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Joseph “Joey” Francis Wright


On Tuesday Sept. 14, 2021, Firefighter Wright participated in strenuous mandatory ladder training with the Nichols Fire Protection District. After the training was completed, he continued to work at the department assisting with the Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system. He then left and went to work where the onset of chest pains and dizziness occurred. He was sent to an immediate care center where they evaluated him and transported him by ambulance to the hospital. He remained in the Intensive Care Unit for 10 days before passing away on Sept. 24, 2021, from numerous heart attacks.

photo of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial
Joseph “Joey” Francis Wright was honored on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland and was included in the USFA’s annual report Firefighter Fatalities in the United States.

Department information

Nichols Fire Protection District
4706 Highway 44 W
Shepherdsville, Kentucky 40165

Chief: Michael Robison

Age: 39
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: September 14, 2021 9:00 a.m.
Date of death: September 24, 2021
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of death: Heart Attack
Activity type: Fitness Activity
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: Training
Fixed property use: Store/Office

Last updated: July 07, 2022