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

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

Name: Joseph T. Grace

Rank: Apparatus Operator

Age: 47

Gender: Male

Status: Career

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

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 @


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