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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 2021

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Recent firefighter fatalities

Includes provisional information
Name Fire department Location Date of death
John Evans Philadelphia Fire Department Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Feb 13, 2021
Phillip C. Ginter Beavertown Rescue Hose Company Beavertown, Pennsylvania Feb 21, 2021
Edward Karriem Little Rock Fire Department Little Rock, Arkansas Feb 13, 2021
John Jonker, Sr. Erskine Lakes Fire Company #1 Ringwood, New Jersey Feb 10, 2021
Garry Key Zoneton Fire Protection District Shepherdsville, Kentucky Feb 13, 2021
Terry Watts Shelby County Fire Department Memphis, Tennessee Feb 10, 2021
Guandes "Mook" Smith Sardis Volunteer Fire Department Sardis, Mississippi Feb 8, 2021
Brian H. Ritchie Weirton Fire Department Weirton, West Virginia Feb 2, 2021
Edward Vasquez NASA Fire Department, White Sands Test Facility Las Cruces, New Mexico Jan 30, 2021
Edward P. Bookmyer Craley Fire Department Wrightsville, Pennsylvania Jan 30, 2021