Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Firefighter Fatalities

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatalities:

Name: Paul K. Mikeal
Rank: Lieutenant Colonel/Evaluator Pilot
Age: 42
Gender: Male
Status: Career
Years of Service: 20

Name: Joseph M. McCormick
Rank: Major/Instructor Pilot
Age: 36
Gender: Male
Status: Career
Years of Service: Pending

Name: Ryan S. David
Rank: Major/Navigator
Age: 35
Gender: Male
Status: Career
Years of Service: Pending

Name: Robert S. Cannon
Rank: Senior Master Sergeant/Flight Engineer
Age: 50
Gender: Male
Status: Career
Years of Service: 29

Date of Incident: 07/01/2012
Time of Incident: 1830hrs
Date of Death: 07/01/2012

Fire Department: 145th Airlift Wing
Address: 4930 Minuteman Way, Charlotte, NC 28208
Fire Department Chief: BG Tony McMillan

Incident Description: Four members of the North Carolina Air National Guard, members of 145th Airlift Wing, were killed and two seriously injured while working a fire attack mission in South Dakota on the White Draw fire near Edgemont. The firefighting crew of the Air Force C-130H3, carrying a U.S. Forest Service Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS), had been battling wildfires in the days leading up to the crash, including those around Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Incident Location: White Draw fire (near Edgemont, SD - USNG: 13T EJ 99 04)

Funeral Arrangements: Pending
Tribute is being paid to Lieutenant Colonel Paul K. Mikeal, Major Joseph M. McCormick, Major Ryan S. David, and Senior Master Sergeant Robert S. Cannon at

To date, 46 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2012. Year-to-date monthly and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online @

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