TN Firefighter Dies After Falling Ill at Station

The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Firefighter Derrick Ryan Webb, 31, of Hardy’s Chapel Volunteer Fire Department on January 17, 2018.

Firefighter Derrick Ryan Webb fell ill while preparing a training drill at the fire station. Webb was found unresponsive in the apparatus bay beside his turn-out gear and SCBA. The PASS device on the SCBA was still sounding. CPR was initiated but firefighter Webb was pronounced deceased at the hospital from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be reported.  

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Webb at

To date, four firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2018.  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.

Tennessee Firefighter Dies After Being Struck by Tree

A 41-year-old Tennessee firefighter died from injuries he sustained after being struck by a tree at an emergency scene.

The U.S. Fire Administration reported that, while working at the scene of a motor vehicle accident with fire, Madison County (TN) Fire Department Firefighter Christopher Michael Blankenship was seriously injured when a tree at the scene fell on top of him. Firefighters quickly removed the tree from Blankenship and rendered medical aid. Blankenship was then transported to the Jackson-Madison County General Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Blankenship had 10 years of service.