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Richard Washington Jr.

Firefighter II

Firefighter Washington was performing on-duty physical fitness activities. He had been on a treadmill for approximately 20 minutes when he collapsed. Another firefighter in the area heard a change in the sound of the treadmill and came to check on Firefighter Washington. The firefighter found him on top of the treadmill and unresponsive. The firefighter called for assistance. ALS-level emergency medical care was provided at the fire station and while enroute to the hospital, but Firefighter Washington was pronounced dead at the hospital at 1030hrs. After an autopsy was completed, the cause of death was listed as atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.
photo of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial
Richard Washington Jr. 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

Clark County Fire Department
575 E. Flamingo Rd.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89119

Chief: Steve Smith

Age: 49
Rank: Firefighter II
Classification: Career
Incident date: August 8, 2006 10:00
Date of death: August 8, 2006
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of death: Heart Attack
Activity type: Fitness Activity
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: Training
Fixed property use: Store/Office

Last updated: June 13, 2014