EMS Community Archive
2015 Obituaries

Julie A. (Barker) Williams, 50, of Toledo, a popular presenter at Texas EMS Conference, passed away peacefully on July 31. Julie joined the Beaufort County (SC) EMS in 1995 and working as a paramedic, crew chief and in administrative roles before becoming the department’s training officer in 2008. In 2001 she was voted by her peers as paramedic of the year and in 2013 she was awarded the highest honor an EMS educator can receive, The Hero’s Award, presented by the National Association of EMS Educators. Only eight other instructors nationwide have received this award, which was presented in Washington D.C.

Ruben Lopez, MD, passed away June 5, 2015, after a long battle with cancer. Dr. Lopez served as the Trauma Medical Director at Valley Baptist Medical Center and taught at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and the Regional Academic Health Center (RAHC) in Harlingen. He previously served on the Trauma Committee of the Governor’s EMS and Trauma Advisory Council. Dr. Lopez was a dedicated surgeon, teacher and leader focused on improving the care of injured patients throughout Texas and the Rio Grande Valley. 

Kristin McLain, 46, of Austin, died April 27, 2015, while assisting in the rescue of a woman who had fallen in the Barton Creek Greenbelt in Austin Texas. Kristin gave her life in performing EMS care as she dedicated her life to helping others. Kristin McLain worked for STAR Flight for seven years as a registered nurse licensed paramedic in the aerial emergency medical service.

 

2014 Obituaries

Louis N. Molino Sr., of College Station, passed away on July 4. Molino lied about his age to join the fire department when he was 16, and he remained an EMT/firefighter for nearly the all of his life. Many will remember him as a fierce EMS advocate who gave himself the title of “A Texan with a Jersey attitude.” Molino battled health issues most of his life, including diabetes, kidney failure and loss of his eyesight. Molino’s family is asking for donations to help with his memorial. Also visit Lou Molino’s Facebook page.

Andy Butt, 50, of Amarillo, died July 1. Butt worked for the Amarillo Fire Department for more than 18 years and for the Potter County Volunteer Fire Department for 24 years. The family suggests memorials be made to the 100 Club of the Texas Panhandle. Also visit the Cox Funeral Home obituary.

Ramiro (Ram) G. Perez, 60, of Sonora, passed away May 5 after a lengthy illness. Perez, a registered nurse for more than 30 years, worked at at Hudspeth Hospital in Sonora, Crockett County Care Center in Ozona, Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo, Schleicher County Medical Center in Eldorado, Kimble County Hopsital in Junction and most recently, Concho County Medical Center in Eden. He served on many committees and boards, including the GETAC Injury Prevention Committee, and was very passionate about his advocacy for the Texas Trauma Coordinators. San Angelo Times obituary


Linda Marie Duncum
, 54 of Alpine, died in Fort Davis April 30 of cancer. Duncum, a registered nurse, had worked in Travis County ESD-4, Travis County Search and Rescue, and emergency departments in Austin, Pecos County Memorial Hospital and Big Bend Regional Medical Center. She was a National Guard veteran. She also worked with Fort Davis EMS. Alpine Funeral Home obituary


Michael Andrew Pitcher, 55, of Pleasant, died March 20 after a lengthy illness. Pitcher was a licensed paramedic and registered nurse for more than 20 years. He worked for years in the emergency department at Texas Children’s Hospital. Tributes.com

2013 Obituaries

Timothy Ahrens, 61, of Utopia, died February 4 at a Kerrville hospital after suffering a blood clot in the liver. Ahrens was an EMT, certified firefighter and communications officer for Utopia and Vanderpool.  He formerly served as fire chief in Turtle Creek Fire Department  (Kerrville) and Driftwood Volunteer Fire Department. Kerrville Funeral Home obituary
Derek Brewster, 37, of Amarillo, died July 11, 2013. Brewster, an EMT-P, died in a car crash outside Amarillo. Brewster was a paramedic with Amarillo Medical Service for almost 15 years. He had been the director of Pampa EMS and was also a paramedic for Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch.
Robert Bebee
, 41, of Houston, died May 31, 2013. Bebee, an EMT, died as a result of injuries sustained while responding to a hotel fire in Houston.
Michael Burns, 42, of Dallas, died May 2, 2013, following treatment for cancer. An EMT-I, Burns served Cockrell Hill Fire Department and was a flight medic with Children’s Medical Center of Dallas.
Kevin Clay, 50, of Haskell, died July 11, 2013, after suffering a cardiac arrest while on duty. He served as director of Haskell County EMS.
Robert Garner, 29, of Houston, died May 31, 2013, as a result of injuries sustained while responding to a hotel fire in Houston. After serving two tours in Iraq with the U.S. Air Force, Garner, an EMT, graduated from the Houston Fire Academy and joined Station 68.
Mark A. Mirelez, 41 of Corpus Christi died following a sudden illness. On February 26, 2013, during his shift with City of Robstown EMS, Mirelez fell ill and was transported to Spohn Shoreline Hospital. He died as a result of the illness on March 5, 2013. Mirelez had joined City of Robstown EMS in 1997 and was promoted to EMS Director in 2011.
Matthew Renaud, 35, of Houston, died May 31, 2013. A career firefighter and EMT, Captain Renaud died as a result of injuries sustained while responding to a hotel fire in Houston.
Anne Sullivan, 24, of Houston, died May 31, 2013, as a result of injuries sustained while responding to a hotel fire in Houston. Sullivan, an EMT-I, graduated in April 2013 from the Houston Fire Academy and joined Station 68. She had previously served with Community and Stafford Volunteer Fire Departments.
Stanley Wilson, 51, of Dallas, died May 20, 2013, as a result of injuries sustained while responding to a condominium fire in Dallas. Wilson, an EMT-P, joined Dallas Fire-Rescue in 1985 and served for 28 years.

Other Obituaries

Victims of the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, in April included firefighters, students, volunteers and residents.
Morris Bridges, 41, of West, was a volunteer firefighter with West Volunteer Fire Department.
Perry Calvin, 37, of Frost, was a volunteer firefighter with the Navarro Mills and Merten Volunteer Fire Departments and was attending an EMT course organized by the West Volunteer Fire Department.
Jerry Chapman, 26, of Hillsboro, was a volunteer firefighter with Abbott Volunteer Fire Department and was attending an EMT course organized by the West Volunteer Fire Department.
Cody Dragoo, 50, of West, was a volunteer firefighter with West Volunteer Fire Department.
Kenny “Luckey” Harris Jr., 52, of West, was a captain with Dallas Fire-Rescue but responded as a citizen volunteer when the fertilizer plant exploded.
Adolph Lander, 96, of Malone, lived at West Rest Haven nursing home, which was evacuated as a result of the explosion.
Jimmy Matus, 52, of West, responded as a citizen volunteer. His family business, Westex Welding & Fire Apparatus, kept him familiar with fire suppression equipment, and he regularly assisted West Volunteer Fire Department.
Judith Ann Monroe, 65, of West, lived in an apartment complex damaged in the explosion.
Joey Pustejovsky, 29, of West, was the town of West’s secretary and was a volunteer firefighter with West Volunteer Fire Department.
Cyrus Reed, 29, of Houston, was a volunteer firefighter with the Abbott, Bynum and Elm Mott Volunteer Fire Departments, and he was attending an EMT course organized by the West Volunteer Fire Department.
Mariano Saldivar, 57, of West, lived with his family in an apartment complex damaged in the explosion.
Kevin Sanders, 33, was a volunteer firefighter with the Bruceville-Eddy Volunteer Fire Department and was attending an EMT course organized by the West Volunteer Fire Department.
Doug Snokhous, 50, of West, was a captain and second-generation volunteer firefighter with the West Volunteer Fire Department.
Robert Snokhous, 48, of West, was a captain and second-generation volunteer firefighter with the West Volunteer Fire Department.
William “Buck” Uptmor Jr., 45, of Abbot, owner of Uptmor Welding and Construction, responded as a citizen volunteer to assist moving a herd of horses away from the fertilizer plant.



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