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Matthew Beck, Sacramento, CA
5/25/2017
Name: Matthew Beck Rank: Inmate Firefighter Age: 26 Gender: Male Status: Wildland Full-Time Years of Service: 3 Date of Incident: 05/25/2017 Time of Incident: Pending Date of Death: 05/25/2017 Fire Department: CAL FIRE Address: PO Box 944246, 1416 9th Street, Sacramento, CA 94244-2460 Fire Department Chief: Director Ken Pimlott Incident Description: Inmate Firefighter Matthew Beck was leading a crew clearing brush to contain a fire when a 120-foot tree uprooted and fell....more
Brian Massey, Bakersfield, CA
5/20/2017
Name: Brian Massey Rank: Fire Engineer Age: 56 Gender: Male Status: Career Years of Service: 27 Date of Incident: 05/19/2017 Time of Incident: 0518hrs Date of Death: 05/20/2017 Fire Department: Kern County Fire Department Address: 5642 Victor Street, Bakersfield, CA 93308-4056 Fire Department Chief: Brian Marshall Incident Description: On May 18, 2017, Fire Engineer Brian Massey started a 48-hour shift by participating in a wildland firefighting class which included stre....more
Darrell Lavon Plank, Montezuma, GA
5/23/2017
Name: Darrell Lavon Plank Rank: Firefighter Age: 29 Gender: Male Status: Volunteer Years of Service: 12 Date of Incident: 05/20/2017 Time of Incident: 1630hrs Date of Death: 05/23/2017 Fire Department: Macon County Fire Rescue Address: 2630 Fields Crossing RD, Montezuma, GA 31063 Fire Department Chief: Micah Kauffman Incident Description: Firefighter Darrell Lavon Plank died in the hospital several days after suffering a traumatic brain injury while at the scene of a work....more
Roger Dale Johns, Fincastle, VA
5/19/2017
Name: Roger Dale Johns Rank: Firefighter Age: 63 Gender: Male Status: Volunteer Years of Service: 40+ Date of Incident: 05/19/2017 Time of Incident: 1510hrs Date of Death: 05/19/2017 Fire Department: Eagle Rock Volunteer Fire and Rescue – Botetourt County Address: 205 North Roanoke Street, Suite 1, Fincastle, VA 24090 Fire Department Chief: Matthew Britt Incident Description: Firefighter Roger Dale Johns was struck and killed by a backing piece of fire apparatus at the sc....more
John Chester, Dalton, GA
5/18/2017
Name: John Chester Rank: Battalion Chief Age: 56 Gender: Male Status: Career Years of Service: 26 Date of Incident: 05/18/2017 Time of Incident: 0042hrs Date of Death: 05/18/2017 Fire Department: Whitfield County Fire Department Address: 410 North Park Drive, Dalton, GA 30720 Fire Department Chief: Edward O'Brien Incident Description: Several hours after answering an emergency response call during his normally scheduled shift, Battalion Chief John Chester passed away whil....more
Scott Deem, San Antonio, TX
5/18/2017
Name: Scott Deem Rank: Firefighter Age: 31 Gender: Male Status: Career Years of Service: 6 Date of Incident: 05/18/2017 Time of Incident: 2112hrs Date of Death: 05/18/2017 Fire Department: San Antonio Fire Department Address: 315 South Santa Rosa Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78207 Fire Department Chief: Charles N. Hood Incident Description: Firefighter Scott Deem died from injuries received while operating at a four-alarm fire in a shopping center. Fire crews were searching a ....more
James Franklin Dorminy, Lake Buena Vista, FL
5/18/2017
Name: James Franklin Dorminy Rank: Lieutenant Age: 55 Gender: Male Status: Career Years of Service: 23 Date of Incident: 05/09/2017 Time of Incident: 0830hrs Date of Death: 05/18/2017 Fire Department: Reedy Creek Emergency Services Address: 651 E Buena Vista DR POB 10170, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830 Fire Department Chief: Richard D. LePere, Jr. Incident Description: Lieutenant James Franklin Dorminy worked on May 8, 2017, and ran three calls: amusement park ride evacuation....more
James "Dewon" Wells, Mount Sterling, KY
5/6/2017
Name: James "Dewon" Wells Rank: Firefighter/Paramedic Age: 52 Gender: Male Status: Career Years of Service: 25 Date of Incident: 05/05/2017 Time of Incident: 1600hrs Date of Death: 05/06/2017 Fire Department: Montgomery County Fire/EMS Address: 805 Indian Mound Road, Mount Sterling, KY 40353 Fire Department Chief: Michael Mosbey Incident Description: Firefighter/Paramedic James "Dewon" Wells worked his shift on May 5, 2017, from 0800hrs to 1600hrs. During his shift, he c....more
William F. Gerace, Gibbsboro, NJ
4/28/2017
Name: William F. Gerace Rank: Firefighter Age: 54 Gender: Male Status: Volunteer Years of Service: 9 Date of Incident: 04/10/2017 Time of Incident: 1930hrs Date of Death: 04/28/2017 Fire Department: Gibbsboro Fire Company No. 1 Inc. Address: 131 Hilliards Road, Gibbsboro, NJ 08026 Fire Department Chief: George Haaf Incident Description: On April 10, as he was advancing hose line during mandatory live burn training, Firefighter William Gerace suffered a spiral fracture to....more
Jerome Boyd, Los Angeles, CA
4/28/2017
Name: Jerome Boyd Rank: Battalion Chief Age: 55 Gender: Male Status: Career Years of Service: 30 Date of Incident: 04/28/2017 Time of Incident: 1050hrs Date of Death: 04/28/2017 Fire Department: Los Angeles Fire Department Address: 200 N Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 Fire Department Chief: Ralph M. Terrazas Incident Description: Battalion Chief Jerome Boyd suffered a medical emergency on the morning of Friday, April 28, while on-duty driving in a fire department ve....more
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