Firefighter fatalities in the United States

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Firefighter fatalities
reported in 2014

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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.

Recently reported firefighter fatalities

Includes provisional information

Name Fire Department City, State Date of Death
Eddie Johnson, Jr. Alton Fire Department Alton, Missouri Oct 20, 2014
Geoffrey “Craig” Hunt CAL FIRE Sacramento, California Oct 7, 2014
Kevin Bell Hartford Fire Department Hartford, Connecticut Oct 7, 2014
J.B. Hutton, Jr. Dermott Volunteer Fire Department Dermott, Arkansas Oct 1, 2014
Allen Westby East Islip Fire Department East Islip, New York Sep 23, 2014
Anthony “Tony” L. Grider Campbellsville Fire-Rescue Department Campbellsville, Kentucky Sep 20, 2014
John D. Gupton Justice Rural Volunteer Fire Department Spring Hope, North Carolina Sep 16, 2014
Kevin J. Ollier Anderson Township Fire & Rescue Department Anderson Township, Ohio Sep 5, 2014
Richard Choate Byram Township Fire Deptartment Andover, New Jersey Sep 8, 2014
William “Uncle Will” R. Wiita Coldsprings-Excelsior Fire and Rescue Station #6 Kalkaska, Michigan Sep 8, 2014
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More resources on firefighter fatalities

Firefighter Autopsy Protocol PDF 2.6 MB
This protocol helps with the analysis of causes related to firefighter deaths, which can aid in the development of improved firefighter health and safety equipment, procedures and standards. It also helps determine eligibility for death benefits under the Public Safety Officers' Benefits Program.

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
The Foundation provides peer counseling, training and technical assistance for families and coworkers of firefighters who were killed in the line of duty. It also creates publications and reference materials that can be used to build public awareness for the many contributions made by members of the fire service.

Public Safety Officers' Benefits Program
The Public Safety Officers' Benefits Program provides benefits to survivors of fallen firefighters, emergency medical services members and other first responders. The Program also provides disability benefits for public safety officers who are permanently disabled following an injury while in the line of duty.