Donald E. DeVries, Firefighter

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Donald DeVries was bailing hay on his property when the hay bailer started to burn and spread to the dried hay. He called his home and told his family to call for the fire department. When the fire department arrived, he had already extinguished the fire. The fire department investigated. While conversing with members of the department afterwards, he collapsed. He was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Department information

Belvidere Fire Department
PO Box 54
Belvidere, South Dakota 57521

Chief: Jim Addison

Donald E. DeVries 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.
Age: 50
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: July 17, 2005 17:00
Date of death: July 17, 2005
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of death: Heart Attack
Activity type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Outdoor Property