Robert “Bobby” Lee Dunaway, Fire Chief

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While working his third call of the day, a vehicle fire, Fire Chief Robert Dunaway suffered a medical emergency and was found unresponsive. Attempts to revive Dunaway on scene were not successful. Dunaway was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

Incident Location: Bridge on Highway 612, about two miles west of Howell Volunteer Fire Department (U.S. National Grid: 16R CV 48076 22242 (DD: 30.923, -88.590))

Department information

Howell Volunteer Fire Department
355 Cox Street
Lucedale, Mississippi 39452

Chief: Pending

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

Age: 72
Rank: Fire Chief
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: December 23, 2018 20:52
Date of death: December 23, 2018
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of death: Heart Attack
Activity type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Street/Road
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