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James Franciskovich

Firefighter Franciskovich succumbed to injuries sustained when the fire department vehicle he was a passenger in lost control on an ice and snow covered roadway then crashed, coming to a rest on its top. Franciskovich, who was reported to have not been wearing seat restraints, was ejected from the vehicle. Two other firefighters traveling with Firefighter Franciskovich to the State Fire School in Ames, Iowa, were reported to have been wearing seat restraints and received only minor injuries in the crash.

Incident Location: Near mile marker 46 in the westbound lanes of Highway 163 (U.S. National Grid: 15T WF 1245 8203)

Department Information

West Burlington Fire Department
301 Broadway ST (mailing: 122 Broadway ST)
U.S. National Grid: 15T XF 5543 2083
West Burlington, Iowa 52655

Chief: Shaun Ryan

Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.

Age: 52 
Rank: Firefighter 
Classification: Volunteer 
Incident date: Feb 24, 2017 18:05
Date of death: Feb 24, 2017 
Cause of death: Vehicle Collision - Includes Aircraft 
Nature of death: Trauma 
Activity type: Riding Vehicle/Apparatus 
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: Training 
Fixed property use: Street/Road