Neal Wade Smith

Captain Smith was engaged in a “Smoke Divers” class at a local fire training facility. He wore full structural fire fighting protective clothing including an SCBA. After completing a training evolution, Captain Smith became ill and was transported to the hospital. Captain Smith suffered from a heat-related illness. His core body temperature was found to be 107 degrees Fahrenheit when he arrived at the hospital. Captain Smith was treated at the hospital but died as a result of his injury on September 17, 2012 at 1740hrs. The cause of death was listed as hyperthermia. Approximate incident location: USNG: 15RTP6523 The Texas State Fire Marshals Office's investigative report:

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Atascocita Volunteer Fire Department
7642 Farmingham Road
Atascocita, Texas 77346

Chief: William Bivens

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Neal Wade 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.
Age: 46 
Rank: Captain 
Classification: Volunteer 
Incident date: Sep 16, 2012 
Date of death: Sep 17, 2012 
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion 
Nature of death: Heat Exhaustion 
Activity type: Other 
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: Training 
Fixed property use:  

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