anndee here you knew things were going to get done. She also got the guys going, and she wasn't above going to one of the guys and asking could you help me with this," the chief said.

    Chris Burleson was Anndee

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    Wyoming Firefighter Sentenced to Prison in Drunk Driving Death of Teen Fire Explorer

    Wyoming Firefighter Sentenced to Prison in Drunk Driving Death of Teen Fire Explorer
    Cailier Gets 14 to 18 Years

    ASSOCIATED PRESS

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) -- A firefighter accused of driving drunk before a rollover that killed a 16-year-old volunteer firefighter was sentenced Thursday to 14 to 18 years in prison.

    Ronald J. Caillier, 47, pleaded guilty in July to aggravated vehicular homicide in the May 22 crash that killed Anndee Huber as the two were headed to a grass fire. District Judge Dan R. Price II also ordered Caillier to pay $9,987 in restitution.

    Caillier's public defender, Carmen Patterson, did not immediately return a phone call.

    According to court documents, Caillier had a blood-alcohol level of 0.16 percent following the tanker truck crash. Wyoming's legal limit is 0.08. Prosecutors said he had left a bar about 15 minutes before his pager went off. Inside the Story

    Huber's death prompted Gov. Dave Freudenthal, State Fire Marshal Jim Narva and fire officials nationwide to call for a ban on alcohol in small-town firehouses that often double as social clubs.

    It also prompted questions about age limits for firefighters in the Explorer Scouts program Huber was involved with. Newcastle High School officials have said the program will continue.


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    Memorial in Honor of Teen Wyoming Firefighter Killed by Drunk Driving Firefighter to be Dedicated

    Driver Released After 208 Days in Jail

    Updated: 10-24-2004 11:54:30 AM

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    NEWCASTLE, Wyo. (AP) -- A memorial made of stone and steel is to be dedicated Saturday in honor of Anndee Huber, a 16-year-old volunteer firefighter who was killed in a crash on the way to a fire last year.

    Ronald Callier, 47, was driving the truck when it rolled over on the way to a grass fire. He was accused of driving drunk and pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide on May 22, 2003.

    He spent 208 days in jail before his sentencing and was sentenced to time served. He was also ordered to pay $9,987 in restitution.

    The memorial has a square base with a pillar in the center that will be topped with a bell and an eagle, volunteer firefighter Lynn Busskohl, the memorial's designer, told the Newcastle News Letter Journal.

    ``We discussed doing a memorial right after we lost Anndee but we wanted it to be special,'' Newcastle Volunteer Firefighter Department Chief Donnie Stevenson said. ``Lynn took time to look at other memorials and then came up with the design we built.''

    Huber's death prompted Gov. Dave Freudenthal, State Fire Marshal Jim Narva and fire officials nationwide to call for a ban on alcohol in small-town firehouses that often double as social clubs.

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