Firefighter fatalities in the United States


Firefighter fatalities
reported in 2019

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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.

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Recently reported firefighter fatalities

Includes provisional information

Name Fire Department City, State Date of Death
Jason Byrd Fayette County Fire Department Somerville, Tennessee Feb 18, 2019
Steven H. Pollard Fire Department New York City Brooklyn, New York Jan 6, 2019
Eric M. Hosette Clinton Fire Department Clinton, Iowa Jan 5, 2019
Christopher P. Truman Lake Mills Fire Department Lake Mills, Wisconsin Dec 31, 2018
Natalie Dempsey Mizpah Volunteer Fire Company Mizpah, New Jersey Dec 25, 2018
Robert “Bobby” L. Dunaway Howell Volunteer Fire Department Lucedale, Mississippi Dec 23, 2018
Scott Dannheimer Coal Township Fire Department Coal Township, Pennsylvania Dec 20, 2018
John Ostergard East Olympia Fire District 6 East Olympia, Washington Dec 16, 2018
Christopher J. Roy Worcester Fire Department Worcester, Massachusetts Dec 9, 2018
Michael Galay Green Knoll Fire Rescue Bridgewater, New Jersey Nov 22, 2018
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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.