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U.S. Fire Administration Firefighter Fatality Notification - Gretna, LA

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

Name: Ricky Christiana

Rank: Firefighter/Operator

Age: 44

Gender: Male

Status: Career

Years of Service: 20

Date of Incident: 09/11/2009

Time of Incident: 2130hrs

Date of Death: 09/11/2009

Fire Department: David Crockett Volunteer Fire Company #2

Address: PO Box 217, 1136 Lafayette Street, Gretna, LA 70054-0217

Fire Department Chief: George Burnetz, Jr.

Incident Description: Firefighter Christiana was performing fire suppression operations at a structure fire when he suddenly collapsed from an apparent heart attack.  Care was initiated on scene and he was transported to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Incident Location: 202 Hamilton ST

Funeral Arrangements: Visitation hours will be 09/15/2009 from 1800-2200hrs at Mothe Funeral Home, 2100 West Bank Expressway, Harvey. Visitation will continue 09/16/2009 from 0900-1100hrs and a procession to Westlawn Cemeteries, at 1225 Whitney Ave., will pass the fire station.

Memorial Fund Contact and Address: In honor of Firefighter/Operator Ricky Christiana, c/o David Crockett Volunteer Fire Company #2, PO Box 217, Gretna, LA 70054-0217

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter/Operator Ricky Christiana at http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/fireservice/fatalities/

To date, 72 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2009; 70 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 @ http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/fireservice/fatalities/statistics/ff_stats.shtm

The United States Fire Administration recommends everyone should have a comprehensive fire protection plan that includes smoke alarms, residential sprinklers, and practicing a home fire escape plan.

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