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Sean Daniel Laffan

Assistant Fire Chief

Assistant Chief Laffan became ill in the Oakland Fire Department administrative office.  Other firefighters provided emergency medical care and he was transported to the hospital.  Despite treatment, he died later that day as the result of a heart attack.

photo of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial
Sean Daniel Laffan was included in the USFA’s annual report Firefighter Fatalities in the United States.

Department information

Oakland Fire Department
150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Oakland, California 94612

Chief: Melinda Drayton

Age: 42
Rank: Assistant Fire Chief
Classification: Career
Incident date: November 16, 2020 17:00
Date of death: November 16, 2020
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of death: Heart Attack
Activity type: Other
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: Other On-Duty
Fixed property use: Store/Office

Last updated: September 02, 2021