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    New York State Firefighter Killed; Pinned In Between Two Trucks

    New York State Firefighter Killed; Pinned In Between Two Trucks


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    Courtesy of WVBR News


    Slaterville Springs, 24 February 04 -- The Tompkins County Sheriff's Department is investigating the death last night of a volunteer firefighter from the Harford Fire Department. Harford was one of several fire companies providing mutual aid at the scene of a Slaterville Springs fire on Buffalo Road.

    A fire tanker driven by an unidentified 55-year-old member of the Harford Fire Department pinned volunteer firefighter Bret Neff, age 37, of Dryden, against another vehicle. The driver told investigators he inadvertently released the vehicle's brake as he got out.

    Neff was airlifted from the scene and was pronounced dead at Robert Packer hospital in Sayre, Pennsylvania. The Harford Fire Company's eighteen volunteer firefighters serve roughly 1,000 area residents.



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    Bret was with the Harford Fire Department for 18 months serving as the deputy chief. He also served as an EKG Technician at the Caygua Medical Center in Ithaca, NY. Prior to joining the Harford Fire Department, he was with the Spencer, NY Fire Department, said Eric Tennant, Harford Fire Chief.

    Brett is survived by his 10 yr-old son, Dusty.

    Visitation will be held Thursday from 3-7 p.m. at the Perkins Funeral Home in Dryden, NY. Visitation from 3-6 p.m. is for friends and family and from 6-7 p.m. all other departments are welcome to join in.

    The funeral is going to be a private ceremony and that will be held on Friday. There will be a memorial service held in the Spring.


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    New York Fire Department Reacts After Losing One of Their Own

    New York Fire Department Reacts After Losing One of Their Own


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    Members of the Harford Volunteer Fire Department are dealing with the death of one of their own by remembering all the laughter he brought to their lives.

    Firefighters say everyone who worked with Bret Neff got a nickname from him, including Kevin Pratt - or "Bumper," as Neff dubbed him.

    Tuesday, Bumper hung a black sash on the station in memory of Neff. Bumper wouldn

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    Hundreds honor late firefighter

    Hundreds honor late firefighter

    By MICHELE REAVES
    Journal Staff


    DRYDEN -- Bagpipes set a somber mood Thursday as a long line of emergency personnel slowly filed in and out of the Perkins Funeral Home where the family of Bret E. Neff mourned.

    Firefighters from four counties gathered to remember Neff, the late Harford Fire Department deputy chief, who died Monday evening. Neff, 37, a Dryden resident, was assisting to put out a trailer fire in Slaterville Springs when a Harford tanker truck rolled back and pinned him to a Slaterville Springs fire engine.

    Volunteer and professional firefighters from places like Ithaca, Varna, Newfield, Manlius and Aurora, as well as police and emergency medical personnel, gathered to show their support.

    "I was actually shocked by the amount of people who turned out," said Dryden Fire Chief Ron Flynn, who helped coordinate the firefighters. "I was very pleased with how everything turned out."

    Dressed in navy suits or other dress uniforms, the firefighters, led by a Dryden fire truck, marched through residential neighborhoods before stopping traffic on Main Street to cross the street near the funeral home.

    A small group of Harford volunteer firefighters and Neff family members were at the head of the parade. Others who knew Neff or had worked with him were not far behind.

    "It's been difficult," Slaterville Springs Fire Chief Doug White said of dealing with the death. "I was on the scene."

    The loss has been hard for members of White's department.

    "I can't put it into words," Slaterville Springs Deputy Chief Scott Ryan said of Neff's death. "It's devastating. We'll survive, but it's very hard."

    Some of the hundreds of firefighters, emergency medical personnel and police officers who gathered at the Dryden Fire Hall, 26 North St., where the procession started, never knew Neff but wanted to show support.

    "We're brothers," said Gene King Sr., a former chief with the Virgil Fire Department. "You might never know who they are, but we're all brothers."

    The line stretched outside the funeral home for more than a block as firefighters, police and emergency medical personnel waited to pay their respects.

    "It's an unfortunate accident for many of us," said Bruce Potter, assistant chief of the Truxton Fire Department. He added that he understood how close-knit a fire department can become.

    "We're a small department like Harford," Potter said. "We're a family at our fire station."

    Each person signed one of the three guest books at the funeral home before entering. A picture of Neff sat on a pillar outside the doorway. A line of firefighters from several departments stood at the entrance. As people walked through the parlor, some saluted the casket where Neff lay. Two honor guards, professional firefighters from Ithaca as well as other departments, stood at the head and foot of the casket. Every 10 to 15 minutes, a formal changing of the guard took place.

    "I think our presence here speaks volumes more than what we could say," said George C. Baker Jr., chaplain for the Chittenango Fire Department. "I think the family knows what we're thinking."

    Hugs and prayer may be better than words at this point, added Janet Lee, pastor of the Harmony United Methodist Church in Harford. She visited the Harford Fire Department station to offer her support.

    "There are no words you can say that makes it better," Lee said.

    A private funeral is scheduled for 1 p.m. today. An honor guard of firefighters will be present outside the funeral home.


    http://www.theithacajournal.com/news...ews/28138.html

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    Neff, Bret Eugene

    Age: 37
    Cause of Death: Struck By/Contact with Object
    Rank: Deputy Fire Chief
    Nature of Death: Internal Trauma
    Status: Career
    Emergency Duty: Yes

    Incident Date: 02/23/2004
    Duty Type: Fireground Operations
    Incident Time: 17:35
    Activity Type: Advancing Hose Lines/Fire Attack
    Death Date: 02/23/2004
    Fixed Prop. Use: Residential

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Harford Fire Department
    760 Rt 221
    PO Box 7
    Harford , New York 13784
    Chief: Eric Tennant

    Initial Summary:
    Deputy Fire Chief Neff died of severe internal trauma injuries to the abdominal region that he recieved when while working to fill a 750-gallon portable water pond from a tanker truck, it rolled back, collapsing the nearly full water pond and pinning Neff against another apparatus. According to reports, the tanker driver said he accidentally released the emergency brake as he got out of the vehicle.

    Memorial Fund Info:
    Donations can be sent to Harford Volunteer Fire Company, PO Box 7, Hartford, NY 13784, c/o Eric Tennant



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