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Friday, August 4, 2017

USFA LODD: Montana Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 08.02.2017

On August 2, 2017  Firefighter Brent Witham, 29, was struck and killed by a falling tree while working on the Lolo Peak fire in Western Montana. Firefighter Witham was given CPR and other emergency medical aid by fellow firefighters and was then airlifted to a hospital in Missoula, Montana. Despite all efforts, Firefighter Witham passed away as a result of his injuries. Firefighter Brent Witham was a member of the Vista Grande Hotshot crew based in Idyllwild, California.

Our Our condolences to the Witham Family & Friends, U.S. Forest Service, and to all affected by Firefighter Brent Witham’s passing.

To date, 61 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, August 3, 2017

USFA LODD: Texas Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 08.02.2017


On August 2, 2017 Assistant Fire Chief Jay Hinkie, 61, was struck in the roadway by a passing vehicle while he operated at the scene of a single vehicle rollover. As firefighters were cleaning up the scene, Chief Hinkie was walking with traffic in the westbound lanes of FM418 near Ruby Lane when he was struck.  Chief Hinkie was rushed to a hospital in Beaumont where he succumbed to his injuries. The fatal accident remains under investigation by authorities.

Our condolences to the Hinkie Family & Friends, Silsbee Volunteer Fire Department, and to all affected by Assistant Fire Chief Jay Hinkie’s passing.  

To date, 60 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, August 1, 2017

USFA LODD: New Jersey Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 07.30.2017

Firefighter Richard W. Leonard, 70, was operating a pumper at a fire on State Street in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, on April 19, 1993. The fire involved a recycling facility with plastics. Firefighter Leonard did not have breathing air and worked in the highly toxic plastic burning smoke for hours. Firefighter Leonard never returned to duty and spent the last 24 years under workers' compensation care for continuous medical conditions caused from inhaling the smoke. Richard W. Leonard  died on July 30, 2017 due to the effects of the smoke exposure.

Our condolences to the Leonard Family & Friends, Perth Amboy Fire Department, and to all affected by Firefighter Richard W. Leonard's passing. 

To date, 59 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, July 31, 2017

USFA LODD: Michigan Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 07.29.2017

Firefighter Kevin Ramsey, 50, on July 29, 2017 died of an apparent heart attack shortly after returning to the firehouse from fighting a second commercial structure fire of the day. Firefighter Ramsey complained of nausea and chest pain to fellow firefighters, so they immediately began treatment and summoned advanced medical responders to the station. Firefighter Ramsey was taken to Detroit Receiving Hospital where, despite all efforts, he succumbed to his injury.

Our condolences to the Ramsey Family & Friends, Detroit Fire Department, and to all affected by Firefighter Kevin Ramsey's passing. 

To date, 58 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, July 21, 2017

USFA LODD: Michigan Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 07.18.2017

On July 18, 2017 Firefighter Allen Charles Howard, 49, responded with his fire department to a mutual aid fire call in a field involving bailing equipment and multiple large bales of (burning) hay.  The fire department reported very high heat and humidity conditions over the several hour incident period as firefighters worked to extinguish the fire. The following morning, Firefighter Howard fell ill and succumbed to a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be reported.
  
Our condolences to the Howard Family & Friends, Adrian Charter Township Fire Department, and to all affected by Firefighter Allen Charles Howard’s passing.  

To date, 58 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, July 20, 2017

USFA LODD: Oregon Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 07.19.2017

On July 19, 2017 While part of a 20-person crew staging an initial attack on a forest fire in the Sealy Ranger District of the Lolo National Forest in Montana, Firefighter Trenton Martain Johnson, 19, was struck by a falling tree. Firefighter Johnson was flown to a Missoula hospital for treatment, but passed away from the injuries he sustained when struck.

Our condolences to the Johnson Family & Friends, Grayback Forestry, Inc., and to all affected by Firefighter Trenton Martain Johnson's passing. 

To date, 57 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, July 18, 2017

USFA LODD: Washington Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 07.14.2017

On July 14, 2017 Interim Fire Chief Robert Spinner, 50, died from an apparent heart attack while on-duty and participating in a fire department fitness activity (jogging).

Our condolences to the Spinner Family & Friends, Lynden Fire Department, and to all affected by Interim Fire Chief Robert Spinner's passing. 

To date, 56 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, July 13, 2017

USFA LODD: Missouri Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 07.12.2017

Fire Captain John Kemper, 59, was injured while battling a structure fire at 3622 Pennsylvania Ave on the morning of July 5, 2017. Fire Captain Kemper was transported to the hospital to be treated for a shoulder injury but it was discovered that he had instead suffered a more serious injury and, soon thereafter, underwent surgery. Fire Captain Kemper was released from the hospital and while recovering at home, passed away from reported complications of his injury.

Our condolences to the Kemper Family & Friends, St. Louis Fire Department, and to all affected by Fire Captain Kemper's passing. 

To date, 55 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, July 12, 2017

USFA LODD: California Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 07.11.2017

Inmate Firefighter Frank Anaya, 22, was treated on scene and taken to the hospital in critical condition on July 5, 2017, after suffering a chainsaw injury to the leg while working a fire near Lakeside, California. Fire crews were clearing brush and working with air crews to successfully defend a threatened mobile home park when the injury occurred. Despite all efforts by medical personnel, Inmate Firefighter Anaya passed away on July 11, 2017.

Our condolences to the Anaya Family & Friends, CAL FIRE, and to all affected by Firefighter Frank Anaya's passing. 

To date, 54 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, July 11, 2017

USFA LODD: California Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 07.08.2017

On July 8, 2017 Fire Engine Operator William "Bill" Jaros, 38, a crewmember on Engine 312 of the Six Rivers National Forest’s Gasquet Ranger District/Smith River National Recreation Area, was on a conditioning hike with several crewmembers when he became ill and collapsed. Immediate life-saving efforts were initiated by his fellow crewmembers; however, they were unable to revive him. The cause of death is under investigation through the Del Norte County Coroner’s office. Conditioning hikes, such as the one Engine 312 crewmembers were participating, are part of the continuing preparedness routine for firefighters.

Our condolences to the Jaros Family & Friends, Six Rivers National Forest - Gasquet Ranger District/Smith River National Recreation Area, and to all affected by Fire Engine Operator William "Bill" Jaros’ passing. 

To date, 53 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, July 10, 2017

USFA LODD: Louisiana Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 07.06.2017

On July 6, 2017 Firefighter Ronda Sylvest Varnado, 54, was driving a fully loaded water truck responding to the scene of a residential fire in the Mt. Hermon area. Near the intersection of Mt. Pisgah Road and Burch Road, the truck left the roadway and tipped over, sliding several yards before striking an embankment.  At that point, the water tank came loose and crashed into the truck cab, causing the death of Firefighter Varnado. Investigation of the crash continues by the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Our condolences to the Varnado Family & Friends, Washington Parish Fire Protection District #2, and to all affected by Firefighter Ronda Sylvest Varnado’s passing.
  
To date, 52 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 26, 2017

USFA LODD: New Mexico Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 06.22.2017

On Wednesday, June 21, 2017, while attempting to fill tankers on a wildland firefight involving several local fire departments, Firefighter John C. Cammack, 74, fell from the back of a firefighting apparatus as it was escaping from wind driven flames that had switched direction and burned over their location. A second firefighter, Kyle Perez, was also hanging onto the truck as it drove through the flames and was injured. Perez said that after Cammack fell from the truck, they quickly returned to find him walking towards them, apparently badly injured. As they approached, Cammack first inquired to Perez’ condition, asking if the thirty-five year-old firefighter was okay. Cammack was then treated by fellow responders and both firefighters were transported to the hospital. Firefighter Cammack succumbed on Thursday, June 22, 2017, to injuries sustained. Perez was later released from the hospital.

Our condolences to the Cammack Family & Friends, Nara Visa Fire Department, and to all affected by Firefighter John C. Cammack’s passing.
  
To date, 51 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, 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’ 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.) 




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