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Fallen Firefighters

The death of a firefighters is a tragic event, not only for the firefighters’ family and friends but also their fire service family. The FireRescue1 Fallen Firefighters information and resources page shares news about firefighter line-of-duty deaths (LODDs), off-duty deaths, memorials and remembrance events, and how the fire service can honor its fallen brothers and sisters. Firefighters share stories of fallen members and offer insights about how to reduce the number of LODDs in the future. FireRescue1 also compiles an annual video tribute to the firefighters who died in the line of duty.

Ekron Sergeant Richard Givan was known for his commitment to helping others
Onondaga County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Michael Hoosock also served as a battalion chief for the Moyers Corners Fire Department and medic for Manlius Fire Department
Lawsuit contends Firefighter Benjamin Polson’s PASS device did not go off, alerting firefighters to his location
A fire department recruit was fatally injured while on the scene of a collision on the 101 Freeway
Rostraver Central Fire Department Safety Officer John W. Bunardzya died in his sleep after responding to a call
Jacksonville Station 54 Engineer Heath J. O’Shea had served the department for 20 years
Wrongful death lawsuit claims the city failed to properly train, equip Newark firefighters
Firefighter Deo Lall Jr., 38, from Engine Company 153 died while off-duty
Bill moves to create a database on violations stemming from a 2014 fire that killed Lieutenant Edward Walsh, Firefighter Michael Kennedy
Firefighter James C. Ward collapsed while fighting a fire in Scott County
South Bound Brook Fire Department Deputy Chief Craig M. Konkle had responded to a vehicle crash earlier in the day before suffering a medical emergency
The department requested privacy for the family of fallen Firefighter Jonathan Van Oeffelen
Sterling Firefighter Brian Diamond was one of several firefighters injured in an explosion that killed Firefighter Trevor Brown
After the LODDs in Burnsville, Bayport officials agreed to first responders asking for the lowering of the U.S. flag for future statewide mourning
Chief Charles Flynn, immediate past chair of the IAFC’s Volunteer & Combination Officers Section, passed away surrounded by his family
The Elliott County firefighter’s vehicle crashed during a procession for the EMT, who had died in a separate incident
St. Paul Firefighter Austin Smith’s wife filed suit against the farm over negligence leading to explosion
Fritch Fire Chief Zeb Smith suffered a medical emergency during a structure fire
Approximately 3,000 people gathered to remember Sterling Firefighter Trevor Brown
Kill Devil Hills Assistant Chief Tommy Lee had served with the department for 51 years
A reward of more than $40,000 remains in place for information in the shooting of Birmingham Firefighter Jordan Melton
Burnsville Fire Capt. Brandon Johannsen said Firefighter/Paramedic Adam Finseth was a man of integrity, honor and kindness
Burnsville Police Officers Paul Elmstrand, Matthew Ruge and Firefighter/Paramedic Adam Finseth were killed during a domestic violence call
Burnsville officials prepare for an “unprecedented attendance” at the service for two police officers and a firefighter/medic killed on Feb. 18
The Youngsville Fire Department stated that Louis was a mentor to generations of firefighters
Lawyers for 9/11 survivors were denied requests to learn what former Mayor Rudy Giuliani knew about Ground Zero toxins
Investigators are still unclear how the propane ignited; the blast killed Sterling Firefighter Trevor Brown
Gov. Glenn Youngkin and President Joe Biden spoke to the family of fallen Sterling Firefighter Trevor Brown to offer their sympathies