Thomas J. Burley, Firefighter

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Firefighter Burley was returning to his community after completing department-mandated training at a regional fire training center. Firefighter Burley was operating his personal vehicle, a motorcycle. Shortly after leaving the training facility, Firefighter Burley collided with a minivan. Firefighter Burley was treated at the scene and transported to the hospital but did not survive his injuries.

The law enforcement report on the incident indicated that Firefighter Burley was wearing his helmet at the time of the crash and that an unsafe lane change by Firefighter Burley was a contributing factor to the crash.

Incident Location: Route 93 and Church Road, Cambria, NY (USNG: 17T PH 7475 8695)

Department information

Youngstown Volunteer Fire Company
625 3rd ST
USNG: 17T PH 5856 9001
Youngstown, New York 14174

Chief: Eric Wieland

Thomas J. Burley 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: 20
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: June 18, 2013 21:00
Date of death: June 18, 2013
Cause of death: Vehicle Collision - Includes Aircraft
Nature of death: Trauma
Activity type: Driving/Riding Personal Vehicle
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: Training
Fixed property use: Street/Road