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U.S. Fire Administration Firefighter Fatality Notification - Alton, KS

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

Name: Lyle Lewis

Rank: Firefighter

Age: 49

Gender: Male

Status: Volunteer

Years of Service: Pending

Date of Incident: 06/16/2009

Time of Incident: Approx. 1800 hours

Date of Death: 06/16/2009

Fire Department: Osborne County Fire District #3

Address: 614 Mill St, Alton, KS 67623

Fire Department Chief: Eldon Hartzler

Incident Description: Firefighter Lewis had been assisting with an interior fire attack at a farm house when he reported not feeling well and exited the structure where he subsequently collapsed. Care was initiated on scene and he was transported to the local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.  It was reported that he had used and switched out several SCBA bottles and that the temperatures were in the high 90’s with extremely high humidity.

Incident Location: Pending

Funeral Arrangements: Funeral will be 06/20/2009. Time TBA. Interment at Kill Creek Cemetery.

Memorial Fund Contact and Address: Pending

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Lyle Lewis at

To date, 50 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2009; 49 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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