Line-of-Duty Deaths, 2000

September 4: Lieutenant Earnest Otis Ousley, 49, of the Roselle (NJ) Fire Department, died of heart failure at the hospital after becoming short of breath while on-duty.

October 11: Captain Richard J. LeClair, 53, of the Federal Fire Department San Diego, California, died after becoming ill while on-duty on October 10.

November 9: Firefighter James Hill, Sr., 68, of the Daingerfield (TX) Volunteer Fire Department, died of a heart attack after being taken to a hospital from the scene of a residential fire. He complained of shortness of breath while engaged in cleanup duties and suffered an apparent heart attack while en route to the hospital.

November 16: Sergeant Phillip Dewey Smith, 49, of the Fort McPherson (GA) Fire and Emergency Services, collapsed and died from an apparent heart attack after completing a wildland fire training exercise.

November 16: Firefighter Kyle Hendrick, 19, of the Gotts Volunteer Fire Department, Oakland, Kentucky, was killed when the fire apparatus he was driving left the roadway and overturned.

November 17: Fire-Police Lieutenant Tom Hazaz, 69, of the Tunkhannock Township Fire Department, Long Pond, Pennsylvania, died of an apparent heart attack while directing traffic at the scene of a vehicle accident.

November 25: Firefighter II Maurice Bartholemew, 30, of the Pensacola (FL) Fire Department, died while searching for occupants. He became trapped inside the burning house. The occupants had already escaped.

November 26: Firefighter Danny King, 21, of the Cliffside Park (NJ) Fire Department, died from injuries sustained in a head-on collision with a New Jersey Transit bus while en route to an alarm in his privately owned vehicle.

November 30: Firefighter Elwood Queen, 67, of the Irvona (PA) Volunteer Fire Company, died from injuries sustained in an accident on November 29. He was transporting a patient in the fire company ambulance when it was involved in an accident and overturned.

December 1: Fire Photographer George H. Cardozo, 80, of the Westport (CT) Volunteer Fire Department, died of an apparent heart attack at his home after returning from a structure fire. He had complained of feeling ill at the fire scene but declined treatment for what he thought might be indigestion.

Source: National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Database, United States Fire Administration.

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