102 Firefighters Lost Lives On Duty in 2002

This is slightly higher death toll than has been recorded in most recent years.


While the youngest firefighter to die on duty in 2002, or possibly ever, was 14-year-old Christopher Kangas, the oldest to die on duty in 2002 was Fire Police Captain Harold Coons, Jr., 76. Coons was assisting with traffic and the set up of a medevac landing zone at the scene of a major traffic accident when he collapsed and died from an apparent heart attack. The youngest firefighter to die in 2001 was eighteen-year-old Karen L. Fitzpatrick, who was overcome with several of her crew members by the Thirty Mile Fire. The oldest firefighters to die in 2001 were three 78 year-olds.

Six women died in the line of duty in 2002, compared to five in 2001 and three in 2000.

Firehouse.com News will publish the official USFA report on firefighter deaths in 2001 when it becomes available.