James J. Woods

James J. Woods

Jimmy loved and was dedicated to his wife, Maryann. Together, they loved and nurtured their family, Maegan (20), James Joseph Jr. (7), and Jenna (5), in Lafayette, New Jersey. He enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman while he enjoyed the companionship of his dog, Daisy.

Woodsy was appointed to the Fire Department of Jersey City (NJ) in March of 1999 and would have been promoted to captain in March of 2015. He was a very intelligent firefighter and well respected by his peers. He requested assignments to the busiest units in the city, including Engine 22 and Rescue Co 1. His last assignment was at Engine 14/Haz Mat 1 as a firefighter/hazardous materials emergency response technician.

During his 16-year career, he earned many awards for bravery and heroism. His commendations include Firefighter of the Year, for his efforts at Ground Zero during the September 11, 2001, attacks on this Nation. He was a proud member of the IAFF/PFANJ Local 1066, the JCFF Emerald Society, JC and NJ Relief Association and very active in many FDJC related fraternal events.

Woodsy had an infectious smile and loved to laugh.

Joseph Sanford Jr.

Joseph Sanford Jr.

Joseph Sanford Jr. was born on July 24, 1971, in Tuskegee, Alabama. “Junior,” as he was affectionately known, moved to New York in February of 1992 where he met his wife, Jacqueline. He had three children, Douglas (27), Janisha (20), and Isaiah (22). Junior was a faithful family man with a desire to serve his community.

Junior joined the Inwood Fire Department on October 7, 1996, where he became a member of Engine Company #1. It was there he began to excel in the fire training certification courses and gained a reputation as an outstanding and dedicated fireman. He loved being a part of the brotherhood in the volunteer fire department. He was also known for his explosive personality and infectious smile. Junior held several positions in his 18 years of service, including lieutenant as of March 14, 2005, captain as of March 12, 2007, and assistant chief as of April 2009.

After his term of chief, Joseph continued his service as a veteran firefighter, but also focused on his other hobbies, such as football. Junior became a co-owner of a semi-professional football team named the Nassau Golden Eagles. Junior’s love of life was apparent to all that knew him.

During a house fire in Woodmere on Friday, December 19, 2014, Junior had an accident which ultimately led to his passing on December 23, 2014.

Joseph was a beloved husband, father, brother, friend, and an amazing fireman. He will be greatly missed.

Ricky W. Doub

Ricky W. Doub

Ricky Wooten Doub was born February 2, 1953, in Yadkin County to the late William Allen Doub and Gaynell Wooten Doub. Ricky was the middle child of three boys, and he was the owner and operator of William Doub and Son Excavating.

He served his community as a 29-year member of the Forbush Fire Department. The last eight of those years he served in the capacity of fire chief. Prior to that, he served in various capacities, as assistant chief from 1991-2006, and as a member of the board of directors until he was appointed fire chief in May 2006. While in the fire department Ricky obtained his NC Firefighter I and II, Medical Responder, and Haz-Mat Operations certifications. He was awarded Firefighter of the Year and Medical Responder of the Year on numerous occasions for his department. He was dedicated to his community as fire chief, serving a population of 5,000 residents and being a leader of a 50-member volunteer department. He was very active in Yadkin County Fire and Rescue events and dedicated to providing first class fire protection and lifesaving skills.

Ricky was a 1971 graduate of Forbush High School and went on to obtain an associate’s degree. It was at this young age he met his wife, Judy Groce Doub, whom he later married on the 24th day of September in 1972. They enjoyed traveling to the beach and riding the motorcycle with friends in their spare time. Ricky was a lifelong active member of Baltimore United Methodist Church.

The eight points of the Maltese cross (Gallantry, Sympathy, Tact, Observation, Perseverance, Loyalty, Dexterity, and Explicitness) represented the personality that Ricky Doub presented to all. Ricky was very close to his friends and family and was a loving husband, son, brother, uncle, and fire chief. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Judy Doub; mother, Gaynell Doub; brothers, Larry and Kent Doub; and several nieces and nephews.

Ricky enjoyed life, his church, the fire department and community. He left a lasting impression on those he loved and cared so much about with his commitment to serve and his integrity.

Gus Losleben

Gus Losleben

Gus Losleben, age 69, departed this life on Tuesday, December 9, 2014, at the age of 69. Gus was killed in the line of duty from injuries sustained in a terrible crash en route to a house fire.

He was born on November 3, 1945, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, to the late Gustav W. and Marian Kennedy Losleben of Fort Myers, Florida .

Gus served in the United States Navy from 1965 until 1969 as an aviation electronics technician in radio and navigation, attaining the rank of petty officer second class.

Gus worked at Florida Power & Light as instrument and control as an itinerant specializing in nuclear power plant overhauls all over Florida from February 1982 and as chief job steward for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers until retiring in December 2004.

After retiring, Gus and his wife, Megan Tennille Patrick, traveled all over the United States for two years, searching for a place to start a farm. They bought 23 acres of raw land in 2009 in rural Savannah, Tennessee, and built their dream farm raising organic produce and managing their herd of dairy goats, making butter and cheeses and tending their flock of chickens.

Gus became a volunteer firefighter in 2010, as he felt a call to duty when District 6 firefighters responded to what ended up being a false alarm at the farm. After joining, he found that he loved the fire department and the camaraderie, the sense of family and brotherhood.

Gus will be especially remembered as an honorable and honest, giving man, avid photographer, wood worker, and gardener. He loved the ocean, sailing, mystery novels, and jigsaw puzzles. He also loved to play the piano and sing in the privacy of his home.

He is loved and missed by all who knew him. His final ride was in Ladder 64, his favorite big boy toy. In honor of his love of the water, his remains will become part of the Eternal Reef system in Sarasota Bay, Florida, on October 11, 2015.

Joyce M. Craig

Joyce M. Craig

Joyce Michelle Craig was born to James Edward Craig and Carol Ginger Craig on June 7, 1977, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Joyce was a loving, outgoing, tough as nails and hardworking mother, sister, and friend. When she went after a goal, she didn’t stop until her goal was attained.

She grew up in the City of Philadelphia and attended Cook-Wissahickon Elementary School, William Levering Middle School, and Murrell Dobbins Vocational High School, where she majored in printing.

Joyce always demonstrated a self-sacrificing spirit, and this led her to becoming trained as an EMT, a job she held for many years. However, her passion was to become a firefighter. “It was a dream of mine since I was five.” She admired the firefighters on Ridge and Midvale (Engine 35 – Ladder 25), where she lived and began seeking to accomplish this goal by studying for hours on end, explaining to her sisters the difference between various fire hydrants and trucks.

Firefighter Joyce Craig served as a member of the Philadelphia Fire Department with valor and distinction. She graduated from the Firefighter Academy, Fire Class 178, in March 2004. During her career, she served with Engine 9, Engine 45, Ladder 21, and Engine 64, and will always be remembered as a “firefighter’s firefighter.”

In her service to the community, Firefighter Craig continually demonstrated her duty-bound commitment to the saving of lives and the preservation of property. Regrettably, on Tuesday, December 9, 2014, Firefighter Joyce Craig was killed in the line of duty. She was posthumously promoted to the rank of fire lieutenant on January 12, 2015.

Joyce loved her family and was all about keeping the family together. She was the aunt to go to for cool school clothes, name-brand sneakers, and trips. She was also there to counsel and guide the younger ones. Joyce was tough, but at the same time, loved to have her hair and nails done and wore the best Mohawks ever! Always styling!

Joyce is survived by her parents, James E. Craig and Carol G. Craig. She leaves behind a son, Mekhi D. Green, and a daughter, Laylani C. Lewis. Also mourning her loss is her grandmother, Joyce M. Craig; aunt, Claudia “Laverne” Battle; two sisters, La Farist Makasi and Uris S. Payton; two brothers, Kareem R.B. Meads and Michael E. Craig; one brother-in-law, Antonio D. Makasi; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.

John M. Burns

John M. Burns

Lt. John Morgan Burns was born and raised in South Charleston, West Virginia. After graduating from high school he joined the U.S. Army, serving in the 82nd Airborne for three years. During that time he met his wife, Tami, and moved to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

John was originally hired by Myrtle Beach Fire Department as a dispatcher and worked his way up through the ranks to his position of lieutenant. He also volunteered for the Horry County Fire Department at Lake Arrowhead for several years, the Horry County Rescue Squad, and Myrtle Beach Rescue Squad. He served on the Urban Search and Rescue Team for the state of South Carolina and the regional team. Lieutenant Burns retired from Myrtle Beach Fire Department after 25 years and was rehired.

He was dedicated to his career, community, and family, especially his daughter, Morgan.

James Thomas “Tom” Rhamey

James Thomas “Tom” Rhamey

Tom Rhamey served proudly as a member, former captain, first responder, and firefighter with the Lakeville Volunteer Fire Department for 55 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran of Vietnam and was awarded a Bronze Star medal for his service. Tom also served as a member of the Ohio National Guard in its fire brigade.

Tom was an insurance agent and member of the board of directors of a mutual insurance company, operating his own agency.

Tom enjoyed collecting antique Massey-Harris farm tractors and tinkering with anything mechanical. His many trophies attest to his skill for making the old things run better.

As a former basketball, baseball, and softball athlete Tom coached youth teams and loved watching all sporting events, especially NASCAR and the Ohio State Buckeye teams. He also enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s events.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Saundra (Stitzlein) Rhamey; a son, Scott Rhamey; a daughter, Karissa Rhamey Ulmer (C. Wesley Ulmer Jr); and five grandchildren.

A lifelong Lutheran, Tom was a member of Zion Lutheran Church of Loudonville, Ohio.

Tom was a wonderful, funny, common sense guy, who would be embarrassed by this attention, but he served proudly and was totally dedicated to his family, his community, and his country.

His favorite statement: “I don’t want to be in the parade – I just want to be there when they march by.”

S. Brad McCoy

S. Brad McCoy

Stephen Bradley “Brad” McCoy was born on March 19, 1978 in Hiawassee, Georgia. He grew up in Marble, North Carolina riding dirt bikes, hunting, fishing, swimming, and water skiing. Brad went to Andrews High School, where he held school records in both football and weightlifting. Although Brad did not graduate, in 2005 he received his GED with his family standing by his side.

Brad married Amanda in July 2002. Their daughter, Daphne, was born in 2005, their son, Cole, in 2008. In 2010, the family moved from Marble to Nantahala, where Brad joined the Nantahala Volunteer Fire Department and became an active member. Brad wanted to be able to help people in need and have the training to do what was best for those involved.

For the last few months of Brad’s life he worked at Con Met, assembling dashboards for Peterbilt and Freightliner trucks. Before that he worked for Bateman Trucking and for MIS. No matter what job Brad McCoy had, he always gave 110%. Brad believed in working hard and getting the job done right.
Brad was a Christian who was saved early in his life and loved the Lord. An active member of Briartown Baptist Church, he taught several Wednesday night services and helped with Vacation Bible School every year. Brad loved to learn about God and tell others what God was doing for him and could do for them. Brad would pray on the spot with anyone that asked and give them scriptures to help them through.

Brad is survived by his wife and children; his loving father, Steve McCoy; his mother, Kay McConnell; and his brother, Brian McCoy. He is also survived by his parents-in-law, Raymond and Melissa Evans; his sister and brother-in-law, Megan and Adam Mclean; his nieces and nephew, Destiney, Delaney and Dillon Mclean; his best friends, Michael and Sabrina Taylor, and their daughter, Nahayla.

On November 21, 2014, Brad and Amanda awoke to their home engulfed in flames. Brad saved his daughter, then returned to save his wife and son, not realizing they had escaped through a window in the back of the house. Brad died searching for them.

Brad McCoy was an amazing man–loving and kind, everyone’s friend, a bright and shining star in the middle of a dark world. Brad loved to laugh and to make other people laugh. He would go without things or drop whatever he was doing in order to help someone. A wonderful father, he took his children camping and fishing and taught them to enjoy life and be good to others. Brad was a loving husband who took care of his wife and showed her his love every day. Brad was a faithful friend and a caring son.

Brad McCoy is and always will be our Hero.

Arthur E. Treon

Arthur E. Treon

Artie was born September 12, 1952, in Cape May Court House, New Jersey. He was a family man in every sense of the word. Artie was a loving husband, dad, poppy, brother, uncle and son. He married the love of his life, Dora J. Treon, August 26, 1989. They were married for 25 years but together for 36 wonderful years. Artie and Dora were not only husband and wife, they were best friends. He was the proud dad of two sons, Arthur (Kim) Moore and Brian (Jenn) Moore, and a loving Poppy to his eight grandchildren, Meaghan, Marisa, Gavin, Quinn, AJ, Drew, Owen, and Bree. He was a loving brother to Dottie Carman, James (Marleen) Treon, Sondra Cox, Robert Treon, and Gary (Amber) Treon, and uncle to many nieces and nephews. Artie was a Green Bay Packers fan, and when not spending time with his family, he loved being on the road on his Harley.

He joined the Town Bank Volunteer Fire Company in 1975. He obtained his 10-year star and became a life member in 1985. He held the office of vice president, president, lieutenant, captain, and deputy chief. He served as chief of the department from 1995-2009. After stepping down as chief, Artie took on the role of safety officer. Artie received various awards and commendations too numerous to recount. Highly trained, he was a chief fire academy instructor for the Cape May County Fire Academy. Artie retired in 2007, as lieutenant, from the Cape May County Sheriff’s Office after 25 years of service. Shortly after his retirement, he began working for the Cape May County Office of Emergency Management, where he held the position of deputy coordinator. Artie was also an active member of the Cape Island Masonic Lodge #30 F&AM.

Artie was one of a kind. He loved life and always said to “live life to the fullest.” Although his family always came first, he loved being a firefighter, serving and protecting the community and helping others in any way he could. His family, friends, firefighter brothers, and the community suffered a great loss when Artie passed. His memory will never be forgotten, as many have said that he was their mentor and hoped to be more like the kind of man Artie was. He will be deeply missed.

Richard D. Weisse Sr.

Richard D. Weisse Sr.

Richard D. Weisse Sr. was born October 1, 1955, in St. James, New York, to Edward and Irene Weisse. A son, husband, father, and grandfather, he still found the time to incorporate a devoted life to the Saint James Fire Department, where he was an active member for 42 years.

Growing up, Richie was always around the firehouse. Seeing the SJFD through his grandfather’s and father’s eyes, he developed a deep love and pride for SJFD. He joined in 1972, continuing a third generation of service. He continued their legacy, giving a strong example to his own children, who followed in their beloved Dad’s footsteps. Richie, Badge #47, captain of Rescue, member of Ambulance Company, lieutenant of Engine One, director of Junior Firefighters, Fire Prevention Committee member, and member of the Wildcats Drill Team.

Richie was a proud custodian for the Kings Park School District for over 25 years. He was known for his always ready-to-help attitude with students, teachers, and administrators. Without being asked, he was always lending a hand.

An active member of the fire department and the community, Richie organized food drives through the Junior Fire Department twice a year, overpacking the pantry every time. Pantry volunteers were always impressed with Richie’s helpfulness and dedication. He also mentored the Juniors, creating a family morale, showing them his passion for service to others, and the numerous responsibilities of becoming a firefighter. And, of course, he shared the joy he had at Christmas as he played Santa for the SJFD and St. James!

Richie’s children witnessed his love and dedication in many ways. A role model and hero to both his children, they have continued the family tradition of being a part of the SJFD as the 4th Weisse generation. Rich Jr. served side-by-side with his dad on Engine 1, while Tricia serves as an active EMT on the EMS Company. After Richie passed, Tricia joined Engine 1 to follow her father’s footsteps.

Richie was married to his dear wife, Theresa, for 33 years. Always a helping hand, a caring and devoted dad to Richard and Tricia, he was the best father-in-law to Kerry. He was over the moon to become “Papa” to Avery, Ryder, and Kennedy Richele. Being Papa gave him two extra bonuses: sharing his birthday with grandson, Ryder, and the honor of having Kennedy Richele named after him. He was also brother-in-law to Louis and Kathy Boutin and Robert Boutin; uncle to Louis Jr., Christopher, and Patrick; devoted nephew to the late George Yeager; and a dear best friend for over 50 years to Fred and Lee Orth. He was a devoted and true Jets and Yankees fan. He was a true people person who left his hand print on the community and in our hearts!