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U.S. Fire Administration Firefighter Fatality Notification - New Holstein, WI

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

Name: Steve Koeser

Rank: Firefighter

Age: 33

Gender: Male

Status: Volunteer

Years of Service: 15

Date of Incident: 12/29/2009

Time of Incident: 1920hrs

Date of Death: 12/29/2009

Fire Department: St. Anna Fire Department

Address: N 126 School ST, New Holstein, WI 53061 (USNG: 16T DP 1006 6055)

Fire Department Chief: Bob Thome

Fire Department Website:

Incident Description: Firefighter Koeser died from injuries sustained from a large explosion in the parking lot of a manufacturing plant. Details are pending, but initial reports indicate that the plant was closed and no employees were at the scene when the fire was reported in a dumpster by local law enforcement on patrol in the area. The St. Anna Fire Department responded to the scene and a short time later an explosion took place killing Firefighter Koeser and injuring several other firefighters, one critically. The cause of the fire and explosion remains under investigation by local, state, and federal agencies.

Incident Location: W2002 County Road Q (USNG: 16T DP 0864 6051)

Funeral Arrangements: Pending

Memorial Fund Contact and Address: In honor of Firefighter Steve Koeser, c/o St. Anna Fire Department, N 126 School ST, New Holstein, WI 53061

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Steve Koeser at

To date, 93 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2009; 90 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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