James “Woody” Woodman, Firefighter/Paramedic

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Firefighter/Paramedic James “Woody” Woodman was a member of Recruit Class #15 at the Connecticut State Fire Academy. Only two days after being out of the academy, on October 5, 1999, Woodman was part of an ambulance crew transporting a child who had been struck by a vehicle to the Yale-New Haven Hospital. As they neared the hospital, the ambulance was broadsided by a bus and rolled over multiple times. Woodman sustained a traumatic brain injury that resulted in his living in a long-term care facility until his death on March 29, 2019. The child who was being transported and other crew members of the ambulance were seriously injured but have all made complete recoveries.

Incident Location: Outside of Yale-New Haven Hospital, 20 York Street, New Haven, CT 06510

Department information

West Haven Fire Department
366 Elm Street
P.O. Box 207
West Haven, Connecticut 06516

Chief: James P. O'Brien

Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.

Age: 55
Rank: Firefighter/Paramedic
Classification: Career
Incident date: October 5, 1999
Date of death: March 29, 2019
Cause of death: Vehicle Collision - Includes Aircraft
Nature of death: Trauma
Activity type: EMS/Patient Care
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: Other On-Duty
Fixed property use: Street/Road