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U.S. Fire Administration Firefighter Fatality Notification - Lancaster, OH

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

Name: Joseph Mack McCafferty

Rank: Lieutenant

Age: 59

Gender: Male

Status: Career

Years of Service: 37

Date of Incident: 01/02/2010

Time of Incident: 1730hrs

Date of Death: 01/16/2010

Fire Department: Lancaster Fire Department

Address: 1596 East Main Street, Lancaster, OH 43130 (USNG: 17S LD 6550 9723)

Fire Department Chief: Steven Sells

Incident Description: Lieutenant McCafferty was incident commander at the scene of a residential structure fire when he collapsed on the fireground and later succumbed to an apparent stroke.

Incident Location: Pending

Funeral Arrangements: Showing 01/21/2010, 2pm - 4pn, 6pm - 8pm

Faith Memorial Church, 2160 West Fair Ave

Lancaster, OH 43130. Funeral 10:00 AM Friday January 22, 2010,

Faith Memorial Church, 2160 West Fair Ave., Lancaster, OH 43130

Memorial Fund Contact and Address: Local 291 Memorial Fund, 1596 East Main Street, Lancaster, Ohio 43130 ATTN: Dana Hiles

Tribute is being paid to Lieutenant Joseph Mack McCafferty at http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/fireservice/fatalities/

To date, four firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2010; three 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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