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    New Hampshire Department Loses 'Go To' Guy

    New Hampshire Department Loses 'Go To' Guy

    Updated: 01-04-2007 02:35:44 PM

    Firehouse.Com News

    Members of Barnstead Fire-Rescue in New Hampshire have lost their dependable "go to" guy.

    Firefighter Stephen Jones, 56, experienced difficulty breathing last week while on duty. He was rushed to a local hospital where he went into cardiac arrest, and died.

    "His passion was the fire department," said Chief George Krause. "He was known to leave New Hampshire and visit fire houses in New York City just to shoot the breeze..."

    Jones, a 40-year volunteer, enjoyed taking the department's safety trailer to other stations across the state. "He has friends everywhere. He made an impression on every person he touched."

    Krause said Jones mentored many young people, and never expected recognition. He did it because he wanted to. "He was a firefighter's firefighter."

    He also used his mechanical expertise to keep equipment and tools in shape. "I knew he would follow through on any project."

    The chief and Jones grew up together in the rural New Hampshire town of 5,000. "We were in the Boy Scouts together. The fire department was the sponsor. I think that's when the seed was planted..."

    Funeral Information

    Visitation for Firefighter Jones will be held Saturday, Jan. 6 10 a.m. at Barnstead Fire-Rescue Station 1, 305 Parade Road, Barnstead, NH.

    The funeral service will begin at 2 p.m. at the station.

    A marching procession will be held from the station to Riverview Cemetery.

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    Jones, Stephen L

    Age: 56
    Cause of Death: Stress/Overexertion
    Rank: Firefighter
    Nature of Death: Heart Attack
    Classification: Volunteer
    Emergency Duty: No

    Incident Date: 12/29/2006
    Duty Type: Other On-Duty
    Incident Time: 05:57
    Activity Type: Driving/Riding Personal Vehicle
    Death Date: 12/29/2006
    Fixed Prop. Use: Street/Road

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Barnstead Fire and Rescue Inc.
    P.O. Box 117
    106 South Barnstead Road
    Barnstead , New Hampshire 03218
    Chief: George R. Krause II

    Initial Summary:
    Firefighter Jones had been requested by the Chief of Department to report to the station to pick a piece of apparatus to take in to the shop for maintenance. While in route to the station, he began experiencing difficulty in breathing and severe chest pains and pulled off the road. Help was summoned and his department's ambulance transported him to the hospital where he succumbed to a fatal heart attack.

    Memorial Fund Info:
    The family has asked that in lieu of flowers donations be made in memory of Firefighter Steven Jones to Barnstead Fire and Rescue Inc. Messages of condolence may be left at

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