Firefighter Fatalities

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

Colfax City WA Fire Chief Jim Krouse

WA Fire Chief Dies While Fighting Wildfire

Longtime Colfax Fire Chief Jim Krouse died from an apparent heart attack while fighting a wildfire Saturday afternoon.
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WA Fire Lieutenant Dies from Fall During Response

Lieutenant/Paramedic Cody Traber of the Spokane County Fire District #9 fell from a bridge while responding to a reported brush fire.
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WA Fire Chief Dies During Wildland Fire Response

Chief Emeritus James Krouse of the Colfax Fire Department was stretching hoselines when he experienced a medical emergency.
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NJ Fire Lieutenant Dies While Responding to Hazmat Incident

While getting ready to leave the station, Lieutenant Donald J. Trout of the Middlesex County Hazardous Materials Unit suffered a medical emergency.
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AK Firefighter Dies After Shift

Engineer Justin Hansen of the Central Mat-Su (AK) Fire Department was found deceased after returning home from a shift.
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Firefighter Killed After Being Struck by Tree at OR Wildfire

GE Forestry Firefighter/Squad Boss Frumencio Ruiz Carapia, 56, was killed when he was struck by a falling tree.
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NY Firefighter Struck and Killed by Rescue Truck

While at the scene of a field fire, Hartland (NY) Firefighter Judy Spencer, 65, was hit when a rescue truck was backing up.
Photo of Middle Fork Complex Fire

Firefighter Who Died While Working OR Fire Identified

Ruiz Carapia, 56, was working along the eastern edge of the Gales fire when he was struck by a falling tree.
View of Gales Fire from West, August 18th 2021

Officials: Firefighter Dies While Working OR Wildfire

A firefighter died Monday while battling a wildfire southeast of Eugene, Oregon, officials said.
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FL Fire Lieutenant Dies After Contracting COVID-19

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Jacksonville Lieutenant Mario J. Moya, 51, unselfishly served his community while continuing to expose himself to the virus responding to EMS calls.