Saving Our Own: Sudden Death with No Overtime

Today, firefighters dying in the line-of-duty almost always receive a comprehensive autopsy and for many, it is the closest thing they have had to a medical exam in years.Scalpel, please.

It is now up to the fire service to make the changes that will save some 50 lives a year.

ERIC LAMAR lives and works in Washington, D.C. He has been involved in the fire service for 30 years. To read Eric's complete biography and view his archived articles, click here. You can reach Eric by e-mail at