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Dennis M. Bender


On Wednesday, March 10, 2021, Firefighter/Paramedic Dennis M. Bender responded to the third wildland fire call of the day. He suffered a medical emergency at the scene and was immediately taken to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased. The cause of his death is under investigation.

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

Department information

Ponca Hills Volunteer Fire Department
12919 Ponca Road
Omaha, Nebraska 68112

Chief: Joel Sacks

Age: 78
Rank: Firefighter/Paramedic
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: March 10, 2021 6:27 p.m.
Date of death: March 10, 2021
Cause of death: Unknown
Nature of death: Unknown
Activity type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Outdoor Property

Last updated: August 31, 2021