Zachary S. Blankenship

Firefighter

On Thursday, March 5, 2020, Firefighter Zachary S. Blankenship and the Montcalm Volunteer Fire Department responded to a fire at a residential structure.  Upon returning home, approximately 5 hours later, he collapsed.  Blankenship was immediately taken to the Bluefield Regional Medical Center where it was determined he suffered a stroke.  He was later flown to a hospital in Roanoke, Virginia.  Blankenship was pronounced deceased at 1442hrs on Sunday, March 15, 2020.

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

Department information

Montcalm Volunteer Fire Department
RT 71 Main ST
PO Box 267
Montcalm, West Virginia 24737

Chief: Tim Cox

Age: 26
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: March 5, 2020 13:00
Date of death: March 15, 2020
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of death: Cerebrovascular Accident
Activity type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Residential

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