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    LODD 2 Ohio Firefighters Killed Battling Blaze

    2 Ohio Firefighters Killed Battling Blaze


    Posted: 04-04-2008
    Updated: 04-04-2008 10:22:58 AM


    Story by wlwt.com

    COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, Ohio --

    Two firefighters were killed in a fire in Colerain Township on Friday morning.

    The fire was reported around 6:30 a.m. at a home on Squirrels Nest Lane. Two members of the first arriving Colerain Township fire crew went into the home to start fighting the fire.

    More firefighters arrived but they lost radio contact with the firefighters. A second alarm was issued and units from nearby Fairfield were called to assist.

    Shortly thereafter, the fire command still could not reach the lost firefighters and made a mayday call to track all the firefighters. Other firefighters found a fire hose in the home without anyone around it.

    Fire Department spokesman Steve Conn said that it appears that the home's floor collapsed, sending both firefighters into the basement. Both were covered in rubble when they were found, Conn said.

    No names have been released. Conn said both firefighters' bodies have been recovered from the home.

    The last time a Colerain Township firefighter died in the line of duty was in the 1970s, Conn said.

    The two people living in the home escaped without injury.

    Conn said more information about the fire and the firefighters will be released at an 11 a.m. news conference.

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    LODD Colerain Township Fire Department

    Colerain Township Fire Department


    Capt. Robin Broxterman, left, and Firefighter Brian Schira, right.

    Officials identified the firefighters as Capt. Robin Broxterman, 37, a 17-year veteran who was the first woman in department history to attain the rank of captain, and Brian Schira, 29, who joined the department in November after serving as a Delhi Township firefighter.

    Broxterman is survived by two daughters, a fiance who is also a firefighter and her parents, and Schira is survived by his parents.

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    Funeral arrangments for both have also been announced.

    Funeral arrangments for both have also been announced.

    Visitation for both Broxterman and Schira will be from 3-8 p.m. Tuesday at Gwen Mooney Funeral Home on the grounds of the Spring Grove Cemetary on Spring Grove Avenue.

    The funeral for both firefighters will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Saint Peter and Chains Cathedral on 8th Street downtown.

    A processional will then lead from the cathedral through Colerain Twp. and then to Spring Grove Cemetary for burial.

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