The United States Fire Administration has received notice of the following 6 firefighter fatalities in the month of March:
Name: Peter Larlee
Date of Incident: 03/02/2016
Fire Department: East Millinocket Fire Department Age: 57
Years of Service: 25
Incident Description: Within one hour of responding to a medical emergency, Captain Larlee went into the fire department’s engine bay to fix a mud flap on an ambulance. Within two minutes of going into the bay and while on the bay floor, Larlee fell ill. Captain Larlee was treated by fellow first responders, but passed away at the scene from injuries sustained.
On March 3, 57 y/o Captain Peter Larlee of the East Millinocket FD located in Maine died in the LOD ====================================================================
Name: Earl J. Shoemaker Rank: Firefighter/Safety Officer Status: Volunteer
Date of Incident: 03/12/2016
Fire Department: Hanover Fire Department Age: 68
Years of Service: 43
Incident Description: Firefighter Shoemaker was responding to the scene of a house fire on the 500 block of Pumping Station Road when he became ill. The mobile air unit apparatus he was operating left the roadway (Brunswick DR) and came to a stop several hundred feet away. Shoemaker, alone in the apparatus at the time, was rescued by local residents and fellow first responders. He was then transported to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased from a cardiac related injury.
On March 12, 68 y/o Firefighter Earl Shoemaker of the Hanover VFD located in Pennsylvania died in the LOD ====================================================================
Name: Christopher Gene Ray Rank: Firefighter II
Date of Incident: 03/20/2016
Fire Department: Conway Fire Rescue Age: 42
Years of Service: 6
Incident Description: Firefighter II Ray was operating on the scene of a working residential structure fire when he was struck and killed by a fire engine. According to a preliminary description of the incident from the South Carolina Highway Patrol, Ray was riding on a
Conway fire engine when he fell off and was struck as the fire truck reversed over him. The incident remains under investigation by local and state authorities.
On March 20, 42 y/o Firefighter Christopher Ray of the Conway FD located in South Carolina died in the LOD ====================================================================
Name: Kenny Ray Jr. Fire Department: Timken-Steel Fire and Security Rank: Fire Technician/Industrial Firefighter Age: 32
Status: Industrial Years of Service: 11
Date of Incident: 03/20/2016
Incident Description: Fire Technician/Industrial Firefighter Ray was found deceased at the corporation’s Faircrest plant (Canton, OH) on Sunday, March 20th. According to company officials, Ray was checking fire extinguishers throughout the plant when members of the security team found him unresponsive in a fifth-floor elevator motor room. Nitrogen exposure is suspected as a cause in his death. The incident remains under investigation by Timken-Steel, local, state and federal authorities.
On March 20, 32 y/o Firefighter Kenny Ray of the Timken-Steel FD located in Ohio died in the LOD ====================================================================
Name: Marco Davila
Fire Department: Dallas Fire-Rescue Department Age: 45
Incident Description: Driver/Engineer Davila fell ill while exercising at his residence several hours after coming off of his shift at the fire department and within 24 hours of responding to an emergency response incident. Davila succumbed at the hospital several hours later from a nature
and cause of fatal injury still to be determined.
On March 23, 45 y/o Driver Engineer Marco Davila of the Dallas FD located in Texas died in the LOD ====================================================================
Name: Steven Whitfield II Rank: Cadet
Date of Incident: 03/31/2016
Fire Department: Houston Fire Department Age: 32
Years of Service: 5 months
Incident Description: Cadet Steven Whitfield II was hired by the Houston Fire Department on October 26, 2015, and was a member of Class 2015-G that will graduate in June 2016. On March 31, 2016, Whitfield collapsed during obstacle course training at the Houston Fire Department
Val Jahnke Training Facility. Other cadets, as well as a medic crew, immediately began CPR and tried to lower his body temperature. He was then transported to the Memorial Hermann Texas Trauma Institute where, despite the resuscitation efforts of the medical staff, Cadet Whitfield was pronounced dead at 1248hrs. The cause of death is still under investigation.
On March 31, 32 y/o Fire Cadet Steven Whitfield of the Houston FD located in Texas died in the LOD ====================================================================
To date 18 firefighter fatalities have been reported to The United States Fire Administration in 2016, May They Rest In Peace.