The United States Fire Administration has received notice of the following 5 Firefighter fatalities in the month of July:
Name: William “Casey” White Rank: Chief
Date of Incident: 7/02/2019
Fire Department: Sun Country Volunteer Fire Department Age: 70
Years of Service: Unknown
On July 1, 2019, Chief William “Casey” White responded to a grass fire mutual aid call to a neighboring county at approximately 2130 hours. After returning from the call, Chief White retired for the evening at home around 2400hrs. The next day, July 2, 2019, he returned to the station at 0930hrs to outfit a new apparatus with equipment. Chief White was found deceased at approximately 1730hrs that afternoon on the bay floor near the apparatus.
On July 2, 70 y/o Fire Chief William White of the Sun Country VFD located in New Mexico, died
in the LOD
Name: Angela Chadwick-Hawkins
Rank: Wildlife Biologist/Wildland FF Status: Career
Date of Incident: 5/22/2019
Agency: US Army, Environmental Division/Wildland Fire
Years of Service: 12
Incident Description: On 5/22/19, Fort Jackson Environmental Division personnel initiated a 424 acre prescribed fire operation. During the prescribed bum, wildlife biologist and certified wildland firefighter, Angela Chadwick-Hawkins was assigned a ground ignition operation, utilizing an All- Terrain-Vehicle (ATV) to conduct the task. At some point while conducting her assigned duties, personnel lost radio contact with Ms. Hawkins. A search of her last known location was conducted during which Ms. Hawkins’ body was found. At approximately 1230hrs, Fort Jackson Fire Department units were dispatched along with Moncrief Army EMS and Fort Jackson Military Police. Upon arrival, emergency personnel determined that Ms. Hawkins sustained fatal injuries and was declared deceased by medical personnel. Additional details are pending the completion of investigative processes by the Army Criminal Investigation Division with support and assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives as well as the US Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center Accident Investigation Team.
On May 22, 45 y/o Firefighter Angela Chadwick Hawkins of the US Army Environmental/
Wildland Fire Division located in South Carolina, died in the LOD
Name: Neil B. Cope
Date of Incident: 7/16/2019
Fire Department: North Belle Vernon Volunteer FD
Years of Service: 6
Incident Description: The North Belle Vernon Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched at 0132hrs to assist on a mutual aid residential fire. Lieutenant Cope was part of the engine crew assigned to staging in full PPE and SCBA with masks doffed. After approximately 45 minutes the crew was released by command and cleared the scene. After returning to his residence, Lieutenant Cope spoke to his wife at 0730hrs via phone. His wife then attempted to call him multiple times during the day without success. At approximately 1600hrs his wife came home and found him not breathing and cold to the touch on the floor of the bedroom. EMS was called and Lieutenant Cope was pronounced deceased at home. The cause and nature of death are under investigation.
On July 16, 46 y/o Lieutenant Neil Cope of the North Belle Vernon VFD located in Pennsylvania,
died in the LOD
Name: Jeff Stroble
Rank: Driver/Operator Status: Career
Date of Incident: 6/05/2019
Fire Department: City of Roswell Fire Department
Years of Service: 17 Date of Death: 7/21/2019
Incident Description: On June 5, 2019, the City of Roswell Fire Department was preparing for the community July 4th fireworks show. Driver/Operator Stroble was assisting with this preparation when an explosion occurred, injuring him. Stroble was immediately taken to the hospital but passed away on July 21, 2019, from the injuries he sustained in the explosion.
On July 21, 46 y/o Driver/Operator Jeff Stroble of the City of Roswell FD located in New Mexico,
died in the LOD
Name: Yaroslav Katkov Fire Department: CAL FIRE
Status: Wildland Part-Time Date of Incident: 7/28/2019
Years of Service: 1
Date of Death: 7/29/2019
Incident Description: On Sunday, July 28, 2019, Firefighter Katkov was on a training hike with his crew in San Diego County. During the hike, he suffered a medical emergency and was immediately flown to Temecula Valley Hospital in Riverside County where he passed away on Monday, July 29, 2019.
On July 29, 29 y/o Firefighter Yaroslav Katkov of CAL FIRE located in California, died in the
To date 29 Firefighter fatalities have been reported to The United States Fire
Administration in 2019, May They Rest In Peace.