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
Barry Boulton, Sr. Plantation Fire Department Plantation, Florida May 7, 2019
William N. Franck Willow Street Fire Company Willow Street, Pennsylvania May 12, 2019
Mitchell F. Lundgaard Appleton Fire Department Appleton, Wisconsin May 15, 2019
Kody Vanfossan Christopher Fire Department Christopher, Illinois May 5, 2019
Brad Gregrich Desoto County Fire Rescue Arcadia, Florida Apr 27, 2019
Michael Watkins Northeast Lakeside Fire Department Mountain Home, Arkansas Apr 24, 2019
Dwain Hudson Argyle Volunteer Fire Department Custer, South Dakota Apr 17, 2019
John “Jack” Leming Cape May Point Volunteer Fire Company #1 Cape May Point, New Jersey Apr 15, 2019
James “Woody” Woodman West Haven Fire Department West Haven, Connecticut Mar 29, 2019
Daniel Laird United States Forest Service - Tahoe National Forest Nevada City, California Mar 27, 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.