James “Tom” Thomas Rhamey

Firefighter/EMT Rhamey drove a tanker (tender) to a mutual aid structure fire. Upon the arrival of the tanker on-scene, firefighters observed Firefighter/EMT Rhamey experiencing a medical emergency. He was removed from the tanker and emergency medical treatment was initiated.

Firefighter/EMT Rhamey was experiencing a heart attack. He was transferred to an ambulance and CPR and Advanced Life Support (ALS) treatment protocols were delivered. He arrived at the hospital but did not recover. He died on November 29, 2014.

Incident Location: 849 N. Main Street, Shreve, OH (U.S. National Grid: 17T MF 1348 0480)

Department Information

Western Holmes County Fire and EMS – Lakeville Station
13979 ST RT 226
U.S. National Grid: 17T MF 0500 0145
Lakeville, Ohio 44638

Chief: John Rush

James “Tom” Thomas Rhamey 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-EMT 
Classification: Paid-on-Call 
Incident date: Nov 18, 2014 13:50
Date of death: Nov 28, 2014 
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion 
Nature of death: Heart Attack 
Activity type: Standby 
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire 
Fixed property use: Residential