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Sean D. Laffan

Interim Assistant Fire Chief

Interim Assistant Fire Chief Sean Laffan collapsed in an office of the Oakland Fire Department’s administrative building. Staff on-site began performing life-saving measures until Laffan was taken by ambulance to Summit Medical Center in Oakland. Later that evening, Laffan suffered a prolonged cardiac arrest and, despite all resuscitative efforts, passed away. 

Incident Location: Oakland Fire Department Administration Building, 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 3rd Floor, Oakland, CA  94612

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

Department information

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

Chief: Melinda Drayton

Age: 42
Rank: Interim 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: Not On Scene
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: Other On-Duty
Fixed property use: N/A

Last updated: December 04, 2020

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