Leadership

PREVENTING LINE-OF-DUTY DEATHS: THE CINCINNATI EXPERIENCE

Issue 3 and Volume 158.

BY THOMAS C. LAKAMP, MICHAEL KIRBY, and GRANT LIGHT On March 21, 2003, Cincinnati Firefighter Oscar Armstrong III tragically died in the line of duty. The Cincinnati Fire Department (CFD) and the Armstrong family suffered a tremendous loss. Armstrong died after becoming trapped in a flashover while battling a residential structure fire. The fire started in the first-floor kitchen of a two-story, single-family residence. The CFD had not experienced a line-of-duty death since January 28, 1981. Friday, March 21, 2003, began like any other day. Engine 9 was out of quarters drilling at 0845 hours when a call for a one-alarm fire at 1131 Laidlaw Avenue was received. Engine 9 responded with the full one-alarm complement (Engine 2, Engine 9, Truck 2, Truck 32, and District 4). District 4 arrived on-scene first and reported a working fire with heavy fire from the rear of the structure. Engine 9 arrived shortly…

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