Herbert “Butch” Tyler Wilcox, Firefighter

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Firefighter Wilcox responded to two fire calls on April 18, 2018, one at 1300hrs and a brush fire at 1605hrs. After returning from the brush fire, Wilcox complained of neck and back pain. He went to a local MediCenter where he was examined and then sent home. At approximately 0730hrs the next morning, Firefighter Wilcox’s wife tried to wake him but found him unresponsive and immediately called 911. Emergency responders arrived on scene and began CPR, but after 30 minutes of resuscitation efforts, Firefighter Wilcox was pronounced deceased at his residence. The nature and cause of fatal injury is still to be determined.

Department information

Rocky Mount Volunteer Fire Department
1250 North Main Street
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151

Chief: Jeff Rakes

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

Age: 77
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: April 18, 2018 16:05
Date of death: April 19, 2018
Cause of death: Unknown
Nature of death: Unknown
Activity type: Unknown
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Outdoor Property