Neal Wade Smith

Captain Smith was engaged in a “Smoke Divers” class at a local fire training facility. He wore full structural fire fighting protective clothing including an SCBA. After completing a training evolution, Captain Smith became ill and was transported to the hospital. Captain Smith suffered from a heat-related illness. His core body temperature was found to be 107 degrees Fahrenheit when he arrived at the hospital. Captain Smith was treated at the hospital but died as a result of his injury on September 17, 2012 at 1740hrs. The cause of death was listed as hyperthermia. Approximate incident location: USNG: 15RTP6523 The Texas State Fire Marshals Office's investigative report:

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Atascocita Volunteer Fire Department
7642 Farmingham Road
Atascocita, Texas 77346

Chief: William Bivens

Neal Wade Smith 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.
Age: 46 
Rank: Captain 
Classification: Volunteer 
Incident Date: Sep 16, 2012 
Date of Death: Sep 17, 2012 
Cause of Death: Stress/Overexertion 
Nature of Death: Heat Exhaustion 
Activity Type: Other 
Emergency Duty: No
Duty Type: Training 
Fixed Property Use:  
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