Ohio District Chief Dies After Falling Ill

The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of District Chief/Medic James “Jim” Joseph Benken, 65, of the City of Wyoming Fire and EMS on April 14, 2017.

District Chief/Medic James “Jim” Benken completed a 24-hour shift at 0600hrs on 04/14/2017 which included one emergency response at 1519hrs on 04/13/2017. After completing the shift, District Chief/Medic Benken fell ill at approximately 1400hrs on 04/14/2017 and succumbed to an apparent cardiac arrest.

Tribute is being paid to District Chief/Medic Benken at http://apps.usfa.fema.gov/firefighter-fatalities/

To date, 29 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2017.  Year-to-date and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at https://www.usfa.fema.gov/data/statistics/ff_fatality_reports.html


Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.

Ohio Industrial Firefighter Dies After Apparent Chemical Exposure

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A firefighter with TimkenSteel Fire and Security in Ohio passed away on March 20.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, Fire Technician/Industrial Firefighter Kenny Ray Jr., 32, was found deceased at the corporation’s Faircrest plant in Canton. According to company officials, Ray was checking fire extinguishers throughout the plant when members of the security team found him unresponsive in a fifth-floor elevator motor room. Nitrogen exposure is suspected as a cause in his death. The incident remains under investigation by TimkenSteel, local, state, and federal authorities.