Logan Andrew Young

Logan Andrew Young

Logan Andrew Young lost his life in the line of duty while fighting an arson fire in the early morning hours of December 27, 2020.

To our hero: We love you. We miss you. You are forever in our hearts. Fallen but not forgotten. “A hero is someone who has given his life to something bigger than oneself.”

Logan was born in 1990 and grew up in Winchester, Virginia. He was the son of Steven B. Young and Beth A. Young, both of Winchester. Logan was a 2008 graduate of Millbrook High School. He was a member of the United States Air Force, which included serving in the Middle East. Logan was a firefighter and decorated staff sergeant with the 167th Airlift Wing of the West Virginia Air National Guard in Martinsburg. He exemplified being a devoted and selfless patriot that loved his country, community, family, and fellow man.

His decorations in the military include the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Air Force Good Conduct Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Air Force Overseas Ribbon Long with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border, Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon, Air Force Longevity Service, USAF NCO PME Graduate Ribbon, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (Rifle), and Air Force Training Ribbon.

Logan enjoyed playing soccer, basketball, fishing, and riding ATVs and his motorcycle. He had a great love for sneakers. Logan owned enough Nikes to wear a different pair every day of the year! He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

In addition to his parents, Logan is survived by his daughter, Leira Ann Young, who was born six months after his death; his fiancée, London Brown; his brother, Nathan Young, and wife, Daffne; his sister, Danielle Brosan, and husband, Mike; his fiancée’s daughter, Jesslyn Wolf; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

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Darlene G. Raffelson

Darlene G. Raffelson

Darlene Gail Raffelson died December 17, 2020, from complications of cancer deemed by the State of Washington to be in the line of duty.

She started her fire service career in 1978 with the Ocasta Fire Department and then joined South Beach Ambulance as a volunteer EMT. She graduated from the paramedic program at Tacoma Community College and was hired in Westport. In 1999, she was hired by the Tumwater Fire Department, where she worked for many years as a firefighter/paramedic on Medic 5 in the city of Tumwater. She was promoted to paramedic lieutenant and served as the department training officer. She served as secretary-treasurer for Tumwater Fire Fighters IAFF Local 2409.

Darlene served her community well and was an example to others.

Willie J. Blakely

Willie J. Blakely

Willie Blakely suffered a seizure that resulted in a head injury while on scene at a structure fire with the Erie Fire Department on July 10, 1982. He died from complications of those injuries on October 25, 1982.

Willie joined the department in 1969 as Erie’s fist Black firefighter and EMT. At the time of his death, he was assigned to Squad 2 at Engine 8.

His fellow firefighters remembered Willie as someone who looked out for his teammates and did whatever he could to help people. Well-liked and easygoing, he had exceptional skills in calming and comforting patients in emergency situations.

He served with the United States Army during the Korean War. He was a member of Erie Firefighters Local 293.

Willie was a no-nonsense guy who did his best every day. He was a loving husband and father and a family man.

Donald R. Franz

Donald R. Franz

Donald Franz died on March 23, 2020, from emphysema related to his response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. A second-generation FDNY firefighter, he was stationed in Manhattan and loved his job and going to work every day. He was not the same after 9/11.

Donald was a quiet and caring person. Even when he was ill, he worried about his family before himself.

He is survived by his wife, Debra Franz, and his three daughters, Aimie, Francy, and Lisa Collazo.

Anthony Alese

Anthony Alese

Anthony Alese died on June 7, 2009, from illness related to his response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

On September 11, 2001, Anthony responded from Engine 9 on Canal Street in Manhattan to the World Trade Center. When the Twin Towers collapsed, he was trapped in falling debris while running from the building and had to be dug out by others at the scene. He developed cancer related to his exposure during that incident.

So many firefighters attended his funeral to pay their respects. He was buried at St. John’s Cemetery in Middle Village, Queens.

Anthony was survived by his nephew, Joseph Guiliano (wife Carolyn), and his great-nephew, Joseph Guiliano Jr.

Anthony was a great guy who helped everybody and was there for his family.

Tommy A. Arriaga

Tommy A. Arriaga

Tommy Arriaga died March 6, 2020, due to complications of cancer deemed by the State of Arizona to be in the line of duty.

Tommy began his career with the department in 2014. He served on the Hazardous Materials Response Team from 2016-2019. He was awarded the Tempe South Rotary Club Outstanding Firefighter and Employee of the Year award for his “dedication to improving the fire service, even while battling cancer.”

Tommy served his community and fellow citizens with both pride and humility. He was remembered as committed and courageous, a hero to his family and fellow firefighters.

Franklin D. Williams Jr.

Franklin D. Williams Jr.

On September 15, 1962, the world was blessed with Franklin Delano Williams Jr. He was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Franklin Delano Williams Sr. and the late Del Jeannette Murphy. Franklin was a dedicated son, husband, brother, father, grandfather, and friend. He accepted Christ at an early age. He was a man of God, strong in his faith.

Franklin was educated in the Detroit Public School system, graduating from Denby High School in 1982. While at Denby, he was a football and track star and was voted Most Athletic Player. Franklin received a Brick Masonry Certification from Golightly Vocational School in Detroit. In 1988, he joined the Detroit Fire Department as a firefighter. Franklin nobly served, dedicated, inspired, and mentored new cadets while serving with the Detroit Fire Department and rose to the rank of captain. He always went above and beyond to get the job done. Everyone he came in contact with was impacted by him.

Franklin met his soulmate, Shanita Williams, on October 17, 2004, while she was tailgating and he was passing by on the fire engine. From their first date on October 24, 2004, they were inseparable. They married on May 8, 2010, and Shanita Williams became Shanita Williams-Williams.

Franklin had many leisure activities. He had a fond love for golfing and played on courses throughout Michigan and all over the world. He was an avid Detroit Lions fan who, along with his wife, proudly held season tickets. He was also a coach for many years with the Police Athletic League (P.A.L.), coaching for the Eastside Cowboys, the Detroit Dragons, and Crockett. He impacted the lives of his players in the same manner as he encouraged his new cadets. Franklin was Past Master of Redeemer Lodge 53. Franklin was an extraordinary cook and a Jack of all trades. If he didn’t know how to fix it, he would do the research and learn how.

On April 8, 2020, Franklin left his earthly home and was received into his heavenly home. He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife, Shanita Williams; his father, Franklin Williams, Sr.; children, Carolyn Rivers (John), Ashley Williams, Franklin Williams III, Andre Johnson, Dorian Williams, Georgia McCaughan, and Jordyn Williams; five sisters; two brothers; grandchildren, Amir Williams, Robert Terry (RJ), Rylee Davenport, and Brayden Davenport; dog, Jack, and cat, Cuba Kitty; a host of nieces and nephews; in-laws; and his many brothers and sisters in the Detroit Fire Department and all First Responders.

David Clark

David Clark

David Clark died April 17, 2020, due to complications of COVID-19.

He worked as a truck driver, and his mechanical skills and knowledge were an asset to the fire department. He had also served the department as chief engineer and as safety officer.

He was remembered as a devoted father and a well-liked member of the department.

Michael J. Field

Michael J. Field

Michael Field died on April 8, 2020, due to complications from COVID-19, after transporting a COVID-positive patient.

A 33-year member of the department, he joined in 1987 and had served as lieutenant, captain, and a warden on the department fire council. He also served for many years as the department’s advisor to the Valley Stream Junior Fire Department.

He worked as an EMT with the Fire Department of New York for 15 years and was a first responder to the World Trade Center on 9/11. After his retirement from the FDNY, he worked for Incorporated Village of Valley Stream.

In addition to his fire service, he was a Cub Scout leader and Little League coach and helped organize the Nassau County Fire Riders’ Christmas in June toy drive. He and his wife fostered cats awaiting adoption through a local agency.

The Firefighter-EMT Michael J. Field Memorial Bridge, over the Southern State Parkway on Long Island, was dedicated to his honor.

His sons have followed their father into service as first responders.

He was remembered as kind, dedicated, funny, and well loved by all.

Eric R. Ellis

Eric R. Ellis

After experiencing arm numbness while completing mandated physical training on May 15, 2020, Eric Ellis was hospitalized. He died on May 21, 2020, from cardiovascular causes.

Eric served as the base manager for the Salmon Heli-Rappellers from 2010 until his death.

Survived by his wife and two young sons, he was remembered as a beloved husband, father, son, brother, and friend.