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U.S. Fire Administration Firefighter Fatality Notification - Belmont, NC

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

Name: Richard Adam Miller

Rank: Firefighter

Age: 24

Gender: Male

Status: Career

Years of Service: Pending

Date of Incident: 12/29/2009

Time of Incident: Pending

Date of Death: 12/29/2009

Fire Department: Belmont Fire Department

Address: 301 Keener BLVD, Belmont, NC 28012 (USNG: 17S MU 9654 9910)

Fire Department Chief: George Altice

Incident Description: Firefighter Miller collapsed while on duty at the Belmont Fire Department headquarters station, reportedly while participating in physical fitness training activities.

Belmont firefighters immediately began resuscitative efforts and Firefighter Miller was transported to Gaston Memorial Hospital where he later passed away.

Investigation continues into the cause and type of fatal injury resulting in Firefighter Miller's death.

Incident Location: 301 Keener BLVD, Belmont, NC 28012 (USNG: 17S MU 9654 9910)

Funeral Arrangements: Pending

Memorial Fund Contact and Address: Pending

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Richard Adam Miller at

To date, 92 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2009; 89 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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