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In the Line of Duty
James Michael Muller, 25 - Columbia, South Carolina
James Michael Muller Firefighter Irmo Fire District Columbia, South Carolina Age: 25 Sex: Male Classification: Career Years of service: 7 Date of incident: May 26, 2023 Date of death: May 26, 2023 On Friday, May 26, 2023, as part of an automatic aid response with the Columbia-Richland Fire Department, Irmo Fire District firefighters responded to an apartment building fire. While fighting the fire, a structural collapse occurred, and firefighters called maydays. Five firefighters from the Columbia-Richland Fire Department and another firefighter from the Irmo Fire District were rescued and taken to the hospital. A short time later, Firefighter Muller was rescued. Emergency responders at the scene immediately began CPR on Muller and continued the life-saving efforts as they transported him to the hospital. Shortly after arrival, however, Firefighter Muller was pronounced deceased from the injuries he sustained in the collapse.