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U.S. Fire Administration Firefighter Fatality Notification - Brooklyn, NY

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


Name:  Paul Warhola


Rank:  Firefighter


Age:  47


Gender:  Male


Status:  Career


Years of Service: 15


Date of Incident:  08/12/2009


Time of Incident:  1530hrs


Date of Death:  08/14/2009


Fire Department:  Fire Department City of New York


Address: 9 Metro Tech Center, Brooklyn, New York 11201


Fire Department Chief: Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta


Incident Description:  Firefighter Warhola, who was driving the fire engine, responded with other members of Engine 221 to a fire alarm activation in Brooklyn, New York, on August 12, 2009.  Upon arrival, Firefighter Warhola checked for a working fire hydrant outside the structure while other firefighters entered the building to investigate.  When the other firefighters returned to the street, Firefighter Warhola was experiencing dizziness and had difficulty breathing.  As a result, he was provided medical treatment and was transported back to the firehouse.  After examining Firefighter Warhola at the firehouse, paramedics recognized his symptoms as possibly stroke-related and transported him to the hospital.  Firefighter Warhola’s condition worsened, however, and he passed away at the hospital on August 14, 2009.


Incident Location:  164 Kent Ave. in Williamsburg, Brooklyn


Funeral Arrangements:  Pending


Memorial Fund Contact and Address:  Pending


Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Paul Warhola at


To date, 62 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2009; 60 from incidents that occurred in 2009 and two from a previous year incident.  Year-to-date monthly and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online @


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