The United States Fire Administration has received notice of the following 9 Firefighter fatalities in the month of October:
Name: Dale Jaynes Rank: Firefighter
Date of Incident: 9/16/2019
Fire Department: Burdett Fire Department Age: 72
Years of Service: 47
Date of Death: 10/01/2019
Incident Description: Firefighter Dale Jaynes was working with his crew at a residential structure fire when he suffered a medical emergency. He was immediately taken to the hospital, where he passed away on Tuesday, October 1, 2019.
On October 1, 72 y/o Firefighter Dale Jaynes of the Burdett VFD located in New York, died in the
Name: Christian Dean Johnson
Rank: Assistant Fire Chief Status: Volunteer
Date of Incident: 9/01/2019
Fire Department: Okanogan Fire Department
Years of Service: 20
Date of Death: 10/02/2019
Incident Description: The Okanogan Fire Department/Okanogan County Fire District 3 responded to the Spring Coulee wildland fire. Assistant Chief Christian Dean Johnson and another firefighter were in a brush truck on the north end of the fire when the flames overtook them. The firefighter with Johnson was able to outrun the fire, but Johnson was unable to escape. The other firefighter came back to treat him and called for help. Johnson was airlifted to the Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, WA, where he died on Wednesday, October 2, 2019, from the burn injuries he sustained in the fire.
On October 2, 55 y/o Assistant Fire Chief Christian Johnson of the Okanogan VFD located in
Washington, died in the LOD
Name: Paul Rotondaro Rank: Captain
Date of Incident: 10/02/2019
Fire Department: CAL FIRE, Merced County Age: 36
Years of Service: TBD
Incident Description: Captain Paul Rotondaro, while on-duty, left the Merced County fire station to go to the Usona fire station. Driving a Ford Ranger, Rotondaro was hit by another truck, causing his truck to leave the road and catch fire, killing him instantly.
On October 2, 36 y/o Captain Paul Rotondaro of CAL FIRE located in California, died in the
Name: Paul E. Quattlebaum Rank: Fire Engineer
Date of Incident: 10/04/2019
Fire Department: Lexington County Fire Service Age: 46
Years of Service: 22
Incident Description: Fire Engineer Paul Quattlebaum was dispatched to a medical call.
While responding to the call, he and his partner saw a vehicle accident in the 5200 block of Fairview Road and stopped to help. While checking on those involved, Quattlebaum was struck by a semi-truck. EMS treated Quattlebaum at the scene and then transported him to a nearby hospital where he passed away.
On October 4, 46 y/o Fire Engineer Paul Quattlebaum of the Lexington County FD located in
South Carolina, died in the LOD
Name: Steven Paul Henderson
Date of Incident: 10/07/2019
Fire Department: Louise Volunteer Fire Department
Years of Service: 26
Date of Death: 10/12/2019
Incident Description: Firefighter Steven Henderson and another firefighter were returning from a fire call in a tanker truck when they stopped alongside the road to inspect the front tires. While outside the vehicle, another firefighter from the same fire department driving his personal pick-up truck, who was also at the scene of the fire call and left shortly after Henderson, did not see the truck parked in the roadway or the two firefighters standing outside of it and subsequently hit both Henderson and the other firefighter. Henderson was immediately transported by LifeFlight to the Memorial Hermann- Texas Medical Center, in Houston, where, on Saturday, October 12, 2019, he succumbed to the injuries sustained in the accident. The other firefighter who was hit had non-life threatening injuries and was released from OakBend Medical Center in Richmond, TX.
On October 12, 60 y/o Firefighter Steven Henderson of the Louise VFD located in Texas, died in
Name: Greg Garza Rank: Firefighter
Date of Incident: 10/15/2019
Fire Department: San Antonio Fire Department Age: 49
Years of Service: 17
Incident Description: Firefighter Greg Garza responded to an electrical incident at the Comfort Suites. Garza returned to the apparatus to retrieve some equipment and was attempting to exit the fire apparatus when he tripped getting out of the truck and was hit by an oncoming vehicle. He went into traumatic arrest, was transported and passed away at the hospital.
On October 15, 49 y/o Firefighter Greg Garza of the San Antonio FD located in Texas, died in the
Name: Michael Johnston
Date of Incident: 10/18/2019
Fire Department: Equality Volunteer Fire Department
Years of Service: <1
Incident Description: Firefighter Michael Johnston was driving the Equality Volunteer Fire Department’s 2004 GMC water tender when it overturned while responding to a brush fire. Firefighter Johnston was ejected from the truck in the single-vehicle accident and pronounced deceased at the scene from the injuries he sustained.
On October 18, 45 y/o Firefighter Michael Johnson of the Equality VFD located in Alabama, died
in the LOD
Name: Robert H. Bush
Date of Incident: 10/19/2019
Fire Department: Homer Fire Department
Years of Service: 3 months
Incident Description: Firefighter Robert Bush fell ill during fire department training. Other firefighter department members immediately provided medical assistance to Firefighter Bush and then transported him to a local hospital. Despite revival efforts, Firefighter Bush passed away at the hospital. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be determined.
On October 19, 49 y/o Firefighter Robert Bush of the Homer VFD located in New York, died in
Name: Alex Graham
Date of Incident: 10/24/2019
Fire Department: DC Fire and EMS Department
Years of Service: 17
Date of Death: 10/27/2019
On Thursday, October 24, 2019, Firefighter Alex Graham was conducting pump testing at the D.C. Fire and EMS Training Academy, when he suffered a medical emergency. He was immediately taken to the hospital, where he passed away on Sunday, October 27, 2019, from an aortic dissection.
On October 27, 48 y/o Firefighter Alex Graham of the Washington DC FD located in The District
of Colombia, died in the LOD
To date 47 Firefighter fatalities have been reported to The United States Fire
Administration in 2019, May They Rest In Peace.