Justin E. Townsend, Junior Firefighter

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Junior Firefighter Townsend was a passenger in a pickup truck driven by a friend as he responded to an outside fire in a wooded area. The driver lost control of the pickup in a curve, struck a telephone pole, and the vehicle ended up on its roof. The passenger side of the vehicle was crushed. Junior Firefighter Townsend received fatal injuries in the crash. Both the driver and Junior Firefighter Townsend were wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash. Excessive speed was cited as a factor in the crash. Incident Location: Fire: Wooded area on East Clogg Drive (USNG: 18S VH 7696 6949). Fatal MVA: Pepper Road near Jay Patch Road (USNG: 18S VH 8015 5977).

Department information

Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Department
31818 Waples ST
USNG: 18S VH 7862 6723
Dagsboro, Delaware 19939

Chief: Shane Furbush

Justin E. Townsend 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: 17
Rank: Junior Firefighter
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: September 27, 2012 17:12
Date of death: September 27, 2012
Cause of death: Vehicle Collision - Includes Aircraft
Nature of death: Trauma
Activity type: Driving/Riding Personal Vehicle
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: Responding
Fixed property use: Street/Road