NC Fire Chief Dies Following Training

The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Chief Tony Spencer III, 51, of Engelhard Fire & Rescue on May 31, 2018.

On 05/31/2018 at 2100hrs, Chief Tony Spencer III finished participating in a Firefighter I & II Hose certification class. A few hours later at approximately 0130hrs on 06/01/2018, Chief Spencer suffered a cardiac arrest at his residence and was airlifted to Norfolk Medical Center. Chief Spencer passed away on 06/03/2018 at Norfolk Medical Center from the injuries sustained. 

Tribute is being paid to Chief Spencer III at

To date, 40 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.

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