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Jeffery Mason Sanders, Mayview, MO
6/19/2017
Name: Jeffery Mason Sanders Rank: Firefighter Age: 55 Gender: Male Status: Volunteer Years of Service: 32 Date of Incident: 06/19/2017 Time of Incident: 1718hrs Date of Death: 06/19/2017 Fire Department: Mayview Fire Protection District Address: 500 W Orchard ST, Mayview, MO 64071-8213 Fire Department Chief: Kris White Incident Description: Firefighter Jeffery Mason Sanders was killed and another firefighter was injured when they were struck by a privately owned vehicle w....more
Edward Switalski, Comstock, MI
6/14/2017
Name: Edward Switalski Rank: Chief Age: 55 Gender: Male Status: Career Years of Service: 30 Date of Incident: 06/14/2017 Time of Incident: 2230hrs Date of Death: 06/14/2017 Fire Department: Comstock Township Department of Fire & Rescue Address: P.O. Box 8, Comstock, MI 49401 Fire Department Chief: Deputy Chief Matt Beauchamp Incident Description: Chief Edward Switalski responded with the Comstock Township Department of Fire & Rescue to a reported motor vehicle accident ....more
Lawrence W. Matthews, Dolton, IL
6/10/2017
Name: Lawrence W. Matthews Rank: Firefighter Age: 35 Gender: Male Status: Career Years of Service: 8 Date of Incident: 06/10/2017 Time of Incident: 1330hrs Date of Death: 06/10/2017 Fire Department: Village of Dolton Fire Department Address: 4022 Park AVE, Dolton, IL 60419-1029 Fire Department Chief: Steven McCain Incident Description: While operating at a residential trailer home fire and working on the exterior to protect nearby exposures, Firefighter Lawrence W. Matthe....more
Eddie Harris, North Courtland, AL
4/21/2017
Name: Eddie Harris Rank: Fire Chief Age: 47 Gender: Male Status: Volunteer Years of Service: 1 Date of Incident: 04/21/2017 Time of Incident: 1000hrs Date of Death: 04/21/2017 Fire Department: North Courtland Volunteer Fire Department Address: 12316 Jessie Jackson Pkwy, North Courtland, AL 35618 Fire Department Chief: Acting Fire Chief Marekus Harris Incident Description: Fire Chief Eddie Harris was working with his fire department at the scene of a training burn. Approxi....more
Kelly Wong, Los Angeles, CA
6/5/2017
Name: Kelly Wong Rank: Firefighter Age: 29 Gender: Male Status: Career Years of Service: 2 Date of Incident: 06/03/2017 Time of Incident: 0943hrs Date of Death: 06/05/2017 Fire Department: Los Angeles Fire Department Address: 200 N Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 Fire Department Chief: Ralph M. Terrazas Incident Description: Firefighter Kelly Wong fell from an LAFD aerial ladder while participating in a training exercise on the morning of Saturday, June 3. Fellow firef....more
David Jatczsk, Lake Station, IN
6/1/2017
Name: David Jatczsk Rank: Lieutenant Age: 57 Gender: Male Status: Volunteer Years of Service: 38 Date of Incident: 06/01/2017 Time of Incident: Pending Date of Death: 06/01/2017 Fire Department: Lake Station Volunteer Fire Department Address: 1876 Fairview Ave, Lake Station, IN 46405 Fire Department Chief: Chuck Fazekas Incident Description: Several hours after responding with Lake Station Volunteer Fire Department to an emergency response call, Lieutenant David Jatczsk....more
Jesse Ketchum, Memphis, MO
5/29/2017
Name: Jesse Ketchum Rank: Firefighter Age: 33 Gender: Male Status: Volunteer Years of Service: 5 Date of Incident: 05/29/2017 Time of Incident: 1812hrs Date of Death: 05/29/2017 Fire Department: City of Memphis Volunteer Fire Department Address: 104 N Washington ST POB 261, Memphis, MO 63555-0261 Fire Department Chief: Jimmy Winn Incident Description: Firefighter Jesse Ketchum was responding to an outdoor (field) fire call when the fire apparatus he was operating crashed ....more
Matthew Beck, Sacramento, CA
5/25/2017
Name: Matthew Beck Rank: Inmate Firefighter Age: 26 Gender: Male Status: Wildland Full-Time Years of Service: 3 Date of Incident: 05/25/2017 Time of Incident: Pending Date of Death: 05/25/2017 Fire Department: CAL FIRE Address: PO Box 944246, 1416 9th Street, Sacramento, CA 94244-2460 Fire Department Chief: Director Ken Pimlott Incident Description: Inmate Firefighter Matthew Beck was leading a crew clearing brush to contain a fire when a 120-foot tree uprooted and fell....more
Brian Massey, Bakersfield, CA
5/20/2017
Name: Brian Massey Rank: Fire Engineer Age: 56 Gender: Male Status: Career Years of Service: 27 Date of Incident: 05/19/2017 Time of Incident: 0518hrs Date of Death: 05/20/2017 Fire Department: Kern County Fire Department Address: 5642 Victor Street, Bakersfield, CA 93308-4056 Fire Department Chief: Brian Marshall Incident Description: On May 18, 2017, Fire Engineer Brian Massey started a 48-hour shift by participating in a wildland firefighting class which included stre....more
Darrell Lavon Plank, Montezuma, GA
5/23/2017
Name: Darrell Lavon Plank Rank: Firefighter Age: 29 Gender: Male Status: Volunteer Years of Service: 12 Date of Incident: 05/20/2017 Time of Incident: 1630hrs Date of Death: 05/23/2017 Fire Department: Macon County Fire Rescue Address: 2630 Fields Crossing RD, Montezuma, GA 31063 Fire Department Chief: Micah Kauffman Incident Description: Firefighter Darrell Lavon Plank died in the hospital several days after suffering a traumatic brain injury while at the scene of a work....more
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