The United States Fire Administration has received notice of the following 4 Firefighter fatalities in the month of March:
Name: Joseph Jessie Tucker, Jr. Rank: Safety Officer
Date of Incident: 3/08/2020
Fire Department: Thoroughfare Volunteer Fire Department Age: 62
Years of Service: 16
Incident Description: On Sunday, March 8, 2020, Safety Officer Joseph Tucker was driving the department’s engine to a structure fire before complaining that he wasn’t feeling well to his coworkers. After arriving at the scene, Tucker was immediately transported to the Wayne UNC Hospital where he passed away.
On March 8, 62 y/o Safety Officer Joseph Tucker of the Thoroughfare VFD located in North
Carolina, died in the LOD
Name: Jerome Guise
Date of Incident: 3/09/2020
Fire Department: Citizens Fire Co./Mt. Holly Springs Age: 34
Years of Service: 20
Incident Description: While battling a fire at a single-family home, Firefighter Jerome Guise was fatally injured when the structure’s heavy timber front porch roof collapsed on him. Firefighter Guise was pronounced deceased at the scene.
On March 9, 34 y/o Firefighter Jerome Guise of the Citizens / Mount Holly Springs VFD located
in Pennsylvania, died in the LOD
Name: Benjamen “Ben” Lauren
Date of Incident: 3/13/2020
Fire Department: Forsyth Township Fire Department Rank: Age: 23
Years of Service: 10
Incident Description: On Friday, March 13, 2020, at approximately 2130hrs, Firefighter Benjamen Lauren and Forsyth Township Fire Department personnel arrived at the scene of a fire in a duplex. While working the interior of the structure, part of the floor collapsed and Lauren became trapped between the first and basement floors. He was pronounced deceased at the scene. An investigation into the cause of the fire is under investigation.
On March 13, 23 y/o Firefighter Benjamen Lauren of the Forsyth Township VFD located in
Michigan, died in the LOD
Name: Zachary S. Blankenship
Date of Incident: 3/05/2020
Fire Department: Montcalm Volunteer Fire Department
Years of Service: 7
Date of Death: 3/15/2020
Incident Description: On Thursday, March 5, 2020, Firefighter Zachary S. Blankenship and the Montcalm Volunteer Fire Department responded to a fire at a residential structure. Upon returning home, approximately 5 hours later, he collapsed. Blankenship was immediately taken to the Bluefield Regional Medical Center where it was determined he suffered a stroke. He was later flown to a hospital in Roanoke, Virginia. Blankenship was pronounced deceased at 1442hrs on Sunday, March 15, 2020.
On March 15, 26 y/o Firefighter Zachary Blankenship of the Montcalm VFD located in West
Virginia, died in the LOD
To date 17 Firefighter fatalities have been reported to The United States Fire
Administration in 2020, May They Rest In Peace.