On Saturday, Oct. 28, 2023, firefighters responded to an ATV accident with two people seriously injured. Helicopters were summoned for transport. As the apparatus Firefighter Huffman was riding in left the scene to go to the landing zone, it slipped off the roadway, went down an embankment, and struck a house. Firefighter Huffman and two other firefighters, one of which was her oldest son, were injured in the crash. All three were immediately rushed to the hospital where Firefighter Huffman died from her injuries a short time later. The two other firefighters had minor injuries and were released from the hospital.
On Sunday, Oct. 22, 2023, Ionia Fire Department firefighters were responding to a cornfield fire. A pumper was driven by a member of the department and a converted Polaris Ranger fire vehicle was driven by Captain Anthony “Tony” Hoffman. Captain Hoffman reared off and hit the side of the pumper, causing him to lose control and crash. He was ejected from the vehicle. He was immediately airlifted to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota where he passed away a short time later. The other firefighter driving the pumper was not hurt.
Correctional Officer Kelly Rolando was killed in a vehicle crash at 7:14 p.m. on the 54 Bypass in Mexico, Missouri. Officer Rolando was returning to the Northeast Correctional Center in Bowling Green from a temporary assignment at the University Hospital in Columbia when he collided head-on with a vehicle traveling southbound. He and the driver of the other vehicle were killed instantly. Officer Rolando had served with the Missouri Department of Corrections for eight years. He is survived by his mother, father, grandmothers, grandfather, three sisters, and two brothers.
On Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023, Baltimore City Fire Department firefighters responded to a fire that broke out in a block of brick two-story homes. While inside one of the homes, 5 firefighters became overwhelmed by the smoke and heat. All 5 firefighters were rushed to the hospital. On Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2023, Lieutenant Dillon J. Rinaldo died as a result of the injuries he sustained. This is the second firefighter that has succumbed to his injuries from this fire. On the evening of Oct. 19, 2023, EMT/Firefighter Rodney Pitts, III also passed away. The other 3 firefighters have been treated and released. Investigation into the incident continues.
This information is supplied by the Officer Down Memorial Page (www.odmp.org) and the U.S. Fire Administration (www.apps.usfa.fema.gov).
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