David Mitchell Tatum

Lieutenant Tatum became sick at the scene of a vehicle fire but did not request treatment at that time. Later in the day, he began having trouble breathing and became unconscious. Lieutenant Tatum was treated and transported to Bladen County Hospital and then transferred to Cape Fear Valley Hospital in Fayetteville where he passed away from a cause still to be reported.

Department Information

White Oak Fire Department
PO Box 130, 10838 NC 53
USNG: 17S QU 0971 4856
White Oak, North Carolina 28399

Chief: Tim Tatum

David Mitchell Tatum 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: 55 
Rank: Lieutentant 
Classification: Volunteer 
Incident date: Nov 4, 2012 00:45
Date of death: Nov 5, 2012 
Cause of death: Other 
Nature of death: Other 
Activity type: Unknown 
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: On-Scene Fire 
Fixed property use: Street/Road