Firefighter fatalities in the United States


Firefighter fatalities
in 2020

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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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Recent firefighter fatalities

Includes provisional information

Name Fire Department City, State Date of Death
Alec Tannenbaum Vails Gate Fire Department Vails Gate, New York Aug 4, 2020
Steven Splan Bloomfield Hills Department of Public Safety Bloomfield Hills, Michigan Aug 2, 2020
Gerardo "Jerry" Pacheco Houston Fire Department Houston, Texas Aug 3, 2020
Leroy Lucio Houston Fire Department Houston, Texas Jul 20, 2020
Justin Robinson Haralson County Fire Department Buchanan, Georgia Jul 21, 2020
Jason Cuffee Charleston Fire Department Charleston, West Virginia Jul 20, 2020
Ron Wehlage, Jr. De Soto Rural Fire Protection District De Soto, Missouri Jun 30, 2020
Russell K. Roberson Iaeger Volunteer Fire Department Iaeger, West Virginia Jun 21, 2020
Klayton Manning Southeast Caldwell County Volunteer Fire Department Luling, Texas Jun 9, 2020
Joshua MacDonald Berthoud Fire Protection District Berthoud, Colorado Apr 17, 2020
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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.