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U.S. Fire Administration Firefighter Fatality Notification - South Portland, ME

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

Name: Debra A. Cole

Rank: Firefighter/Paramedic

Age: 40

Gender: Female

Status: Career

Years of Service: 12

Date of Incident: 06/10/2009

Time of Incident: 0630hrs

Date of Death: 06/11/2009

Fire Department: South Portland Fire Department

Address: 20 Anthoine ST, South Portland, ME 04106

Fire Department Chief: Kevin Guimond

Incident Description: Firefighter Cole collapsed in the station while on duty and after having run at least one emergency call. Her collapse was not witnessed but was overheard and she was tended to immediately by the rest of her crew. Cole was transported to Maine Medical Center in Portland, where she was treated and underwent almost 11 hours of surgery. Firefighter Cole succumbed to her injury at approximately 1630hrs the following day. The cause of death was reported by the department to have been a stroke.

Incident Location: Western Avenue Station, 34 Crossing Drive.

Funeral Arrangements: Pending

Memorial Fund Contact and Address: In honor of Firefighter/Paramedic Debra A. Cole, c/o South Portland Fire Department, 20 Anthoine ST, South Portland, ME 04106

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter/Paramedic Debra A. Cole at

To date, 46 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2009; 45 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 @


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