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Claud G. Messer, 74 - Waynesville, North Carolina
9/20/2019
Claud G. Messer Captain Jonathan Creek Fire and Rescue Waynesville, North Carolina Age: 74 Gender: Male Status: Part-Time (Paid) Years of Service: 33 Date of Incident: Sept. 20, 2019 Date of Death: Sept. 20, 2019 While operating a fire department vehicle, Captain Claud Messer was involved in a vehicle accident on Jonathan Creek Road (Highway 276 North) as he responded to another emergency traffic accident call. Messer passed away as a result of the injuries sustained in the accident.
Edward Nulton, 60 - Dallas, Pennsylvania
9/19/2019
Edward Nulton Firefighter Kunkle Fire Company Dallas, Pennsylvania Age: 60 Gender: Male Status: Volunteer Years of Service: 10 Date of Incident: Sept. 21, 2018 Date of Death: Sept. 19, 2019 On September 21, 2018, Firefighter Edward Nulton was directing traffic at the scene of a vehicle accident when he was struck by a dump truck. He suffered critical injuries, including traumatic brain injury, from which he was unable to recover. Nulton passed away as a result of his injuries on Sept....more
Michael Bell, 68 - Farmington, Maine
9/16/2019
Michael Bell Captain Farmington Fire Rescue Farmington, Maine Age: 68 Gender: Male Status: Part-Time (Paid) Years of Service: 30 Date of Incident: Sept. 16, 2019 Date of Death: Sept. 16, 2019 Employees inside of a recently renovated two-story administrative office for Life Enrichment Advancing People (LEAP) Inc., a nonprofit that helps adults with developmental, cognitive, and intellectual disabilities, made an emergency call reporting that they smelled propane. No patients were insi....more
Brian J. Sullivan, 54 - Bronx, NY
8/10/2019
Brian J. Sullivan Lieutenant Fire Department of New York (FDNY) Squad 41 Bronx, NY Age: 54 Gender: Male Status: Career Years of Service: 27 Date of Incident: August 9, 2019 Date of Death: August 10, 2019 On Friday, August 9, 2019, Lieutenant Brian J. Sullivan worked a 24-hour shift in which he responded to seven emergency calls. During his shift, Sullivan complained to others of having pain and discomfort but continued to respond to calls. When he returned home after his tour of du....more
Walter Wagaman, 46 - Orrtanna, PA
8/14/2019
Walter Wagaman Assistant Chief Buchanan Valley Volunteer Fire Department Orrtanna, PA Age: 46 Gender: Male Status: Volunteer Years of Service: 32 Date of Incident: August 2, 2019 Date of Death: August 14, 2019 Incident Description: On Friday, August 2, 2019, Assistant Chief Walter Wagaman was responding to an emergency as a passenger in an apparatus when he was ejected from it. Wagaman was treated by emergency personnel at the scene and was immediately flown to the York Trauma Cen....more
Norman Edward Klenow, 78 - East Tawas, MI
8/10/2019
Norman Edward Klenow Firefighter East Tawas Fire Department East Tawas, MI Age: 78 Gender: Male Status: Volunteer Years of Service: 52 Date of Incident: August 10, 2019 Date of Death: August 10, 2019 On Saturday, August 10, 2019, Firefighter Norman Edward Klenow responded to a motor vehicle accident. While providing traffic control at the scene, he complained of not feeling well and was assisted into the apparatus. After returning to the fire station, he went home, when at approxi....more
James E. Sommers, 40 - Live Oak, FL
8/6/2019
James E. Sommers Fire Chief/Public Safety Director Suwannee Fire Rescue Live Oak, FL Age: 40 Gender: Male Status: Career Years of Service: 19 Date of Incident: August 6, 2019 Date of Death: August 6, 2019 On the evening of August 6, 2019, Fire Chief/Public Safety Director James E. Sommers was returning home on his motorcycle from a Suwannee County Commission Meeting when he was struck by a vehicle. Sommers was immediately transported to the Lake City Medical Center where he died fro....more
Yaroslav Katkov, 29 - Sacramento, CA
7/29/2019
Yaroslav Katkov Firefighter CAL FIRE, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Sacramento, CA Age: 29 Gender: Male Status: Wildland Part-Time Years of Service: 1 Date of Incident: July 28, 2019 Date of Death: July 29, 2019 On Sunday, July 28, 2019, Firefighter Katkov was on a training hike with his crew in San Diego County. During the hike, he suffered a medical emergency and was immediately flown to Temecula Valley Hospital in Riverside County where he passed away on M....more
Jeff Stroble, 46 - Roswell, NM
7/21/2019
Jeff Stroble Driver/Operator City of Roswell Fire Department Roswell, NM Age: 46 Gender: Male Status: Career Years of Service: 17 Date of Incident: June 5, 2019 Date of Death: July 21, 2019 On June 5, 2019, the City of Roswell Fire Department was preparing for the community July 4th fireworks show. Driver/Operator Stroble was assisting with this preparation when an explosion occurred, injuring him. Stroble was immediately taken to the hospital but passed away on July 21, 2019, from....more
Neil B. Cope, 46 - Belle Vernon, PA
7/16/2019
Neil B. Cope Lieutenant North Belle Vernon Volunteer Fire Department Belle Vernon, PA Age: 46 Gender: Male Status: Volunteer Years of Service: 6 Date of Incident: July 16, 2019 Date of Death: July 16, 2019 The North Belle Vernon Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched at 0132hrs to assist on a mutual aid residential fire. Lieutenant Cope was part of the engine crew assigned to staging in full PPE and SCBA with masks doffed. After approximately 45 minutes the crew was released by com....more
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