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John Garrow, 60 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2/19/2024
John Garrow Battalion Chief Philadelphia Fire Department Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Age: 60 Sex: Male Classification: Career Years of service: 32 Date of incident: February 18, 2024 Date of death: February 19, 2024 On Sunday, Feb. 18, 2024, Battalion Chief John Garrow suffered a medical emergency while on-duty. He was immediately transported to the Temple University Hospital. While in the hospital he suffered a cardiac arrest and was put on a ventilator. He passed away on Monday, Fe....more
Louis Dunston, 79 - Youngsville, North Carolina
2/20/2024
Louis Dunston Safety Officer Youngsville Fire Department Youngsville, North Carolina Age: 79 Sex: Male Classification: Volunteer Years of service: 45 Date of incident: February 19, 2024 Date of death: February 20, 2024 On Monday, Feb. 19, 2024, Safety Officer Louis Dunston was participating in departmental training. The training ended at 10:00 p.m. After the training, he went home. At approximately 9:58 p.m. the next evening, he was having a cardiac event and 9-1-1 was immediately c....more
Adam Finseth, 40 - Burnsville, Minnesota
2/18/2024
Adam Finseth Firefighter/Paramedic Burnsville Fire Department Burnsville, Minnesota Age: 40 Sex: Male Classification: Career Years of service: 6 Date of incident: Feb. 18, 2024 Date of death: Feb. 18, 2024 Incident Description: In the early morning hours of February 18, 2024, Firefighter/Paramedic Adam Finseth was shot and killed while on the scene of a call relating to a domestic disturbance. Two police officers were also shot and killed. A third police officer was injured and taken....more
Trevor Brown, 45 - Sterling, Virginia
2/16/2024
Trevor Brown Firefighter Sterling Volunteer Fire Department Sterling, Virginia Age: 45 Sex: Male Classification: Volunteer Years of service: 7 Date of incident: Feb. 16, 2024 Date of death: Feb. 16, 2024 At approximately 7:38 p.m. on Friday, February 16, 2024, the Loudoun County Emergency Communications Center received a 911 call reporting an odor of gas outside of a residence. Upon arrival, units from Sterling, including Firefighter Trevor Brown, located an underground propane tank ....more
Chris Nelson, 55 - Selma, California
2/8/2024
Chris Nelson Firefighter-Paramedic Selma Fire Department Selma, California Age: 55 Sex: Male Classification: Career Years of service: 8 Date of incident: February 8, 2014 Date of death: February 8, 2024 On February 8, 2014, Firefighter-Paramedic Chris Nelson was injured and paralyzed during an incident while participating in training on duty. On February 8, 2024, Firefighter-Paramedic Nelson passed away from the injuries he sustained in the incident.
Robert "Rory" Boire, 64 - Plattsburgh, New York
1/3/2024
Robert "Rory" Boire Firefighter Cumberland Head Volunteer Fire Department Plattsburgh, New York Age: 64 Sex: Male Classification: Volunteer Years of service: Unknown Date of incident: December 27, 2023 Date of death: January 3, 2024 On Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2023, Firefighter Robert “Rory” Boire responded to the scene of a car accident when he suffered a heart attack. He was immediately transported to the hospital where he remained for 2 days. On Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2024, he passed awa....more
William "Tony" Anthony Baumgartner, 70 - Fayette, Alabama
2/5/2024
William "Tony" Anthony Baumgartner Captain Lawrence Mill Volunteer Fire Department Fayette, Alabama Age: 70 Sex: Male Classification: Volunteer Years of service: 39 Date of incident: February 5, 2024 Date of death: February 5, 2024 On Monday, Feb. 5, 2024, Captain William “Tony” Anthony Baumgartner was returning to the station from a residential structure fire when the apparatus he was driving left the roadway. He was pronounced deceased at the scene from the injuries he sustained i....more
Marques Hudson, 32 - Plainfield, New Jersey
1/26/2024
Marques Hudson Firefighter Plainfield Fire Department Plainfield, New Jersey Age: 32 Sex: Male Classification: Career Years of service: 2 Date of incident: January 26, 2024 Date of death: January 26, 2024 On Friday, Jan. 26, 2024, Firefighter Marques Hudson responded to a residential fire. While fighting the fire, he became trapped, and a mayday was called. Firefighter Hudson was immediately rescued, and CPR was performed. He was then transported to the Robert Wood Johnson Hospital....more
Robert "Bobby" Douglas Lewis, Jr., 40 - Vonore, Tennessee
1/25/2024
Robert "Bobby" Douglas Lewis, Jr. Firefighter/EMT Vonore Fire Department Vonore, Tennessee Age: 40 Sex: Male Classification: Career Years of service: 26 Date of incident: January 24, 2024 Date of death: January 25, 2024 On Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024, Firefighter/EMT Robert “Bobby” Douglas Lewis, Jr. responded to an EMS call at a residence. The next morning, Jan. 25, 2024, he collapsed at home. He was immediately rushed to the hospital where he passed away from an apparent heart attack....more
Daniel S. DeWolf, 52 - Newark, New York
1/21/2024
Daniel S. DeWolf Firefighter Fairville Volunteer Fire Department Newark, New York Age: 52 Sex: Male Classification: Volunteer Years of service: 33 Date of incident: January 21, 2024 Date of death: January 21, 2024 On Sunday, Jan. 21, 2024, Firefighter Daniel S. DeWolf responded to the scene of a chimney fire. While attempting to establish a water supply line, he collapsed. EMS on scene immediately initiated CPR. Firefighter DeWolf was then transported to the local hospital where he....more
Robert Earl Brown, Sr., 87 - Glendale, South Carolina
1/18/2024
Robert Earl Brown, Sr. Firefighter Glendale Fire Department Glendale, South Carolina Age: 87 Sex: Male Classification: Volunteer Years of service: 65 Date of incident: January 18, 2024 Date of death: January 18, 2024 Firefighter Robert Earl Brown, Sr. was at the scene of a brush fire pulling hose when he suffered a medical emergency. He was immediately taken to the Spartanburg Regional Medical Center where he passed away a short time later from an apparent heart attack. Firefighter ....more
Ryan Pleasants, 41 - Walla Walla, Washington
1/7/2024
Ryan Pleasants Engineer Walla Walla Fire Department Walla Walla, Washington Age: 41 Sex: Male Classification: Career Years of service: 20 Date of incident: Jan. 7, 2024 Date of death: Jan. 7, 2024 On the morning of Sunday, Jan. 7, 2024, Engineer Ryan Pleasants, while working a 48-hour shift, was found deceased in his bed at Fire Station 1 from an apparent heart attack.
Joseph “Joe” Maragliano, 76 - Nyack, New York
9/2/2023
Joseph “Joe” Maragliano Firefighter Nyack Fire Department Nyack, New York Age: 76 Sex: Male Classification: Volunteer Years of service: 54 Date of incident: September 1, 2023 Date of death: September 2, 2023 On Friday, Sept. 1, 2023, Firefighter Joseph “Joe” Maragliano responded to a gas leak at a residence. The next day, Saturday, Sept. 2, 2023, he suffered a heart attack and passed away.
Robert Wysong, 70 - Clarksville, Ohio
12/26/2023
Robert Wysong Chief Clinton-Warren Joint Fire and Rescue District Clarksville, Ohio Age: 70 Sex: Male Classification: Volunteer Years of service: 52 Date of incident: December 24, 2023 Date of death: December 26, 2023 On Sunday, Dec. 24, 2023, Chief Robert Wysong responded to a brush fire. After the call, he returned home. Later in the evening, his wife found him unresponsive. He was immediately transported to the Clinton Memorial Hospital where he was evaluated and then subsequently....more
Charles "Chuck" Gallant, 56 - Rye, New Hampshire
12/14/2023
Charles "Chuck" Gallant Lieutenant Rye Fire Rescue Rye, New Hampshire Age: 56 Sex: Male Classification: Career Years of service: 20 Date of incident: December 14, 2023 Date of death: December 14, 2023 On Thursday, Dec. 14, 2023, Lieutenant Charles “Chuck” Gallant worked an overtime shift at the station where he participated in a training exercise and responded to a call. After his shift, he returned home and went to sleep. The next morning, he was found deceased by family members. It....more
Lamont Killian, Jr., 51 - Mount Vernon, New York
12/11/2023
Lamont Killian, Jr. Firefighter Mount Vernon Fire Department Mount Vernon, New York Age: 51 Sex: Male Classification: Career Years of service: 20 Date of incident: June 22, 2019 Date of death: December 11, 2023 On Saturday, June 22, 2019, Firefighter Lamont Killian, Jr. was at the scene of a residential fire when he collapsed. He was immediately transported to the hospital where he suffered a heart attack. Since that time, he has been unable to return to work. He passed away from h....more
Richard “Rick” D. Miller, 69 - Lexington, Tennessee
12/1/2023
Richard “Rick” D. Miller Firefighter/Driver Henderson County Fire Department Lexington, Tennessee Age: 69 Sex: Male Classification: Volunteer Years of service: 2 Date of incident: December 1, 2023 Date of death: December 1, 2023 On Friday, Dec. 1, 2023, Firefighter/Driver Richard “Rick” D. Miller responded to an alarm activation at a county school. Shortly after arriving home, he suffered a medical emergency. He was found unresponsive by his family. CPR was immediately performed, an....more
Jeffery Skaggs, 62 - Washington Court House, Ohio
11/25/2023
Jeffery Skaggs Captain Concord Green Township Fire Department Washington Court House, Ohio Age: 62 Sex: Male Classification: Volunteer Years of service: 25 Date of incident: November 25, 2023 Date of death: November 25, 2023 On Saturday, Nov. 25, 2023, Chief Ralph Michael Stegbauer and Captain Jeffery Skaggs were utilizing a mechanical lift to make repairs to the radio tower when the lift tipped over. Both were ejected from the tower basket from several feet in the air. Chief Stegbau....more
Ralph Michael Stegbauer, 71 - Washington Court House, Ohio
11/25/2023
Ralph Michael Stegbauer Chief Concord Green Township Fire Department Washington Court House, Ohio Age: 71 Sex: Male Classification: Volunteer Years of service: 47 Date of incident: November 25, 2023 Date of death: November 25, 2023 On Saturday, Nov. 25, 2023, Chief Ralph Michael Stegbauer and Captain Jeffery Skaggs were utilizing a mechanical lift to make repairs to the radio tower when the lift tipped over. Both were ejected from the tower basket from several feet in the air. Chie....more
Daniel Potts, 74 - Whitney, Texas
11/24/2023
Daniel Potts Safety Officer Whitney Fire Department Whitney, Texas Age: 74 Sex: Male Classification: Volunteer Years of service: Unknown Date of incident: November 24, 2023 Date of death: November 24, 2023 On Friday, Nov. 24, 2023, Safety Officer Daniel Potts was at the fire station. He was getting in his support vehicle to respond to a residential fire when he was found unconscious. He was pronounced deceased at the scene. The cause of his death has yet to be determined.
Matthew Dawson, 34 - Lubbock, Texas
11/26/2023
Matthew Dawson Firefighter Lubbock Fire Rescue Lubbock, Texas Age: 34 Sex: Male Classification: Career Years of service: 6 Date of incident: January 11, 2020 Date of death: November 26, 2023 On Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, Firefighter Matthew Dawson and the members of the Lubbock Fire Rescue were dispatched to the scene of a motor vehicle accident on an interstate highway. While they were on the scene of the crash in the northbound lanes, a southbound vehicle lost control, crossed the m....more
Justin Bower, 30 - Kinnelon, New Jersey
11/18/2023
Justin Bower Lieutenant Kinnelon Volunteer Fire Company Kinnelon, New Jersey Age: 30 Sex: Male Classification: Volunteer Years of service: 5 Date of incident: November 18, 2023 Date of death: November 18, 2023 On Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023, Lieutenant Justin Bower responded to a carbon monoxide alarm at a residence. After returning home, approximately 2 hours later, his wife found him unconscious and immediately called 9-1-1. Emergency personnel attempted to revive him but were unsucces....more
John Norris, 55 - Webster, Texas
11/25/2023
Chief John Norris Chief Forest Bend Fire Department Webster, Texas Age: 55 Sex: Male Classification: Volunteer Years of service: 38 Date of incident: November 25, 2023 Date of death: November 25, 2023 On Saturday, Nov. 25, 2023, Chief John Norris responded to a structure fire at an abandoned house that was scheduled for demolition within the next few weeks. Shortly after returning home, he suffered a heart attack. 9-1-1 was immediately called and he was transported to the HCA Houston....more
Ronald "Ron" Maurice Strosnider, 75 - Wardensville, West Virginia
10/20/2023
Ronald "Ron" Maurice Strosnider Firefighter Capon Valley Volunteer Fire Department Wardensville, West Virginia Age: 75 Sex: Male Classification: Volunteer Years of service: 37 Date of incident: October 20, 2023 Date of death: October 20, 2023 On Friday, Oct. 20, 2023, Firefighter Ronald “Ron” Maurice Strosnider responded to a medical emergency at a residence. While on scene, he became ill and was taken home by fire department personnel. Later in the day 9-1-1 was called to his house....more
Andrew "Drew" B. Price, 39 - Chicago, Illinois
11/13/2023
Andrew "Drew" B. Price Firefighter/EMT Chicago Fire Department Chicago, Illinois Age: 39 Sex: Male Classification: Career Years of service: 14 Date of incident: November 13, 2023 Date of death: November 13, 2023 On Monday, Nov. 13, 2023, firefighters responded to a fire in a four-story building. The building houses the Lincoln Station Bar and Restaurant on the ground floor and apartments on the upper floors. Firefighter/EMT Andrew “Drew” B. Price was on the roof opening up holes for....more
Thomas Petschke, Jr., 53 - Crestwood, Kentucky
11/11/2023
Thomas Petschke, Jr. Fire Sergeant Ballardsville Fire & Rescue Crestwood, Kentucky Age: 53 Sex: Male Classification: Volunteer Years of service: 10 Date of incident: November 11, 2023 Date of death: November 11, 2023 On Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023, Fire Sergeant Thomas Petschke, Jr. was at the scene of a residential fire that had expanded into the woods. While battling the brush fire, he collapsed from an apparent heart attack. He was immediately treated and transported to the local hosp....more
David Phelps, 74 - Terre Haute, Indiana
11/2/2023
David Phelps District Chief Prairieton Fire Department Terre Haute, Indiana Age: 74 Sex: Male Classification: Volunteer Years of service: 59 Date of incident: November 2, 2023 Date of death: November 2, 2023 On Thursday, Nov. 2, 2023, District Chief David Phelps was at the scene of a residential fire, where he was found deceased inside a fire apparatus from an apparent heart attack.
Joseph Back, 59 - Whitesburg, Kentucky
10/30/2023
Joseph Back Assistant Chief Whitesburg Fire Department Whitesburg, Kentucky Age: 59 Sex: Male Classification: Career Years of service: 29 Date of incident: October 27, 2023 Date of death: October 30, 2023 On Friday, Oct. 27, 2023, Assistant Chief Joseph Back responded to the scene of a medical emergency at a residence. While at the scene, he suffered a massive heart attack. He was immediately transported to the local hospital where he remained in a coma until his passing on Monday, ....more
Regina Huffman, 39 - Wooten, Kentucky
10/28/2023
Regina Huffman Firefighter Coon Creek Fire & Rescue Wooten, Kentucky Age: 39 Sex: Female Classification: Volunteer Years of service: <1 Date of incident: October 28, 2023 Date of death: October 28, 2023 On Saturday, Oct. 28, 2023, firefighters responded to an ATV accident with two people seriously injured. Helicopters were summoned for transport. As the apparatus Firefighter Huffman was riding in left the scene to go to the landing zone, it slipped off the roadway, went down an emban....more
Dillon J. Rinaldo, 26 - Baltimore, Maryland
10/25/2023
Dillon J. Rinaldo Lieutenant Baltimore City Fire Department Baltimore, Maryland Age: 26 Sex: Male Classification: Career Years of service: 6 Date of incident: October 19, 2023 Date of death: October 25, 2023 On Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023, Baltimore City Fire Department firefighters responded to a fire that broke out in a block of brick two-story homes. While inside one of the homes, 5 firefighters became overwhelmed by the smoke and heat. All 5 firefighters were rushed to the hospital.....more
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