George Dillard Underwood

Fire Chief

Chief Underwood received reports of localized flooding caused by a blocked culvert. He drove a fire department tanker (tender) to the scene and was using a hose line to clear the culvert when he suddenly collapsed. Chief Underwood suffered a fatal heart attack.

Incident Location: Craddock Fork RD (U.S. National Grid: 17S MB 1851 9630)

photo of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial
George Dillard Underwood 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

Lake Volunteer Fire Department
PO Box 296
U.S. National Grid: 17S MB 2086 9841
Lake, West Virginia 25121

Chief: Acting Fire Chief Mike Deskins, Jr.

Age: 64
Rank: Fire Chief
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: April 2, 2014 18:00
Date of death: April 2, 2014
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of death: Heart Attack
Activity type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Non-Fire
Fixed property use: Street/Road

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