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Russett S. Hauber


Firefighter Hauber died from asphyxiation while attempting a rescue of two civilian divers from a 1,000 foot long, 100 foot deep irrigation siphon. A police officer was also killed in association with this incident.
photo of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial
Russett S. Hauber 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

Yakima Fire Department
401 North Front Street
Yakima, Washington 98901

Chief: K. Alan Chronister

Age: 32
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Career
Incident date: March 15, 1997
Date of death: March 15, 1997
Cause of death: Caught or Trapped
Nature of death: Asphyxiation
Activity type: Search and Rescue
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Non-Fire
Fixed property use: Outdoor Property

Last updated: June 13, 2012