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Bradley P. Golden


Firefighter Golden was participating in live fire structural fire fighting training at an old farmhouse that had been acquired by the department for training. Firefighter Golden was instructed to go to the second story of the structure and play the role of a victim. A burn barrel full of Class "A" materials was present on the second floor. A couch was ignited at the bottom of the stairs that led from the bottom floor to the second floor. The fire in the couch developed quickly and spread to the second story, trapping Firefighter Golden and two other firefighters. Firefighter Golden, who was wearing full structural protective clothing and SCBA, was trapped and disoriented. Firefighters were summoned from a staging area and removed one trapped firefighter. Firefighter Golden was not immediately removed and died of asphyxiation. Firefighter Golden joined his department three weeks prior to the fatal training incident. An assistant fire chief was charged and convicted of criminally negligent homicide for lighting the couch on fire.
photo of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial
Bradley P. Golden 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

Westmoreland Fire District - Lairdsville Fire Department
6882 Norton Ave.
Clinton, New York 13323

Chief: Lance Croman

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Age: 19
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: September 25, 2001 19:15
Date of death: September 25, 2001
Cause of death: Caught or Trapped
Nature of death: Asphyxiation
Activity type: Search and Rescue
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: Training
Fixed property use: Residential

Last updated: July 12, 2016