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David E Smith

Fire Police Officer/Fire Commisioner

Fire Police Officer responded with other members of his fire department to a hazardous materials incident at a residence. Approximately 40 gallons of diesel fuel had been spilled. When he arrived on the scene, Fire Police Officer Smith complained of not feeling well. EMS was dispatched to the scene and Fire Police Officer Smith was evaluated and placed in the ambulance. He suffered a heart attack and could not be resuscitated.
photo of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial
David E Smith 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

Howells Fire Department
26 Elm Street
PO Box 89
Howells, New York 10932

Chief: Ken Eck

Age: 73
Rank: Fire Police Officer/Fire Commisioner
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: April 11, 2006 21:30
Date of death: April 11, 2006
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of death: Heart Attack
Activity type: Scene Safety
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Non-Fire
Fixed property use: Street/Road

Last updated: October 22, 2013

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