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U.S. Fire Administration Firefighter Fatality Notification - Glasgow, WV

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

Name: Donald “Donnie” Adkins

Rank: Firefighter

Age: 32

Gender: Male

Status: Volunteer

Years of Service: 10

Date of Incident: 03/13/2010

Time of Incident: 0630hrs

Date of Death: 03/13/2010

Fire Department: Glasgow Volunteer Fire Department

Address: PO Box 190, 119 Tompkins AVE, Glasgow, WV 25086-0190

Fire Department Chief: Marty Blankenship

Incident Description: Firefighter Adkins was part of a swift water rescue team working on a mutual aid rescue detail. He and two others were in a boat when the motor struck a piece of submerged material causing the motor to quit and the boat to drift away and capsize. Two team members made it to safety but Firefighter Adkins went missing. The men were attempting a rescue in the Beaver area at the time and had already fought the currents to rescue 11 people in another part of the county.

After almost seven days of searching in challenging terrain under very difficult circumstances, a body has been recovered from Beaver Creek near the accident site where the rescue boat tipped over. Identification is pending autopsy.

Incident Location: Beaver Creek (@ Violet Lane), Raleigh County.

Funeral Arrangements: Pending

Memorial Fund Contact and Address: Donations in honor of Firefighter Donald Adkins can be made c/o the Glasgow Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 190, 119 Tompkins AVE, Glasgow, WV 25086-0190.

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Donald Adkins at

To date, 15 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2010; 14 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 @

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