Cohnway Matthew Johnson

Fire Fighter/ EMT

USFA Releases 2010 Statistics

Eighty-seven firefighters died while on duty in 2010, continuing a second year of substantially fewer firefighter deaths in the United States, where, during the previous 6-year period of 2004–2009, the average number of annual onduty firefighter deaths was 112.


In 2010, firefighter fatalities included 56 volunteer firefighters, 28 career firefighters, and three part-time or full-time members of wildland or wildland contract fire agencies.


All of the firefighters who died while on duty in 2010 were male. This is the first year since 1998 where no female firefighters were killed while on duty.

 

Activities related to emergency incidents resulted in the deaths of 48 firefighters in 2010. This includes all firefighters who died responding to an emergency or at an emergency scene, returning from an emergency incident, and during other emergency-related activities.


Nonemergency activities accounted for 39 fatalities. Nonemergency duties include train-ing, administrative activities, performing other functions that are not related to an emergency incident, and postincident fatalities where the firefighter does not experience the illness or injury during the emergency.


The highest number of firefighter deaths, based on the location of the fire service organization in 2010, occurred in Illinois with nine deaths. New York and Ohio had the next highest totals of firefighter fatalities in 2010, with eight firefighter deaths each, respectively.

 

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH’s) Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program (http://www.cdc. gov/niosh/fire/) is the leading resource in the world for investigations and focused reports on firefighter fatality incidents in the United States of America.

 

Thomas G. Hardy, 68 of Athens, Michigan 12-31-10

Chief Hardy had just returned to the fire station from a fire call when he suffered a heart attack, fell to the floor, and struck his head. He was treated by firefighters and transported to the hospital. While in the hospital, Chief Hardy's condition worsened and he remained in a coma for several days before passing away from his injuries on December 31, 2010.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hardy family.  


Kenneth Adamo, 48 of Elmwood Park, New Jersey 12-28-10

Firefighter Adamo was on an emergency standby at his fire station for the snow emergency declared by New Jersey Acting Governor Stephen M. Sweeney. During his period of duty, Firefighter Adamo also reportedly responded to one call, a smoke detector sounding. Upon release from duty, Firefighter Adamo returned home and went to bed. He was found deceased in his bed the following morning from a suspected heart attack.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Adamo family.  


Edward J. Stringer, Sr. 47 of Chicago, Illinois 12-22-10

While working a fire at a vacant commercial building, 16 firefighters reportedly became trapped and were injured after the roof of the building collapsed. Two firefighters, Firefighter Edward Stringer and Firefighter Corey Ankum, passed away from injuries sustained in the incident. Ten other firefighters were reported to be in stable condition while four others were reported to be in critical condition.  For additional information regarding this incident, please refer to NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program Report F2010-38 (www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face201038.html).  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Stringer family.

 

Corey D. Ankum, 34 of Chicago, Illinois 12-22-10

While working a fire at a vacant commercial building, 16 firefighters reportedly became trapped and were injured after the roof of the building collapsed. Two firefighters, Firefighter Edward Stringer and Firefighter Corey Ankum, passed away from injuries sustained in the incident. Ten other firefighters were reported to be in stable condition while four others were reported to be in critical condition. For additional information regarding this incident, please refer to NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program Report F2010-38 (www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face201038.html).  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ankum family.  


Chad Lee Null, 33 of Sullivan, Indiana 12-16-10

At 0955 hours, Firefighter Null and his partner responded to their second EMS incident of the shift. The incident involved a woman that had fallen in a narrow hallway. Firefighter Null and his partner had to maneuver in close quarters to place the patient on a backboard. In addition, the driveway of the home was covered with snow and ice, so Firefighter Null and his partner had to carry the gurney and patient over the lawn to the ambulance. Firefighter Null and his partner arrived back at the fire station at 1057 hours. Firefighter Null went into the fire station and began to complete reports on the day's incidents. While other firefighters were out of the room for a few moments, Firefighter Null collapsed. Firefighters then entering the room found Firefighter Null and began to provide treatment, including CPR. He was transported to the hospital by ambulance but was not revived. His death was caused by a heart attack.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Null family.  


Jimmy W. Tuberville, 64 of Milledgeville, Tennessee 12-13-10

A wildland fire was reported in the field across from the Milledgeville fire station. Firefighters responded and used flappers to extinguish the flames. Chief Tuberville drove the department's brush truck to the scene and helped to fight the fire. Chief Tuberville returned the tools he had used to the truck and was talking with firefighters when he suddenly collapsed. Firefighters found that he had no pulse and began CPR while an ambulance was called. CPR was continued in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. Chief Tuberville was pronounced dead at the hospital.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Tuberville family.  


Dillon C. Denton, 64 of Lancaster, South Carolina 12-07-10

Lieutenant Denton participated in a training exercise with other firefighters. Near the end of the exercise, Lieutenant Denton was assisting other firefighters loading hose on an engine. Lieutenant Denton told other firefighters that he did not feel well and he was told to take a rest. As Lieutenant Denton walked to an area where he could sit down, he stumbled. Firefighters came to his aid and found that he was seriously ill. An ambulance was called and Lieutenant Denton was flown by medical helicopter to a regional medical facility. Lieutenant Denton died as the result of a CVA at 0130 hours on December 7, 2010. Incident Location: Next door to the fire department in the parking lot of the Trinity Presbyterian Church (USNG: 17S NU 1571 5524).  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Denton family. 


Gary M. Valentino, 41 of Brooklyn, New York 11-26-10

Firefighter Valentino was working in a light-duty assignment as a division driver. He had been on duty for approximately 12 hours when he became tired and went to rest in a bunkroom. Fellow firefighters found him unconscious approximately 3 hours later. Firefighter started CPR and EMS was requested. Firefighter Valentino could not be revived.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Valentino family. 


Kenneth D. Marshall Jr. 33 of Rehoboth, Massachusetts 11-25-10

Firefighter Marshall and the members of his fire department were dispatched to a kitchen fire. Firefighter Marshall responded to the fire station and was the driver of Engine 2 for the incident. As the apparatus responded, firefighters noticed that Firefighter Marshall slumped over. Firefighters were able to stop the apparatus and remove Firefighter Marshall. CPR was started and Firefighter Marshall was transported to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. The kitchen fire was found to be food on the stove.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Marshall family.  


Fernando J. Sanchez., 25 of South Sacramento, California  11-23-10

Firefighter Sanchez was a passenger in a wildland crew carrier. There were as many as 12 firefighters in the vehicle. An SUV crossed the centerline of the highway and crashed into the crew carrier. Several firefighters were ejected in the crash and a number received severe injuries. Firefighter Sanchez was killed in the crash.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Sanchez family. 


Worne T. Hall, 86 of Hitchins, Kentucky 11-19-10

Captain Hall and the members of his fire department responded to a vehicle crash involving an ATV. Captain Hall's department requested mutual aid from another fire department that brought an ATV capable of patient transport. Once the patient was assessed, EMS responders requested a medical helicopter for transport. Captain Hall was directed to set up a helispot for the medical helicopter at a local school. As the helicopter landed, Captain Hall collapsed of an apparent heart attack. He was treated by firefighters and EMS responders, including members of the helicopter crew, and transported to the hospital by ambulance. He could not be revived and was pronounced dead at the hospital.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hall family.  


Chance Hyatt Zobel, 23 Columbia, South Carolina 11-13-2010

Firefighter Zobel and his engine company were dispatched to a fire in the median of a local highway. When his company and another engine arrived on the scene, they positioned their apparatus in a shielding position to protect firefighters from traffic. As Firefighter Zobel and other firefighters were extinguishing the fire, a two-vehicle crash occurred on the highway behind the apparatus. The crash caused one of the vehicles to slide between the guardrail and one of the engines. The vehicle entered the fire scene and struck Firefighter Zobel and another firefighter. Both firefighters were transported to the hospital. Firefighter Zobel died due to traumatic injuries.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Zobel family. 


James C. Gumbert, 63 of North Irwin, Pennsylvania 11-10-10

Firefighter Gumbert responded to his fire station for a mutual-aid structure fire. When he arrived at the fire station, he was experiencing chest pains and collapsed. Firefighters provided CPR in the fire station and he was transported by ambulance to the hospital. He was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Gumbert family.  


Leonard Arthur Murray Jr., 53 of Nashville, Indiana 11-05-10

A firefighter/mechanic was making steering system repairs to a brush truck inside of the Jackson Township Fire Department maintenance building. The mechanic turned the key to unlock the steering column. The brush truck accidentally lunged forward. At the same time the brush truck lunged forward, Captain Murray and another firefighter were walking in front of the vehicle. The other firefighter was knocked clear but Captain Murray was crushed between the brush truck and a wall. He received a head injury and was killed instantly. For additional information regarding this incident, please refer to NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program Report F2010-37 (www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face201037.html).  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Murray family.  


Richard E. Drake II, 39 of Taylorsville, Indiana 11-01-10

Lieutenant Drake responded to an EMS incident that involved difficulty breathing. He provided patient care and assisted with lifting the patient for transport by ambulance. The incident concluded at 1224 hours. After their return to the fire station, Lieutenant Drake began to perform the weekly check on apparatus. His wife was with him at the station. At approximately 1445 hours, Lieutenant Drake began to experience chest pains and other signs of an acute heart attack. His wife called 9-1-1 for assistance and Lieutenant Drake also requested help by radio. Firefighter and EMS responders arrived at the station and provided assistance. Lieutenant Drake was transported to the hospital by ambulance but did not survive.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Drake family. 


Gary Lowell Cummins, 62 of Brocton, Illinois 10-31-10

Firefighter Cummins and the members of his fire department were dispatched to a structure fire in their district. Firefighter Cummins drove an engine apparatus to the scene. When he arrived on the scene, he was assigned by the fire chief to position his apparatus to support firefighting operations. As Firefighter Cummins backed the apparatus into position, he suffered a heart attack. The apparatus, still in reverse, left the roadway, backed through a corn field, jumped a ditch, and came to rest in another ditch. Firefighters secured the apparatus and removed Firefighter Cummins from the vehicle. CPR was initiated and Firefighter Cummins was transported to the hospital by ambulance. He was pronounced dead upon arrival.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cummins family.  


Kevin Daniel Quinn, 52 of Dayton, Ohio 10-30-10

Lieutenant Quinn was the onduty representative for the Dayton Fire Department in the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center. During his 24-hour shift, Lieutenant Quinn monitored emergency activity and participated in physical fitness training activities. He also completed his annual SCBA fit test. At approximately 2230 hours on October 29, 2010, Lieutenant Quinn retired to his quarters for a break. A dispatcher that entered his quarters at approximately 0620 hours on October 30, 2010, found him deceased. His death was caused by a heart attack.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Quinn family.  


Bruce M. Bachinsky, 47 of Waterbury, Connecticut 10-26-10

Lieutenant Bachinsky went off duty at 0800 hours on October 26, 2010, after responding to multiple incidents. As he was riding his bicycle at approximately 1630 hours, he suffered a heart attack. A passerby found Lieutenant Bachinsky at the roadside. A bystander performed CPR until law enforcement and EMS responders arrived. An AED was used and Lieutenant Bachinsky was taken to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bachinsky family.  


Randall Scott Davenport, 37 of Marshall. Missouri 10-24-2010

Firefighter Davenport responded to a residential structure fire involving a 1200-square-foot single-story home. The structure was well-involved and Firefighter Davenport assisted with extinguishment and overhaul once the fire was knocked down. The incident was dispatched at 1307 hours and he returned to quarters at approximately 1400 hours. At 1539 hours, Firefighter Davenport was dispatched to a mutual-aid structure fire. Firefighter Davenport drove a tanker (tender) and worked onscene to protect an exposure that was threatened. He returned to the fire station at approximately 1800 hours. Firefighter Davenport complained to other firefighters that he was fatigued but did not complain of any cardiac symptoms. Firefighters watched a sports game on television until midnight. Firefighter Davenport slept in a chair in the station's day room. At approximately 0600 hours, firefighters found Firefighter Davenport deceased in the chair. He had suffered a heart attack during the night and died.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Davenport family.  


Daniel C. Wilson, 58 of Curtice, Ohio 10-23-10

On October 19, 2010, at approximately 1515 hours, Firefighter Wilson responded to an EMS incident. At the conclusion of the response, he returned home. It was noted that he appeared to be feeling poorly when he left. On October 20, 2010, at approximately 1000 hours, he requested EMS to his residence due to feeling ill. He was transported to the hospital where he underwent emergency heart surgery and remained hospitalized until his death on October 23, 2010.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Wilson family.  


William E. Akin, Jr., 52 of Ghent, New York 10-19-10

Fire Police Captain Akin and the members of his fire department were dispatched to an automobile crash with injuries on a local roadway. Fire Police Captain Akin was responding is his personal vehicle when he suffered a heart attack. Fire Police Captain Akin's vehicle accelerated through an intersection and crashed into a utility pole with sufficient force to break the pole and drop live electrical wires to the street. Firefighters responding to the original call came upon the crash, removed Fire Police Captain Akin from his vehicle, and provided treatment. He was transported to the hospital but was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Akin family.  


James Carlyle Saunders, 52 of Sacramento, California 10-07-10

Firefighter Saunders and other firefighters from his fire department controlled a wildland fire that occurred near a local golf course. Firefighters were in the process of mopping up when Firefighter Saunders became ill. He was treated by firefighters and transported by ambulance to the hospital. Firefighter Saunders suffered a heart attack and died on October 7, 2010.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Saunders family. 


Thomas Dale Innes, 61 of Hindsboro, Illinois 10-03-10

Assistant Chief Innes responded to an EMS call at 2245 hours. On the scene, he assisted with patient treatment and then helped restore equipment to readiness for the next incident. He returned home at approximately 2330 hours. Assistant Chief Innes did not feel well and found that his blood pressure was high. Assistant Chief Innes and his wife decided that it would be best for him to go to the emergency room by personal vehicle. As Mrs. Innes drove, Assistant Chief Innes became unresponsive. An ambulance was called and transported Assistant Chief Innes to the hospital. He did not recover and was later pronounced dead due to a heart attack.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Innes family.  


Robert E. Hall, 57 of Lynchburg, Ohio 09-27-10

Firefighter Hall attended a meeting at the fire station. As he left the fire station, he became ill. Firefighters and EMS responders provided assistance and Firefighter Hall was transported to the hospital. Firefighter Hall did not recover and later died as the result of a CVA.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hall family.  


Edward Avoughn Mosley, 65 of Morgan, Texas 09-26-10

In March of 2010, Steele Creek Volunteer Fire Station One was destroyed by fire. Members of the fire department were working on the construction of a new fire station. Firefighter Mosley was injured on the worksite. He fell backwards and struck his head on concrete. Firefighter Mosley died as the result of his injury on September 26, 2010.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Mosley family. 


Ronald W. Stephan, 61 of Lynn, Indiana 09-25-10

On September 24, 2010, Firefighter Stephan responded to a mutual-aid wildland fire. By 1620 hours, his department was back in service. The next morning, Firefighter Stephan suffered a heart attack while working on his farm. EMS was called at 0950 hours. Firefighter and EMS responders provided CPR and ALS-level care. Their efforts were not successful and Firefighter Stephan was pronounced dead due to a heart attack.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Stephan family. 


Ryan Neil Seitz, 26 of McArthur, Ohio 09-24-10

Firefighter Seitz and other firefighters from Ohio responded to a group of wildland fires in Eastern Ross County, Ohio. Firefighter Seitz was staffing a brush truck. The water tank on the brush truck failed under pressure and Firefighter Seitz was struck in the chest by a piece of the tank. He was killed as a result of trauma and was pronounced dead at the scene.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Seitz family.  


William "Hal" Harold Clark, 54 of Atlantic, Virginia 09-24-10

Firefighter Clark and the members of his department were assisting with wildland fires in New Church, VA. Firefighter Clark operated a 300 foot 1-1/2-inch hoseline on the fire for approximately 35 minutes. Firefighter Clark became ill while working the incident. He was treated at the scene and taken to the hospital. He was pronounced dead at the hospital as the result of a heart attack. For additional information regarding this incident, please refer to NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program Report F2010-35 (www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face201035.html).  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Clark family. 


Mark Phillip Johnson, 55 od Hinsdale, Illinois 09-20-10

Deputy Chief Johnson responded to a medical emergency incident on September 20, 2010. The incident concluded at 1148 hours and Deputy Chief Johnson returned to his office. At approximately 1545 hours, Deputy Chief Johnson told other firefighters that he was going to the basement of the fire station to work out. At 1655 hours, firefighters discovered Deputy Chief Johnson collapsed behind an exercise machine. Firefighters began treatment and transported Deputy Chief Johnson to a local hospital. He could not be revived and was pronounced dead at 1739 hours. His death was caused by a heart attack. For additional information regarding this incident, please refer to NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program Report F2010-33 (www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face201033.html). Our thoughts and prayers are with the Johnson family. 


James M. Owen, 56 of Irvine, California 09-16-10

Firefighter Owen and other firefighters were participating in a day of technical rescue training at the Orange County Fire Authority's Regional Fire Operations and Training Center. The day began with classroom instruction and stretching exercises prior to the start of training evolutions. The first training evolution began at 1055 hours. Teams of firefighters, including Firefighter Owen, moved 4,000-pound cubes of concrete using only hand tools. Firefighter Owen and his group successfully completed the evolution. At 1120 hours, firefighters were released for lunch. As Firefighter Owen walked toward his apparatus, he suddenly collapsed. Firefighters immediately provided CPR and ALS-level care. By 1131 hours, Firefighter Owen was in an ambulance en route to the hospital. Firefighter Owen was pronounced dead at 1222 hours in the hospital emergency room, despite all efforts in the field and in the hospital to revive him. His death was caused by a heart attack. For additional information regarding this incident, please refer to NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program Report F2010-34 (www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face201034.html).  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Owen family.  


Terrell Gene Nielsen, age not given, of Pembroke, Georgia 09-09-10

Firefighter Nielsen attended training at the fire station on June 22, 2010. During the course of the training exercise, Firefighter Nielsen struck his elbow on a portion of the body of an engine as he removed SCBA cylinders for use in the training. He noted his injury to other firefighters but thought that it was insignificant. Firefighter Nielsen signed out of training at 2100 hours. At approximately 0300 hours the next morning, Firefighter Nielsen awoke and began vomiting. He was experiencing pain is his injured elbow. An ambulance was called. Arriving EMS responders treated the incident as a cardiac event based on Firefighter Nielsen's symptoms and transported him to the hospital. Firefighter Nielsen was diagnosed as suffering from necrotizing fasciitis (commonly known as flesh eating disease). He underwent multiple surgeries to attempt to control the spread of the disease and was transferred to a burn unit for treatment on June 26, 2010. Firefighter Nielsen underwent a total of 18 operations during 79 days in the hospital. Although his condition seemed to improve for a time, he died on September 9, 2010, as a result of complications related to the injury.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Nielsen family.  


John Kelly, 51 of Tarrytown, New York 09-06-10

A resident of the Village of Tarrytown complained that the sewer service to their home was clogged. The DPW attempted to clear the clog in the area of the home but was not successful. The Tarrytown Fire Station was in the area of the sewer problems. There are three sewer system openings in proximity to the fire station: one in front of the station, one in the station, and one behind the station. DPW called the fire chief and asked him to open the fire station so that DPW employees could have access to the sewer system inside of the station. Firefighters assisted DPW employees with access to the opening behind the fire station. A DPW employee entered the sewer opening. The DPW employee lost consciousness as he descended the interior ladder and fell to the bottom. The DPW foreperson requested assistance from firefighters. The fire chief asked dispatch for EMS assistance and also started a fire department incident. As an atmospheric meter from the fire department was prepared for use, Firefighter Kelly entered the opening. He was not wearing a SCBA or harness. When Firefighter Kelly was half way down the ladder, he lost consciousness and fell to the bottom. Additional resources were called to the scene and Firefighter Kelly and the DPW employee were removed. Both Firefighter Kelly and the DPW employee died of asphyxiation due to an oxygen deficient atmosphere.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Kelly family. 


Larry W. Suiter, 66 of Lorraine, Kansas 09-04-10

Chief Suiter responded to an anhydrous ammonia leak at a local grain elevator on the evening of September 3, 2010. He died at his home in the early hours of September 4, 2010, of an apparent heart attack.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Suiter family.  


Douglas Farrington, 44 of Delta, Pennsylvania 08-23-10

On August 22, 2010, Firefighter Farrington responded to his fire station for a mutual-aid barn fire. He missed the response but remained in the fire station to staff a backup engine. Firefighter Farrington was at the fire station for about an hour and assisted other firefighters in cleaning and putting the equipment back in service when they returned from the response. Firefighter Farrington went home at approximately 2230 hours. The next day, Firefighter Farrington worked in the morning at his full-time job as a fire inspector and then left work to complete a mowing job. At 1105 hours, Firefighter Farrington momentarily lost consciousness. Another firefighter assisting with the mowing job called for EMS. When the ambulance arrived, Firefighter Farrington had gone into respiratory and cardiac arrest. He was pronounced dead at 1219 hours after arriving at the hospital. His death was caused by a heart attack. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Farrington family.  


Jonathan "Johnny" Lewis Littleton, 40 of Pine Level, North Carolina 08-20-10

Captain Littleton and other firefighters participated in a technical rescue class on the evening of August 19, 2010. The class began at the Pine Level Fire Department at 1830 hours and was concluded at 2230 hours. The class involved rope work and was very physically demanding. Captain Littleton participated in all facets of the class but began to feel ill toward the end of class. Instructors allowed him to sit out the class cleanup duties. Captain Littleton was scheduled to work that evening in his job with the town police department but had gotten someone else to cover his shift. Captain Littleton went home and stayed in bed for the better part of the next day. His wife last saw him at approximately 1500 hours. At approximately 2030 hours, Captain Littleton's daughter found him deceased in bed. Firefighter and EMS responders provided treatment but Captain Littleton had died of a heart attack.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Littleton family.  


Christopher D. Wheatley, 31 of Chicago, Illinois 08-09-10

Firefighter Wheatley and his ladder company were dispatched to a structural fire in a four-story commercial and residential structure. Upon their arrival, firefighters observed smoke and sparks coming from a cooking exhaust fan chute. Firefighter Wheatley ascended a ladder attached to the side of the building to gain access to the roof. He was wearing full structural firefighting protective clothing, including a SCBA. He also carried a water fire extinguisher with him as he climbed. When Firefighter Wheatley reached the roof, he lost his grip and fell 53 feet to the ground. Firefighter Wheatley landed on his feet and immediately dropped to the ground. Firefighter Wheatley was treated by firefighters and transported to the hospital. He was pronounced dead at the hospital due to multiple injuries. The most significant injury noted in the autopsy was transaction of the aorta. For additional information regarding this incident, please refer to NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program Report F2010-25 (www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face201025.html).  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Wheatley family.


Christopher Wayne Adams, 25 of Little Rock, Arkansas 08-02-10

Forest Ranger Adams worked a fire scene on the morning of August 2, 2010. His activities consisted of plowing lines around a previous fire to assure containment. Once this was completed, Forest Ranger Adams was assigned to drive a tractor trailer truck hauling a D5 Caterpillar plow. As Forest Ranger Adams approached a curve in the road, he lost control of the vehicle; it left the roadway and overturned. Forest Ranger Adams was trapped in the cab of the truck and was pronounced dead at the scene. Forest Ranger Adams was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Adams family. 


Steven Anthony Hester, 40 of New Orleans, Louisiana 08-01-10

Captain Hester and his crew responded to four emergency incidents during a 24-hour shift. Captain Hester went off-duty at 0630hrs on August 1, 2010. He went fishing with friends and suffered a heart attack while fishing at approximately 1210hrs. Firefighters provided CPR and Captain Hester was transported to the hospital. He could not be revived.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hester family. 


Steven Nelson Costello, 46 of Burlington, Vermont 07-30-10

Lieutenant Costello was on duty and responded to three emergency incidents during the first part of his shift. At 1800 hours, his company returned to quarters from their last response. Lieutenant Costello donned his workout clothing and told his crew that he was going to work out. Approximately 15 minutes later, Lieutenant Costello was discovered beside the treadmill, unconscious. Firefighters provided CPR and applied an AED. Lieutenant Costello was transported to the hospital by ambulance. He died on July 30, 2010, as the result of a heart attack.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Costello family.  


Posey W. Dillon, 59 of Rocky Mount, Virginia 07-26-10

Chief Dillon and Firefighter Altice were responding to a mutual-aid structure fire incident. Their engine entered an intersection on a red light and was struck by a Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV). The collision caused Chief Dillon to lose control of the apparatus and it rolled. Both firefighters were ejected from the vehicle. Neither firefighter was wearing a seatbelt. Both firefighters died due to traumatic injuries. For additional information regarding this incident, please refer to NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program Report F2010-19 (www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face201019.html).  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Dillon family.


William "Danny" Daniel Altice, 67 of Rocky Mount Virginia 07-26-10 

Chief Dillon and Firefighter Altice were responding to a mutual-aid structure fire incident. Their engine entered an intersection on a red light and was struck by a Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV). The collision caused Chief Dillon to lose control of the apparatus and it rolled. Both firefighters were ejected from the vehicle. Neither firefighter was wearing a seatbelt. Both firefighters died due to traumatic injuries. For additional information regarding this incident, please refer to NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program Report F2010-19 (www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face201019.html).  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Altice family. 


David A. Sullivan, 70 of Otis, Massachusetts 07-25-10

Firefighter Sullivan and the members of his fire department assisted with a structure fire in a neighboring community on July 24, 2010. The last Otis unit cleared at 1815 hours. Firefighter Sullivan died of a heart attack the next day.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Sullivan family.  


Steven John Velasquez, 40 of Bridgeport, Connecticut 07-24-10

Lieutenant Velasquez and Firefighter Baik were on duty at their regular assignment at Ladder 11. The unit was dispatched at 1549 hours to respond to a residential structure fire. Upon their arrival at the scene, firefighters found an active fire on the second floor of the residence. Lieutenant Velasquez and Firefighter Baik were assigned to go to the third floor of the building to look for fire extension and to search for victims. Lieutenant Velasquez and Firefighter Baik proceeded to the third floor as assigned. Both firefighters were wearing full structural protective clothing, including SCBAs. When they arrived on the third floor, Lieutenant Velasquez reported stable conditions by radio to the Incident Commander (IC) and requested a hoseline be brought to the floor. A few moments later, the IC observed smoke coming from the third floor and attempted to contact Lieutenant Velasquez by radio to no avail. The IC ordered an evacuation of the building by all firefighters in order to account for everyone on the scene. In the process of the evacuation, firefighters were observed on the third floor in distress. The RIT was deployed to the third floor for rescue. Lieutenant Velasquez and Firefighter Baik were found unconscious and brought to the exterior of the building. Firefighters and emergency responders immediately began to provide medical treatment for both firefighters. Lieutenant Velasquez was transported by ambulance to Saint Vincent's Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Firefighter Baik was transported by ambulance to Bridgeport Hospital where he was also pronounced dead. Autopsies and toxicological studies were performed on both firefighters. Lieutenant Velasquez and Firefighter Baik both died of smoke inhalation suffered as they fought the structure fire. For additional information regarding this incident, please refer to NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program Report F2010-18 (www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face201018.html).  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Velasquez family. 


Michel Baik, 49 of Bridgeport, Connecticut 07-24-10 

Lieutenant Velasquez and Firefighter Baik were on duty at their regular assignment at Ladder 11. The unit was dispatched at 1549 hours to respond to a residential structure fire. Upon their arrival at the scene, firefighters found an active fire on the second floor of the residence. Lieutenant Velasquez and Firefighter Baik were assigned to go to the third floor of the building to look for fire extension and to search for victims. Lieutenant Velasquez and Firefighter Baik proceeded to the third floor as assigned. Both firefighters were wearing full structural protective clothing, including SCBAs. When they arrived on the third floor, Lieutenant Velasquez reported stable conditions by radio to the Incident Commander (IC) and requested a hoseline be brought to the floor. A few moments later, the IC observed smoke coming from the third floor and attempted to contact Lieutenant Velasquez by radio to no avail. The IC ordered an evacuation of the building by all firefighters in order to account for everyone on the scene. In the process of the evacuation, firefighters were observed on the third floor in distress. The RIT was deployed to the third floor for rescue. Lieutenant Velasquez and Firefighter Baik were found unconscious and brought to the exterior of the building. Firefighters and emergency responders immediately began to provide medical treatment for both firefighters. Lieutenant Velasquez was transported by ambulance to Saint Vincent's Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Firefighter Baik was transported by ambulance to Bridgeport Hospital where he was also pronounced dead. Autopsies and toxicological studies were performed on both firefighters. Lieutenant Velasquez and Firefighter Baik both died of smoke inhalation suffered as they fought the structure fire. For additional information regarding this incident, please refer to NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program Report F2010-18 (www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face201018.html).  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Baik family. 


Richard Lawrence Springman, 20 of Trout Run, Pennsylvania 07-14-10

Firefighter Springman was responding to a fatal crash on a local highway. As he approached the scene, he lost control of his pickup truck and struck a guardrail. News reports stated that Firefighter Springman oversteered, causing his truck to travel sideways into the guardrail. The vehicle rolled, ejecting Firefighter Springman. The vehicle came to rest approximately 300 yards from the original crash incident scene. Firefighter Springman was not wearing a seatbelt and was killed due to multiple trauma.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Springman family.  


Charles Phillip Hornberger, 60 of Milmont Park, Pennsylvania 07-12-10

Engineer Hornberger responded to his fire station when his department was dispatched to an automatic fire alarm. When he arrived at the station, he attempted to get into the driver's seat of the engine for the response but felt dizzy and told other firefighters that he was going to standby at the station. At approximately 1200 hours, the incident was concluded and Engineer Hornberger went home. At 1515 hours, Engineer Hornberger suffered a heart attack at home. He was transported to the hospital but did not recover. He died as a result of the heart attack on July 12, 2010.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hornberger family. 


Douglas Lee Smith, 50 of Williamstown, Pennsylvania 07-09-10

Firefighter Smith arrived at his fire station to respond to a structure fire. He took his position in the driver's seat of the apparatus and began to exhibit signs of illness. The officer of the apparatus called for emergency medical assistance. Firefighter Smith was treated at the fire station and went into cardiac arrest while undergoing treatment. He was transported to the hospital but was pronounced dead upon arrival. His death was caused by a heart attack.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Smith family. 


Charles "Bob" Robert Flintom, 61 of Greer, South Carolina 07-04-10

Engineer Flintom had been on light duty for some time due to medical issues. Engineer Flintom's duties were limited to in-station duties including apparatus checks, SCBA maintenance, and station cleaning duties. At approximately 1045 hours, Engineer Flintom experienced a fall in the fire station. Firefighters treated him for a cut on his head and recommended that he go to the hospital to be checked. Engineer Flintom agreed to call his wife and have her take him to the emergency room. Firefighters checked on Engineer Flintom in the hospital later that night and found him in better condition than before. Engineer Flintom, however, later took a turn for the worse and died on July 4, 2010. His death was caused by a head injury received in the fall at the fire station.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Flintom family. 


Thomas T. Araguz III, 30 of Wharton, Texas 07-03-10

Captain Araguz and his engine company arrived approximately 20 minutes after dispatch and found a working fire in a large egg production and processing facility. Captain Araguz and another captain advanced an attack line into the structure. The captains became separated from the hoseline and then from each other in the interior. The other captain with Captain Araguz was able to find a metal exterior wall and banged on it until firefighters on the exterior were able to cut open the wall to allow his escape. The fire progressed and attempts to locate Captain Araguz were unsuccessful. He died of thermal injuries and smoke inhalation. The Texas State Fire Marshal's Office prepared a detailed report on this incident. The report is available at www.tdi.state.tx.us/reports/fire/documents/fmloddaraguz.pdf.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Araguz family.  


Frank W. Fouts, 37 of Kankakee, Illinois 07-01-10

Lieutenant Fouts responded to several emergency medical and fire incidents while working his shift from June 30, 2010, to the morning of July 1, 2010. At 1310 hours on July 1, 2010, Lieutenant Fouts was discovered unconscious in the back yard of his home. He was unable to be revived and was pronounced dead of a heart attack. For additional information regarding this incident, please refer to NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program Report F2010-23 (www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face201023.html).  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Fouts family.  


Cecil Jay Brown, 42 of Eastman, Georgia 06-27-10

After the passage of a thunderstorm, Chief Brown and the members of his fire department were dispatched to a roadway in their district that was blocked by a large fallen tree. Chief Brown responded to the scene and assisted firefighters in removal of the tree, including the use of a chain saw. Chief Brown left the scene suddenly in his personal vehicle. He encountered another firefighter and motioned for the firefighter to follow him. Chief Brown pulled off of the road and got into the passenger seat of his vehicle. Chief Brown was having difficulty breathing and asked the firefighter to drive him to the hospital. When the firefighter noticed that Chief Brown had become unconscious, he pulled off the road, removed Chief Brown from his vehicle, and started CPR. EMS responders arrived, provided treatment, and transported Chief Brown to the hospital. Chief Brown died as the result of a heart attack.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Brown family.  


Chet D. Bauermeister, 47 of Mesa, Washington 06-23-10

Chief Bauermeister and the members of his fire department responded to a mutual-aid wildland fire. Chief Bauermeister and another firefighter staffed a converted snowcat-type ATV equipped with a water tank and pump. As the snowcat ascended a hill, it lost traction and began to tumble down the slope. The passenger was ejected during the roll. Chief Bauermeister remained in the vehicle as it rolled 3.5 times. He was pinned in the wreckage. Firefighters and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) gained access to the wreckage and assessed Chief Bauermeister's condition and found him to be deceased. He died of multiple traumatic injuries.Neither occupant of the snowcat was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the incident. For additional information regarding this incident, please refer to NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program Report F2010-15 (www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face201015.html).  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bauermeister family. 


Scott W. Davis, 46 of Oswego, New York 06-20-10

Firefighter Davis and other firefighters responded to an emergency medical incident that concluded at 2300 hours on June 18, 2010. He went off duty the next morning and traveled with his family. Firefighter Davis suffered a heart attack later in the day on June 20, 2010, and died.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Davis family.  


Edward J. Eckert, 71 of Manahawkin, New Jersey 06-06-10

Firefighter Eckert and the members of his fire department were dispatched to a smoke condition in a residence. Firefighter Eckert rose from a chair to respond and collapsed. His speech was slurred and he did not have a memory of falling. Firefighters responded to Firefighter Eckert's residence and assisted EMS responders with care. Firefighter Eckert was transported by ambulance to the hospital and then transported by air ambulance to a regional-care facility. Firefighter Eckert died on June 6, 2010, as the result of a CVA.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Eckert family.  


Donald A. Schneider Jr., 63 of Belleville, Wisconsin 05-29-10

Firefighter Schneider was completing paperwork associated with his duties as the department's fire inspector in the fire station. He suffered a heart attack and died. He was discovered some time later by other firefighters.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Schneider family. 

David Joseph Irr, 48 of Yuma, Arizona 05-23-10
Captain Irr worked overtime from approximately 1945 hours on May 21, 2010, until his regular shift began at 0700 hours on May 22, 2010. During the shift, Captain Irr conducted water supply training, assisted crew members with maintenance of a folding water tank, and responded to two emergency incidents. Captain Irr was heard sending an incident report by fax at approximately 0210 hours on May 23, 2010. The next morning at shift change, firefighters found Captain Irr deceased in his bunk. The cause of death was a heart attack.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Irr family. 

Kurt Michael Meusel, 25 of Scales Mound, Ilinois 05-22-10

Firefighter Meusel responded on his 4-wheel drive all-terrain vehicle (ATV) to a search operation for an elderly man with dementia that was reported lost in a wooded area. As he responded, Firefighter Meusel struck a deer in the roadway and was thrown from his vehicle. A passing motorist reported the crash. Firefighters responded and provided treatment for Firefighter Meusel but he was pronounced dead at the scene. His death was caused by blunt force trauma to the head. Firefighter Meusel was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. The subject of the original search arrived home from a walk as firefighters spoke with his spouse.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Meusel family.  


John Bradford Glaser, 33 of Shawnee, Kansas 05-22-10

The Shawnee Fire Department received a residential fire alarm report at 2052 hours and dispatched a single company. Additional calls reporting a working fire generated the response of a full alarm assignment of three engines, two quints, a Command Officer, and a medic unit. Firefighters arrived on the scene and found a working fire in a 6,000-square-foot residence. Firefighter Glaser was assigned search and rescue of the structure with his company officer. Bystanders reported that a dog and an elderly couple might be inside of the structure. Firefighter Glaser broke out a side window by the front door and unlocked the door. Heavy black smoke began to pour out of the broken window as he worked. Firefighter Glaser and his company officer entered the structure and began a search. As they searched, Firefighter Glaser advanced an uncharged 1-3/4-inch handline and a Thermal Imaging Camera (TIC). They located the family dog and carried it to the front door, where it was handed to other firefighters. Firefighter Glaser and his company officer reentered the structure to continue the search. They were joined by another crew. Shortly thereafter, Firefighter Glaser's company officer was heard calling for him. The second crew scanned the area with their TIC in an attempt to find Firefighter Glaser. Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) crews were assigned and searched the structure for Firefighter Glaser. After approximately 10 minutes of searching by multiple crews, Firefighter Glaser was located in a small room behind a closed door. He was removed from the structure by firefighters and treated. Firefighter Glaser was transported to the hospital by ambulance where he was pronounced dead. Investigation revealed that Firefighter Glaser had become ill and vomited into his SCBA facepiece. When he was found, he was lying on his back without his helmet, gloves, and facepiece. His death was caused by smoke inhalation. For additional information regarding this incident, please refer to NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program Report F2010-13 (www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face201013.html).  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Glaser family.  


David Allen Curlin, 40 of Pine Bluff, Arkansas 05-22-10

Lieutenant Curlin and the members of his fire department were dispatched to a fire in a commercial occupancy at 0445 hours. Firefighters found a working fire in an office building and initiated an interior attack. Firefighters found fire in the attic of the structure and began to evacuate the interior. Approximately 30 minutes into the fire fight, Lieutenant Curlin and another firefighter were operating a handline on the exterior of the structure when a collapse occurred. Lieutenant Curlin was trapped in debris and was removed by other firefighters using hydraulic tools. He was transported to a local hospital and was treated for crush and thermal injuries. He was transported to a regional hospital and then to a care facility. He died on May 22, 2010. Lieutenant Curlin's death was a result of the injuries he received on January 3, 2010.   Our thoughts and prayers are with the Curlin family.  


Paul E. Johnson, 63 of Fort Cobb, Oklahoma 05-19-10

The Crow Roost Fire Department received notification from the local dispatch center of a structure fire involving a house in the Crow Roost Fire District. Chief Johnson responded to the fire station from his residence in his personal vehicle. Chief Johnson was the first member of the fire department to arrive at the station after receiving the call. Chief Johnson entered the fire station, placed his protective firefighting clothing on Crow Roost Pumper 2, and opened the manual apparatus bay doors. Another firefighter arrived, boarded the apparatus, and the unit responded from quarters. During the response, Chief Johnson reported that he did not feel well. Shortly thereafter, Chief Johnson slowed the truck and told the firefighter to "take the wheel." Chief Johnson then slumped back in the driver's seat. The firefighter was able to reach the brake pedal and brought the truck to a stop in the middle of the road. Chief Johnson was now unresponsive. The firefighter transmitted a Mayday on the truck radio, and then called the local dispatch center, via cell phone, to request a ground ambulance to respond to their location at approximately 0200 hours. Other firefighters arrived and performed a rapid medical assessment on Chief Johnson. They found that he was not breathing and confirmed that he had no pulse. One firefighter immediately began CPR while another retrieved an AED and oxygen from an apparatus compartment. The AED delivered a shock but did not restore a pulse. As a result, CPR was continued. An ALS ambulance arrived and transported Chief Johnson to the hospital. Care was continued in the emergency room until Chief Johnson was pronounced dead at 0311 hours. His death was caused by a heart attack.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Johnson family.  


Donnie Caldwell, 74 of Ghent, West Virginia 05-13-10

The propane gas service for a local convenience store was being transferred from one provider to another. Service technicians from the new provider were at the store to install the new propane tank, transfer propane from the old tank to the new tank, and establish service for the store. At 1042 hours, firefighters were dispatched to the report of a gas leak at this local convenience store. Firefighter Dorsey was on duty and responded as a part of an ambulance crew. Firefighters arrived on the scene to find an uncontrollable propane leak. Firefighters reported seeing a billowing cloud of vapor or mist that was striking the eaves of the building and traveling along the ground. An evacuation was begun. An explosion occurred at approximately 1053 hours. Two firefighters and two gas company employees were killed in the blast. Five other people received serious injuries. Among the injured was Lieutenant Caldwell. He died of complications of the injuries he received in the blast. Lieutenant Caldwell died on May 13, 2010, at the age of 74. An investigation was completed by the United States Chemical Safety Board. Additional information about this investigation can be found at www.csb.gov/assets/document/CSBFinalReportLittleGeneral.pdf   Our thoughts and prayers are with the Caldwell family. 


John Polimine, 51 of Windber, Pennsylvania 05-01-10

Firefighter Polimine was participating in an Essentials of Firefighting program. The training included interior and exterior firefighting evolutions. The day started at 0800 hours with student briefings and the collection of baseline vitals on each student. Firefighter Polimine was the nozzle person for an interior attack evolution. He completed fire extinguishment and ventilation tasks. His crew was instructed to back out of the room. Firefighter Polimine was sluggish and was escorted out of the burn room by an instructor. EMS staff in rehab evaluated Firefighter Polimine and started an IV to rehydrate him. Once the IV was completed, Firefighter Polimine was reevaluated and found to be feeling better. Firefighter Polimine was allowed to leave rehab after approximately 2 hours to participate in exterior firefighting evolutions. Firefighter Polimine participated in a propane fire simulation as the nozzle person. At the completion of the exercise, he was directed by an instructor to drink some water as he took a break. As the next round of exercises was started, Firefighter Polimine could not be located. A search of the area found Firefighter Polimine unconscious in a portable restroom. Firefighters and instructors removed Firefighter Polimine to the ground and began medical treatment. An AED was applied and delivered three shocks. Firefighter Polimine was transported by ALS ambulance to the hospital where he later died. His death was due to a heart attack. For additional information regarding this incident, please refer to NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program Report F2010-21 (www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face201021.html).  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Polimine family.  


Steven Scott Crannell, 47 of Guthrie Center, Iowa 04-22-10

Firefighter Crannell participated in a training exercise with members of his department. An old barn was used for live fire training. The training involved hose lays, defensive firefighting operations, and the use of portable water tanks. Training was concluded and Firefighter Crannell went home at approximately 2130 hours. At 0005 hours, firefighters and EMS responders were dispatched to Firefighter Crannell's home. He had suffered a heart attack. Firefighter Crannell was transported to the hospital by ambulance but died a short time later.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Crannell family.  


Vincent Angelo Iaccino, 65 of Hyde Park, New York 04-12-10

Members of the Roosevelt Fire District were attending training at the Dutchess County Fire Training Center. The company drill involved familiarization with newly acquired bailout systems and SCBA training. Captain Iaccino was involved in SCBA confidence course training wearing full structural firefighting protective clothing, including an SCBA. Captain Iaccino completed the training and was directed to rehab. While in rehab, Captain Iaccino became ill. He was observed rubbing his chest and complained of chest pains. He was treated by firefighters and by standby EMS responders. Captain Iaccino was transported to the hospital by ambulance. He was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the emergency room. His death was caused by a heart attack. For additional information regarding this incident, please refer to NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program Report F2010-22 (www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face201022.html).  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Iaccino family. 


Harold D. Reed, Sr., 74 of Peru, Kansas 04-11-10

Firefighter Reed was assisting with wildland firefighting operations when he became ill. He was transported to the hospital by ambulance but did not survive. His death was caused by a heart attack.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Reed family.  


Garrett William Loomis, 26 of Sackets Harbor, New York 04-11-10

Assistant Chief Loomis and the members of his fire department responded to a report of a fire in a 20x60 foot oxygen limiting silo containing approximately 20 feet of high moisture corn. The fire may have been caused by embers from an earlier barn fire. Upon arrival, firefighters found a silo with bottom and top doors open, light smoke, and burning embers visible inside the bottom of the silo. They formed a plan to close all silo doors and introduce carbon dioxide to smother the fire. Assistant Chief Loomis climbed to the top of the silo using a ladder chute attached to the silo. He closed and latched the doors at the top of the silo, reported the completion of his task by radio, and began to climb back down the ladder. An explosion occurred and Assistant Chief Loomis was thrown 20-30 feet to the ground. Assistant Chief Loomis was transported to the hospital by ambulance. He was pronounced dead at the hospital due to traumatic injuries. For additional information regarding this incident, please refer to NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program Report F2010-14 (www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face201014.html).  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Loomis family. 


Donald Duaine Schaper, 53 of Gainesville, Missouri 04-09-10

Firefighter Schaper responded to an emergency in his community. As the incident was resolved and firefighters prepared to leave the scene, Firefighter Schaper grabbed his head and chest and collapsed. He was transported to the hospital and was pronounced dead upon his arrival. His death was caused by a heart attack.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Schaper family.  


Leo Andrew Powell, 74 of Lucasville, Ohio 04-03-10

Captain Powell and members of his fire department responded to a mutual-aid wildland fire at 1220 hours. Captain Powell was the driver/operator of a brush truck. All Morgan Township units were back in service at 1432 hours. At approximately 1745 hours, Captain Powell became ill at his residence and could not be revived. His death was caused by a heart attack.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Powell family.  


Edward Damian Teare, 53 of Independence, Ohio 03-31-10

Lieutenant Teare and the other firefighters assigned to his fire station participated in a biannual firefighting skills training session on the morning of March 31, 2010. The exercise included simulated firefighting tasks and was performed in full structural protective clothing, including a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). Once he completed the evolution, Lieutenant Teare complained of shoulder pain and retired to his quarters. Firefighters were dispatched on an emergency and left the station. Lieutenant Teare did not respond. When firefighters returned to the station, they found Lieutenant Teare unconscious in his dorm room. He was treated and transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead due to a heart attack. For additional information regarding this incident, please refer to NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program Report F2010-11 (www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face201011.html).   Our thoughts and prayers are with the Teare family.  


Dennis Wayne Robinson, 61 of Tucson, Arizona 03-31-10

Captain Robinson was assigned as the Training Officer for the Three Points Fire District. On March 30, 2010, training activities included a roof ventilation and overhaul training session. The training exercise was scheduled to begin at 1300 hours. The preparations for the exercise required Captain Robinson to take sheets of plywood and sections of drywall and transport those pieces to the top of the training trailer. As the training exercise began, Captain Robinson alternated between providing direction to the firefighters engaged in the exercise, transporting additional wood and drywall onto the training prop, moving fire equipment, and bringing water to the firefighters engaged in the exercise. As the exercise was conducted, Captain Robinson began to feel ill. At approximately 1400 hours, he went to his office in the fire station to attempt to recover. By 1430 hours, he decided that it would be best for him to go home to recover. As he drove home in his fire department vehicle, Captain Robinson felt progressively more ill. He stopped at Fire Station 302 and called for assistance on his cell phone. The fire unit and ambulance assigned to that station were not in quarters at the time. In response to his call, firefighters were dispatched to the station to provide assistance. Responding firefighters found Captain Robinson in extreme pain. He was given oxygen and pain medication by firefighters and transported to the hospital by ambulance. Captain Robinson's condition continued to deteriorate upon his arrival. As time passed, he was diagnosed as having suffered a massive stroke. With no hope of recovery, life support was removed and Captain Robinson died at approximately 0618 hours on March 31, 2010.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Robinson family. 


Brian Colin Carey, 28 of Homewood, Illinois 03-30-10

Firefighter Carey was on duty when he and his crew were dispatched to a residential structure fire. Law enforcement officers on the scene reported a working fire with a person trapped inside. When firefighters arrived on scene, they found a large home with an obvious working fire to the rear. Firefighter Carey and two other firefighters advanced a 2-1/2-inch hoseline through the front door of the home. Once inside, they found heavy black smoke about 4 feet off of the floor. As the line was advanced, the smoke level dropped to knee-level. Firefighters conducting search activities observed fire advancement and yelled to the hoseline crew to evacuate. Once firefighters exited, they found that Firefighter Carey and another firefighter were still in the structure. Fire conditions inside had changed dramatically. The other firefighter was able to make it to within a few feet of the door as he was pulled from the structure by other firefighters. Firefighters entered the structure with a hoseline to search for Firefighter Carey. He was found wrapped up in the ruptured 2-1/2-inch handline and was not wearing his facepiece, hood, or helmet. Firefighter Carey was removed from the building. Once outside, Firefighter Carey was treated by other firefighters and transported to the hospital by ambulance. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. At autopsy, the carboxyhemoglobin level in Firefighter Carey's blood was found to be 30 percent. Firefighter Carey had been wearing his facepiece when he entered the structure. It is unknown why he removed his equipment. The 87-year-old occupant of the home also perished in the fire. Firefighter Carey was the first LODD in the 109-year history of the Homewood Fire Department. For additional information regarding this incident, please refer to NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program Report F2010-10 (www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face201010.html).  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Carey family. 


John Perry Moore, 56 of Columbus, Ohio 03-29-10

Firefighter/Paramedic Moore was assigned as a paramedic instructor. He worked 24-hour shifts and was based at the department's training complex. When firefighters noticed that his vehicle had not moved, they entered his quarters to investigate and found that Firefighter/Paramedic Moore had died. His death was caused by a heart attack.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Moore family. 


Donald "Donnie" W. Adkins, 32 of Glasgow, West Virginia 03-13-10
Firefighter Adkins was a member of a five-person swiftwater rescue team that was deployed to the southern part of West Virginia to assist with swiftwater operations. His deployment was under the direct order of the West Virginia Office of Emergency Services. Firefighter Adkins, along with two other crew members, was actively engaged in rescue operations when the boat was captured by strong current, struck a bridge, and capsized. All three members of the crew were thrown into the rapidly moving Beaver Creek. Firefighter Adkins did not surface. His body was recovered 6 days later about 6 miles downstream of the incident site. Firefighter Adkins drowned. For additional information regarding this incident, please refer to NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program Report F2010-09 (www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face201009.html).  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Adkins family. 


Kevin J. Swan, 69 of Beacon Falls, Connecticut 03-10-10

Fire Police Captain Swan and the members of his fire department were dispatched to a possible structure fire at 0508 hours. Fire Police Captain Swan reported his response by radio. At 0811 hours, Captain Swan was discovered, deceased, in his personal vehicle in the driveway of his residence. His death was caused by a heart attack.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Swan family.  


Gerard Marcheterre, 50 of Skaneateles, New York 03-06-10

Members of the Borodino Fire Department were responding to a report of a barn that had collapsed under the weight of recent snow. Shortly after leaving the fire station on the response, Firefighter Marcheterre began to cough and had difficulty breathing. Firefighters requested that an ambulance meet them at a fire station along their route. When the apparatus arrived at the fire station, Firefighter Marcheterre was removed and found to be in respiratory and cardiac arrest. CPR was provided by firefighters and Firefighter Marcheterre was transported to the hospital by ambulance. Firefighter Marcheterre was pronounced dead at the hospital. The cause of death was a heart attack.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Marcheterre family. 


Brian Joseph Rowe, 66 of West Fork, Maine 03-05-10

At 2153 hours, Chief Rowe and the members of his fire department were dispatched to the scene of a snowmobile crash in their jurisdiction. Chief Rowe responded in his personal vehicle, a four-wheel drive, because he knew that it would be needed to access the scene. Chief Rowe drove approximately 2 miles toward the scene of the incident on an unplowed path. At approximately 2215 hours, he became ill and called other firefighters by radio to request help. Firefighters and EMS responders arrived at his location by snowmobile at 2230 hours. Chief Rowe was in his vehicle and was experiencing difficulty breathing. He was moved to the passenger seat and a firefighter began to back his vehicle down the path. At some point, Chief Rowe lost consciousness and CPR was begun in the moving vehicle. A medical helicopter dispatched to the earlier crash responded to provide treatment and transportation for Chief Rowe. The helicopter crew assisted with treatment to no avail. Chief Rowe was pronounced dead at 2320 hours.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Rowe family. 


Brian P. Waynant, 45 of Wilmington, Delaware 03-01-10

Firefighter Waynant was on duty. He was struck by a southbound Amtrak train. Delaware State Police, along with Amtrak police and the city of Wilmington, investigated the circumstances surrounding the death. No foul play was suspected.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Waynant family. 


Jonathan Siemers, 44 of Clay Center, Kansas 02-21-10

Chief Siemers was the first to arrive at a fire alarm incident in a multiple residential occupancy at 1614 hours. The building was one block from Chief Siemers's residence and Chief Siemers walked to the scene in full turnout gear. Chief Siemers climbed to the third floor of the building and learned that the alarm was accidentally caused by cooking. Arriving firefighters ventilated the building to clear the smoke. Chief Siemers cleared the fire alarm panel, sent firefighters back to quarters, and walked back to his residence. When Chief Siemers arrived home, he complained to his wife of shoulder pain and left a family outing early because he was not feeling well. At approximately 0414 hours the next morning, firefighters and EMS responders were called to Chief Siemers's home for a medical emergency. Chief Siemers had suffered a heart attack. Firefighters, law enforcement officers, and EMS responders provided ALS care and transported Chief Siemers to the hospital. Chief Siemers was pronounced dead at the hospital at 0450 hours.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Siemers family. 


Donald Gary Mellott, 62 of Woolrich, Pennsylvania 02-12-10

Fire Police Captain Mellott was dispatched to provide scene safety and traffic control services for a mutual-aid motor vehicle crash with entrapment and wires down. He parked his vehicle on the side of the road with its warning lights in operation and set cones and a flare in the roadway to warn approaching drivers. A civilian vehicle disregarded the road closure, drove over cones, and struck Fire Police Captain Mellott as he faced away from oncoming traffic. He was transported to the hospital but was pronounced dead upon arrival. For additional information regarding this incident, please refer to NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program Report F2010-06 (www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face201006.html).  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Mellott family.


Stanley Lee Giles, 69 of Linn Valley, Kansas 02-10-10

The Linn Valley Lakes Fire Department received a mutual-aid request for a tanker (tender) to respond to a structure fire. The tanker responded from the station with one firefighter aboard. Chief Giles responded to the incident but remained at the fire station. The tanker was cancelled while responding and returned to the fire station. As the tanker backed into the fire station, Chief Giles was crushed between the moving tanker and a parked apparatus. He was pronounced dead at the scene. For additional information regarding this incident, please refer to NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program Report F2010-07 (www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face201007.html).  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Giles family. 


John B. Coyle, 63 of Priest River, Idaho 02-08-10

Assistant Chief Coyle was helping with the construction of a new fire station for his fire department. He suffered a heart attack while working at the site and later died.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Coyle family.  


Henry Sandy, 52 of Batesville, Arkansas 01-26-10

Firefighter Sandy and his spouse, also a firefighter, were at the fire station when the Northside Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a residential structure fire. Firefighter Sandy and his spouse responded to the scene in an engine. A working fire in a vacant residence was found upon arrival. Firefighter Sandy advanced two preconnected hoselines to the front door of the structure and charged the lines for use by arriving firefighters. Firefighter Sandy carried a positive-pressure fan to the residence, started the fan, refueled the fan, and restarted the fan after refueling. Firefighter Sandy stepped off of the front porch of the residence and suddenly collapsed. Firefighters began CPR and ALS care was provided by the crew of an ambulance that arrived minutes later. Firefighter Sandy was transported to the hospital. He was pronounced dead approximately 45 minutes after his collapse. The cause of death was listed as a heart attack. For additional information regarding this incident, please refer to NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program Report F2010-26 (www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face201026.html).  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Sandy family.  


Terry Leo Cannon, 52 of Louisville, Kentucky 01-17-10

Major Cannon and the members of his fire department responded to a fire alarm activation in a residence. The incident was caused by steam from a shower and was concluded at 1340 hours. Later that afternoon, Major Cannon worked out at a local fitness facility. After completing a treadmill run, he collapsed at approximately 1740 hours. Staff from the fitness facility initiated cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and summoned help. Firefighters from the Buechel Fire Protection District responded to the scene and treated Major Cannon. An automatic external defibrillator (AED) was applied and advanced life support (ALS) care was provided by emergency medical responders. Major Cannon was transported to the hospital by ambulance, and was later pronounced dead. His death was caused by a heart attack. For additional information regarding this incident, please refer to NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program Report F2010-08 (www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face201008.html).  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cannon family.  


Joseph Mack McCafferty, 59 of Lancaster, Ohio 01-16-10

Lieutenant McCafferty and the members of his fire department were dispatched at 1727 hours to a structure fire in a two-story wood-frame apartment building. On arrival, firefighters on the scene reported a working fire. Lieutenant McCafferty was in command of the incident. At approximately 1827 hours, Lieutenant McCafferty told a firefighter/paramedic that he had a severe headache, back and neck pain, and that he felt nauseous. He was assisted to an ambulance on scene by other firefighters. In the ambulance, his condition worsened and he was transported to a local hospital. Lieutenant McCafferty was treated at the local hospital and then transported to a regional hospital. He died on January 16, 2010. The cause of death was a cerebrovascular accident (CVA). Lieutenant McCafferty was the first line-of-duty death (LODD) for the Lancaster Fire Department in its 117-year history.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the McCafferty family.


 Leroy Kemp, 85 of Tioga Center, New York 01-13-10

Firefighter Kemp was at home when his fire department was dispatched to an emergency medical incident in a neighboring town. Firefighter Kemp responded from home in his personal vehicle with his emergency light in operation. As he responded, Firefighter Kemp came upon the scene of an earlier traffic crash involving a refuse vehicle. Firefighter Kemp was unable to stop in time and struck the rear of the refuse vehicle. He was killed instantly in the crash.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Kemp family.  


Jerry W. Thompson, 55 of Union, Mississippi 01-14-10

Firefighter Thompson was engaged in overhaul duties at the scene of a fire in a manufactured home when he suffered a heart attack. He was treated at the scene by firefighters and emergency medical services (EMS) responders and flown by helicopter to a hospital. He did not recover and died later that day. For additional information regarding this incident, please refer to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program Report F2010-29 (www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face201029.html).  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Thompson family. 


Urban A. Eck, 51 of Wichita Kansas 01-02-10

Captain Eck assisted with fire department operations at a second-alarm apartment fire. He and his crew operated at the scene for over 4 hours. While in rehab at the scene, Captain Eck's vital signs were elevated. Captain Eck and his engine company returned to service and responded to two additional emergency incidents prior to going off duty at 0800 hours on December 14, 2009. Captain Eck continued to have physical symptoms. He reported for duty his next shift on December 16, 2009, but reported being tired and congested. Captain Eck was admitted to the hospital on December 18 and was diagnosed with heart failure. Heart surgery was performed on December 29, 2009. Captain Eck did not recover from the surgery and died on January 2, 2010. His surgery was an attempt to repair damage to a heart valve, an acute event caused by the extreme physical exertion at the December 13, 2009, fire.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Eck family.