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U.S. Fire Administration Firefighter Fatality Notification - Olympia, WA

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

Name: Gregory Paul Thompson, Jr.
Rank: Assistant Fire Chief
Age: 33
Gender: Male
Status: Career
Years of Service: 17
Date of Incident: 12/12/2009
Time of Incident: 1820hrs
Date of Death: 12/12/2009

Fire Department: South Bay Fire Department
Address: 3506 Shincke Rd NE, Olympia, WA 98506
Fire Department Chief: Brian VanCamp

Incident Description: Assistant Chief Thompson died while on-duty from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Incident Location: 6600 block of 73rd Avenue Northeast (USNG: 10T ET 0787 2044)

Funeral Arrangements: Memorial service for Chief Thompson, Saturday, December 19, 2009.  North Thurston High School, 600 Sleater Kinney Rd. NE, Olympia WA, at 2 PM.

Memorial Fund Contact and Address: Memorial account has been set up at Heritage Bank in Olympia. Request funds be directed to “South Bay Fire. Association, in memory of Assistant Chief Greg Thompson”.  Alternate contact, Sean Murphy, Association Secretary, 

To date, 87 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2009; 84 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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