Friday, October 30

Notice of Firefighter Fatality - Springville, UT

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

Name:  Phil Whitney
Rank:  Chief
Age:  72
Gender:  Male
Status:  Volunteer
Years of Service:  32
Date of Incident:  10/27/09
Time of Incident:  Pending
Date of Death:  10/28/2009 

Fire Department:  Springville Fire Department
Address:  75 W. Center Street, Springville, UT 84663
Fire Department Website:

Incident Description:  After having made an emergency run on his shift the night before, Chief Whitney called the fire department early in the morning of October 28, 2009, to say he was not feeling well.  Chief Whitney was found dead in his Springville home later that morning.  The cause of death is pending further examination.

Funeral Arrangements:  A public viewing will be held on Sunday, November 1, 2009, from 1800hrs to 2000hrs at the Springville Fire Department at 75 W. Center Street, Springville, Utah.  Funeral services will be Monday, November 2, 2009 at 1100hrs at the Spring Creek North Stake Center at 760 N. 400 E. in Springville, Utah.

Memorial Fund Contact and Address:  The family requests that donations be made to the Springville Fire Department Statue Fund in memory of Chief Whitney, 75 W. Center Street, Springville, Utah 84663.

Tribute is being paid to Chief Phil Whitney at

To date, 78 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2009; 76 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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