Tuesday, March 23

U.S. Fire Administration Firefighter Fatality Notification - Blowing Rock, NC

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

Name: Jeremy Bolick

Rank: Firefighter

Age: 23

Gender: Male

Status: Volunteer

Years of Service: 2


Name: Tommy Wright

Rank: Firefighter

Age: 20

Gender: Male

Status: Volunteer

Years of Service: <1


Date of Incident: 03/21/2010

Time of Incident: Pending

Date of Death: 03/21/2010

Fire Department: Blowing Rock Fire Department

Address: PO Box 570, 189 Park AVE, Blowing Rock, NC 28605

Fire Department Chief: Dennis Bolick

Incident Description:  Firefighters Bolick and Wright were returning home from fire department mandated training when the vehicle in which they were traveling was involved in a two vehicle collision. Both Bolick and Wright were killed and the cause of the accident is under investigation by the North Carolina State Police.

Incident Location: Pending

Funeral Arrangements: Pending

Memorial Fund Contact and Address: Pending

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Jeremy Bolick and Firefighter  Tommy Wright at http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/fireservice/fatalities/

To date, 17 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2010; 16 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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