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Name: Steve Koeser
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: http://www.stannafiredept.com/
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 http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/fireservice/fatalities/
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 @ http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/fireservice/fatalities/statistics/ff_stats.shtm
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