Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Firefighter Fatality

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

Name: David R. Chew Jr.
Rank: Lieutenant
Age: 30
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: 11
Date of Incident: 07/16/2012
Time of Incident: 1130hrs
Date of Death: 07/16/2012 
Fire Department: Bloxom Volunteer Fire Company
Address: PO Box 132, 15312 Bayside DR, Bloxom, VA 23308
Fire Department Chief: James Bagwell

Incident Description: While responding to a motor vehicle accident, Lieutenant Chew was riding in a fire engine that ran off the road while negotiating a curve, striking several trees, and overturning. Lieutenant Chew died from injuries sustained when he was ejected from the fire engine.
Incident Location: Approximately 0.5 mile west of U.S. Route 13 on Nelsonia Road

Funeral Arrangements: Pending
Tribute is being paid to Lieutenant David R. Chew Jr. at
To date, 47 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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