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U.S. Fire Administration Firefighter Fatality Notification - Westover, PA

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

Name: Roy Everett Westover Jr.

Rank: Lieutenant

Age: 41

Gender: Male

Status: Volunteer

Years of Service: 28

Date of Incident: 10/24/2009

Time of Incident: 0030hrs

Date of Death: 10/24/2009

Fire Department: Westover Area Volunteer Fire Company

Address: PO Box 23, 583 W Bridge Street, Westover, PA 16692

Fire Department Chief: Santo Adamo

Incident Description: Lieutenant Westover began to feel ill while on a hose line at the scene of a structure fire. An advance life support team that was on the scene of the fire rendered immediate care to Westover before transporting him to Miners Medical Center, PA, where he succumbed to his injury. The nature of the fatal injury appears to have been a heart attack.  The causes of both the fire and firefighter fatality, however, remain under investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal's Office and Cambria County Coroner's Office respectively.

Incident Location: 4218 S Main St, Westover, PA (USNG: 17T PF 9565 1255)

Funeral Arrangements: Tuesday, October 27, 2009 – Viewing at Dimmick’s Funeral Home, 91 Rose Street, Irvona (Clearfield County), 1400-1600hrs and 1800-2000hrs.  The Firefighter Memorial Service will be held at 2000hrs

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 – Viewing at the Westover Baptist Church in Westover from 1000-1300hrs.  The Funeral service will be at 1300hrs with the Burial to follow in the church cemetery.

Memorial Fund Contact and Address: A memorial fund has been established in Lt Westover’s honor at: “Roy E. Westover, Jr. Memorial Fund”, First National Bank, 297 Beaver St, Hastings, PA 16646.

Tribute is being paid to Lieutenant Roy Everett Westover Jr. at

To date, 77 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2009; 75 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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