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U.S. Fire Administration Firefighter Fatality Notification - Priest River, ID

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

Name: John Coyle

Rank: Assistant Fire Chief

Age: 63

Gender: Male

Status: Volunteer

Years of Service: 35+

Date of Incident: 02/08/2010

Time of Incident: 1500hrs

Date of Death: 02/08/2010

Fire Department: West Pend Oreille Fire District

Address: PO Box 1267, 1104 Ninth ST, Priest River, ID 83856

Fire Department Chief: Les Kokanos

Incident Description: Assistant Fire Chief Coyle passed away from an apparent heart attack while working at the department’s new fire station that is under construction.

Incident Location: 4458 Old Priest River Road, Priest River, ID 83856

Funeral Arrangements: 02/13/2010

Memorial Fund Contact and Address: Donations can be made in honor of Assistant Fire Chief Coyle to the West Pend Oreille Fire District for the new fire station, PO Box 1267, 1104 Ninth ST, Priest River, ID 83856  

Tribute is being paid to Assistant Fire Chief John Coyle at http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/fireservice/fatalities/

To date, 8 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2010; 7 from incidents that occurred in 2010 and 1 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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