Assistant Chief Bradley D. Tendall, age 43, of the Nevada Fire Department died from complications of COVID-19 on October 10, 2021.
Fire Chief William Schneider joined the Coralville Fire Department in 1930. He was appointed Chief in 1937 and served until his untimely death on April 2, 1947 while working on a firetruck. His death was due to accidental carbon monoxide poisoning. Chief “Bill” Schneider was known as a “hands-on” guy and was instrumental in his leadership at the Coralville Fire Department.
Lieutenant Eric M. Hosette, 33, of Charlotte, made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty on January 5, 2019.
Eric Michael Hosette was born on June 22, 1985, in Clinton, Iowa, the son of William and Gail (Grimm) Hosette. He was a 2003 graduate of Camanche High School and later attended the Trinity School of Nursing for paramedic certification.
Eric‘s lifelong dream was to be a firefighter, and he started as a volunteer with the Camanche Fire Department. He joined the Clinton Fire Department on September 17, 2006 and was promoted to lieutenant on August 25, 2017. At the time of his death, he was the fire chief of the Charlotte Fire Department.
Eric married Kellene “Kelly” Mohr on September 25, 2010, in Clinton. They have one daughter, Addalyn, who was the apple of his eye. He enjoyed working and restoring antique tractors and was a member of the Midwest Old Threshers.
Eric is survived by his wife, Kelly; his daughter, Addalyn; his parents, Bill and Gail Hosette; his brother, Todd (Casey) Hosette; his maternal grandmother, Arlene Grimm; his father and mother-in-law, Kenny and Shelly Mohr; his brother-in-law, Nick (Bree), nephew Reid; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Eric was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents and maternal grandfather. Lieutenant Hosette will forever be remembered as a true hero who answered his final call doing what he loved to do and knew that his fellow firefighters would be ready to “take it from here.”
Fire Chief Thomas L. Henrich, age 59, of the Earling Fire and Rescue Department, died on October 20, 2018, after suffering cardiac arrest.
Firefighter Steven P. Buser, age 51, of the Ames Fire Department, died on March 17, 2017, after physical fitness training and responding to two emergency calls.
Assistant Chief Michael “Coop” Cooper, age 61, of the Centerville Fire Department suffered a heart attack and died after responding to a commercial structure fire on January 31, 2015.
Chief Larry Nielsen suffered a heart attack while responding in department apparatus to a reported barn fire on October 9‚ 2012. He was transported to the hospital where he died later that day.
Chief Nielsen was a 41-year veteran with the Gilmore City Fire Department and the Gilmore City Ambulance Service‚ where he served as a volunteer emergency medical technician and director. His assistant chief said he ‘lived and breathed’ for emergency services and that a better fireman couldn’t be found. He was remembered by fellow firefighters as very calm and collected even on a chaotic fire scene. He was diligent about making sure someone was available to respond to emergency calls‚ staying in town when he knew other members would be away.
Larry worked for Gilmore City for 30 years and retired in 2011 as utilities supervisor. At the time of his death‚ he worked at the Pro Coop station in Gilmore. He was also the sexton of the Marble Valley Cemetery. Larry volunteered as a coach for Girls’ Little League for over fifteen years and played men’s fastpitch for ten years.
He was survived by his wife‚ Susan Nielsen‚ and his children‚ Chris and Luke Nielsen.
Larry was a good father and a good citizen who contributed a lot to his community.
Steven S. Crannell‚ age 47‚ was a member of the Guthrie Center Fire Department for over 20 years. He joined the fire department on October 5‚ 1989‚ and did a lot of activities with the members of the fire department. Not only did they serve on the department together‚ the families took vacations together‚ and a close bond was formed with his fellow firefighters.
Guthrie Center Fire Department is a volunteer department‚ and Steve was a volunteer in every form. He held the office of president for five years and became the secretary/treasurer in 1996‚ a position he held until his death. Steve loved to see money grow and used his skills to help his local fire department succeed. Steve knew no stranger and always welcomed everyone with a smile that made you feel like you had been friends for years.
Not only did he help the fire department‚ he was very involved in all aspects of the Guthrie Center community. He helped the Guthrie Center School’s booster club and was president of the preschool Tiger Tykes. He was a member of the Guthrie Center Development Board and Chamber of Commerce‚ a past president of the Lions Club‚ and served on the planning and zoning committee. As a State Farm agent‚ Steve truly was a Good Neighbor to all.
Steve graduated from Marshalltown High School in 1981. He married Vicki Varnum in 1985‚ and they moved to Guthrie Center in 1988‚ where he was the State Farm agent. Steve and Vicki worked together in the office for over 21 years. They have two children‚ son‚ Nate (23)‚ of West Des Moines‚ Iowa; and daughter‚ Mandy (20)‚ a current student at the University of Northern Iowa.
Steve and Vicki loved to ride their motorcycle and frequently took long trips with friends. The impact he had on friends and loved ones was strong and will never be forgotten. The character and values that he instilled in his community and department left a lasting impression and will remain strong for generations.
Michael Angelo Mercurio
06/10/52 – 02/18/05
Dates of Service: 09/01/1999 – 02/18/05
Mike Mercurio joined the Urbandale Fire Department in the fall of 1999. He joined the fire service with a deep desire to help people‚ an eagerness to learn new things‚ an infectious smile and a caring heart. Mike completed his training and served the department as a Firefighter/EMT. Mike was a valued member of the department. In addition to responding to calls at all times of the day and night‚ Mike often responded to calls during the most difficult time of the day for volunteer staffing; weekday working hours.
Mike gave his very best on every call. He was proud to have assisted with the delivery of babies and he was equally proud of his efforts at fire calls. Mike’s last call was a vehicle fire near midnight on 2/17/05. The call was completed early on 2/18/05. Mike returned home from that call and died in his sleep later that morning. Mike left his last assignment with the satisfaction of knowing he made a difference – we knew that every time he showed up. Mike will be forever in our hearts.
Submitted by his Wife
Greg H. Vieth
Davenport Fire Department – Iowa
Date of Death: January 9‚ 2004
Gregory Vieth was respected for his dedication to his job and his family. Greg was focused on prevention. While working in the fire marshal’s office‚ he revised a fire code manual to make inspections easier for firefighters. He felt honored to be a member of the HAZMAT team for the Scott County Community of Iowa. Davenport Fire Chief Mark Frese stated‚ ‘Greg was a man of high energy‚ and I wish I had a hundred more just like him.’ He had an effective‚ intense leadership style and always tried to see the best qualities in his fellow workers.
Vieth graduated from South Milwaukee High School in the late 1960s. He attended Luther College in Decorah‚ Iowa‚ and was a wellness and business teacher for several years. After trying out several occupations‚ he found his true love in firefighting.
He was a strong union member‚ and the day of his death was to meet with presidential candidate John Kerry as a representative of the local firefighters’ union. He used his knowledge in business and accounting that he received at St. Ambrose University to help the firefighters and police officers negotiate a progressive contract with the city leaders. Greg was a master with numbers and statistics.
He led by example with physical fitness. He rode his bike to work‚ after a 45-minute fun ride‚ before his job began at 6:45 a.m. most working days. He lifted weights‚ promoted physical fitness‚ and helped pay for weightlifting equipment before the city realized its importance. He was also very proud that he participated together with other city workers in a local triathlon.
Greg had a lifelong love of learning and felt compelled to always better himself in his life goals. He was a hands-on type of guy who always wanted to be on the front end of the fire hose and in the middle of the action‚ but he was always willing to do whatever it took to help out others in need.
Greg completely embraced life and the love of his family. He was married to Jo‚ his wife of 29 years. His sons‚ Chad and Travis‚ were the light of his life. He could not stop talking about them. He was a hands-on father who did childcare‚ field trips and never missed their activities when not at work. He coached their activities and did endless practice with them when they were growing up. The spirit of their father lives within Chad and Travis to this day.
Greg suffered a fatal heart attack during physical training. Family‚ friends and co-workers have missed Greg greatly since his early death.