Firefighter Fatalities

Notifications of firefighter line-of-duty deaths and fatality news and investigations

USFA: Pennsylvania On-Duty Death

Rostraver Twp. Captain died from a cause still to be reported.

USFA: Indiana On-Duty Death

Lawrence firefighter collapsed after physical assessment.

USFA: Wisconsin On-Duty Death

Firefighter Neubich was found unresponsive by his wife.

USFA: California Inmate Firefighter Trainee Dies During Hike

Trainee collapsed and was unable to be revived.

USFA: Virginia On-Duty Death

Rocky Mount firefighter was found unresponsive at home after two fire calls.
Woody Woodcock

Firefighters and Cancer: If I Only Knew Then What I Know Now

Occupational cancer has become one of the most dangerous threats that firefighters may one day face. Jennifer Chadwick draws lessons from the case of Lieutenant Todd “Woody” Woodcock.
San Antonio FIrefighter Scott Deem

San Antonio (TX) Firefighter Dies in Shopping Mall Fire

A firefighter in San Antonio, Texas, was killed while operating at a shopping mall fire on May 18, 2017.

NIOSH Issues Report on Death of Cincinnati Firefighter

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention program recently released its report on the death of Cincinnati Fire Apparatus Operator Daryl Gordon, who died after falling down an unsecured elevator shaft during a 2015 incident.

May Their Sacrifices Not Be in Vain: Buffalo (NY) LODDs Case Study

Joe Pronesti reviews the deaths of Buffalo (NY) Fire Department Lieutenant Charles “Chip” McCarthy and Firefighter Jonathan Croom on August 24, 2009.

May Their Sacrifices Not Be in Vain: Bryan (TX) LODD Case Study

As officers, one of the most potent lessons we can offer our firefighters is the review of line-of-duty death (LODD) reports and close calls. Joe Pronesti shares a PowerPoint you can use to review the deaths of two Bryan (TX) firefighters in a 2013 structure fire.