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

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

Name: Patrick Joyce

Rank: Firefighter

Age: 39

Gender: Male

Status: Career

Years of Service: 16

Date of Incident: 10/02/2009

Time of Incident: 0100hrs

Date of Death: 10/02/2009

Fire Department: Yonkers Fire Department

Address: 5-7 New School ST, Yonkers, NY 10701

Fire Department Chief: Fire Commissioner Anthony H. Pagano

Fire Department Website:

Incident Description: Firefighter Joyce, along with two other firefighters, was forced by rapidly progressing fire conditions to jump from the third story of a residence. Firefighter Joyce did not survive the injuries he sustained as a result of the fall and the other two firefighters are reported to be in the hospital in critical condition.

All residents of the home escaped the fire.

The fire has been deemed "suspicious" and officials are continuing to investigate.

Incident Location: 148 Waverly Street

Funeral Arrangements: Pending

Memorial Fund Contact and Address: In honor of Firefighter Patrick Joyce, c/o Yonkers Fire Department, 5-7 New School ST, Yonkers, NY 10701.

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Patrick Joyce at

To date, 73 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2009; 71 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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