Line-of-Duty Deaths (LODDs) 3/2014

Eleven U.S. firefighters recently died in the line of duty. Five career firefighter, five volunteer firefighters and one industrial firefighter died in nine separate incidents. Eight deaths were health related, one death was the result of an accident...


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FIREFIGHTER DWIGHT HILTON, 57, of the East Central Volunteer Fire Department in Liberty, MS, died on Feb. 1. Hilton suffered a fatal heart attack while fighting an outdoors fire that was threatening several residential structures in the area. Investigators are trying to determine whether the fire was intentionally set. Hilton was an eight-year veteran of the fire service.

LIEUTENANT BRUCE A. STAYNER, 49, Scioto Township Fire Department located in Ostrander, OH, died on Feb. 4. A day earlier, he responded to a mutual aid structure fire. Stayner became ill after returning home and was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he died from an apparent heart attack. Stayner was 30-year veteran of the fire service.

Jay K. Bradish