Eastside Fire Fighters Local 2878
In Honor of Those Who Served
Updated On: May 06, 2022

Firefighter Mark Zabel, 1961-2002

Captain Mike Coffey, 1966-2002

Firefighter Tom Stapleton, 1957-2010

Firefighter Matt Durham, 1965-2010

Woodinville Fire experienced its first-ever line-of -duty death when FF Matt Durham lost his courageous battle with duty-related cancer on December 30, 2010. Durham, a 45-year-old, 15-year fire service veteran, was married (Elaine) and had two sons, ages 9 and 11 (Jack and Sam). Durham grew up in California and earned a degree in photojournalism from San Jose State University. He worked as chief photographer for the West Seattle Herald for several years prior to and during his job with Woodinville Fire. His photos have appeared in all the major newspapers in the Seattle area, including the Woodinville Weekly. Several of his photos still hang at Eastside Fire Station 31. With Woodinville Fire and Rescue, Durham’s many career highlights include his participation on the FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Task Force as a hazardous material team leader and Acting Lieutenant at Fire Station 34 in the Kingsgate area. His diagnosis (malignant melanoma) was unusual especially based on his long commitment to health and fitness. In addition to running and finishing a marathon, Durham completed the Firefighter Stair Climb at the Columbia Tower on several occasions. Durham was known throughout the region for his infectious laugh and quick wit, traits that were not abandoned him during his recent struggles.

Firefighter Michael Michel, 1968-2011

Firefighter Amy Tryon, 1970-2012

Firefighter Matt Roodzant, 1974-2012

Matt Roodzant started his Professional career in the then, Woodinville Fire and Rescue District, in 1998. He had previously been a volunteer for the city of Snohomish. “Rudy” as everyone called him, came into our District full of energy and ready to do whatever was asked of him. He was an engine driver, who’s passion was to be on the Truck. When the Truck was out of service, Rudy would drive the reserve engine. Thus, he developed one of his aliases the “snow driver.” He was always up for a “feats of strength,” challenge, or some food or drinking competition. He loved working on A131 and patented the yellow brush coat on aid calls look. Rudy was a darn good firefighter and a valuable member of our organization. There was never a dull day working with Rudy. He has and always will, be missed and thought of in high regard, by the firefighters that served by his side.

Deputy Chief Ed Nelson, 1943-2013

Firefighter Michael VanDenBergh, 1969-2015

Firefighter Christopher Nelms, 1971-2018

May we always remember our members who have served with us as well as before us


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Contact Info
IAFF Local 2878
PO Box 594
Issaquah, WA 98027
 

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