Larry Dean Nielsen

Chief Nielsen was a passenger in a fire department engine responding to a barn fire. A few minutes after departing the fire station on the response, Chief Nielsen told the driver of the apparatus to pull over, he was not feeling well. The driver pulled the apparatus to the side of the road and Chief Nielsen exited the vehicle. Chief Nielsen collapsed to the pavement. EMS was summoned and the driver and Chief Nielsen’s spouse began CPR. Chief Nielsen was transported to the hospital by ambulance but did not survive the medical emergency. The cause of death was listed as a heart attack. Incident Location: Vicinity of Gilmore City, IA(USNG: 15T UH 81 31)

Department Information

Gilmore City Fire Department
111 SE C AVE
USNG: 15T UH 8193 3177
Gilmore City, Iowa 50541

Chief: Assistant Chief Lowell Johnson

Larry Dean Nielsen 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: 60 
Rank: Fire Chief 
Classification: Volunteer 
Incident date: Oct 9, 2012 17:30
Date of death: Oct 9, 2012 
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion 
Nature of death: Heart Attack 
Activity type: Riding Vehicle/Apparatus 
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: Responding 
Fixed property use: Street/Road