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U.S. Fire Administration Firefighter Fatality Notification - Mitchell, IN

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

Name: Jimmie Zeeks

Rank: Fire Chief

Age: 54

Gender: Male

Status: Volunteer

Years of Service: 31

Date of Incident: 08/15/2009

Time of Incident: 2006hrs

Date of Death: 08/15/2009

Fire Department: Marion Township Rural Fire Department

Address: PO Box 598, 4632 State Road 37, Mitchell, IN 47446-0598

Fire Department Chief: Pending

Incident Description: Fire Chief Zeeks passed away from an apparent heart attack while in command at the scene of a serious motor vehicle accident. Members of the fire department immediately started life saving efforts.  Chief Zeeks was rushed to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injury.

Incident Location: State Road 37 and Woodville Road.

Funeral Arrangements: Viewing from 1400-2000hrs on 08/18/2009 @ Mitchell 1st Church of God, 12th Street and Oak Street. Services will be held at 1300hrs on 08/19/2009 @ Mitchell 1st Church of God.

Memorial Fund Contact and Address: Memorials may be made in Jimmie’s name to Marion Township Fire Department, c/o Chastain Funeral Home, 705 W. Warren Street, Mitchell, IN 47446

Tribute is being paid to Fire Chief Jimmie Zeeks at

To date, 63 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2009; 61 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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