Firefighter Barry Everett worked a 24-hour shift and responded to multiple emergencies, the last emergency being at 0000hrs. During shift change, at 0800hrs, Everett was found deceased in bed at the fire station. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be reported.
Incident Location: 1950 W. Exchange Place, Tucker, GA 30084 (U.S. National Grid: 16S GC 54931 47970 (DD: 33.841, -84.245))
On July 30, 2018, Chief Engineer/Firefighter DiBenedetto responded from his home to the firehouse for an activated CO alarm call. An in-station crew and the chief responded to investigate and found it due to a faulty battery. DiBenedetto stood-by in-station for additional calls and to place the apparatus back into service. Upon completion, he then returned home. The next morning, DiBenedetto complained that he wasn’t feeling well and had a friend transport him to a local hospital. He suffered a massive stroke while en route, and required immediate surgery upon arrival. Life-saving measures were unsuccessful and he passed away in the hospital on August 2, 2018.
Incident Location: 3 South Main Street, PO Box 1, Englishtown, NJ 07726 (US National Grid: 18T WK 5441 6044 (D.D.: 40.293, -74.360))
Firefighter/Bulldozer Operator Don Smith was operating his bulldozer while battling the Carr Fire in Northern California’s Shasta County when he was overtaken by flames. Smith’s body was found by emergency personnel in the area of Benson Drive and Rock Creek Road in Redding, California. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be reported.
Incident Location: Benson Drive and Rock Creek Road, Redding, CA (U.S. National Grid: 10T EK 42992 96135 (DD: 40.615, -122492))
Captain Brian Hughes and his crew were engaged in tactical fire operations on the east side of the Ferguson Fire in Mariposa County, California, when he was struck by a tree. Hughes was treated on scene, but passed away from the injuries he sustained before he could be transported to a hospital.
Incident Location: East Side of Ferguson Wildland Fire (U.S. National Grid: U.S. National Grid: 11S KB 5404 6626 (DD: 37.611, -119.787))
At approximately 0200hrs, Firefighter Nathan Flynn responded with Howard County Fire and Rescue crews to a large residential fire that began after a reported possible lightning strike. When crews arrived, heavy smoke was visible and firefighters began an interior attack on the home. While inside, Flynn fell through the floor and a Mayday was called. Flynn was quickly removed by the RIT team and taken to Howard County General Hospital where he passed away as a result of his injuries.
Incident Location: 7000 Block of Woodscape Road, Clarksville, MD (U.S. National Grid: U.S. National Grid: 18S UJ 34363 39282 (DD: 39.187, -76.918))
While driving to an EMS training class, Firefighter Zachary Fazekas was involved in a single vehicle accident and ejected from his motorcycle. Fazekas was pronounced dead at the scene from the injuries he sustained in the accident.
Incident Location: Ramp from the Loop Parkway onto the Meadowbrook State Parkway (U.S. National Grid: U.S. National Grid: 18T XK 22666 96471 (DD: 40.610, -73.550))
Firefighter/Equipment Operator Braden Varney was assigned to the Madera-Mariposa CAL FIRE unit, which has been fighting the 130-acre Ferguson Fire in the Sierra National Forest. On 7/14/2018, Firefighter/Equipment Operator Varney was working on a ridge to create a fire break. The bulldozer Varney was operating overturned and rolled down the ridge causing Varney to suffer fatal injuries. The wreckage was spotted by airplane on 07/15/2018 and crews reached the site and removed Varney’s body on 07/16/2018. The accident is being investigated by Cal/OSHA.
Incident Location: Mariposa County, near the west end of Yosemite National Park and the Sierra National Forest. (U.S. National Grid: U.S. National Grid: 11S KB 601 682 (DD: 37.630, -119.718))
While riding as a passenger in a brush truck, at a parade in a nearby town, Lieutenant Cherubini became ill. His wife, who is also a member of the department and was the driver of the brush truck, immediately drove home. He was helped inside of his house by his wife and collapsed soon after. The nature and cause of the medical emergency has yet to be determined.
Captain Cory Barr responded with crews to a report of a natural gas leak after a contractor struck a natural gas main in downtown Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. After the firefighters, along with law enforcement, arrived on scene to investigate the source of the leak and evacuate the area, there was an explosion that leveled multiple buildings. Captain Barr suffered injuries after being knocked down under a rubble pile as a result of the explosion and was transported by Sun Prairie EMS to UW Madison where he later passed away. A second firefighter was also injured in the explosion and is in critical, but stable, condition. A third firefighter with a minor injury was also admitted to a hospital. Three additional firefighters, one police officer, and seven civilians also suffered minor injuries.
Incident Location: 100 W. Main Street, Sun Prairie, WI 53590 (U.S. National Grid: U.S. National Grid: 16T CN 20094 83570 (DD: 43.184, -89.214))
While responding to a reported traffic incident, Firefighter Goodnight was involved in a two motor vehicle accident and was pronounced dead at the scene. Two other adult civilians in the second vehicle involved in the accident had to be extricated from their vehicle and were airlifted to a hospital. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol continues to investigate the accident.