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Six U.S. emergency personnel recently died in the line of duty. Three volunteer firefighters, two career firefighters and one part-time firefighter died in six separate incidents. Three deaths were the result of accidents and three deaths were health related. Two separate dive-training emergencies claimed two lives.
LIEUTENANT DAVID R. CHEW JR., 30, of the Bloxom, VA, Volunteer Fire Company died on July 16. Chew was riding in the officer’s position of an apparatus responding to a motor vehicle accident when the apparatus left the highway while negotiating a curve on Nelsonia Road. When the apparatus left the highway, it struck several trees and overturned. Chew was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the apparatus. The driver of the apparatus suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
FIRE CHIEF JON TIBBETTS, 59, of the Sandoval County Fire Department in Bernalillo, NM, died on July 23. While operating a fire department vehicle on Interstate 25, Tibbetts’ vehicle was struck by another vehicle, causing it to roll over twice and go over a retaining wall and land on its roof. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Tibbetts was enroute to administer a physical abilities test to a new employee. Tibbetts was a 35-year veteran of the fire service.
FIREFIGHTER ANTONIO RODRIQUES, 49, of the Yonkers, NY, Fire Department died on July 31, 2012. Rodriques suffered a stroke while participating in fire department training on May, 9. He died from complications of the stroke.
FIREFIGHTER JIM REARDON, 51, of the Fire Academy of North Dakota in Mandan, ND, died on Aug. 4. While on an exploratory dive in Lake Seven (Scalp Lake) in Frazee, MN, Reardon became separated from his dive partner. After a brief search, Reardon was found floating face up on the lake. Reports indicate Reardon suffered a heart attack. Reardon was a four year veteran of the department.
CAPTAIN MIKE BURGIN, 46, of the Sugarcreek, OH, Fire Department died on Aug. 10. Burgin was participating in an advanced diving class at White Star Quarry when he surfaced and indicated he was in distress. He lost consciousness and went underwater. His body was recovered in about 60 feet of water.
FIREFIGHTER ANNE VESETH, 20, of the U.S. Forest Service, Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest, died on Aug. 12. Veseth was operating at the 43-acre Steep Corner fire near Orofino, ID, when a tree fell on her. This was her second year working as a seasonal firefighter.
—Jay K. Bradish