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Jon D. Davies Sr.


Firefighter Davies was assigned to Rescue 1. At 0418hrs, his unit and other units of the Worcester Fire Department were dispatched to a report of a fire in a three-story wood frame residence. Firefighters found a working fire to the rear of the structure and went to work. Responding to reports of a civilian trapped on the 3rd floor, Firefighter Davies and the members of his crew conducted a primary search. After the search was completed, the incident commander ordered all firefighters from the building and implemented defensive fire fighting operations. At 0443hrs, a partial collapse of the roof and rear porches occurred. A resident of the building continued to insist that his roommate was still trapped in the building. The fire had been knocked down and it was determined that another search of the structure would be conducted in hopes of locating the missing roommate. Approximately 4 minutes into the search, a structural collapse occurred and trapped two members of Rescue 1, including Firefighter Davies. He was crushed and fatally injured in the collapse. The other firefighter was seriously injured but was rescued from the building. Incident Location: 49 Arlington Street (USNG: 19T BG 6957 8146)
photo of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial
Jon D. Davies Sr. 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

Worcester Fire Department
141 Grove ST
USNG: 19T BG 6716 8824
Worcester, Massachusetts 01605-1707

Chief: Gerard Dio

Age: 43
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Career
Incident date: December 8, 2011 04:18
Date of death: December 8, 2011
Cause of fatal injury: Collapse
Nature of fatal injury: Crushed
Activity type: Search and Rescue
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Residential

Last updated: March 27, 2014