Friday, June 19

Notice of Firefighter Fatality - Dushore, PA

The United States Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality:

Name:  William Thompson
Rank: Firefighter
Age: 65
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: 30
Date of Incident: 06/18/2009
Time of Incident: Approx. 0715
Date of Death: 06/18/2009

Fire Department:  Dushore Fire Company
Address: 101 Julia ST, Dushore, PA 18614
Fire Department Chief:  Scott Hope
Fire Department POC:  Assistant Chief John Yonkin

Incident Description: Firefighter Thompson suffered an apparent heart attack and died at approximately 0715 hrs Thursday, June 18, 2009, while on his way to work. Firefighter Thompson had responded to an emergency call the previous evening.

Incident Location: Pending

Funeral Arrangements: Pending

Memorial Fund Contact and Address:  Not Reported

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter William Thompson at

To date, 51 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2009; 50 from incidents that occurred in 2009 and one from a previous year incident.  Year-to-date monthly and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online @

Kathleen Carter
National Fire Data Center
United States Fire Administration/FEMA/DHS


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