James “Jamie” C Middlebrook

Chief Middlebrook and the members of his fire department responded to the scene of a working fire in a commercial storage building. Firefighters arrived on the scene at 2105hrs and began operations. The incident presented water supply, equipment, and communications technology issues. Assistant Chief Middlebrook was attempting to set up an unstaffed monitor inside of the building.

At 2144hrs, a collapse occurred and trapped Assistant Chief Middlebrook and another firefighter. A RIT team was able to remove the firefighter but could not locate Assistant Chief Middlebrook. Additional collapses were occurring so the decision was made to halt rescue attempts and control the fire.

Assistant Chief Middlebrook was recovered. The cause of death for Assistant Chief Middlebrook was multiple blunt trauma and burns.

Incident Location: 5885 N. 800 E, New Carlisle, IN (U.S. National Grid: 16T EM 3795 1566).

Department Information

New Carlisle Fire Department
204 E Michigan
U.S. National Grid: 16T EM 4098 1728
New Carlisle, Indiana 46552

Chief: Joshua Schweizer

James “Jamie” C Middlebrook 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: 41 
Rank: Assistant Fire Chief 
Classification: Volunteer 
Incident date: Aug 4, 2014 21:44
Date of death: Aug 4, 2014 
Cause of death: Collapse 
Nature of death: Crushed 
Activity type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland) 
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire 
Fixed property use: Storage