Shortly after responding to numerous calls on the evening of Monday, April 16, 2018, Firefighter-Paramedic M. Kent Stillwagon was found just after midnight at his residence in cardiac arrest. His fellow volunteers and friends from the Greenlawn Fire Department responded and tried valiantly to resuscitate him, but after being transported to Huntington hospital and an extended resuscitation attempt by hospital staff, Firefighter-Paramedic Stillwagon passed away.

Incident Location: Vicinity of Greenlawn, NY 11743 (U.S. National Grid: 18T XL 3790 2558)

Fire Chief Richard L. Sales was killed in a single vehicle crash while traveling on fire department business. According to initial reports, Sales was on I-40 Eastbound when he struck barriers in the middle of the road, lost control of his vehicle, and went down an embankment onto roadways below before coming to a stop. The cause of the wreck is still under investigation, but the local news reported it was the same area where a motorcyclist and the driver of a semi-trailer died in separate wrecks on March 31, 2018.

Incident Location: I-40, Statesville, NC 28677 (U.S. National Grid: 17S MV 9922 5829)

Department information

Reynolds Volunteer Fire Department
235 Charlotte HWY
U.S. National Grid: 17S LV 6615 3523
Asheville, North Carolina 28803

Chief: Assistant Fire Chief Kenneth Ledford

Firefighter Caleb Scott suffered a reported heart attack while at his fire station on the morning of April 3, 2018. Fellow responders immediately came to his aid at the firehouse before transporting him to Medical City North Hills Hospital, where Firefighter Scott later succumbed to his injury.

Incident Location: 5328 Davis Blvd., North Richland Hills, TX 76180 (U.S. National Grid: 14S PB 6716 3547)

Assistant Fire Chief Bernard Olive passed away while on duty from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be determined.Incident Location: 4624 Garth RD, Baytown, TX (U.S. National Grid: 15R UN 0895 9544)

Department information

Baytown Fire Department
201 E Wye DR
U.S. National Grid: 15R UN 1020 9331
Baytown, Texas 77521-4130

Chief: Kenneth Dobson

Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.

Second Assistant Fire Chief Timothy Wayne Royce died from an apparent heart attack on March 30, 2018, several hours after responding with his fire department to a motor vehicle crash and a medical call, as well as participating in fire department training at the station.

Incident Location: 206 3rd Ave NE, Mapleton, MN 56065 (U.S. National Grid: 15T VJ 2334 6449)

Firefighter-Paramedic Richard L. Garner Jr. completed a 48 hour shift at 0700hrs on April 1, 2018, during which he responded to nineteen emergency calls. Later that day, between the times of 1200hrs and 1300hrs, Garner collapsed at a private residence in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin. Firefighter-Paramedic Garner was treated at the scene by the local EMS and transported to the hospital where he passed away from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be determined.

Incident Location: Mt Pleasant, WI (U.S. National Grid: 16T DN 27 31)

On behalf of Fayette County Office of Emergency Management, the Caldwell County Office of Emergency Management has reported the death of Firefighter Larry Marusik. Firefighter Marusik passed away at the Brooke Army Medical Center on March 23, 2018, from injuries sustained while battling a large grass fire on March 10, 2018.

Incident Location: Vicinity of Ellinger, TX 78644 (U.S. National Grid: 14R QU 2192 0324 )

Department Information

Ellinger Volunteer Fire Department
Fayette County Office of Emergency Management
151 North Washington ST #301
La Grange, Texas 78945

Chief: Emergency Management Coordinator Janet Carrigan

Lieutenant Tom Craigo and Assistant Fire Chief Michael Edwards were killed and three other firefighters were injured when, for a cause still under investigation, the apparatus they were in left the narrow roadway and crashed into a rock wall. At the time, the firefighters were responding to a multiple fatality motor vehicle crash on the West Virginia Turnpike. Of the three firefighters injured, Fire Chief Timothy Walker remains in the hospital in critical condition; Firefighter Billy Hypes is in stable condition; and Firefighter Kyle Jenkins was released with minor injuries.

Incident Location: Vicinity of Paint Creek RD and Holy Grove DR, Hansford, WV (U.S. National Grid: 17S MC 6540 2711)

Assistant Fire Chief Michael Edwards and Lieutenant Tom Craigo were killed and three other firefighters were injured when, for a cause still under investigation, the apparatus they were in left the narrow roadway and crashed into a rock wall. At the time, the firefighters were responding to a multiple fatality motor vehicle crash on the West Virginia Turnpike. Of the three firefighters injured, Fire Chief Timothy Walker remains in the hospital in critical condition; Firefighter Billy Hypes is in stable condition; and Firefighter Kyle Jenkins was released with minor injuries.

Incident Location: Vicinity of Paint Creek RD and Holy Grove DR, Hansford, WV (U.S. National Grid: 17S MC 6540 2711)

After attending an earlier fire department training meeting, Assistant Chief Rodney D. Baker, Jr., responded to a grass fire at 2229hrs on March, 15, 2018. Chief Baker (Chief 51) was first on scene as the commanding officer for the incident and was back in service at 2336hrs. The following day, while attending a family event, Chief Baker became ill and collapsed at 1638hrs. Family members trained in CPR immediately came to Chief Baker’s aid while the Pioneer Fire Department and Williams County EMS were called to the scene. Assistant Chief Baker was transported to Bryan hospital where, despite all efforts, he later passed away from a reported cardiac event.

Incident Location: Grass fire – pending ; Medical event – Pioneer American Legion (U.S. National Grid: 16T GM 0356 1709)