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

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

Name:  Richard Holst
Rank:  Firefighter/Chaplain
Age:  60
Gender:  Male
Status:  Volunteer
Years of Service:  31
Date of Incident:  09/09/2009
Time of Incident:  0302hrs
Date of Death:  09/09/2009

Fire Department: Huntington Manor Fire Department
Address: 1 Leverich Place, Huntington, NY 11743
Telephone:  (631) 427-3030
Fire Department Chief:   Robert J. Herley III
Fire Department Website:

Incident Description:  After smelling smoke and reporting a fire at an eating establishment located near his home, Firefighter Holst walked around the burning structure to investigate.  While performing his Fire Police duties, Firefighter Holst collapsed and was transported to Huntington Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.  The official cause of death has not yet been determined.

Incident Location: 334 Depot Road, Huntington Station, NY 11746

Funeral Arrangements:  Viewing, Saturday, 09/12/09 and Sunday, 09/13/09, Huntington Manor Fire Department Headquarters; Internment, Monday, 09/14/09

Memorial Fund Contact and Address:  Pending

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Holst at

To date, 70 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2009; 68 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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