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From: "A_Cyril" <>
Subject: EVANS; Joseph H.- 12/7/2005-USA
Date: Sun, 31 Jul 2005 23:50:26 +0100

Delaware Firefighter Dies After Heart Attack During Call

Updated: 07-13-2005 11:34:19 AM

Joseph H. Evans, a veteran firefighter who led several firefighting
organizations, died while responding to a fire call, Bridgeville Fire
Company announced Tuesday, 12 July 2005.. He was 61.

Evans, a firefighter since the age of 20, was a past president of the
Delaware State Fire Chiefs Association and was honored in 1968 as
Bridgeville Fire Company's Fireman of the Year.

Evans apparently suffered a fatal heart attack Sunday after driving a truck
to a reported fire scene, Bridgeville Fire Chief Jack Cannon said.

Evans will be buried Saturday, with a procession expected to include
firefighters and apparatus from companies throughout Delaware and the

As engineer, Evans drove the first truck going to the site of a
smoke-detector activation at 1:25 a.m. Sunday.

When he collapsed just after arriving, basic life support personnel from his
company administered first aid, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and
transported him to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford, where he died.

The fire call turned out to be a faulty alarm.

At the fire hall, a traditional black drape has been hung, symbolizing the
loss and mourning of its 50 to 60 members.

"He was very dedicated, there's no question about that with the number of
years he put in and the positions he held," Treasurer Pete Stephens said.
"He was a good ambassador of the Bridgeville Fire Company."

On June 5, Evans marked his 41st year with the company, in a volunteer
career that included leadership posts at the company, county, state and
regional levels.

At Bridgeville's Station 72, he was director of supplies, chief engineer,
assistant chief engineer and spent more than 15 years as first or second
assistant chief.

Evans also had served as president of the Sussex County Firemen's
Association and the Del-Mar-Va Volunteer Firemen's Association.

A viewing will be held from 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Friday at Parsell-Hardesty
Funeral Home, 202 Laws St., Bridgeville. The service will be at 11 a.m.
Saturday at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 2 William St., Bridgeville, with
burial in Bridgeville Cemetery. Fellowship will follow at the fire hall at
315 Market St.

Instead of flowers, the family suggests donations to St. Mary's Episcopal
Church, Box 21, Bridgeville, DE 19933 or Bridgeville Fire Company, Box 727,
Bridgeville, DE 19933.

James L. Cubbage Jr., executive secretary of the Delaware Volunteer
Firemen's Association, announced Evans' death on behalf of the Bridgeville
Fire Company. Cubbage, who knew Evans well, said, "He was a good firefighter
.. a good man."

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