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U.S. Fire Administration Firefighter Fatality Notification - East Charleston, VT

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

Name: Kenneth Frizzell Jr.

Rank: Firefighter

Age: 55

Gender: Male

Status: Volunteer

Years of Service: 34

Date of Incident: 08/30/2009

Time of Incident: 1311hrs

Date of Death: 08/30/2009

Fire Department: Charleston Volunteer Fire Department

Address: PO Box 106, 7113 VT RT 105, East Charleston, VT 05833-0106

Fire Department Chief: Duane Moulton

Incident Description: While returning from a structure fire incident and coming down and near the bottom of a very steep hill, the tanker apparatus Firefighter Frizzell was operating struck a telephone pole and crashed off of the roadway. Firefighter Frizzell, the only occupant of the truck, was reportedly ejected and died from injuries sustained during the crash.

Incident Location: Dane Hill Road

Funeral Arrangements: Pending

Memorial Fund Contact and Address: In honor of Firefighter Kenneth Frizzell Jr., c/o Charleston Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 106, East Charleston, VT 05833-0106.

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Kenneth Frizzell Jr. at

To date, 67 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2009; 65 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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