Patrick R Wolterman

Firefighter Wolterman died from injuries sustained when he became trapped in a residential structure fire. According to initial reports from the media and fire department, firefighters responded to the fire at 0112hrs and upon arrival observed heavy smoke coming from the home. Firefighters had been advised that the house may be occupied with two elderly residents and at 0117hrs entered the home to search for any residents and began an interior attack on the fire. At approximately 0120hrs firefighter Wolterman fell from the first floor into the basement and firefighters transmitted a "Mayday" alert calling for help. Firefighters quickly located and rescued Firefighter Wolterman and performed life saving measures while en route to Fort Hamilton Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The fatal fire incident remains under investigation by local and state authorities. On January 4th, 2016, officials stated that the fire was due to arson and being investigated as a homicide.

Incident Location: 1310 Pater Avenue, Hamilton, OH (U.S. National Grid: 16S GJ 1198 6210)

Department Information

Hamilton Fire Department
77 Pershing AVE
U.S. National Grid: 16S GJ 0948 6328
Hamilton, Ohio 45011-3022

Chief: Steve Dawson

Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.

Age: 28 
Rank: Firefighter 
Classification: Career 
Incident Date: Dec 28, 2015 01:12
Date of Death: Dec 28, 2015 
Cause of Death: Unknown 
Nature of Death: Unknown 
Activity Type: Search and Rescue 
Emergency Duty: Yes
Duty Type: On-Scene Fire 
Fixed Property Use: Residential