Thursday, September 06, 2012

Firefighter Fatality

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

Name: Richard J. Schaefer
Rank: Fire Chief
Age: 52
Gender: Male
Status: Career
Years of Service: 33
Date of Incident: 09/02/2012
Time of Incident: 1530hrs
Date of Death: 09/02/2012

Fire Department: Hopkinton Fire Department
Address: 9 Pine ST, Contoocook, NH 03229
Fire Department Chief: Pending

Incident Description: Fire Chief Schaefer died from an apparent heart attack while working a shift during the Hopkinton State Fair. The Hopkinton ambulance squad transported Schaefer to Concord Hospital but all attempts to revive the Chief were unsuccessful.
Incident Location: 9 Pine ST, Contoocook, NH 03229

Funeral Arrangements: Pending
Tribute is being paid to Fire Chief Richard J. Schaefer at

To date, 56 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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