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Firefighter Fatalities in the United States

The U. S. Fire Administration tracks and collects information on the causes of on-duty firefighter fatalities that occur in the United States. We conduct an annual analysis to identify specific problems so that we may direct efforts toward finding solutions that will reduce firefighter fatalities in the future. This information is also used to measure the effectiveness of programs directed toward firefighter health and safety.


Firefighter fatalities in 2023

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Recent firefighter fatalities

Includes provisional information
Name Fire department Location Date of death
Richard M. Hempel Groesbeck Volunteer Fire-Rescue Groesbeck , Texas May 9, 2023
Fred Fedeler Chester Volunteer Fire Department Chester , South Dakota Apr 22, 2023
Roy Sewell North Tazewell Volunteer Fire Department Tazewell , Tennessee Apr 24, 2023
Chester T. Lauck Frederick County Fire and Rescue Department Winchester , Virginia Apr 23, 2023
Horace D. Wright Abbott Volunteer Fire Department Abbott , Texas Apr 14, 2023
Cody J. Mullens West Virginia Division of Forestry Charleston , West Virginia Apr 13, 2023
Anthony "Tony" C. Duivenvoorde Sussex Fire Department Sussex , New Jersey Apr 12, 2023
Jan Tchoryk Chicago Fire Department Chicago , Illinois Apr 5, 2023
Jermaine A. Pelt Chicago Fire Department Chicago , Illinois Apr 4, 2023
Edward "Eddie" Hykel City of West Fire Department West , Texas Mar 28, 2023