The United States Fire Administration has received notice of the following 4 Firefighter fatalities in the month of April:
Name: John “Jack” Leming Rank: Firefighter
Date of Incident: 04/15/2019
Fire Department: Cape May Point Volunteer FD Age: 78
Years of Service: 6
Incident Description: Firefighter John Leming attended a drill on 04/15/2019 at the fire station at approximately 7:00 pm. At the conclusion of the drill, he returned home. During the night, he became ill. His wife called 911 and EMS responded. During transport to a local hospital, Leming went into cardiac arrest and life saving measures were not successful. Leming was pronounced deceased shortly after his arrival at the hospital.
On April 15, 78 y/o Firefighter John Leming of the Cape May Point VFD located in New Jersey,
died in the LOD
Name: Dwain Hudson
Date of Incident: 04/17/2019
Fire Department: Argyle Volunteer Fire Department Age: 73
Years of Service: 22
Incident Description: On April 17, 2019, Argyle Volunteer Fire Department was called to an active wildland fire that was endangering structures. While responding as a passenger in the department’s compressed air foam truck, Firefighter Dwain Hudson experienced a medical emergency. Firefighters and EMS personnel immediately provided emergency medical aid to Hudson. He was transported to Custer Regional Hospital where resuscitation efforts continued but were not successful. Hudson was pronounced deceased at the hospital.
On April 17, 73 y/o Firefighter Dwain Hudson of the Argyle VFD located in South Dakota, died in
Name: Michael Watkins
Rank: Driver/Engineer Status: Volunteer
Date of Incident: 04/21/2019
Fire Department: Northeast Lakeside Fire Department
Years of Service: 5
Date of Death: 04/24/2019
On April 21, 2019, Driver/Engineer Michael Watkins was responding to a brush fire when he suffered a heart attack. He was immediately taken to the hospital where he passed away on April 24, 2019.
On April 24, 75 y/o Driver Engineer Michael Watkins of the Northeast Lakeside VFD located in
Arkansas, died in the LOD
Name: Brad Gregrich
Fire Department: DeSoto County Fire Rescue
Date of Incident: April 14, 2019
Years of Service: 1
Date of Death: April 27, 2019
On April 14, 2019, while on-duty at the fire station, Firefighter/EMT Brad Gregrich complained to his co-worker that he wasn’t feeling well, with a headache and feeling tired. The next morning, returning home after his shift, Firefighter/EMT Gregrich was still ill. His wife transported him to the hospital. The hospital then released him after an evaluation. He returned home but became unresponsive and 9- 1-1 was called. He was rushed back to the hospital where he suffered a major stroke and never regained consciousness. He passed away at the hospital on Saturday, April 27, 2019.
On April 27, 30 y/o Firefighter Brad Gregrich of the DeSoto County FD located in Florida, died
in the LOD
To date 14 Firefighter fatalities have been reported to The United States Fire
Administration in 2019, May They Rest In Peace.