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Firefighter Fatalities in the United States

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.


Firefighter fatalities in 2023

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Recent firefighter fatalities

Includes provisional information
Name Fire department Location Date of death
Josh Kogel Cavour Volunteer Fire Department Cavour, South Dakota Sep 4, 2023
Mia R. Ethridge Louisa County Department of Fire and EMS Louisa, Virginia Sep 1, 2023
Joe Parish Diboll Volunteer Fire Department Diboll, Texas Sep 1, 2023
Terryson Jackson Broward Sheriff’s Office Department of Fire Rescue and Emergency Services Fort Lauderdale, Florida Aug 28, 2023
Kevin P. Ward Chicago Fire Department Chicago, Illinois Aug 28, 2023
Anthony DeSimone North Haven Fire Department North Haven, Connecticut Aug 24, 2023
Shawn Giles Fuller Hose Company No. 1 North East, Pennsylvania Aug 20, 2023
Edward "Eddie" J. Steines West Milford Fire Department West Milford, New Jersey Aug 16, 2023
Josh Bischof California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) Sacramento, California Aug 6, 2023
Timothy "Tim" Rodriguez California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) Sacramento, California Aug 6, 2023