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Cynthia J. Verburg

Firefighter-EMT

Firefighter-EMT Verburg and three other firefighters were conducting standard fire hydrant maintenance duties. The first team of two firefighters removed the caps and opened each hydrant. Firefighter-EMT Verburg and another firefighter closed each hydrant when the water ran clear and then lubricated and reinstalled the caps. After completing maintenance on a hydrant, Firefighter-EMT Verburg took her seat on the passenger side of their ambulance and the other firefighter drove. As they proceeded out of a dead end street, a large portion of a dead tree fell onto the cab of the ambulance. Firefighter-EMT Verburg was killed and her partner was injured. Removal of the tree to gain access to Firefighter-EMT Verburg was very difficult (the tree was later weighed and found to be in excess of 3,700 pounds). Firefighters were eventually able to access Firefighter-EMT Verburg's neck and hands and found no pulse. It is believed that she died instantly. The cause of death was listed as compressional asphyxia.
photo of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial
Cynthia J. Verburg was honored on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland and was included in the USFA’s annual report Firefighter Fatalities in the United States.

Department information

Clayton Fire Department
PO Box 280
Clayton, Ohio 45315

Chief: David P. Evans

Age: 47
Rank: Firefighter-EMT
Classification: Career
Incident date: July 10, 2001 08:01
Date of death: July 10, 2001
Cause of death: Struck By
Nature of death: Trauma
Activity type: Support
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: Other On-Duty
Fixed property use: Street/Road

Last updated: December 09, 2014