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U.S. Fire Administration Firefighter Fatality Notification - Marlboro, VT

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

Name: John P. “Jack” Horton

Rank: Assistant Fire Chief

Age: 68

Gender: Male

Status: Volunteer

Years of Service: 47

Date of Incident: 08/06/2009

Time of Incident: 1430hrs

Date of Death: 08/06/2009

Fire Department: Marlboro Volunteer Fire Company

Address: South Road, Marlboro, VT 05344

Fire Department Chief: David Elliott

Incident Description: Assistant Chief Horton was operating at the scene of a single motor vehicle accident and assisting with the backing of a fire truck so that an ambulance could be moved into position.   While outside the truck as the ground guide, and for a cause still under investigation but initially reported by local authorities to be related to a medical emergency causing him to collapse in the path of the vehicle, Horton was struck by the fire apparatus. Assistant Chief Horton was treated on-scene then transported to the Brattleboro Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Incident Location: Pending

Funeral Arrangements: Pending

Memorial Fund Contact and Address: Pending

Tribute is being paid to Assistant Fire Chief John P. “Jack” Horton at

To date, 61 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2009; 59 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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