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

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

Name: Charles "Chip" McCarthy 

Rank: Lieutenant

Age: 45

Gender: Male

Status: Career

Years of Service: 22

Date of Incident: 08/24/2009

Time of Incident: 0349hrs

Date of Death: 08/24/2009


Name: Jonathan Croom

Rank: Firefighter

Age: 34

Gender: Male

Status: Career

Years of Service: 10

Date of Incident: 08/24/2009

Time of Incident: 0349hrs

Date of Death: 08/24/2009


Fire Department: Buffalo Fire Department

Address: 195 Court Street, Buffalo, NY 14202

Fire Department Chief: Fire Commissioner Michael Lombardo

Incident Description: Lieutenant McCarthy and Firefighter Croom were killed while searching a burning commercial structure when the main floor collapsed and trapped the firefighters. Investigation into the cause of the fire and firefighter deaths continues.

Incident Location: 1815 Genesee Street

Funeral Arrangements: Pending

Memorial Fund Contact and Address: Pending

Tribute is being paid to Lieutenant Charles “Chip” McCarthy and Firefighter Jonathan Croom at

To date, 66 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2009; 64 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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