Firefighter fatalities in the United States


Firefighter fatalities
in 2020

Notify us of a firefighter fatality

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.

Planning a trip to visit the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial?

New identification requirements to access our campus are in effect. Please read this information first before scheduling your visit.

Recent firefighter fatalities

Includes provisional information

Name Fire Department City, State Date of Death
Zachary S. Blankenship Montcalm Volunteer Fire Department Montcalm, West Virginia Mar 15, 2020
Benjamen "Ben" Lauren Forsyth Township Fire Department Gwinn, Michigan Mar 13, 2020
Joe J. Tucker, Jr. Thoroughfare Volunteer Fire Department Goldsboro, North Carolina Mar 8, 2020
Jerome Guise Citizen's Fire Company No. 1 of Mt. Holly Springs Mount Holly Springs, Pennsylvania Mar 9, 2020
Donald "Donny" Lepper Indianola Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad Indianola, Nebraska Feb 23, 2020
Patrick Jones Porterville Fire Department Porterville, California Feb 18, 2020
Ramon "Ray" Figueroa Porterville Fire Department Porterville, California Feb 18, 2020
Manuel Galindo, Jr. Fort Hancock Volunteer Fire Department Fort Hancock, Texas Feb 12, 2020
Corbin Rogers Spring Lake Fire Department Spring Lake, North Carolina Jan 31, 2020
John K. Cash Roswell Fire Department Alpharetta, Georgia Jan 21, 2020
Advanced search

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.