Firefighter fatalities in the United States


Firefighter fatalities
reported in 2017

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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.

Recently reported firefighter fatalities

Includes provisional information

Name Fire Department City, State Date of Death
Crystal Rezzonico Phoenix Fire Department Phoenix, Arizona Feb 18, 2017
Paul Murdoch Greybull Volunteer Fire Department Greybull, Wyoming Feb 16, 2017
Bill Matthews Bassfield Volunteer Fire Department Bassfield, Mississippi Feb 14, 2017
Douglas McCauley Des Moines Fire Department Des Moines, Iowa Feb 11, 2017
Ethan Cunningham Syracuse Fire Department Syracuse, New York Feb 6, 2017
John “Mike” M. Cummins Homer Fire Protection District Homer, Illinois Feb 8, 2017
Ryan T. Moyer Waldo Fire Department Waldo, Wisconsin Feb 4, 2017
Daniel Havicus Tracy Fire Department Tracy, California Jan 18, 2017
Rodney “Tiny” Menne Eldorado Volunteer Fire Department Eldorado, Wisconsin Jan 10, 2017
Tracy O. Sanders Mount Olive Volunteer Fire Department Ohatchee, Alabama Jan 13, 2017
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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.