Buffalo Firefighter Succumbs To Injury
Funeral Information Below
Updated: 02-21-2006 05:18:03 PM



ERIC BROOKS
Firehouse.com News


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It is with deepest regret and sadness that Buffalo Professional Firefighters Association, IAFF Local 282 announces the death of Firefighter Donald Herbert, Rescue 1, 2nd platoon. Our Brother died 2/21/06 of complications from injuries sustained at a fire on Interpark Avenue, Buffalo New York on 12/29/95.



A former Buffalo firefighter has succumbed to injuries inflicted upon him while on-duty ten years ago. Donald Herbert, 44, passed away around 1:45 A.M. on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2006.

According to Dan O'Connor who serves as Secretary Treasurer of the Buffalo Professional Firefighters, the incident took place on December 29, 1995 when part of a roof fell upon the member of Rescue 1, 2nd platoon at a house fire on Interpark Street in Buffalo. The segment pinned Herbert in a sitting position to the attic stairwell, leaving him without air for six to ten minutes

Other firefighters eventually rescued Herbert, but the firefighter remained in a comatose state for over nine years. In 2005, he woke up from the coma and made national news by being able to speak with his family and friends for the first time in years. He had been surprised to discover how much his children had aged.


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However, Herbert's condition did weaken and pneumonia infections emanating from the injury soon caught up with Herbert, causing his death. Beforehand, he had been wheelchair bound and was most recently living in the Baker Manor Nursing Home.

Herbert is survived by his wife Linda, and four sons.

A wake will be held from 2 P.M. to 9 P.M Thursday, Feb. 23rd and Friday, Feb. 24th at Quinn Funeral Home, 192 Abbott Road in Buffalo, NY 14220.

A funeral will be 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, Feb. 25th at Our Lady of Victory Basilica on South Park Avenue & Ridge Road in Lackawanna, NY.

A burial will follow the funeral at Holy Cross Cemetary at South Park Avenue & Ridge Road in Lackawanna, NY

A collation will follow the burial at Lucarelli's Banquet Center at 1830 Abbot Road in Lackawanna, NY.

***Dress uniform is mandatory for all uniformed personnel - including the wake/viewing hours and funeral Mass.
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www.local282iaff.com


It is with deepest regret and sadness that Buffalo Professional Firefighters Association, IAFF Local 282 announces the death of Firefighter Donald Herbert, Rescue 1, 2nd platoon. Our Brother died 2/21/06 of complications from injuries sustained at a fire on Interpark Avenue, Buffalo New York on 12/29/95.