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Unfortunately, emergency responders must sometimes make the ultimate sacrifice in the performance of their job. This section of the Web site is dedicated to announce, honor and memorialize our members that die in the line-of-duty.

Kevin Hegarty 
Local Number: L1271
City, State: Surrey, BC

It is with deepest regret and sorrow to report the line-of-duty death of Fire Fighter Kevin Hegarty of IAFF Local 1271 - Surrey, British Columbia. Brother Hegarty, 53, passed away on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 from a stress-related illness.

The Funeral Service will be held on Monday, March 30, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at Peace Portal Alliance Church, 15128 27B Avenue, Surrey, British Columbia V4P 1P2, (604) 531-4733 Following the service, a reception will be held in the Church gymnasium.

We encourage all members to carpool. The closest additional parking available is at South Surrey Athletic Park (2200 block on 148th Street) approximately 2.5 km away. There is some street parking available in the surrounding area.

HOTEL: Ocean Promenade Hotel, 15611 Marine Drive, White Rock, British Columbia, (604) 542-0102; Website: www.oceanpromenadehotel.com; Email: info@oceanpromenadehotel.com. Mention Surrey Fire Fighters for preferred rates.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Kevin to the Surrey Fire Fighters Charitable Society at www.surreyfirefighters.com/donate, the Canadian Mental Health Association, or BC Burn Fund. Other expressions of sympathy or condolences can be sent to the family or the local at IAFF Local 1271, 5691 176th Street, Suite 204, Surrey, BC V3S 4C5.

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Daryl E. Gordon 
Local Number: L0048
City, State: Cincinnati, OH

It is with deepest regret and sorrow to report the line-of-duty death of Driver/Operator Daryl E. Gordon of IAFF Local 48 - Cincinnati, Ohio. Brother Gordon, 54, passed away on Thursday, March 26, 2015 from a fall during rescue at a fire.

The Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 from 3:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202, (513) 419-7300. Parking garages and street parking is available throughout the city. The Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral, 325 W. 8th Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202. The interment will be held immediately after the funeral service at Oak Hill Cemetery, 11200 Princeton Park, Cincinnati, Ohio. There is limited parking, so transportation to and from the cemetery will be provided for uniformed fire fighters. After the Cemetery Service, a Celebration of Life will take place at the Duke Energy Convention Center.

Direct any questions regarding funeral or lodging to IAFF Local 48 at the Union Office 513-241-3541.

To make donations to the Gordon family, go to Local 48 website at www.iaff48.org. Other expressions of sympathy or condolences for the family or the local can be sent to IAFF Local 48, 1011 W. 8th Street, Cincinnati, OH 45203-1205.

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Rick D. Winship 
Local Number: L0781
City, State: Independence, MO

It is with deepest regret and sorrow to report the line-of-duty death of Captain Rick D. Winship of IAFF Local 781 - Independence, Missouri. Brother Winship, 54, passed away on Thursday, March 26, 2015 from esophageal cancer.

The Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Speaks Suburban Chapel, 18020 East 39th Street,
Independence, Missouri 64055, (816) 373-3600. The Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at Stone Church Community of Christ, 1012 W. Lexington Avenue, Independence, Missouri. The family has requested the Local 781 Honor Guard only and no large Fire Department Procession at the Memorial Service.

The family has requested donations in lieu of flowers be sent to IAFF Local 781 Good & Welfare Corp., 320 E. Pacific Avenue, Independence, MO 64050. Other expressions of sympathy or condolences for the family or the local can also be sent to IAFF Local 781 at address above or emailed to kstobart@gmail.com.

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