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U.S. Fire Administration Firefighter Fatality Notification - Wichita, KS

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

Name: Urban A. Eck

Rank: Captain

Age: 51

Gender: Male

Status: Career

Years of Service: 27

Date of Incident: Pending

Time of Incident: Pending

Date of Death: 01/02/2010

Fire Department: Wichita Fire Department

Address: 455 North Main, 11th Floor, Wichita, KS 67202 (USNG: 14S PG 4644 7303)

Fire Department Chief: Ron Blackwell

Fire Department Website:

Incident Description: While operating at the scene of a working fire incident, Captain Eck was not feeling well and reported to the Rehab Sector where his vital signs were irregular and did not return to normal.  Eck subsequently worked one more shift during which he responded to several incidents before going to a doctor after reporting that he still did not feel well.  Although the doctor hospitalized him, Captain Eck later passed away after surgery from complications associated with an undisclosed cardiac problem.

Incident Location: Pending

Funeral Arrangements: Pending

Memorial Fund Contact and Address: Pending

Tribute is being paid to Fire Captain Urban A. Eck at

To date, one firefighter fatality has been reported to USFA in 2010 from a previous year incident.  Year-to-date monthly and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online @


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