The United States Fire Administration has received notice of the following 4 Firefighter fatalities in the month of August:
Name: James E. Sommers
Rank: Fire Chief/Public Safety Director Status: Career
Date of Incident: 8/06/2019
Fire Department: Suwannee Fire Rescue Age: 40
Years of Service: 19
Incident Description: On the evening of August 6, 2019, Fire Chief/Public Safety Director James E. Sommers was returning home on his motorcycle from a Suwannee County Commission Meeting when he was struck by a vehicle. Sommers was immediately transported to the Lake City Medical Center where he died from the injuries he sustained in the accident.
On August 6, 40 y/o Fire Chief James Sommers of the Suwannee FD located in Florida, died in
Name: Norman Edward Klenow
Date of Incident: August 10, 2019
Fire Department: East Tawas Fire Department
Years of Service: 52
Incident Description: On Saturday, August 10, 2019, Firefighter Norman Edward Klenow responded to a motor vehicle accident. While providing traffic control at the scene, he complained of not feeling well and was assisted into the apparatus. After returning to the fire station, he went home, when at approximately 1946hrs, was found in cardiac arrest. He was immediately transported to the hospital where he passed away.
On August 10, 78 y/o Firefighter Norman Klenow of the East Tawas VFD located in Michigan,
died in the LOD
Name: Brian J. Sullivan
Date of Incident: August 9, 2019
Fire Department: Fire Department City of New York
Years of Service: 27
Date of Death: August 10, 2019
Incident Description: On Friday, August 9, 2019, Lieutenant Brian J. Sullivan worked a 24-hour shift in which he responded to seven emergency calls. During his shift, Sullivan complained to others of
having pain and discomfort but continued to respond to calls. When he returned home after his tour of duty, he suffered a heart attack and was immediately transported to the Orange County Regional Medical Center where he passed away in the early morning of Saturday, August 10, 2019.
On August 10, 54 y/o Lieutenant Brian Sullivan of the Fire Department City of New York, died in
Name: Walter Wagaman
Rank: Assistant Chief
Date of Incident: August 2, 2019
Fire Department: Buchanan Valley Vol Fire Department
Years of Service: 32
Date of Death: August 14, 2019
Incident Description: On Friday, August 2, 2019, Assistant Chief Walter Wagaman was responding to an emergency as a passenger in an apparatus when he was ejected from it. Wagaman was treated by emergency personnel at the scene and was immediately flown to the York Trauma Center where, on Wednesday, August 14, 2019, he passed away from the injuries he sustained from the accident.
On August 14, 46 y/o Assistant Chief Walter Wagaman of the Buchanan Valley VFD located in
Pennsylvania, died in the LOD
To date 33 Firefighter fatalities have been reported to The United States Fire
Administration in 2019, May They Rest In Peace.