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Charlie Mestaz


JR Mestaz drowned while attempting to rescue two civilian divers from an irrigation siphon.
photo of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial
Charlie Mestaz 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
Yakima County, Washington

Chief: Adrian Jacobs

Age: 36
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: March 15, 1997
Date of death: March 18, 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: December 29, 2017