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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

USFA LODD: Missouri Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 06.19.2017

On  June 19, 2017 Firefighter Jeffery Mason Sanders, 55, was killed and another firefighter was injured when they were struck by a privately owned vehicle while working at the scene of a “wires down” call. The private vehicle crashed into the rear of another private vehicle stopped on a roadway behind a fire department vehicle. The fire department vehicle then struck the two firefighters who were nearby, trapping them underneath as it went down an embankment and stopped. Firefighter Sanders was pronounced deceased at the scene. The second firefighter, 33-year-old Jacob Hayward, was flown to the Research Medical Center in Kansas City with critical injuries.

Our condolences to the Sanders Family & Friends, Mayview Fire Protection District, and to all affected by Firefighter Jeffery Mason Sanders’s passing.
  
To date, 50 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2017. 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.) 




Thursday, June 15, 2017

USFA LODD: Michigan Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 06.14.2017

On June 14, 2017 Chief Edward Switalski, 55, responded with the Comstock Township Department of Fire & Rescue to a reported motor vehicle accident on Eastbound I-94 near mile marker 81 at approximately 2230hrs. Upon arrival, they found an empty vehicle and no injuries to report. As fire crews were getting ready to leave the scene, a passing vehicle lost control and struck Chief Switalski, who was standing at the rear of his rescue vehicle returning equipment to service. Crews at the scene tried to revive him, but were not successful. Chief Switalski was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Our condolences to the Switalski Family & Friends, Comstock Township Department of Fire & Rescue, and to all affected by Fire Chief Edward Switalski’s passing.  
  
To date, 49 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2017. 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.) 





Monday, June 12, 2017

USFA LODD: Illinois Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 06.10.2017

On June 10, 2017 while operating at a residential trailer home fire and working on the exterior to protect nearby exposures, Firefighter Lawrence W. Matthews, 35, fell ill and collapsed. Firefighter Matthews was immediately attended to by fellow responders and rushed to Ingalls Memorial Hospital where he succumbed to a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be reported.



Our condolences to the Matthews Family & Friends, Village of Dolton Fire Department, and to all affected by Firefighter Lawrence W. Matthews' passing. 
  
To date, 48 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2017. 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.) 



Friday, June 9, 2017

USFA LODD: Alabama Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 04.21.2017

The U.S. Fire Administration confirmed that the April death of North Courtland Volunteer Fire Department Fire Chief Eddie Harris was a line-of-duty death. 

On April 21,2017 Fire Chief Eddie Harris, 47, was working with his fire department at the scene of a training burn. Approximately two hours into the activity, Harris complained of not feeling well and was taken home. Later that day, Fire Chief Harris passed away from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be reported. 

Our condolences to the Harris Family & Friends, North Courtland Volunteer Fire Department, and to all affected by Fire Chief Eddie Harris’ passing. 
  
To date, 47 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2017. 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.) 


Monday, June 5, 2017

USFA LODD: California Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 06.05.2017

Firefighter Kelly Wong, 29, fell from an LAFD aerial ladder while participating in a training exercise on the morning of Saturday, June 3. Fellow firefighters and paramedics rendered immediate medical attention and transported him in critical condition to a local trauma center.
    
Despite the heroic efforts of doctors and nurses at the hospital, Firefighter Kelly Wong succumbed to his injuries early Monday morning, June 5, 2017.

Our condolences to the Wong Family & Friends, Los Angeles Fire Department, and to all affected by Firefighter Kelly Wong’s passing.
  
To date, 46 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2017. 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.) 






USFA LODD: Indiana Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 06.01.2017

On June 1, 2017 several hours after responding with Lake Station Volunteer Fire Department to an emergency response call, Lieutenant David Jatczsk, 57, died at his residence from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be reported.

Our condolences to the Jatczsk Family & Friends, Lake Station Volunteer Fire Department, and to all affected by Lieutenant David Jatczsk’s passing.
  
To date, 45 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2017. 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.) 




Wednesday, May 31, 2017

USFA LODD: Missouri Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 05.29.2017

On May 29,2017 Firefighter Jesse Ketchum, 33, was responding to an outdoor (field) fire call when the fire apparatus he was operating crashed while negotiating a curve and overturned several times, ejecting Ketchum and a passenger in the vehicle. Firefighter Ketchum died at the scene from injuries sustained and the passenger, John Chancellor, was treated and flown to the University Hospital in Columbia, Missouri, with serious injuries. According to initial reports, seat belts were not in use at the time of the crash.

Our condolences to the Ketchum Family & Friends, City of Memphis Volunteer Fire Department, and to all affected by Firefighter Jesse Ketchum’s passing. 
  
To date, 44 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2017. 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.) 




Friday, May 26, 2017

USFA LODD: California Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 05.25.2017

Inmate Firefighter Matthew Beck, 26, was leading a crew clearing brush to contain a fire when a 120-foot tree uprooted and fell on him. Firefighter Beck suffered major head, neck, and back injuries. The remote location of the incident posed challenges for medical responders and before life-flight crews could get to him, Firefighter Beck passed away.

Our condolences to the Beck Family & Friends, CAL FIRE, and to all affected by Firefighter Matthew Beck’s passing.  
          
To date, 43 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2017. 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.) 



USFA LODD: California Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 05.20.2017

On May 18, 2017, Fire Engineer Brian Massey, 56 started a 48-hour shift by participating in a wildland firefighting class which included strenuous simulation training, causing him to vigorously exert himself. At 0800hrs on May 20, 2017, Massey completed his shift which, in addition to the wildland firefighting training, included several emergency response calls. Later that day, while at home, Brian Massey suffered a significant medical event. Fire Engineer Brian Massey was transported to a local hospital where he died of a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be determined.

Our condolences to the Massey Family & Friends, Kern County Fire Department, and to all affected by Fire Engineer Brian Massey’s passing. 
 
To date, 42 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2017. 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.) 



Wednesday, May 24, 2017

USFA LODD: Georgia Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 05.23.2017

Firefighter Darrell Lavon Plank, 29, died in the hospital several days after suffering a traumatic brain injury while at the scene of a working residential structure fire near Montezuma, GA, on Saturday, May 20, 2017.

According to initial reports, Firefighter Plank was donning protective gear when the accident occurred.  As other firefighters were setting up a hose line, the fire hose snagged on a truck, causing a coupling to strike Plank in the head knocking him to the ground. 

Firefighter Plank was treated at the scene and rushed to the hospital where a CT scan showed he had suffered a stroke on the left side of his brain. Firefighter Plank later underwent surgery, but succumbed to his injury on the evening of May 23, 2017.
 
Our condolences to the Plank Family & Friends, Macon County Fire Rescue, and to all affected by Firefighter Darrell Lavon Plank’s passing.   

To date, 41 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2017. 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.) 




Tuesday, May 23, 2017

USFA LODD: Virginia Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 05.19.2017

On May 19, 2017  Firefighter Roger Dale Johns, 63, was struck and killed by a backing piece of fire apparatus at the scene of a motor vehicle crash. Initial reports indicate that Firefighter Johns was acting as a ground-guide while the apparatus was backing up to block the roadway and protect the scene. Investigation into the fatal accident continues by authorities.
  
Our condolences to the Johns Family & Friends, Eagle Rock Volunteer Fire and Rescue, and to all affected by Firefighter Roger Dale Johns’ passing.  

To date, 40 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2017. 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.) 



Monday, May 22, 2017

USFA LODD: Georgia Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 05.18.2017

On May 18, 2017 several hours after answering an emergency response call during his normally scheduled shift, Battalion Chief John Chester, 56, passed away while at home of a yet to be determined cause.
  
Our condolences to the Chester Family & Friends, Whitfield County Fire Department, and to all affected by Battalion Chief John Chester’s passing.  

To date, 39 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2017. 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.) 




Friday, May 19, 2017

USFA LODD: Florida Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 05.18.2017

Lieutenant James Franklin Dorminy, 55, worked on May 8, 2017, and ran three calls: amusement park ride evacuation; rescue-assist at citizen cardiac arrest; and a false fire alarm.  Lieutenant Dorminy’s shift ended at 0700hrs on May 9, 2017.  After his shift, Lieutenant Dorminy went to an off-site, private gym for his regular workout.  Lieutenant Dorminy was found floating in the pool by bystanders at approximately 0830hrs and was resuscitated.  He never regained consciousness and the family terminated life support on Thursday, May 18, 2017.
  
Our condolences to the Dorminy Family & Friends, Reedy Creek Emergency Services, and to all affected by Lieutenant James Franklin Dorminy’s passing.  

To date, 38 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2017. 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.) 





USFA LODD: Texas Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 05.18.2017

On May 18, 2017 Firefighter Scott Deem, 31, died from injuries received while operating at a four-alarm fire in a shopping center. Fire crews were searching a gym in the strip mall for any possible occupants as fire conditions rapidly intensified and the structure began to collapse. All firefighters were ordered to exit the building but Firefighter Deem was unable to do so before becoming caught and trapped. Crews continued to battle the fire but due to conditions were unable to reach Firefighter Deem. According to initial reports, another member of the initial search team was also trapped in the fire but was pulled to safety along with an injured member of the Rapid Intervention Team. The two injured firefighters were transported to the hospital where one remains in critical but stable condition.





Our condolences to the Deem Family & Friends, San Antonio Fire Department, and to all affected by Firefighter Scott Deem’s passing.  

To date, 37 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2017. 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.) 


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

USFA LODD: Kentucky Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 05.06.2017

Firefighter/Paramedic James "Dewon" Wells, 52, worked his shift on May 5, 2017, from 0800hrs to 1600hrs. During his shift, he complained to a fire department member that he was experiencing numbness in his mouth. Immediately before leaving the station at the end of his shift, he complained to his chief that he had a headache and did not feel well. The following day, May 6, 2017, at approximately 1400hrs, Firefighter/Paramedic Wells was still not feeling well and went to a medical clinic, but returned home since he started to feel slightly better. Soon thereafter, his wife came home and found him unresponsive on the couch and not breathing. He wife initiated CPR and Firefighter/Paramedic Wells was transported to St. Joseph Hospital in Mount Sterling, where he was pronounced deceased. 
  
Our condolences to the Wells Family & Friends, Montgomery County Fire/EMS, and to all affected by Firefighter/Paramedic James "Dewon" Wells’ passing. 

To date, 36 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2017. 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.) 




Tuesday, May 2, 2017

USFA LODD: New Jersey Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 04.28.2017

On April 10, 2017 as he was advancing hose line during mandatory live burn training, Firefighter William Gerace, 54, suffered a spiral fracture to his right fibula. On April 28, 2017 Firefighter Gerace's spouse contacted 911 from Gerace's residence as he was showing signs of severe respiratory difficulty. Upon the arrival of emergency responders, Firefighter Gerace stopped breathing and went into cardiac arrest. He was immediately transported to a local hospital with EMS performing CPR. CPR was continued at the hospital and, after approximately 20 minutes, doctors pronounced him deceased. Autopsy results showed that he suffered a pulmonary embolism, which was directly attributed to being a complication of his initial leg fracture and recovery process.
  
Our condolences to the Gerace Family & Friends, Gibbsboro Fire Company No. 1 Inc., and to all affected by Firefighter William Gerace’s passing. 

To date, 35 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2017. 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.) 





USFA LODD: California Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 04.28.2017

Battalion Chief Jerome Boyd, 55, suffered a medical emergency on the morning of Friday, April 28, 2017 while on-duty driving in a fire department vehicle near Downtown Los Angeles. Battalion Chief Boyd was transported to California Hospital Medical Center by a Los Angeles Fire Department rescue ambulance. All efforts to revive him, however, were not successful.
  
Our condolences to the Boyd Family & Friends, Los Angeles Fire Department, and to all affected by Battalion Chief Jerome Boyd’s passing. 

To date, 34 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2017. 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.) 





Monday, May 1, 2017

USFA LODD: Arkansas Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 04.30.2017

On April 30, 2017 at 0400hrs, while outside of his vehicle checking water conditions during severe storms that were occurring throughout north-central Arkansas, Fire Chief Doug Deckard, 51, was struck by another vehicle on Highway 25 just west of the Faulkner-Cleburne County line near Quitman. Fire Chief Deckard passed away a short time later from the injuries sustained when struck.
  
Our condolences to the Deckard Family & Friends, Cove Creek Pearson Fire Department, and to all affected by Fire Chief Doug Deckard’s passing. 

To date, 33 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2017. 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.) 





USFA LODD: Ohio Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 04.28.2017

On April 27, 2017 at 2100hrs, Firefighter David Lemponen, 83, was directing traffic on the north side of State Route 307 at the scene of a minor motor vehicle accident when he was struck by another vehicle. Firefighter Lemponen was treated and transported by Medevac to a Cleveland hospital but succumbed to the injuries sustained when struck on April 28, 2017.
  
Our condolences to the Lemponen Family & Friends, Austinburg Volunteer Fire Department, and to all affected by Firefighter David Lemponen’s passing. 

To date, 32 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2017. 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.) 




Monday, April 24, 2017

USFA LODD: New York Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 04.20.2017

On April 20, 2017 at 1420hrs, Firefighter William N. Tolley and members of Ladder 135, along with additional fire units, responded to a fire in a second floor apartment in a five-story apartment building at 1615 Putnam Avenue in Queens. Firefighter Tolley, who was assigned as his unit's outside ventilation firefighter, was accessing the roof of the structure when he fell five stories. Firefighter Tolley was transported to Wyckoff Heights Medical Center where he succumbed to the injuries sustained in the fall.
  
Our condolences to the Trolly Family & Friends, Fire Department New York City, and to all affected by Firefighter William N. Tolley’s passing. 

To date, 31 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2017. 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.) 




Thursday, April 20, 2017

USFA LODD: North Carolina Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 04.17.2017

On  April 17, 2017 at 1345hrs, while on-duty at the Central Alexander Fire Department, Captain Michael "Bubba" Eric Pennell, 49,  suffered a medical emergency and collapsed in the bay of the apparatus room as he completed station duties. Captain Pennell was transferred to the Frye Regional Medical Center where he succumbed to a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be reported.
  
Our condolences to the Pennell Family & Friends, Central Alexander Fire Department, and to all affected by District Captain Michael "Bubba" Eric Pennell’s passing. 

To date, 30 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2017. 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.) 




Monday, April 17, 2017

USFA LODD: Ohio Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 04.14.2017

District Chief/Medic James "Jim" Benken, 65, completed a 24-hour shift at 0600hrs on 04/14/2017 which included one emergency response at 1519hrs on 04/13/2017. After completing the shift, District Chief/Medic Benken fell ill at approximately 1400hrs on 04/14/2017 and succumbed to an apparent cardiac arrest.
  
Our condolences to the Benken Family & Friends, the City of Wyoming Fire and EMS, and to all affected by District Chief/Medic James "Jim" Benken’s passing. 

To date, 29 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2017. 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.) 




Monday, April 10, 2017

USFA LODD: Maryland Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 04.07.2017

While on duty April 7, 2017 at Burtonsville Fire Station 15, Firefighter Charles "Rick" Gentilcore, 52, succumbed to a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be reported. Fellow emergency responders immediately initiated all possible means of emergency care, however, resuscitation efforts were not successful.
  
Our condolences to the Gentilcore Family & Friends, the Montgomery County Fire Rescue Services - Burtonsville Volunteer Fire Department, and to all affected by Firefighter Charles "Rick" Gentilcore’s passing. 

To date, 28 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2017. 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.) 




Monday, April 3, 2017

USFA LODD: Pennsylvania Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 04.01.2017

Firefighter James H. Yiengst, 72, responded with his fire department to a motor vehicle accident (MVA) on the evening of March 31, 2017.  The next morning, April 1, 2017, emergency medical services were summoned to his residence. Firefighter Yiengst indicated to one of his family members that he began feeling ill while at the MVA the previous evening.  Firefighter Yiengst was treated and transported to the hospital where he passed away from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be reported.
  
Our condolences to the Yiengst Family & Friends, Keystone Hook and Ladder Co #1, and to all affected by Firefighter James H. Yiengst’s passing. 

To date, 27 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2017. 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.) 




USFA LODD: Massachusetts Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 03.30.2017

Firefighter Anthony Spano, 47, worked his shift which included one or more emergency response calls, including a “lift assist” call where he complained of back pain. Fewer than 24 hours later and just after coming off of his duty shift, Firefighter Spano on March 30, 2017 passed away from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be reported when he fell ill while exercising at a gym.
  
Our condolences to the Spano Family & Friends, Chicopee Fire Department, and to all affected by Firefighter Anthony Spano’s passing. 

To date, 26 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2017. 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.) 




Friday, March 24, 2017

USFA LODD: Alabama Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 03.23.2017

Lieutenant Christopher Lane Foster, 54, responded to a MVA with injuries at 0718hrs on March 22, 2017.  After his shift, Lieutenant Foster returned to his home where he was found unresponsive at 0220hrs the following morning.  Lieutenant Foster was pronounced deceased shortly thereafter having succumbed to an apparent cardiac arrest.
  
Our condolences to the Foster Family & Friends, Demopolis Fire Department, and to all affected by Lieutenant Christopher Lane Foster’s passing. 

To date, 25 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2017. 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.) 





Monday, March 20, 2017

USFA LODD: Massachusetts Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 03.17.2017

On March 17, 2017 at 1015hrs, Firefighter Joseph Toscano, 54, collapsed while battling to a two-alarm house fire. Firefighter Toscano was taken to Mt. Auburn Hospital where he passed away from a nature and fatal cause of injury still to be reported.
  
Our condolences to the Toscano Family & Friends, Watertown Fire Department, and to all affected by Firefighter Joseph Toscano's passing.      

To date, 24 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2017. 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.) 






Friday, March 17, 2017

USFA LODD: Iowa Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 03.17.2017

Firefighter Steven Paul Buser, 51, finished working his shift at 0700hrs on March 17, 2017, during which he responded to an emergency call at 1900hrs on March 16, 2017. After his shift, Firefighter Buser stayed at the fire station to exercise where he was alone. At 0930hrs, someone entered the fire station and found Firefighter Buser unresponsive. Firefighter Buser was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be reported.
  
Our condolences to the Buser Family & Friends, Ames Fire Department, and to all affected by Firefighter Steven Paul Buser's passing.      

To date, 23 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2017. 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.) 





Thursday, March 16, 2017

USFA LODD: Two Mississippi Firefighters On-Duty Death Notification 03.15.2017

On March 15, 2017 at 1800hrs, Deputy Chief Clinton Alvin Beasley, 80, and Firefighter Loretta Ann Sykes, 53, were directing traffic at the scene where a dump truck got tangled in power lines at Mississippi 589 and Oloh Road (Lamar County, MS) when they were struck by a hit-and-run driver. Both Deputy Chief Beasley and Firefighter Sykes passed away at the scene from injuries sustained when hit. The driver of the vehicle was later apprehended by Lamar County law enforcement.
  
Our condolences to the Beasley Family & Sykes Family, Friends, Sumrall Volunteer Fire Department, and to all affected by Deputy Chief Clinton Alvin Beasley’s and Firefighter Loretta Ann Sykes' passing.      

To date, 22 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2017. 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.) 




Monday, March 13, 2017

USFA LODD: Pennsylvania Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 03.11.2017

On  March 11, 2017  Lieutenant Dennis DeVoe, 45, died from injuries sustained while responding to a multiple alarm row house fire which had confirmed civilian entrapment. Lieutenant DeVoe’s privately owned vehicle was struck on the passenger side at a controlled intersection by a stolen vehicle, reportedly being operated by an intoxicated 19 year-old female who failed to stop. According to reports, the force of the accident sent Lt. DeVoe’s vehicle through a fence and into a parking lot. The driver of the stolen vehicle who fled the scene was arrested later at the hospital by law enforcement.
  
Our condolences to the DeVoe Family &; Friends, Harrisburg Bureau of Fire, and to all affected by Lieutenant Dennis DeVoe’s passing.      

To date, 20 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2017. 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.) 




Wednesday, March 8, 2017

USFA LODD: Texas Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 03.07.2017

Captain William ‘Iron Bill’ Dowling passed away on March 7, 2017, from complications of the severe injuries suffered in the Southwest Inn fire on May 31, 2013, that killed four other Houston firefighters and seriously injured many more. The Southwest Inn fire is considered the deadliest day in Houston Fire Department history. In a statement, the Houston Fire Department said of Captain Dowling that “the incredible strength and bravery he showed as he and his family rebuilt his life – and theirs – after his injuries inspired us all. Please keep the Dowling family and all of the men and women of our fire department in your prayers.” 
  
Our condolences to the Dowling Family & Friends, Houston Fire Department, and to all affected by Captain William ‘Iron Bill’ Dowling’s passing.      

To date, 19 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2017. 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.) 





Thursday, March 2, 2017

USFA LODD: Georgia Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 03.02.2017

Firefighter-Paramedic Michael Norton, 38, worked an early morning residential structure fire on March 1, 2017. At home, several hours later, Firefighter-Paramedic Norton was found by his wife in medical distress. She called 911 and responders treated Firefighter-Paramedic Michael Norton then transported him to the hospital where he succumbed to a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be determined.
  
Our condolences to the Norton Family & Friends, Coweta County Fire Rescue, and to all affected by Firefighter-Paramedic Michael Norton’s passing.      

To date, 18 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2017. 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.) 






USFA LODD: New York Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 01.23.2017

On  January 23, 2017 Firefighter/EMT Richard Kaplan, 80, passed away at home from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be reported. Firefighter Kaplan responded to four emergency incidents with his fire department during the 24 hours preceding his death.
  
Our condolences to the Kaplan Family & Friends, Jericho Fire Department, and to all affected by Firefighter/EMT Richard Kaplan’s passing.     

To date, 17 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2017. 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.) 





Tuesday, February 28, 2017

USFA LODD: Wisconsin Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 02.25.2017

Firefighter Terrance “Terry” Edward Shafer, 62, On February 24, 2017 at 1345hrs responded with other members of his department to a motor vehicle crash incident. Soon after departing, they were advised to cancel and returned to the station. Later that evening, Firefighter Shafer fell ill at a family cabin in Minnesota. Firefighter Shafer was treated and transported by EMS to a hospital in Melrose, MN, but passed away early the following morning on February 25, 2017 from a nature and cause of fatal injury to be determined. 
  
Our condolences to the Shafer Family & Friends, Spring Valley Fire Department, and to all affected by Firefighter Terrance “Terry” Edward Shafer's passing.    

To date, 16 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2017. 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.) 






Monday, February 27, 2017

USFA LODD: Michigan Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 02.25.2017

On  February 25, 2017 at 1049hrs Firefighter/EMT Ronald Savage, 63, died after suffering a cardiac issue during a search and rescue training exercise with the Milford Fire Department. Ronald Savage, a Milford resident, is survived by his wife Mitzi; his teen son Ronald Jr.; sisters Pat Murphy of Lansing and Elizabeth Savage; brothers Tom and Dave; and nieces and nephews. 
  
Our condolences to the Savage Family & Friends, Milford Fire Department, and to all affected by Firefighter/EMT Ronald Savage's passing.    

To date, 15 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2017. 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.) 





USFA LODD: Iowa Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 02.24.2017

Firefighter James Franciskovich, 52. on February 24 at 1805hrs, succumbed to injuries sustained when the fire department vehicle he was a passenger in lost control on an ice and snow covered roadway then crashed, coming to a rest on its top. Firefighter Franciskovich, who was reported to have not been wearing seat restraints, was ejected from the vehicle.  Two other firefighters traveling with Firefighter Franciskovich to the State Fire School in Ames, Iowa, were reported to have been wearing seat restraints and received only minor injuries in the crash.
  
Our condolences to the Franciskovich Family & Friends, West Burlington Fire Department, and to all affected by Firefighter James Franciskovich's passing.    

To date, 14 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2017. 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.) 




Thursday, February 23, 2017

USFA LODD: Oklahoma Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 02.22.2017

On  February 22, 2017 at 0730hrs while responding to a structure fire, Firefighter Michael Dale "Mike" Russell, 68, died from injuries sustained when he lost control of the fire apparatus he was driving and crashed. According to reports from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the vehicle rolled 1.5 times, ejecting and pinning Firefighter Russell beneath the tanker. Seat restraints were installed in the vehicle but not in use at the time of the crash.
  
Our condolences to the Russell Family & Friends, Leach Volunteer  Fire Department, and to all affected by Firefighter Michael Dale "Mike" Russell's passing.    

To date, 13 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2017. 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.) 





Wednesday, February 22, 2017

USFA LODD: Arizona Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 02.18.2017

Captain Crystal Rezzonico, 56, succumbed to injuries suffered on August 10, 2009 at 1830hrs when the apparatus she was riding while responding to an incident was struck in an intersection by a passenger vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed. Captain Rezzonico was ejected from the apparatus upon impact and landed headfirst, suffering a severe traumatic brain injury and broken ankles. Captain Rezzonico was in a coma for nearly two weeks, endured multiple surgeries, and years of rehabilitation prior to her passing on February 18, 2017.
  
Our condolences to the Rezzonico Family & Friends, Phoenix Fire Department, and to all affected by Captain Crystal Rezzonico's passing.    

To date, 12 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2017. 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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