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James “Jim” Ronald Varnell


Firefighter Varnell was participating in training at his fire station. As he prepared to leave, he became ill. Firefighters and emergency medical responders provided treatment and he was transported to the hospital. He died of a cause presumed to be cardiac-related.

Incident Location: 6505 Webb Lake Road, Elm City, NC 27822 (U.S. National Grid: 18S TE 5159 5654)

photo of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial
James “Jim” Ronald Varnell 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.

Department information

Bakertown Volunteer Fire Department
6505 Webb Lake Road
U.S. National Grid: 18S TE 5159 5654
Elm City, North Carolina 27822

Chief: Kevin Gardner

Age: 53
Rank: Volunteer
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: February 2, 2016 21:29
Date of death: February 2, 2016
Cause of fatal injury: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of fatal injury: Heart Attack
Activity type: Not On Scene
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: Training

Last updated: August 29, 2017