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Dwain Hudson, 73 - Custer, South Dakota
4/17/2019
Dwain Hudson Firefighter Argyle Volunteer Fire Department Custer, South Dakota Age: 73 Gender: Male Status: Volunteer Years of Service: 22 Date of Incident: April 17, 2019 Date of Death: April 17, 2019 On April 17, 2019, Argyle Volunteer Fire Department was called to an active wildland fire that was endangering structures. While responding as a passenger in the department’s compressed air foam truck, Firefighter Dwain Hudson experienced a medical emergency. Firefighters and EMS perso....more
John "Jack" Leming, 78 - Cape May Point, NJ
4/15/2019
John "Jack" Leming Firefighter Cape May Point Volunteer Fire Company #1 Cape May Point, NJ Age: 78 Gender: Male Status: Volunteer Years of Service: 6 Date of Incident: April 15, 2019 Date of Death: April 15, 2019 Firefighter John Leming attended a drill on 04/15/2019 at the fire station at approximately 7:00 pm. At the conclusion of the drill, he returned home. During the night, he became ill. His wife called 911 and EMS responded. During transport to a local hospital, Leming went in....more
James "Woody" Woodman, 55 - West Haven, Connecticut
3/29/2019
James "Woody" Woodman Firefighter/Paramedic West Haven Fire Department West Haven, Connecticut Age: 55 Gender: Male Status: Career Years of Service: 2 days Date of Incident: October 5, 1999 Date of Death: March 29, 2019 Firefighter/Paramedic James “Woody” Woodman was a member of Recruit Class #15 at the Connecticut State Fire Academy. Only two days after being out of the academy, on October 5, 1999, Woodman was part of an ambulance crew transporting a child who had been struck by a v....more
Daniel Laird, 41 - Nevada City, California
3/27/2019
Daniel Laird Captain United States Forest Service - Tahoe National Forest Nevada City, California Age: 41 Gender: Male Status: Career Years of Service: 23 Date of Incident: March 27, 2019 Date of Death: March 27, 2019 While helping with an aerial delivered prescribed burn in the Sam Houston National Forest in Texas, Captain Daniel Laird’s helicopter went down. Laird passed away from the injuries he sustained in the crash. Other crew members sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
Michael Bernstein, 46 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
3/20/2019
Michael Bernstein Firefighter Philadelphia Fire Department Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Age: 46 Gender: Male Status: Career Years of Service: 22 Date of Incident: March 20, 2019 Date of Death: March 20, 2019 Firefighter Michael Bernstein suffered a medical emergency while on-duty at Engine 78 at Philadelphia International Airport. Bernstein was transported to Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital where he passed away. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be determined.
Jacob "Jake" Ringering, 37 - Godfrey, Illinois
3/5/2019
Jacob "Jake" Ringering Captain Godfrey Fire Protection District Godfrey, Illinois Age: 37 Gender: Male Status: Career Years of Service: 9 Date of Incident: March 5, 2019 Date of Death: March 5, 2019 While at the scene of a residential structure fire, Captain Jacob Ringering and three additional firefighters were injured when a portion of the structure collapsed as they attacked the fire. Ringering was taken to the hospital where he passed away from the injuries he sustained. One of t....more
Joel Barnes, 32 - Berwick, Maine
3/1/2019
Joel Barnes Captain Berwick Fire Department Berwick, Maine Age: 32 Gender: Male Status: Career Years of Service: Pending Date of Incident: March 1, 2019 Date of Death: March 1, 2019 Captain Joel Barnes was one of five firefighters who went into a three-story apartment building to fight a four-alarm fire. While inside the structure, conditions rapidly worsened. Three of the firefighters were able to escape. Barnes and one other firefighter became trapped in a room of a third-floor apa....more
Thomas Nye, 72 - Marion, Massachusetts
2/27/2019
Thomas Nye Firefighter Marion Fire Department Marion, Massachusetts Age: 72 Gender: Male Status: Volunteer Years of Service: 45 Date of Incident: Feb. 26, 2019 Date of Death: Feb. 27, 2019 On 02/26/2019, Firefighter Thomas Nye helped extinguish a residential chimney fire and then returned home. He collapsed early the next morning on 02/27/2019 after suffering an apparent cardiac incident. Nye was transported to Tobey Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.
Brenden Pierce, 21 - Pinson, Alabama
2/23/2019
Brenden Pierce Firefighter Palmerdale Fire District Pinson, Alabama Age: 21 Gender: Male Status: Career Years of Service: 3 Date of Incident: Feb. 20, 2019 Date of Death: Feb. 23, 2019 On 02/19/19, Firefighter Brenden Pierce started his shift at the Palmerdale Fire District, Station 3. During this shift at approximately 12:30 a.m. on 02/20/2019, Pierce suffered a medical emergency after responding to a weather-related call. He was immediately transported to the Grandview Medical Cen....more
Jason Byrd, 42 - Somerville, Tennessee
2/18/2019
Jason Byrd District Chief (Station 14) Fayette County Fire Department Somerville, Tennessee Age: 42 Gender: Male Status: Volunteer Years of Service: 22 Date of Incident: Feb. 18, 2019 Date of Death: Feb. 18, 2019 District Chief (Station 14) Jason Byrd suffered an apparent heart attack while at the scene of a residential structure fire. Within 15 seconds of the medical emergency, responders administered advanced life support measures to Byrd and then transported him to a local hospita....more
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