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U.S. Fire Administration Firefighter Fatality Notification - Owenton, KY

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

Name: Terry Sharon

Rank: Firefighter

Age: 60

Gender: Male

Status: Volunteer

Years of Service: 1

Date of Incident: 09/13/2009

Time of Incident: 0033hrs

Date of Death: 09/13/2009

Fire Department: Monterey Fire Department

Address: 340 Sawdridge Creek RD, Owenton, KY 40359-8706

Fire Department Chief: Larry House

Fire Department Website:

Incident Description: Incident Description: Firefighter Sharon was operating fire department apparatus, a 1978 Ford F350 Mini Pumper, and returning from a motor vehicle accident. As Sharon approached the fire department, he suffered a medical emergency. Subsequently, the apparatus left the roadway traveling approximately 150 feet before coming to a final resting position when the vehicle struck an unoccupied fifth-wheel camper trailer parked on the property neighboring the fire station. Firefighter Sharon was taken to New Horizons Medical Center by the Owen County EMS where he was later pronounced dead. The cause of the medical emergency and vehicle accident are still under investigation by the state police.

Incident Location: Initial MVA, intersection of US Hwy 127 & Claxton Ridge RD. Medical emergency & subsequent MVA @ 340 Sawdridge Creek RD.

Funeral Arrangements: Pending

Memorial Fund Contact and Address: In honor of Firefighter Terry Sharon, c/o Monterey Fire Department, 340 Sawdridge Creek RD, Owenton, KY 40359-8706

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Terry Sharon at

To date, 71 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2009; 69 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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