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Monday, December 11, 2017

USFA LODD: Texas Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 12.07.2017

On December 1, 2017 Firefighter Charles Edward Patterson, 60, collapsed in the front yard of a residential structure fire while working a hose line with other members of his fire department. Emergency medical personnel were on scene and provided immediate assistance. Firefighter Patterson was transported to the hospital where he died several days later on December 7, 201 from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be reported.

Our condolences to the Patterson Family & Friends, Bowie Rural Volunteer Fire Department, and to all affected by Firefighter Charles Edward Patterson’s passing. 

To date, 83 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, December 7, 2017

Firefighters Battle Flames at Home in Tioga County, New York 12.07.2017


(TIOGA CENTER, NY) -- Multiple fire departments battle flames from a reported of a chimney fire at 143 Halsey Valley Road in Tioga Center, New York around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday night. Fire departments from Tioga Center, Owego, Nichols, Halsey Valley and Waverly-Barton all assisted during the fire.

Several fire departments worked to put out the flames and left the scene around 3:30 a.m., Tioga Center Fire Department Fire Chief Arthur Mayer says. 




"There may have been an ember some place that we missed, it's hard to say what set it back off like that," said Fire Chief Mayer. "It was surprised at how quickly it became involved."

Reports indicate that the fire, at the 143 Halsey Valley Road home, spread to the back room of the residence. Firefighters believed that the fire was out by 3:30 AM Thursday morning, but it flared up again around 5:30 AM. Firefighters were called back to the scene after the fire rekindled.






A camper parked near the residence is also a complete loss.

The Tioga Central School District was on a two-hour delay Thursday morning, after firefighters were called back to the scene, at of an overnight blaze at 143 Halsey Valley Road in Barton.

There were no injuries but the home will be a complete loss.



(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, December 6, 2017

USFA LODD: Massachusetts Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 12.05.2017

On December 12, 2017 Fire Chief Stephen Frye, 59, collapsed while operating on an initial attack line at the scene of a late night two-alarm chimney fire that destroyed a residential structure. Fire Chief Frye was treated immediately on scene by fellow responders and transported to the hospital by a Hilltown ambulance crew where he was pronounced deceased a short time later. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be determined.

Our condolences to the Frye Family & Friends, Montgomery Fire Department, and to all affected by Fire Chief Stephen Frye’s passing. 

To date, 82 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, November 30, 2017

USFA LODD: New York Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 11.28.2017

On November 28, 2017 at 1611hrs, Firefighter/Safety Officer Robert A. Fitch, 60, responded with his fire department to a technical rescue call for a person who became stuck on some cliffs while attempting to rescue their pet. After the call, Firefighter Fitch returned home and during the night succumbed in his sleep to a cardiac related injury.

Our condolences to the Fitch Family & Friends, East Herkimer Department, and to all affected by Firefighter/Safety Officer Robert A. Fitch’s passing. 

To date, 81 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, November 16, 2017

USFA LODD: California Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 02.05.2017

On February 5, 2017, Captain II David Todd Moorman, 50, worked a 36 hour shift during which he fell ill.  Captain Moorman's last call was a vehicle fire at 0530hrs.  After this incident, his duty shift ended and he went home.  Within an hour of Captain Moorman arriving home, he suffered a medical emergency and collapsed. A family member witnessed the collapse and immediately began to render first aid, including CPR, until responding units from the Ventura County Fire Department arrived on scene and initiated medical care. Captain Moorman was transported to Los Robles hospital in Thousand Oaks, California, where, despite all of the valiant efforts to save him, Captain Moorman was pronounced deceased a short time later.

Our condolences to the Moorman Family & Friends, Los Angeles City Fire Department, and to all affected by Fire Captain David Todd Moorman’s passing. 

To date, 80 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, November 13, 2017

USFA LODD: Indiana Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 11.10.2017

On November 10, 2017 shortly after arriving on the scene of a motor vehicle crash, Firefighter Kendall James Murphy, 27, was struck and killed by another firefighter who was responding to the same accident scene in his privately owned pickup truck. The second firefighter, who was allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol registering a blood alcohol level of 0.21 percent, was arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated causing death, and reckless driving.

Our condolences to the Murphy Family & Friends, Montgomery Volunteer Fire Department, and to all affected by Firefighter Kendall James Murphy’s passing.

To date, 79 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 11.11.2017

On November 11, 2017 several hours after working on the scene of a three-alarm commercial structure fire at an auto body and glass company, Firefighter/EMT Scott A. Compton, 55, fell ill at home and died from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be determined.

Our condolences to the Compton Family & Friends, Greenfield Fire Territory, and to all affected by Firefighter/EMT Scott A. Compton’s passing.

To date, 78 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, November 7, 2017

USFA LODD: New York Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 11.04.2017

Firefighter-Operator David E. Carr, 62, responded with his fire department on a mutual aid call to an industrial fire of 5,800 tons of burning wood pellets inside of a large metal warehouse. Firefighters, with the aid of the company president who brought in an excavator from another work site to tear down the walls and roof of the building, worked through the night to bring the fire under control. After being released from the scene, Firefighter-Operator Carr returned with his fire department to the firehouse to clean and put away equipment. Firefighter-Operator Carr then departed for home, where, later in the morning, he succumbed to a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be reported.

Our condolences to the Carr Family & Friends, Winthrop Volunteer Fire Department, and to all affected by Firefighter-Operator David E. Carr’s passing.

To date, 77 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, October 25, 2017

USFA LODD: New Jersey Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 10.23.2017

Firefighter Edward J. Frenenski, 31, was participating in vehicle extrication training during a fire department drill at the county fire training academy. While performing a practical evolution, he suffered an apparent seizure, and was immediately treated by FD and EMS personnel on scene. He subsequently went into cardiac arrest while being transported to a local hospital, and CPR was initiated. Hospital emergency room staff continued with life-saving measures to no avail. Firefighter Frenenski, a life-saving organ donor at the time of his passing, was pronounced deceased approximately 2.5 hours later.

Our condolences to the Frenenski Family & Friends, Stanhope Hose Company 1, and to all affected by Edward J. Frenenski’s passing.

To date, 76 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, October 18, 2017

USFA LODD: New York Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 10.17.2017

On October 17, 2017, Firefighter Ronald W. Hinkle, 71, responded to a motor vehicle accident with the Loch Sheldrake Fire Company #1. Firefighter Hinkle was found later in the day at his home unresponsive. Fellow firefighters and other first responders attempted to revive Hinkle, but all rescue efforts failed. Firefighter Hinkle passed away from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be determined.

Our condolences to the Hinkle Family & Friends, Loch Sheldrake Fire Department, and to all affected by Firefighter Ronald W. Hinkle’s passing.

To date, 75 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 10.16.2017

On October 16, 2017 Firefighter/Driver Garrett Paiz, 38, was killed in Napa, California, while operating an empty 1993 Kenworth water tender (tanker) when, according to the California Highway Patrol, the vehicle left the roadway on a curve and crashed through a guardrail down a ravine.  Firefighter/Driver Paiz, who died at the scene, was working on the Nuns fire burning in the hills above Oakville and was heading for a water resupply when the crash occurred near the bottom of a steep winding section of roadway called the Oakville Grade. According to initial reports, the roadway was closed for fire operations only at the time of the crash, and no other vehicles were involved. Firefighter/Driver Paiz, a native of the Coachella Valley in Southern California, and a volunteer firefighter with the Noel Fire Department in Missouri, was working as a contract firefighter with CAL FIRE at the time of his passing. The cause of the fatal incident remains under investigation by authorities.

Our condolences to the Paiz Family & Friends, CAL FIRE, and to all affected by Firefighter/Driver Garrett Paiz’s passing. 

To date, 74 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, October 17, 2017

USFA LODD: Florida Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 10.16.2017

Firefighter/Paramedic Steven R. Terry, 53, passed away while on duty October 16, 2017. Firefighter/Paramedic Terry was found unresponsive by his fellow Fire Station #9 crew members who then initiated resuscitative measures. He was transported by Hernando County Fire Rescue paramedics to Bayfront Brooksville Hospital. Despite the exhaustive efforts by the Bayfront Brooksville Hospital ED team, Firefighter/Paramedic Steven R. Terry passed away. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be determined and reported.

Our condolences to the Terry Family & Hernando County Fire Rescue, and to all affected by Firefighter/Paramedic Steven R. Terry’s passing.

To date, 73 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, October 16, 2017

USFA LODD: South Dakota Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 10.14.2017

On October 14, 2017 Fire Chief Donald Fred Manger, 54, fell ill and passed away while on the scene of a working fire in an unoccupied structure. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be reported.

Our condolences to the Manger Family & Presho Volunteer Fire Department, and to all affected by Fire Chief Donald Fred Manger’s passing.

To date, 72 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, October 10, 2017

USFA LODD: North Carolina Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 10.09.2017

On October 8, 2017, Probationary Firefighter Jason Keith Hensley, 40, responded to a call for service of a tree blocking the roadway. Firefighter Hensley's POV was parked behind the fire department's brush truck and a police department vehicle was also on the scene. All emergency vehicles had their lights activated. Just after midnight, a pickup traveling eastbound on US Highway 70 approached the scene and failed to stop. The vehicle first struck Firefighter Hensley, who was wearing his reflective gear, killing him instantly, then crashed into the other vehicles at the scene. The driver of the vehicle spent the night in the hospital from injuries received and has since been charged by police with driving while impaired, no operator’s license, reckless driving, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Our condolences to the Hensley Family & Friends, Triple Community Fire Department Inc., and to all affected by Probationary Firefighter Jason Keith Hensley’s passing.

To date, 71 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, September 28, 2017

USFA LODD: Indiana Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 09.27.2017

Captain Eric J. Balliet, 41, died September 27, 2017, during a training exercise at a commercial structure while leading a crew during physically demanding maneuvers. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be determined and reported.

Our condolences to the Balliet Family & Friends, Fort Wayne Fire Department, and to all affected by Captain Eric J. Balliet’s passing.

To date, 70 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, September 26, 2017

USFA LODD: Wisconsin Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 09.23.2017

Firefighter-EMT Matthew Mark Deicher was paralyzed from a July 31, 2003, ambulance crash while located in the patient compartment of the vehicle. On September 23, 2017, Firefighter-EMT Deicher passed away from complications due to his injuries and related medical condition.

Our condolences to the Deicher Family & Friends, Mosinee Fire Department, and to all affected by Firefighter-EMT Matthew Mark Deicher’s passing.

To date, 69 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, September 18, 2017

USFA LODD: Pennsylvania Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 09.14.2017

Firefighter Lieutenant Kenneth Greene, Sr., 60, became ill while on-duty and was transported to the hospital from the fire station on September 3, 2017. Lieutenant Green passed away on September 14th, 2017, from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be reported.

Our condolences to the Green Family & Friends, Philadelphia  Fire Department, and to all affected by Lieutenant Kenneth Greene’s passing.

To date, 68 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, September 11, 2017

USFA LODD: California Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 09.10.2017

On September 10, 2017 Battalion Chief Terry Smerdel, 59, returned from an early morning fire alarm call, and was later found by coworkers in his office, unresponsive. Advanced Life Support measures were immediately initiated. He was pronounced deceased surrounded by his Fire Department Family, and later joined at the station by the Department’s Chaplain and the Smerdel family.

Our condolences to the Smerdel Family & Friends, San Francisco Fire Department, and to all affected by Battalion Chief Terry Smerdel’s passing.

To date, 67 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, September 1, 2017

USFA LODD: California Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 08.31.2017

On August 31, 2017 while returning from an assignment on the Railroad Fire in the Sierra National Forest, Battalion Chief Gary Helming, 47, was killed when a Ford F-350 traveling in the opposite direction suffered a tire failure, crossed the middle of the road, and struck Chief Helming's vehicle head-on.

Our condolences to the Helming Family & Friends, Los Padres National Forest - Santa Lucia District, and to all affected by Battalion Chief Gary Helming’s passing.

To date, 66 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, August 30, 2017

USFA LODD: Arkansas Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 08.26.2017


On August 26, 2017 Captain Randy Ray Treat, 71, fell ill while responding to an emergency call, becoming unresponsive, and then passing away from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be reported.

Our condolences to the Treat Family & Friends, Kingston Rural Volunteer Fire Department, and to all affected by Captain Randy Ray Treat’s passing. 

To date, 65 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, August 28, 2017

USFA LODD: Alabama Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 08.13.2017

Lieutenant Dale Clinton “Clint” Hardemon, 58,  responded with the West Blocton Fire Department to a structure fire at 0818hrs on the morning of August 13, 2017. While on scene at the structure fire, Lieutenant Hardemon operated the fire pump on the fire apparatus and also maneuvered fire hose around the structure and apparatus. Fire department units returned to service at 1120hrs. Hardemon then drove the apparatus back to the station with no problems noted. 
  
Later that afternoon at approximately 1410hrs, Lieutenant Hardemon was at the fire station with Fire Chief Joe McCool looking at one of the fire department boats. Lieutenant Hardemon told the chief that he was feeling lightheaded and then fell to the ground unresponsive. Fire Chief McCool immediately began medical care and called 911.
    
Chief McCool initiated CPR and placed Lieutenant Hardemon on the AED; 2 shocks were administered before the arrival of the ALS unit. Lieutenant Hardemon was taken by ambulance to Bibb Medical Center, and then airlifted to DCH Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased that evening from a heart attack.

Our condolences to the Hardemon Family & Friends, West Blocton Fire Department, and to all affected by Lieutenant Dale Clinton “Clint” Hardemon’s passing.

To date, 64 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, August 25, 2017

USFA LODD: Kentucky Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 08.24.2017

While participating in search and rescue training Thursday evening, on August 24, 2017, Firefighter Thomas P. McBride, 60, complained of difficulty breathing. He removed his breathing apparatus, denied medical treatment, cooled down, stated that he felt better and requested to return to the training. Instead, he was assigned to pump operations. A short time later, he collapsed. Resuscitation efforts were started immediately and Firefighter McBride was transported to an area hospital where he later succumbed to his injury. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be reported.

Our condolences to the McBride Family & Friends, Campbellsburg Fire and Rescue, and to all affected by Firefighter Thomas P. McBride’s passing.

To date, 63 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, August 23, 2017

USFA LODD: Montana Firefighter On-Duty Death Notification 08.19.2017

Fire Chief Tom Martin, 61, attended live fire training on the evening of August 18, 2017. Within 24 hours of this training, Fire Chief Martin passed away at his residence on August 19, 2017.

Our condolences to the Witham Family & Friends, Black Eagle Volunteer Fire Department, and to all affected by Fire Chief Tom Martin’s passing.

To date, 62 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, 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 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.) 



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