Dwayne “Yogi” Thomas, Firefighter/Driver-Operator

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Shortly after driving a tanker to the scene of a structure fire, Firefighter/Driver-Operator Dwayne "Yogi" Thomas assisted with forced entry of the burning building. Firefighter Thomas then returned to his apparatus as other fire engines arrived on scene to set up water supply. Soon thereafter, Firefighter Thomas was found unresponsive by fellow responders. Thomas was attended to immediately, but succumbed to his injury, a reported heart attack, while being transported to the hospital.

Incident Location: Marley Housing Community, Vicinity of 2 Brothers Rd, Frederiksted, St Croix 00840, VI (U.S. National Grid: 20Q LE 0036 5861)

Department information

U.S. Virgin Islands Fire Service
3019 Orange Grove
U.S. National Grid: 20Q LE 1744 6271
St. Croix, Virgin Islands 00820

Chief: Larry Johnson

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

Age: 57
Rank: Firefighter/Driver-Operator
Classification: Career
Incident date: January 24, 2018 00:49
Date of death: January 24, 2018
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of death: Heart Attack
Activity type: Water Supply
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Residential