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U.S. Fire Administration Firefighter Fatality Notification - Dix Hills, NY

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

Name: Walter Hessling

Rank: Firefighter

Age: 54

Gender: Male

Status: Volunteer

Years of Service: 32

Date of Incident: 11/21/2009

Time of Incident: 1033hrs

Date of Death: 11/27/2009

Fire Department: Dix Hills Volunteer Fire Department

Address: 115 E Deer Park RD, Dix Hills, NY 11746

Fire Department Chief: Robert Adcock

Fire Department Website:

Incident Description: On November 21, 2009, Firefighter Hessling responded to motor vehicle accident call at 1033 hours and subsequently, after clearing the scene, suffered a stroke at 1554 hours. Firefighter Hessling passed away several days later due to complications from that medical emergency.

Incident Location: Deer Park Ave and Macniece Pl  (USNG: 18T XL 3987 1745).

Funeral Arrangements: A Wake will be held 11/30/2009 from 1930-2100hrs; 12/01/2009 from 1400-1700hrs and 1900-2100hrs at the Al Jacobsen Funeral Home, 1380 New York AVE, Huntington Station, NY 11746. Firematic services will be held at 2000hrs on 12/01/2009 at the Al Jacobsen Funeral Home. A private funeral ceremony for the family will be held Wednesday, 12/02/2009.

Memorial Fund Contact and Address: The family is requesting in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the Brady Intemann Foundation, 4 Pine Hollow Lane, Greenlawn, NY 11740.

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Walter Hessling at

To date, 83 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2009; 80 from incidents that occurred in 2009 and three from previous year incidents.  Year-to-date monthly and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online @

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