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Thursday, December 29, 2016

LODD: North Carolina Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 12.27.2016

On  Sunday, December 25, at 1617 hours, Station 51 was dispatched to an Automatic Fire Alarm (AFA).  Lieutenant Donald “Reid” Key II, 31, responded as the Driver of 516 (Tanker); however, was cancelled upon arrival by the Chief who had confirmed the AFA was accidental and no assistance was needed.  Upon returning to the station, Lieutenant Key assisted several fellow firefighters with washing, cleaning equipment, repacking hose on 511 (returning from 2nd alarm structure fire).  Later that evening after returning home, Lieutenant Key began experiencing a headache.  The next morning (12/26/2016), the headache worsened, at which time Key’s wife drove him to Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst, NC.  After being evaluated, Lieutenant Key was airlifted to UNC-Chapel Hill Hospital where he arrived midday (12/26/2016).  He passed away at approximately 1345 hours on 12/27/2016. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be reported.
Our condolences to the Key Family & Friends, Whispering Pines Fire Rescue Department & EMS, and to all affected by Lieutenant Donald “Reid” Key II’s passing. 

To date, 90 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2016. Yea-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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