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Bruce Cormican


On August 21, Firefighter/EMT Bruce Cormican of the Black River Falls Fire Department drowned while conducting a body recovery in a creek for a drowning victim. Firefighter Cormican and two other members of the Black River Falls dive team were trapped in a hydraulic created by a small waterfall while wading into the creek and searching for the victim's body. Shore personnel were able to remove the three rescuers with a pike pole, but could not revive Firefighter Cormican after pulling him out of the water.
photo of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial
Bruce Cormican 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

Black River Falls Volunteer Fire Department
P.O. Box 435
Black River Falls, Wisconsin 54615

Chief: Jeffrey Amo

Rank: Firefighter/EMT
Incident date: August 22, 1995
Date of death: August 22, 1995
Cause of death: Caught or Trapped
Nature of death: Drowning
Activity type: Search and Rescue
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Non-Fire
Fixed property use: N/A

Last updated: May 30, 2018