Firefighter Fatalities, Health & Safety

AK Firefighter Dies from Apparent Heart Attack

Firefighter fatality

A firefighter in Alaska reportedly died as he was readying to go to a call, according to a report from the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA).

On Saturday, January 18, 2020, Willow (AK) Driver-Operator Roger D. DeLongchamp, 66, was preparing to depart the station in a tanker on an emergency response for a reported structure fire when he collapsed. He was immediately treated by other responders but efforts were unsuccessful. Driver-Operator DeLongchamp was declared deceased at 0300hrs from an apparent heart attack.

He had three years of service.

This is the eighth firefighter fatality reported to the USFA thus far in 2020.

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