George Dillard Underwood

Chief Underwood received reports of localized flooding caused by a blocked culvert. He drove a fire department tanker (tender) to the scene and was using a hose line to clear the culvert when he suddenly collapsed. Chief Underwood suffered a fatal heart attack.

Incident Location: Craddock Fork RD (U.S. National Grid: 17S MB 1851 9630)

Department Information

Lake Volunteer Fire Department
PO Box 296
U.S. National Grid: 17S MB 2086 9841
Lake, West Virginia 25121

Chief: Acting Fire Chief Mike Deskins, Jr.

George Dillard Underwood 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: 64 
Rank: Fire Chief 
Classification: Volunteer 
Incident date: Apr 2, 2014 18:00
Date of death: Apr 2, 2014 
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion 
Nature of death: Heart Attack 
Activity type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland) 
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Non-Fire 
Fixed property use: Street/Road