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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
Edward "Eddie" Hykel City of West Fire Department West, Texas Mar 28, 2023
Minton "Butch" Beach Oak City Volunteer Fire Department Oak City, North Carolina Mar 22, 2023
Jeff M. Pfeiffer Deptford Fire Department Deptford, New Jersey Mar 24, 2023
Matthew B. Smith Bartow County Fire & Emergency Services Cartersville, Georgia Mar 21, 2023
Steve "Bullwinkle" H. Harris Fort Johnson Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. Fort Johnson, New York Feb 13, 2023
William "Bill" Fore Brady Fire/EMS Brady, Texas Mar 9, 2023
Rocky S. Wood Virginia Department of Forestry Charlottesville, Virginia Mar 9, 2023
Jason Arno Buffalo Fire Department Buffalo, New York Mar 1, 2023
Ricky A. Hill, Jr. Flint Fire Department Flint, Michigan Feb 25, 2023
Paul Cloutier Webster Fire Department Webster, Massachusetts Feb 21, 2023