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
Daryl "Taddy" Drusch Howard Lake Fire Department Howard Lake, Minnesota Jan 13, 2020
David E. Hill Lubbock Fire Rescue Lubbock, Texas Jan 11, 2020
John A. Bresnan Homewood Fire and Rescue Service Homewood, Alabama Jan 10, 2020
Mark Horwich Clover-Roane Volunteer Fire Department Spencer, West Virginia Jan 11, 2020
Charles "Chuck" McCormick West Peculiar Fire Protection District Peculiar, Missouri Jan 5, 2020
Otis L. Isaacs Jr. North East Fire Company North East, Maryland Dec 29, 2019
Michael Cardinale, Sr. East Farmingdale Fire Company Farmingdale, New York Dec 18, 2019
Michael C. Malinowski, Sr. Morton-Rutledge Volunteer Fire Company Station 13 Morton, Pennsylvania Dec 3, 2019
Kenneth Jones Summit Fire & EMS Authority Frisco, Colorado Dec 7, 2019
George "Johnny" Childs Arcade Fire Department Jefferson, Georgia Dec 5, 2019
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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.