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U.S. Fire Administration Firefighter Fatality Notification - Union, MS

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

Name: Jerry Thompson

Rank: Firefighter

Age: 55

Gender: Male

Status: Volunteer

Years of Service: 10

Date of Incident: 01/14/2010

Time of Incident: 1315hrs

Date of Death: 01/14/2010

Fire Department: Linwood Volunteer Fire Department

Address: 10060 Road 248, Union, MS 39365 (USNG: 16S CB 0199 1369)

Fire Department Chief: Gerald Spears

Incident Description: While at the scene of a structure fire, Firefighter Thompson collapsed.  CPR efforts were started immediately by firefighters on-scene and Firefighter Thompson was transported by LifeCare EMS to Laird Hospital where he succumbed to an apparent heart attack.

Incident Location: Road 262 in Neshoba County (USNG: 16S CB 0433 0745).

Funeral Arrangements: Sunday, January 17, 200.

Memorial Fund Contact and Address: Pending

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Jerry Thompson at http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/fireservice/fatalities/

To date, three firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2010; two from incidents that occurred in 2010 and one from a previous year incident.  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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