Firefighter fatalities in the United States


Firefighter fatalities
reported in 2015

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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
Walter Szelag City of Detroit Fire Department Detroit, Michigan Nov 20, 2015
Vince Smith City of Detroit Fire Department Detroit, Michigan Nov 19, 2015
Thomas J. Kolarick Protection Fire Company #1 Keasbey, New Jersey Nov 11, 2015
Larry O'Neil Lone Camp Fire Department Palo Pinto, Texas Oct 25, 2015
Gerald “Bear” Celecki South Amboy Fire Department South Amboy, New Jersey Oct 14, 2015
Charles “Chuck” Horning Townsend Township Fire Department Collins, Ohio Oct 13, 2015
Antonio Smith Memphis Fire Department Memphis, Tennessee Oct 7, 2015
John V. Mesh Kansas City (Missouri) Fire Department Kansas City, Missouri Oct 12, 2015
Larry J. Leggio Kansas City (Missouri) Fire Department Kansas City, Missouri Oct 12, 2015
Sean M. Benson Paramus Fire Department Paramus, New Jersey Sep 23, 2015
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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.