John T. Appleton

Firefighter Appleton and the members of his fire department responded to a mutual aid structure fire. The fire involved a manufactured home and, due to the amount of fire involvement, exterior operations were conducted. The temperature at the time of the fire was in the upper 80’s and humidity was high.

Firefighter Appleton assisted with the movement of heavy debris on the scene. As he worked, Firefighter Appleton told another firefighter that he felt faint. Firefighter Appleton was helped away from the fire, some of his personal protective clothing was removed, and water was poured on him in an attempt to cool him. When his condition did not improve, medical responders on the scene were summoned. Moments later, Firefighter Appleton became unconscious.

Firefighter Appleton was treated at the scene and transported by ambulance to a local medical center. Unfortunately, these efforts were not successful and Firefighter Appleton was pronounced dead at 1640hrs. His death was caused by a heart attack.

Incident Location: 6 Happy Hollow Road, Sissonville, WV (USNG: 17S MC 4281 6045)

Department Information

Malden Volunteer Fire Department
3924 Malden DR
USNG: 17S MC 5133 3937
Charleston, West Virginia 25306

Chief: William L. Peterson

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John T. Appleton 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: 62 
Rank: Firefighter/Chaplain 
Classification: Volunteer 
Incident date: Jun 24, 2013 14:20
Date of death: Jun 24, 2013 
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion 
Nature of death: Heart Attack 
Activity type: Support 
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire 
Fixed property use: Residential