Firefighter Fatalities

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

FDNY Joseph Ferrugia

FDNY Firefighter Who Responded to Ground Zero Dies of COVID-19

Joseph Ferrugia, 61, of Long Island, died of virus complications Saturday, FDNY officials announced Sunday.
Waynoka OK Fire Department

Waynoka (OK) Fire Chief, Firefighter Killed in Fatal Fire

Chief Lonnie Bolar and Firefighter Tayler Bradford of the Waynoka Volunteer Fire Department died while attempting to rescue trapped occupants.
Captain Eric Segura

Laredo (TX) Fire Captain Dies Due to COVID-19 Complications

Cesar Rodriguez Laredo Morning Times, Texas (MCT) Jan. 27—A veteran Laredo firefighter has died due to complications of COVID-19, marking the Laredo Fire Department's first loss since the pandemic began, according to first responders. "It is with great sadness that the Laredo Fire...
Members of the FDNY lost on "Black Sunday"

The Fires That Forged Us: “Black Sunday” and the FDNY "Black Sunday" refers to a dark day in the history of the Fire Department of New York (FDNY): January 23, 2005, in which the department lost multiple firefighters in two separate fire incidents. In the...
Captain W. Chris Mertz.

Rancho Santa Fe (CA) Fire Captain Dies of COVID-19 Complications

As part of California Task Force 8, Captain W. Chris Mertz responded to New York City in the wake of the 9/11 attacks and to the Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts in 2005.
Fire Engineering podcasts

Podcast: Data Not Drama: 2020 Firefighting Fatalities

Bill Carey, editor of FirefighterNation, looks back at some of the lessons and trends we can glean from firefighter fatality data from last year.
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TN Fire Chief Dies After Contracting COVID-19

Rocky Top (TN) Fire Chief Ronald “Ronnie” Gene Spitzer has passed away after contracting the coronavirus while on the job.
Firefighters salute rig at Al Schlick funeral

Huntley (IL) District Deputy Fire Chief Albert W. Schlick III Dies

Huntley (IL) Fire District Deputy Fire Chief Albert W. Schlick Ill, a Fire Engineering contributor, succumbed to a duty-related illness.
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TN Firefighter Dies After Contracting COVID-19

Firefighter Ronald Steven Perry of the East Sullivan County Volunteer Fire Department in Bristol, Tennessee, has passed away after contracting the coronavirus.
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Shreveport (LA) Firefighter Dies After Contracting Coronavirus

Shreveport (LA) Firefighter Leonard L. Coney contracted COVID-19 after treating and transporting patients in December.