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James Krouse

Chief Emeritus

On Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, Chief Emeritus James Krouse responded to a wildland fire. While stretching hose lines, he experienced a medical emergency and collapsed. He was immediately taken to the local hospital where he passed away from an apparent heart attack.

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

Department information

Colfax Fire Department
400 N Mill ST
Colfax, Washington 99111

Chief: Michael Chapman

Age: 72
Rank: Chief Emeritus
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: August 28, 2021 3:00 p.m.
Date of death: August 28, 2021
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of death: Heart Attack
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