Pennsylvania Firefighter Dies After Falling Ill

The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty deaths of Firefighter James H. Yiengst, 72, of Keystone Hook and Ladder Co. No.1

Firefighter Yiengst responded with his fire department to a motor vehicle accident (MVA) on the evening of March 31, 2017. The next morning, April 1, 2017, emergency medical services were summoned to his residence. Firefighter Yiengst indicated to one of his family members that he began feeling ill while at the MVA the previous evening. Firefighter Yiengst was treated and transported to the hospital where he passed away from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be reported.  

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Yiengst at

To date, 27 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2017.  Year-to-date and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at

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

Pennsylvania Firefighter Dies After Being Injured


A Pennsylvania firefighter has died after being injured, according to a report from the U.S. Fire Administration.

North Belle Vernon Volunteer Fire Department Safety Officer Charles E. Horan was preparing to leave home for a response call to assist law enforcement gain access to the roof of a building. Horan tripped and fell, suffering a severe injury.

Safety Officer Horan was treated by fellow responders and transported to the hospital where, despite all efforts, he succumbed to his injuries several days later.

He was 61 years old.