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    Ky. Fire Chief Killed in Snow Chain Training Exercise

    Ky. Fire Chief Killed in Snow Chain Training Exercise

    Dec 27, 2004 11:01 AM

    Fire Chief Jason Todd Rowe, 30, of Elkhorn (Ky.) Fire Department was killed on Thursday, Dec. 23, during a training exercise to place snow chains on a fire truck, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer (www.cincinnati.com)

    Rowe and other firefighters were using air lift bags on the rear of the fire truck, when one of the bags shifted and was propelled at Rowe, according to the Enquirer. He was pronounced dead at Pikesville Medical Center.

    FIRE CHIEF legal issues columnist Larry Bennett is seeking information from other departments who have experienced similar accidents. Bennet said the news article reminded him of a terrible accident in which a firefighter

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    Kentucky Fire Chief Killed In Freak Accident

    Updated: 12-27-2004 11:43:42 AM

    WKYT News Staff
    Courtesy of WKYT

    They were training to fight fires in the winter weather when something went terribly wrong.

    Elkhorn City Firefighters were practicing putting snow chains on a fire truck when an air bag shifted and hit chief Todd Rowe in the chest, killing him.

    Firefighters in Elkhorn City are mourning the loss of one of their own. One who they say made a big difference in the community.

    "Todd was a good person. I've know him since we were kids and he was a fine individual. He served his community proud," John Moore, Assistant Fire Chief.

    The 30-year old firefighter was killed Thursday night after an air lifting bag used to install snow chains on a fire truck struck his body.

    His colleagues are mourning the loss of a man they took under their wing as a child to become a firefighter.

    "Todd was very dedicated individual. Since he was a young child he's been active in the fire department. He's served with several fire departments since then and he was an excellent instructor," Grondall Potter said.

    Rowe served as fire chief for seven years, a time many of his fellow firefighters say was filled with many accomplishments such as a new fire truck that was recently purchased.

    Rowe's colleagues at the Elkhorn City Fire Department describe their friend and chief by saying that he had a passion, a calling for fire service and that they're going to miss a friend who gave so much to the community.

    As the American Flag stands at half-mast next to the Christmas wreath, the firefighters say one thing is for certain that their friend and leader won't be forgotten.

    "He was proactive, proud of his department and of all his members and we'll try to keep that alive for him."

    A tragic loss during the holiday season for this eastern Kentucky city.

    Fire officials say funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

    Rowe's brother is flying back home from military duty to be with the family.

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    Kentucky Chief Killed During Snow Chain Drill

    Updated: 12-27-2004 11:50:53 AM

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    ELKHORN CITY, Ky. (AP) -- The fire chief of a small town in Pike County was killed during a training exercise to place snow chains on a fire truck.

    Todd Rowe, 30, chief of the Elkhorn City Fire Department, was pronounced dead Thursday at Pikeville Medical Center.

    Rowe was raising the truck with several 3-foot-square inflatable rubber cushions so chains could be put on the rear tires, Elkhorn firefighter Jack Stalker said.

    A wedge that prevents the tires from rolling came loose and caused the truck to roll forward. That caused the air bags to shift with the force of the truck and strike Rowe in the head.

    Rowe was knocked unconscious and died about 20 minutes later at Pikeville Methodist Hospital, said Stalker.

    "It's basically just a freak accident,'' said Elkhorn assistant fire chief John Moore.

    Elkhorn City firefighter George Anderson said Rowe was "just a great kid.''

    Rowe became a firefighter at age 18, in 1992, and had been a junior firefighter since he was 14, said Anderson.

    Rowe was the public relations official for the Pike County Firefighters Association.

    "He was community-oriented,'' Pike County Coroner Russell Roberts said. "Anything that enhanced the community he lived in, he would lend a hand.''

    Rowe's body was sent to the State Medical Examiner's Office in Frankfort for an autopsy, because the incident occurred on government property, Roberts said.

    He is survived by his mother and brother Robbie, who is flying home from his military station in South Korea to attend the funeral.

    Arrangements were pending at Bailey Funeral Home in Elkhorn City.

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    Hundreds Attend Funeral Of Kentucky Fire Chief Killed In Freak Accident

    Updated: 12-30-2004 01:34:24 PM

    WKYT News Staff
    Courtesy of WKYT

    Hundreds of people across the state mourn the loss and celebrate the life of a Pike County Fire Chief.

    Funeral services were held Wednesday for Elkhorn City Fire Chief Jason Todd Rowe.

    Rowe was killed last week when he was practicing putting snow chains on a fire truck. An inflatable jack struck him in the chest.

    People came from everywhere and those who knew him say he was the kind of person that everyone wanted to be around. "Todd was a good man we worked on several occasions and he helped us a lot with the police department and helped a lot in the community," Shawn Bannach, Chief of Police.

    One member of the fire department says Rowe made sure the department was involved in the community, "He was always active with Elkhorn City, we were always doing things to help the city. He was involved with all the vacation bible schools and he made sure every year we took the truck out and presented it to the kids. He really loved children."

    The hometown boy grew up knowing what he wanted to be and hung around the fire station until he was old enough to become a fire fighter. From there he went on to be become fire chief 7 years ago at the age of 23.

    Rowe was 30 years old.

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    Rowe, Jason Todd

    Age: 30
    Cause of Death: Struck By
    Rank: Fire Chief
    Nature of Death: Trauma
    Classification: Volunteer
    Emergency Duty: No

    Incident Date: 12/23/2004
    Duty Type: Training
    Incident Time: 19:45
    Activity Type: Other
    Death Date: 12/23/2004
    Fixed Prop. Use: Store/Office

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Elkhorn City Fire Department
    PO Box 990
    Elkhorn City , Kentucky 41522
    Chief: John Moore

    Final Summary:
    Chief Rowe was conducting a training session on the use of airbags to lift a fire truck to allow the installation of snow chains. An airbag dislocated and caused the truck to roll forward. A wheel block securing the front tire was also dislocated. Chief Rowe was under the rear of the apparatus when these actions occurred. Firefighters asked Chief Rowe if he was alright and did not receive a response. They found Chief Rowe unconscious and suffering from a severe head injury and blood loss. Chief Rowe was pronounced dead at a local hospital approximately 20 minutes after the incident.

    Memorial Fund Info:
    Todd Rowe Memorial Fund @ Community Trust Bank in Elkhorn City, KY; (606) 754-5589

    http://www.usfa.fema.gov/application...eath_year=2004

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