The United States Fire Administration has received notice of the following 5 Firefighter fatalities in the month of May:
Name: Kody Vanfossan Rank: Firefighter
Date of Incident: 5/05/2019
Fire Department: Christopher Fire Department Age: 24
Years of Service: 7
Incident Description: Firefighter Kody Vanfossan responded to a multi-alarm two-story vacant structure fire in Christopher, Illinois. Upon arrival, heavy smoke could be seen coming out of the top floor of the structure. Vanfossan, along with a second firefighter, began an interior attack on the fire. An additional firefighter later called for the two firefighters to exit the building. As the two firefighters started down steps in the rear of the building, the steps collapsed. While the second firefighter was able to make it out of the building, a Mayday was issued for Vanfossan. Vanfossan was recovered from the building and placed into an ambulance where he was pronounced deceased. Investigation into the incident continues.
On May 5, 24 y/o Firefighter Kody Vanfossan of the Christopher FD located in Illinois, died in
Name: Barry Boulton, Sr.
Date of Incident: 5/07/2019
Fire Department: Plantation Fire Department
Years of Service: 13
Incident Description: On May 7, 2019, Lieutenant Barry Boulton, Sr., collapsed after completion of a Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) drill. Resuscitation efforts were immediately rendered to Boulton who was then rushed to the Westside Regional Medical Center in Plantation, FL, where he passed away from cardiac arrest.
On May 7, 67 y/o Lieutenant Barry Boulton of the Plantation VFD located in Florida, died in the
Name: William Norman Franck
Date of Incident: 5/12/2019
Fire Department: Willow Street Fire Company
Years of Service: 15
Incident Description: On May 12, 2019, Firefighter William N. Franck was performing scene safety at a motor vehicle accident. While at the accident, he suffered a CVA. He was immediately taken to Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster, PA, where he passed away a short time later.
On May 12, 81 y/o Firefighter William Franck of the Willow Street VFD located in Pennsylvania,
died in the LOD
Name: Mitchell F. Lundgaard
Date of Incident: 5/15/2019
Fire Department: Appleton Fire Department
Years of Service: 14
Incident Description: On May 15, 2019, firefighters from the Appleton Fire Department, the Appleton Police Department, and the Gold Cross Ambulance Crew, responded to a medical emergency at the Valley Transit Center in downtown Appleton, WI. While treating the patient, the situation escalated into shots being fired, striking Firefighter Lundgaard, a police officer, and a bystander. Aid was immediately rendered to Firefighter Lundgaard and he was rushed to the ThedaCare Regional Medical Center in Appleton, WI. Despite all life-saving efforts, Lundgaard passed away from the injuries he sustained from the shooting. Investigation into the incident continues.
On May 15, 36 y/o Firefighter Mitchell Lundgaard of the Appleton FD located in Wisconsin, died
in the LOD
Name: Charles Alan Ruffing
Rank: Senior Firefighter/Driver Engineer Status: Career
Date of Incident: 5/21/2019
Fire Department: Boise Fire Department
Years of Service: 20
Incident Description: Senior Firefighter/Driver Engineer Charles Ruffing, who had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, was found deceased in Boise Fire Department Station 6 as a result of a suicide.
On May 21, 53 y/o Driver Engineer Charles Ruffing of the Boise FD located in Idaho, died in the
To date 19 Firefighter fatalities have been reported to The United States Fire
Administration in 2019, May They Rest In Peace.