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U.S. Fire Administration Firefighter Fatality Notification - Haughton, LA

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

Name: Alan M. Hermel

Rank: Firefighter

Age: 62

Gender: Male

Status: Volunteer

Years of Service: 1

Date of Incident: 03/01/2009

Time of Incident: Pending

Date of Death: 03/03/2009

Fire Department: Bossier Parish Fire District 1

Address: 4494 Highway 80, Haughton, LA 71037

Fire Department Chief: Grady Lee, Jr.

Incident Description: On 03/01/09 at 1810 hours, Firefighter Hermel responded to a report of a vehicle into a power pole.  Upon his arrival on scene, he was assigned to assist with traffic control.  The incident was terminated at 1823 hours and Firefighter Hermel cleared the incident scene.  On 03/02/09 at 0248 hours, the fire department and EMS were summoned to Firefighter Hermel’s residence and found him unable to ambulate or speak.  Care was initiated and he was transported to the local hospital where he was diagnosed as having suffered an inter-cranial bleed.  He was then transferred to a larger hospital where he underwent surgery at 0700 hours and again at 1800 hours.  He succumbed to his injuries at 0447 hours on 03/03/09.

Incident Location: Pending

Funeral Arrangements: Not reported

Memorial Fund Contact and Address: Not reported

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Alan M. Hermel at

To date, 48 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2009; 47 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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