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    Alabama Firefighter Killed During Hurricane Ivan; Tree Falls On Top of Vehicle

    Alabama Firefighter Killed During Hurricane Ivan; Tree Falls On Top of Vehicle

    Inez Ford
    Firehouse.com News

    Clint Romine, 25, a firefighter with the Good Springs Volunteer Fire Department in Alabama, was killed at approximately 6pm Thursday, September 17, when a tree fell on top of his vehicle.

    During Hurricane Ivan, Firefighter Romine was assisting the Anderson Fire Department in removing a tree from the road. Firefighter Romine left the scene to go home, and bring back a chain saw. While en route to his house, a tree fell on top of his car. According to Lauderdale County Association of Volunteer Fire Departments President Stan Wallace, "We don't know if he ran into the tree first, or if the tree just fell on to the top of his vehicle." Firefighter Romine was killed on the scene.

    Two firefighters from The Anderson Fire Department were also injured while en route to Firefighter Romine's crash. They were treated at a local hospital and later released.

    Funeral information is pending.

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    Fireman dies aiding storm victims

    By Kelly Kazek, kelly@athensnews-courier.com

    The small red cigar box filled with cash near the register at Goodsprings Grocery on Alabama 99 is a community's way of honoring a fallen hero -- one of its own.

    Beside the box sits a list of more than two dozen names of the people who have donated money to help a young pregnant woman who was widowed Thursday night when her husband was killed while trying to help victims of Hurricane Ivan.

    Clint Romine, 25, of West Limestone died at about 8 p.m. after the truck he was driving was struck by a falling tree on Lauderdale County Road 207 about two miles from the Limestone County line. Romine, a volunteer for Goodsprings Volunteer Fire Department, is survived by his wife Brandy, who is about three months pregnant, and a 3-year-old son, Clayton Long Romine.

    "It's the first time in this fire department anybody has died as a result of being out on a call," said Goodsprings Volunteer Fire Chief Andy Thompson.

    Romine gathered with his fellow firefighters at about 7 p.m. Thursday when residents began calling to report trees blocking roads and other hazards caused by the storm, according to Thompson. The department has chain saws to help remove trees blocking roads, but some firefighters use their own equipment.

    Romine's chain saw needed a new chain, so he headed to a hardware store in Anderson, the nearest location that sells chains, Thompson said.

    Volunteer firefighter John Fleming said Romine was always willing to help others.

    "He said, 'Boys, I'll be back. I'm going to get a chain saw,'" Fleming said.

    Romine was riding with his brother-in-law, Troy Hardaway, when the tree struck the hood and windshield of Romine's Ford Ranger pickup truck, according to Lauderdale County Coroner Myron Crunk. Romine was pronounced dead at the scene, Crunk said.

    Hardaway sustained minor injuries and was treated for cuts and bruises several hours after the accident, Thompson said.

    Honoring a hero

    The funeral for Romine will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at McConnell Funeral Home. Visitation is from 6-9 tonight at the funeral home. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery in the Goodsprings Community.

    He is also survived by his parents, Larry and Carolyn Romine.

    According to Fleming, who owns Goodsprings Grocery, fire trucks from each of 13 volunteer departments across Limestone County will ride in the funeral procession. The State of Alabama Honor Guard will be at the service, as well, he said.

    Money placed in the cigar box at the store will be presented to Brandy Romine, Fleming said. A fund was also established at First American Bank in Romine's name. That money will also be given to the family, according to Thompson.

    Thompson, former owner of Goodsprings Grocery, said the cigar box is placed on the counter whenever a member of the community dies. Typically, he said, about $50 or $60 is raised to buy flowers, which are sent to the funeral in the name of the store and the community.

    Thompson said in this case the money will not be used for flowers, but will be given to the family and he expects donations to exceed normal amounts.

    Romine, who worked at CPI and had been a volunteer firefighter for about seven years, was a leader in the department, Thompson said.

    "If something needed to be done, he'd do it," he said. "He's not one to stand back and let somebody else lead. He'll get in the thick of things and do what needs to be done."

    Thompson said going on calls in the midst of a storm is dangerous, but volunteers can't always wait until a storm is over before sending help.

    "It was too dangerous to be on the road," he said Friday morning. "But you've got to go out. You've got to clear the roads."

    Limestone County Commission Chairman David Seibert said roads must be clear in case of medical or other emergency.

    "That's why it's called an emergency situation," said Seibert, who knew Romine. "Volunteer fire departments provide help when needed," he said. "The commission couldn't respond to every call without them. It's become part of their scope. We couldn't operate without their help."

    Jason Carter, a county worker who was in Goodsprings Grocery on Friday to place money in the cigar box, said he had hunted with Romine.

    "He was a good guy," he said. "A real good person."

    Romine was highly thought of in the community, said Thompson, who is a cousin of Romine's.

    "I don't know of anybody who didn't like him," he said.

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    Romine, Clinton L.

    Age: 25
    Cause of Death: Struck By
    Rank: Firefighter
    Nature of Death: Crushed
    Classification: Volunteer
    Emergency Duty: Yes

    Incident Date: 09/16/2004
    Duty Type: Other On-Duty
    Incident Time: 19:34
    Activity Type: Driving/Riding Personal Vehicle
    Death Date: 09/16/2004
    Fixed Prop. Use: Street/Road

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Good Springs Volunteer Fire Department
    33634 Alabama Highway 99
    Anderson , Alabama 35610
    Chief: Andy Thompson

    Final Summary:
    Firefighter Romine was working with the members of his fire department and others to remove fallen trees from roadways in the wake of Hurricane Ivan. Firefighter Romine went to a merchant to purchase a replacement chain for his personal saw. As he drove back to the fire station, a portion of a storm-damaged tree fell onto his personal vehicle. The fallen tree was approximately 2 1/2 feet in diameter and fell directly on the cab of Firefighter Romine

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