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Jonathan “Sim” S. Croom


Buffalo Fire Department units were dispatched to a report of a structure fire in a convenience store. Firefighters found a working fire on their arrival and civilian reports of people trapped in the building. Both the exterior and the interior of the building were difficult to access due to numerous security measures. Firefighters searched the building and found no occupants. Access to the building's basement could not be achieved due to fire conditions and a reinforced door. An order to evacuate the building and a switch to defensive firefighting operations was declared by the IC. Incident Location: 1815 Genesee Street (USNG: 17T PH 78394 53384)
photo of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial
Jonathan “Sim” S. Croom was honored on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland and was included in the USFA’s annual report Firefighter Fatalities in the United States.

Department information

Buffalo Fire Department
195 Court Street
USNG: 17T PH 7303 5044
Buffalo, New York 14202

Chief: Fire Commissioner Michael Lombardo

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Age: 34
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Career
Incident date: August 24, 2009 03:49
Date of death: August 24, 2009
Cause of fatal injury: Collapse
Nature of fatal injury: Asphyxiation
Activity type: Search and Rescue
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Store/Office

Last updated: July 12, 2016