LODDs 9/13: Line-of-Duty Deaths

Twelve U.S. firefighters recently died in the line of duty. Four career firefighters, four volunteer firefighters and four contractors died in 12 separate incidents. One death was the result of direct fireground operations, four deaths resulted from...


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WILDLAND CONTRACT FIREFIGHTER KEVIN HALL, 59, of Ontario, OR, died on Aug. 10. Hall was found unresponsive in a truck. Hall was supporting a crew working to improve fire lines at the “Grassy Mountain Fire.”

PUMP OPERATOR/ENGINEER JUAN PABLO CASANOVA, 53, of the Brownsville, TX, Fire Department died on Aug. 10. On July 16, Casanova suffered a heart attack while on duty. Casanova was a 19-year veteran of the department.

CAPTAIN/PARAMEDIC MATTHEW G. MCKNIGHT, 51, of the Los Angeles, CA, Fire Department died on Aug. 12. McKnight suffered a heart attack while on duty at the LAFD Metropolitan Fire Communications Center. Fellow firefighters initiated immediate care and transported him to a nearby medical center, where he died. McKnight was a 31-year veteran of the department.

Jay K. Bradish