This is a message from the FEMA's US Fire Administration.

The U.S. Fire Administration has received notice of the following firefighter fatality:

Name: Dustin "Dusty" Schwendeman
Rank: Firefighter
Age: 26
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: 8
Date of Incident: 01/21/2002
Time of Incident: 2300hrs
Date of Death: 01/22/2002
Fire Department: Dunham Township Volunteer Fire Department
Fire Department Address: Route 2, Box 223, Belpre, OH 45714
Fire Department Phone: (740) 678-2555
Fire Department Chief: Ralph Chevalier
Cause of Death: Firefighter Schwendeman was injured and later died when, while responding in his private vehicle to a mutual aid call (house fire), the vehicle left the roadway and overturned several times.
Memorial Fund: Memorial contributions may be made to the Dunham Township Volunteer Fire Department, Route 2, Box 223, Belpre, Ohio 45714

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To date, 3 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2002.

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