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Name: Joseph T. Grace
Rank: Apparatus Operator
Years of Service: 7
Date of Incident: 07/09/2009
Time of Incident: 0645hrs
Date of Death: 07/10/2009
Fire Department: Saint Tammany Fire Protection District #4 – Mandeville Fire Department
Address: 709 Girod St., Mandeville, LA 70448
Fire Department Chief: Merrick Tassin
Incident Description: On the evening of 7/8/09, Joseph Grace participated in a departmental drill for a “man down” drill. He had also responded to multiple incidents during the day of the 7/8/09 and over night into the early morning of 7/9/09. At approximately 0645 hours on 7/9/09, he responded to an incident prior to going off shift around 0730 hours. He reported to his second job as a paramedic and was in the process of cooking breakfast when crew members entered the kitchen and found him collapsed around 0830 hours. Care was initiated on scene and he was transported to a local care facility before being transferred to a larger medical center where he remained until his death. The nature of the fatal injury is still to be reported.
Incident Location: Pending
Funeral Arrangements: Pending
Memorial Fund Contact and Address: Pending
Tribute is being paid to Apparatus Operator Joseph T. Grace at http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/fireservice/fatalities/
To date, 58 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2009; 56 from incidents that occurred in 2009 and two from previous year incidents. Year-to-date monthly and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online @ http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/fireservice/fatalities/statistics/ff_stats.shtm
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