Leroy E. Murphy, Jr.

Firefighter Murphy and the members of his fire department responded to a fire in a combine at approximately 1949hrs on October 18, 2013. Firefighter Murphy responded in his personal vehicle and assisted with hoseline deployment and overhaul on the scene. The incident was concluded at approximately 2200hrs.

The next morning, Firefighter Murphy was assisting as an instructor for a firefighter training program for a local community college. As he assisted with the class, Firefighter Murphy became ill. He was transported to the hospital but died despite significant efforts by firefighters, EMS personnel, and hospital staff. His death was caused by a pulmonary embolism.

Department Information

Gettysburg Rural Fire Department
PO Box 281, 215 Factory ST
USNG: 16T GK 1368 4357
Gettysburg, Ohio 45328

Chief: Tom Hill

Leroy E. Murphy, Jr. 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: 56 
Rank: Firefighter 
Classification: Volunteer 
Incident date: Oct 19, 2013 09:30
Date of death: Oct 20, 2013 
Cause of death: Other 
Nature of death: Other 
Activity type: Not On Scene 
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: Training 
Fixed property use: