Terry “Dick” Richard Guss, Sr.

Firefighter Guss was assisting other firefighters as they placed fire apparatus back in service after a structure fire incident. Firefighter Guss slipped and fell from the running board of an engine and struck his head on the floor of the fire station.

He was transported to the hospital and was alert and in little pain. Testing at the hospital revealed a cerebral bleed. Firefighter Guss underwent surgery for his injury but died as a result of his fall on December 15, 2013.

Firefighter Guss was also the Mayor of South Zanesville.

Incident Location: 24 E Main ST, South Zanesville, OH 43701-6213 (USNG: 17S ME 1299 1750)

Department Information

South Zanesville Fire Department
24 E Main ST
USNG: 17S ME 1299 1750
South Zanesville, Ohio 43701-6213

Chief: Norm Mansfield

Terry “Dick” Richard Guss, Sr. 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: 71 
Rank: Firefighter 
Classification: Volunteer 
Incident date: Dec 12, 2013 21:30
Date of death: Dec 15, 2013 
Cause of death: Fall 
Nature of death: Trauma 
Activity type: Other 
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: Returning 
Fixed property use: