Sydney Bruce Maplesden, Jr., Firefighter

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On August 25, Firefighter Sydney Bruce Maplesden, Jr., of the Oregon Department of Forestry died when he was overrun by a wildfire while attempting to cut a fire break with a bulldozer.

Department information

Oregon Department of Forestry
Salem, Oregon

Sydney Bruce Maplesden, Jr. 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.
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Career
Incident date: August 25, 1994
Date of death: August 25, 1994
Cause of death: Exposure
Nature of death: Burns
Activity type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Outdoor Property