Willie B Ratliff, Captain

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Captain Ratliff reported for work at 1730hrs and put his gear on the engine. He completed a physical fitness workout and told his crew he was going to shower. When the crew noticed that he had been gone longer than normal, they found him unresponsive. Despite efforts on the part of the crew and others, Captain Ratliff died as the result of hypertensive cardiovascular disease.

Captain Ratliff had 2 shifts remaining until he retired with 40 years of service.

Incident Location: 221 Desoto AVE, Clarksdale, MS 38614 (U.S. National Grid: 15S YT 2404 8736)

Department information

City of Clarksdale Fire Department
221 Desoto AVE
U.S. National Grid: 15S YT 2404 8736
Clarksdale, Mississippi 38614

Chief: Obert Douglas

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Willie B Ratliff 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: 66
Rank: Captain
Classification: Career
Incident date: December 21, 2015 19:30
Date of death: December 21, 2015
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of death: Heart Attack
Activity type: Not On Scene
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: Other On-Duty