In Case You Missed It: Recent Major Fire Service News

May 2-7, 2015

There were six reported firefighter fatalities this week in the American fire service, including several related to cardiac events. The Oklahoma City area was bracing for more storms after tornadoes and floods struck the area, and Fresno (CA) Fire Captain Pete Dern continued along the rode to recovery after a near miss earlier this year.


Firefighter Dies After D.C. High-Rise Fire
Lt. Kevin McRae died after collapsing at a two-alarm high-rise apartment fire today in Washington, D.C.

Poughkeepsie (NY) Firefighter Dies After Response to Fatal Fire
While engaged in rescue and suppression duties at the scene of a residential structure fire, Firefighter Timothy Gunther began to experience cardiac-related symptoms.

PA Firefighter Dies of Apparent Heart Attack
Firefighter Timothy T. Peters was stricken by an apparent heart attack after responding to a medical assistance call.

GA Firefighter Suffers Cardiac Arrest, Dies
Swainsboro (GA) Fire Department Lieutenant Ricky Thurman, 54, was operating at the scene of a structure fire when he suddenly went into cardiac arrest.

MO Firefighter Heading to Fire Found Dead
A firefighter was found dead by other emergency crews after the tanker he was driving left the roadway.

TN Firefighter Struck by Tree Dies
A firefighter died from injuries he sustained after being struck by a tree at an emergency scene.

Injured CA Fire Captain Hoping to Leave Hospital Soon
Fresno Fire Captain Pete Dern, who was badly injured in a fire incident in March, is vowing to leave the hospital soon.

NJ Firefighters Hospitalized After Garage Fire Containing Chemicals
Thirteen firefighters were taken to area hospitals Wednesday after being overcome while fighting a garage fire in Hamilton that contained chlorine.

At Least 12 Injured When Tornadoes Hit OK
Authorities are set to survey the damage left behind after tornadoes swept across the southern Plains, overturning cars and destroying dozens of homes near Oklahoma City. Police: Woman Found Dead in Storm Shelter

Three Dead in PA Trailer Fire
A fire in a mobile home killed three women from the same family on Monday, but four other relatives escaped, authorities said.

NY Explosion Kills Two Workers
The workers died in an explosion during the excavation of a backyard fuel tank in Hastings-on-Hudson.

Six Killed in TN Head-On Collision
Six people, including three children, have been killed in a crash in eastern Tennessee, the Tennessee Highway Patrol said.

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