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Monday, August 5, 2013

USFA: Oregon Wildland Contractor/Firefighter LODD: On-Duty Death 08.01.2013

Wildland Contractor/Firefighter John Hammack, 58, on August 1, 2013 at 0913hrs, was killed by the top portion of a snag that fell and struck him and another firefighter who was injured in the incident. The firefighters were clearing away hazardous trees on a wildfire  in the Mt. Washington Wilderness Area of Oregon. John Hammack was taken to the Redmond Memorial Chapel the following afternoon after a recovery effort by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office who is also conducting an investigation into the death.

Our condolences to the Hammack Family & Friends, the U.S. Forest Service - Deschutes Forest, and to all affected by Wildland Contractor/Firefighter John Hammack's passing. 
To date, 71 firefighter fatalities have 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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