Mike A. Tipoti

Captain

After responding to a residential fire, Captain Mike Tipoti and Captain Allen Velega were returning to the firehouse when the apparatus they were in crashed at a sharp curve after 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  

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

Department information

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

Chief: Commissioner HTC Le’i Sonny Thompson

Age: 44
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: Driving/Operating Vehicle/Apparatus
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: Returning
Fixed property use: Residential

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