Ret. Conn. firefighter-medic dies from line-of-duty injuries

James “Woody” Woodman was critically injured in a crash on Oct. 5, 1999, while on duty

Duty Death: James “Woody” Woodman - [Colorado Springs, Colorado]

End of Service: 03/29/2019

Tara O'Neill
Connecticut Post, Bridgeport, Conn.

WEST HAVEN, Conn. — A retired West Haven firefighter and paramedic died Friday from injuries he sustained in the line of duty more than 19 years ago.

James “Woody” Woodman died Friday morning in Colorado Springs, Colorado, according to the West Haven Professional Firefighters. The date for a memorial service will be set at a later date by family.

“Please keep the Woodman family in your thoughts and prayers,” West Haven Professional Firefighters said in a Facebook memorial post.

“Rest Easy Woody,” said a comment on the post from David Evans. “You were a man with a plan. It was great riding with you at Stratford EMS and was excited when you made it to become a firefighters. You are at peace now. Watch over us and keep us safe.”

Woodman was critically injured in a crash on Oct. 5, 1999, while on duty. Woodman was a Stratford resident at the time of the crash.

Woodman and three West Haven paramedics were transporting an 8-year-old girl to Yale-New Haven Hospital that October day when their ambulance collided with a car near the hospital. The girl was being taken to the hospital as a precaution after being hit by a vehicle at a school bus stop. She sustained minor injuries, according to reports at the time.

Three of the medics and the girl were treated at Yale New Haven Hospital. The ambulance crash left the girl and Woodman each in critical condition.


The West Haven Professional Firefighters regret to convey the LODD of Retired Firefighter/Paramedic James Woodman. He...

Posted by West Haven Professional Firefighters- IAFF Local 1198 on Friday, March 29, 2019


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