Firewire: August Line-of-Duty Deaths

Fourteen U.S. emergency services personnel died in August. Four career firefighters, five volunteer firefighters and five civilian employees died in 12 separate incidents. Two deaths was the result of fireground operations, five were due to accidents...


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EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN MICHAEL KENWOOD, 39, of the Princeton, NJ, First Aid and Rescue Squad died on Aug. 28. During Hurricane Irene, the department’s swiftwater rescue team was dispatched at 4 A.M. to investigate a submerged car. Kenwood and another team member entered the water, but the swift current was too strong and the men tried to return to land. They came free from their safety line and Kenwood was swept away. He was recovered by the backup team and transported to University Medical Center in Princeton, where he later died.

FIREFIGHTER ANTHONY QUINTEN MEYERS, 38, of the Angelina River Volunteer Fire Department in Jasper, TX, died on Aug. 28. While operating an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) at the scene of two grass fires, Meyers lost control of the ATV and was struck by a Texas Parks and Wildlife truck. Authorities believe both fires were intentionally set.

—Jay K. Bradish