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Allen L. Velega


Captain Tipoti and Captain Velega were returning to the fire station after responding to a residential fire when their fire apparatus crashed at a sharp curve coming down a mountain road. 

Captain Tipoti, who was driving the apparatus, was pronounced deceased at the scene. Captain Velega was pronounced deceased shortly after his arrival at the hospital emergency room.

Incident Location: Afono Road, American Samoa  

photo of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial
Allen L. Velega 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

American Samoa Fire Bureau Division of the Department of Public Saftey
P.O. Box 1086
Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799

Chief: Commissioner HTC Le’i Sonny Thompson

Age: 50
Rank: Captain
Classification: Career
Incident date: April 30, 2020 05:51
Date of death: April 30, 2020
Cause of death: Vehicle Collision - Includes Aircraft
Nature of death: Trauma
Activity type: Riding Vehicle/Apparatus
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: Returning
Fixed property use: Residential

Last updated: September 02, 2021