The United States Fire Administration has received notice of the following 4 firefighter fatalities in the month of September:
Name: Terry Smerdel
Rank: Battalion Chief Status: Career
Date of Incident: 09/10/2017
Fire Department: San Francisco Fire Department Age: 59
Years of Service: 26
Incident Description: Battalion Chief Terry Smerdel returned from an early morning fire alarm call, and was later found by coworkers in his office, unresponsive. Advanced Life Support measures were immediately initiated. He was pronounced deceased surrounded by his Fire Department Family, and later joined at the station by the Department’s Chaplain and the Smerdel family.
On September 10, 59 y/o Battalion Chief Terry Smerdel of the San Francisco FD located in
California died in the LOD
Name: Kenneth Greene
Fire Department: Philadelphia Fire Dept
Date of Incident: 9/03/2017 Date of Death: 9/14/2017
Years of Service:
Incident Description: Lieutenant Kenneth Greene, Sr., became ill while on-duty and was transported to the hospital from the fire station on September 3, 2017. Lieutenant Green passed away on September 14th, 2017, from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be reported.
On September 14, 60 y/o Lieutenant Kenneth Greene of the Philadelphia FD located in
Pennsylvania died in the LOD
Name: Matthew Mark Deicher Rank: Firefighter-EMT Status: Paid-On-Call
Date of Incident: 07/31/2017
Fire Department: Mosinee Fire Department Age: 47
Years of Service: 3
Date of Death: 09/23/2017
Incident Description: Firefighter-EMT Matthew Mark Deicher was paralyzed from a July 31, 2003, ambulance crash while located in the patient compartment of the vehicle. On September 23, 2017, Firefighter-EMT Deicher passed away from complications due to his injuries and related medical condition.
On September 23, 47 y/o Firefighter Matthew Deicher of the Mosinee FD located in Wisconsin
died in the LOD
Eric J. Balliet
Fire Department: Fort Wayne Fire Department
Status: Career Years of Service: 19 Date of Incident: 09/27/2017
Incident Description: Captain Eric J. Balliet died September 27, 2017, during a training exercise at a commercial structure while leading a crew during physically demanding maneuvers. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be determined and reported.
On September 27, 41 y/o Captain Eric Balliet of the Fort Wayne FD located in Indiana died in
To date 70 firefighter fatalities have been reported to The United States Fire