Recent Major Firefighting News: Terror Attack in Istanbul, Deadly WV Flooding

June 24-July 1, 2016

There were reports of at least three firefighter on-duty fatalities this week, and a Texas firefighter was killed in a hit-and-run over the weekend. A terror attack at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul killed scores of people, and the death toll from flooding in West Virginia rose to more than 20 people.

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OH Firefighter Dies in Sleep While On Duty

John Fritz, a member of the Austintown Fire Department since 1992, is believed to have died in his sleep at Austintown Fire Station #1.

NE Firefighter Dies After Responding to Medical Call

The Nebraska Serious Injury and Line of Duty Death Response Team said Dakota City Fire Captain Eric Speck suffered a heart attack after responding to a medical call.

PA Chief Dies After Falling Ill

Garrettford-Drexel Hill Volunteer Fire Company Deputy Fire Chief Michael Morgan, 48, began feeling ill back in May, ultimately succumbing to a cerebrovascular injury.

TX Firefighter Killed in Hit-and-Run

A vigil is set Monday night for North Texas Firefighter Trevor Gage, who was killed in a hit-and-run crash over the weekend while riding his motorcycle on Saturday afternoon.

41 Dead in Terror Attack on Istanbul Airport

Suicide attackers armed with guns and bombs killed 41 people and wounded hundreds at Istanbul’s busy Ataturk Airport.

Utter Devastation in Wake of Deadly WV Floods

West Virginia’s governor says thousands of homes and businesses across the state were damaged or destroyed in the flooding that left at least 23 people dead.

Two Dead in CA Wildfire

A Kern County wildfire that killed two people and destroyed 200 homes in the southern Sierra Nevada was deemed the most destructive in county history.

Freight Trains Collide in TX

Two BNSF Railway freight trains were on the same track when they collided Tuesday near the town of Panhandle. Remains of two workers were found at the scene, and another was presumed dead.

VA Firefighter Still in Critical Condition After Rescue Attempt

While participating in the rescue of a family stranded in their home by high waters, Eagle Rock Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief R. Alan Wright was critically injured.

Firefighters Battling Cedar Creek Fire Deploy Fire Shelters

Members of the Navajo Interagency Hotshot Crew were forced to deploy their fire shelters. All of the firefighters were able to walk out of the fire area and were transported to a medical facility.

Cincinnati Releases Line-of-Duty Death Report

The City of Cincinnati released a 353-page report Thursday morning detailing the death of firefighter Daryl Gordon.


Roundup: CA Fire Rages, Firefighter Deaths in U.S. and Abroad

Roundup: Orlando (FL) Mass Shooting, Deadly L.A. Fire

Roundup: NC Firefighter Diving Death, NH Apartment Fire

Roundup: German Firefighter LODD, Texas Flood Deaths

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