Twenty five years ago today a horrible tragedy occurred which resulted in the loss of one of our members in the line of duty. Live-In Member Joseph Vagnier was part of a Rescue crew that was actively attempting to check vehicles that were stranded in rushing flood waters for occupants. During this operation he lost his footing and was swept up in the water becoming pinned underneath a vehicle. He was removed and transported to the hospital but unfortunately succumbed to his injuries two days later. We Honor Joe’s memory now by having learned from this tragedy and creating our Swift Water Rescue team within Monroeville Fire Department. This year, we will also be holding a Charitable Golf Outing in Joe’s honor in which ALL proceeds will go directly to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation in his name.