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Basil Pizzuto, 49 - Saddle Brook, NJ
11/23/2022
Basil Pizzuto Captain Saddle Brook Fire Department Saddle Brook, NJ Age: 49 Sex: Male Classification: Volunteer Years of Service: 32 Date of Incident: Nov. 22, 2022 Date of Death: Nov. 23, 2022 On Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022, Captain Basil Pizzuto was conducting Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) refresher training to fellow members of the department. The following morning, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022, while at his full-time job, he suffered a heart attack and coded. EMS personnel arr....more
Johnny Tetrick, 51 - Cleveland, OH
11/19/2022
Johnny Tetrick Firefighter Cleveland Division of Fire Cleveland, OH Age: 51 Gender: Male Classification: Career Years of Service: 27 Date of Incident: Nov. 19, 2022 Date of Death: Nov. 19, 2022 On Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, Firefighter Johnny Tetrick responded to a motor vehicle accident on Interstate 90 East. While cleaning up debris from the incident, a vehicle drove around the emergency scene and struck Firefighter Tetrick. The driver then fled the scene. Firefighter Tetrick was....more
Everette Watson, 58 - Sheridan, AR
10/27/2022
Everette Watson Chief Calvert Volunteer Fire Department Sheridan, AR Age: 58 Gender: Male Status: Volunteer Years of Service: 33 Date of Incident: Oct. 27, 2022 Date of Death: Oct. 27, 2022 On Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022, during the fire department’s bi-monthly training drill, Chief Everette Watson left the station to go to another station to pick up supplies for the department’s new engine. His son accompanied the Chief to assist with the effort. While at the second station, Chief Watso....more
James "Jimmy" Scanlon, 38 - Hopkins, MN
11/4/2022
James "Jimmy" Scanlon Assistant Chief Hopkins Fire Department Hopkins, MN Age: 38 Gender: Male Status: Paid-On-Call Years of Service: 14 Date of Incident: Nov. 2, 2022 Date of Death: Nov. 4, 2022 On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022, Assistant Chief James “Jimmy” Scanlon responded to a fire alarm at an apartment complex. The next day, within 24 hours, he was returning from his regular job when he began to feel ill and pulled off to the side of the road. He went into cardiac arrest and EMS imme....more
Juan Wilson, 34 - Baltimore, MD
10/30/2022
Juan Wilson EMT/Firefighter Baltimore City Fire Department Baltimore, MD Age: 34 Gender: Male Status: Career Years of Service: 11 Date of Incident: Sept. 19, 2022 Date of Death: Oct. 30, 2022 On Monday, Sept. 19, 2022, EMT/Firefighter Juan Wilson responded to an emergency medical call at a residence. While performing CPR on the patient, EMT/Firefighter Wilson himself suffered a medical emergency. He was rushed to the hospital where he remained until last week when he was transferred....more
Alex Moss, 54 - Upper Saddle River, NJ
10/30/2022
Alex Moss Firefighter Upper Saddle River Fire Department Upper Saddle River, NJ Age: 54 Gender: Male Status: Volunteer Years of Service: 30 Date of Incident: Oct. 30, 2022 Date of Death: Oct. 30, 2022 On Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022, Firefighter Alex Moss responded to the fire station for a residential fire alarm call. He remained at the station and complained to his fellow firefighters that he wasn’t feeling well and went home. In the early afternoon, his wife found him deceased in bed fro....more
Kevin G. May, 29 - Westwood, NJ
10/24/2022
Kevin G. May Firefighter Westwood Fire Department Westwood, NJ Age: 29 Gender: Male Status: Volunteer Years of Service: 11 Date of Incident: Oct. 16, 2022 Date of Death: Oct. 24, 2022 On Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022, Firefighter Kevin G. May responded as part of a mutual aid assignment to a 5 alarm house fire in Upper Saddle River. The next morning, Monday, Oct. 17, 2022, he was experiencing chest pains and had difficulty breathing. He was immediately rushed to the local hospital where a st....more
Kenneth Roy Sott, 65 - Summerville, SC
10/17/2022
Kenneth Roy Sott Captain Summerville Fire & Rescue Summerville, SC Age: 65 Gender: Male Status: Volunteer Years of Service: 30 Date of Incident: Oct. 17, 2022 Date of Death: Oct. 17, 2022 On Monday, Oct. 17, 2022, Captain Kenneth Roy Sott returned home after physical fitness training with recruit firefighters. A short time later, he experienced a medical emergency and was rushed to the Summerville Medical Center where he passed away from an apparent heart attack.
Brendan Torres, 19 - Dalhart, TX
10/4/2022
Brendan Torres Firefighter Dalhart Volunteer Fire Department Dalhart, TX Age: 19 Gender: Male Status: Volunteer Years of Service: 1 Date of Incident: October 4, 2022 Date of Death: October 4, 2022 On Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022, Chief Curtis Brown and Firefighter Brendan Torres were returning from a mutual aid traffic accident when they were involved in a motor vehicle collision with a semi-tractor trailer. Both were pronounced deceased at the scene. Investigation into the incident continu....more
Curtis Brown, 51 - Dalhart, TX
10/4/2022
Curtis Brown Chief Dalhart Volunteer Fire Department Dalhart, TX Age: 51 Gender: Male Status: Volunteer Years of Service: 28 Date of Incident: October 4, 2022 Date of Death: October 4, 2022 On Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022, Chief Curtis Brown and Firefighter Brendan Torres were returning from a mutual aid traffic accident when they were involved in a motor vehicle collision with a semi-tractor trailer. Both were pronounced deceased at the scene. Investigation into the incident continues.
Michael Moody, 59 - Purdum, NE
10/2/2022
Michael Moody Assistant Chief Purdum Rural Fire District Purdum, NE Age: 59 Gender: Male Status: Volunteer Years of Service: 40 Date of Incident: Oct. 2, 2022 Date of Death: Oct. 2, 2022 On Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, while fighting the Bovee wildfire near Halsey, Nebraska, Assistant Chief Michael Moody suffered an apparent heart attack and passed away.
Timothy R. Pfleger, 32 - Keyport, NJ
9/30/2022
Timothy R. Pfleger Chief Keyport Fire Department Keyport, NJ Age: 32 Gender: Male Status: Volunteer Years of Service: 14 Date of Incident: July 16, 2022 Date of Death: Sept. 30, 2022 On July 16, 2022, Chief Timothy R. Pfleger was involved in a motor vehicle crash while returning from fire department mandated training at the Monmouth County Fire Academy. As Chief Pfleger was driving his Keyport Borough assigned vehicle, it was struck head-on by an oncoming vehicle. Chief Pfleger susta....more
Gerardo Rincon, Salmon, ID
9/20/2022
Gerardo Rincon Crew Boss Salmon-Challis National Forest Salmon, ID Gender: Male Status: Wildland Contract Years of Service: 28 Date of Incident: Sept. 20, 2022 Date of Death: Sept. 20, 2022 During the early morning hours of Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022, while assigned to the Moose Fire near Salmon, ID, Crew Boss Gerardo Rincon suffered a medical emergency and passed away.
Charles D. Krampota, 60 - Alvin, TX
9/23/2022
Charles D. Krampota Captain Alvin Volunteer Fire Department Alvin, TX Age: 60 Gender: Male Status: Volunteer Years of Service: 30 Date of Incident: Sept. 23, 2022 Date of Death: Sept. 23, 2022 On Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, Captain Charles D. Krampota responded to a fully involved mobile home fire. After extinguishment of the fire and being cleared from the scene, Captain Krampota returned home. Approximately 3 hours later, he was found deceased from an apparent heart attack. Investigati....more
Gary DeCook, 66 - Barnes City, IA
8/27/2022
Gary DeCook Captain Barnes City Fire Department Barnes City, IA Age: 66 Gender: Male Status: Volunteer Years of Service: 17 Date of Incident: August 27, 2022 Date of Death: August 27, 2022 On Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022, Captain Gary DeCook was performing maintenance at the fire station, including fire apparatus and equipment work. After he was finished, he went home and less than 5 minutes after arriving, collapsed in his driveway. His fellow emergency responders arrived at the scene an....more
Logan Taylor, 25 - Salem, Oregon
8/18/2022
Logan Taylor Firefighter Oregon Department of Forestry Salem, Oregon Age: 25 Gender: Male Status: Wildland Contract Years of Service: Pending Date of Incident: Aug. 18, 2022 Date of Death: Aug. 18, 2022 On August 18, 2022, shortly after 4:00 p.m., dispatchers received information regarding Firefighter Logan Taylor who was critically injured after being struck by a tree on the Rum Creek Fire, located north of Galice, Oregon. Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue immediatel....more
Michael Fischer, 38 - Island Park, NY
8/14/2022
Michael Fischer Captain Island Park Fire Department Island Park, NY Age: 38 Gender: Male Status: Volunteer Years of Service: 9 Date of Incident: August 14, 2022 Date of Death: August 14, 2022 On Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, Captain Michael Fischer had participated in a morning training event, then rode on an engine company to where firefighters were holding a fundraiser. Arriving at the event, Captain Fischer went into the bathroom to wash up, then returned to the dining area, when he suff....more
Douglas “Doug” Ritchie, 56 - Palmer, AK
6/26/2022
Douglas “Doug” Ritchie Pilot State of Alaska Division of Forestry and Fire Protection Palmer, AK Age: 56 Gender: Male Status: Wildland-Contract Years of Service: 8 Date of Incident: June 26, 2022 Date of Death: June 26, 2022 On Sunday, June 26, 2022, Pilot Douglas "Doug" Ritchie, the sole occupant of a Bell UH1B Helicopter, was supporting firefighting efforts at the Clear Wildland Fire, when the helicopter crashed after takeoff, killing Pilot Ritchie. Investigation into the incident ....more
Collin Hagan, 27 - Craig, CO
8/10/2022
Collin Hagan Wildland Firefighter BLM-Craig Interagency Hotshot Crew Craig, CO Age: 27 Gender: Male Status: Wildland Full-Time Years of Service: 5 Date of Incident: August 10, 2022 Date of Death: August 10, 2022 On Wed., Aug 10, 2022, Wildland Firefighter Collin Hagan was fighting the Big Swamp Wildfire near Oakridge, Oregon, when he was struck by a falling tree. Despite efforts from EMS personnel, Wildland Firefighter Hagan passed away from the injuries he sustained in the accident.
David Pleasant, 59 - Memphis, TN
8/10/2022
David Pleasant Driver Memphis Fire Department Memphis, TN Age: 59 Gender: Male Status: Career Years of Service: 32 Date of Incident: August 10, 2022 Date of Death: August 10, 2022 On Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, 4 firefighters were responding to a residential fire when the driver of a pick-up truck apparently ran a red light, hitting the fire apparatus and causing it to roll on its’ side. All 4 firefighters were transported to the Regional One Health Trauma Center. Driver David Pleasant....more
Riley Daniel Ray Huiras, 20 - Wisconsin Rapids, WI
8/3/2022
Riley Daniel Ray Huiras Firefighter Grand Rapids Volunteer Fire Department Wisconsin Rapids, WI Age: 20 Gender: Male Status: Volunteer Years of Service: <1 Date of Incident: July 30, 2022 Date of Death: August 3, 2022 Firefighter Riley Daniel Ray Huiras responded to a working fire on the evening of July 30, 2022. On his way back from the fire, a call came in for a motor vehicle crash. Firefighter Huiras, along with another member of his fire department, responded to the crash scene.....more
Bryant McGowan, 31 - Huntsville, AL
7/28/2022
Bryant McGowan Firefighter Cadet Huntsville Fire & Rescue Huntsville, AL Age: 31 Gender: Male Status: Career Years of Service: <1 Date of Incident: July 28, 2022 Date of Death: July 28, 2022 On Thursday, July 28, 2022, Firefighter Cadet Bryant McGowan was at a training exercise when he suffered a medical emergency and collapsed. He was immediately taken to the Huntsville Hospital where he passed away a short time later. Investigation into the incident continues.
Jared Bird, 36 - Salmon, ID
7/21/2022
Jared Bird Pilot Salmon-Challis National Forest Salmon, ID Age: 36 Gender: Male Status: Wildland Contract Date of Incident: July 21, 2022 Date of Death: July 21, 2022 On Thursday, July 21, 2022, Pilots Thomas Hayes and Jared Bird were fighting the Moose fire in Idaho when their helicopter crashed into the Salmon River. Both pilots were transported to the hospital, but died from their injuries a short time later.
Thomas Hayes, 41 - Salmon, ID
7/21/2022
Thomas Hayes Pilot Salmon-Challis National Forest Salmon, ID Age: 41 Gender: Male Status: Wildland Contract Date of Incident: July 21, 2022 Date of Death: July 21, 2022 On Thursday, July 21, 2022, Pilots Thomas Hayes and Jared Bird were fighting the Moose fire in Idaho when their helicopter crashed into the Salmon River. Both pilots were transported to the hospital, but died from their injuries a short time later.
Matthew Anthony King, 44 - Albuquerque, NM
7/16/2022
Matthew Anthony King Lieutenant Bernalillo County Fire Department Albuquerque, NM Age: 44 Gender: Male Status: Career Years of Service: 19 Date of Incident: July 16, 2022 Date of Death: July 16, 2022 On Saturday, July 16, 2022, Lieutenant Matthew Anthony King from the Bernalillo County Fire Department, and three members of the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office, were aboard a helicopter returning to Albuquerque after performing aerial wildland fire suppression at the East Mesa Fire. ....more
Brian Falk, 47 - Bakersfield, CA
7/14/2022
Brian Falk Captain Kern County Fire Department Bakersfield, CA Age: 47 Gender: Male Status: Career Years of Service: 20 Date of Incident: July 14, 2022 Date of Death: July 14, 2022 On Thursday, July 14, 2022, Captain Brian Falk was at the fire station when he was found unresponsive by fellow firefighters. He was pronounced deceased at the scene. The cause and nature of his death are under investigation.
Austin Duran, 25 - Apopka, FL
7/15/2022
Austin Duran Firefighter/EMT Apopka Fire Department Apopka, FL Age: 25 Gender: Male Status: Career Years of Service: 5 Date of Incident: June 30, 2022 Date of Death: July 15, 2022 On Thursday, June 30, 2022, Firefighter/EMT Austin Duran and another firefighter were moving a sand trailer to another fire station. In the process of hooking it up, the trailer fell, pinning down Firefighter/EMT Duran. He was immediately taken to the hospital where he remained in the Intensive Care Unit un....more
William "Bill" Halstead, Sr., 73 - Sandy Hook, CT
7/8/2022
William "Bill" Halstead, Sr. Chief Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company Sandy Hook, CT Age: 73 Gender: Male Status: Volunteer Years of Service: 57 Date of Incident: July 8, 2022 Date of Death: July 8, 2022 On Friday, July 8, 2022, Chief William “Bill” Halstead, Sr. responded to a motor vehicle accident and an automatic alarm. Upon his arrival at his residence after the incidents, Chief Halstead became ill. Despite the efforts of EMS responders, Chief Halstead passed away from....more
Roger Elliott Estes, 77 - New Tazewell, TN
7/4/2022
Roger Elliott Estes Lieutenant South Claiborne Volunteer Fire Department New Tazewell, TN Age: 77 Gender: Male Status: Volunteer Years of Service: 44 Date of Incident: July 4, 2022 Date of Death: July 4, 2022 On Monday, July 4, 2022, Lieutenant Roger Elliott Estes was serving on traffic control duties at a fire department fundraiser when he was struck by a passing truck. Fellow responders immediately performed CPR, including ALS care. EMS transported Lieutenant Estes to the Claiborne....more
Joshua Haynes, 35 - Pleasanton, KS
6/22/2022
Joshua Haynes Firefighter Linn County Rural Fire District #1 Pleasanton, KS Age: 35 Gender: Male Status: Volunteer Years of Service: 17 Date of Incident: June 20, 2022 Date of Death: June 22, 2022 On Monday night, June 20, 2022, Firefighter Joshua Haynes responded to a building fire at Carpenter Chiropractic. While fighting the fire, he experienced a medical emergency and collapsed at the scene. He was airlifted to the University of Kansas Medical Center where he passed away Wednesda....more
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