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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

USFA: Owego New York Firefighter On-Duty Death

"It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that the Owego Fire Department announces the Line of Duty Death of Captain Matthew Porcari while battling a house fire last night. Injured in the blaze was Firefighter Daniel Gavin, who was transported to a local hospital and then transferred to the burn unit at Upstate Medical in Syracuse NY. All of our thoughts and prayers are with the Porcari and Gavin families in this tragic time."

Captain Matthew J. Porcari and another firefighter after respomding with the Owego Fire Department Company #3 to a mutual aid call were performing interior attack on a structure, and fell through the floor of the structure.

Both firefighters were transported to separate facilities. Captain Porcari, 34, succumbed to his injuries shortly after arrival to the hospital.  The other firefighter received burns. 

Our condolences to the Porcari Family & Friends, the Owego Fire Department, and to all affected by Captain Matthew J. Porcari's passing. 

To date, 1 firefighter fatalities has been reported to USFA in 2013. Year-to-date monthly and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) Fatality Notices page.

(The usual disclaimers: I am not a journalist; This is a blog that expresses an outlook and is not conclusive in any shape or manner.)

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