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James H Yiengst


Firefighter/Driver Yiengst responded with the members of his fire department to a motor vehicle crash on March 31, 2017. He told others later that he had been out of breath while on the scene but did not report his condition to anyone.

The incident was concluded at approximately 1747hrs and Firefighter/ Driver Yiengst went home. Within 24 hours of this response, Firefighter/Driver Yiengst became ill and died as the result of a pulmonary embolism.

Incident Location: East Lincoln AVE and N Railroad ST, Myerstown, PA (U.S. National Grid: 18T UK 8920 7069)

photo of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial
James H Yiengst 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

Keystone Hook and Ladder Co 1
25 S Railroad ST
U.S. National Grid: 18T UK 8933 7013
Myerstown, Pennsylvania 17067-1342

Chief: Jason “Jake” Belleman

Age: 72
Rank: Firefighter/Driver
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: March 31, 2017 17:14
Date of death: April 1, 2017
Cause of death: Other
Nature of death: Other
Activity type: Not On Scene
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: After

Last updated: June 15, 2018

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