USFA On-Duty Death: Illinois

United States Fire Administration
29 June 2021


EMMITSBURG, Maryland – The United States Fire Administration has announced the on-duty death of Firefighter Mehdi Mourad, 21, of the Wabash Fire Protection District on 27 June 2021.

While responding to a multiple vehicle accident, Firefighter Mehdi Mourad lost control of the vehicle he was driving and rear-ended another vehicle that was stopped on the side of the interstate due to severe weather. Mourad was trapped in his vehicle and had to be extricated. He was then taken to Carle Hospital where he passed away during surgery around 10:30 p.m. Mourad had only served with the Wabash Fire Protection District for five days. The two passengers in the other vehicle were reportedly taken to an area hospital but expected to make a full recovery.

Age: 21
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: June 27, 2021 4:30 p.m.
Date of death: June 27, 2021
Cause of death: Vehicle Collision – Includes Aircraft
Nature of death: Trauma
Activity type: Responding
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: Responding
Fixed property use: Street/Road

The number of on-duty deaths for 2021 currently is 52.

Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.

For more information about on-duty deaths as recorded by the United States Fire Administration go to “Firefighter Fatalities in the United States.”

Related:
Illinois Firefighter Killed in Response Crash

Published by Data Not Drama

Data Not Drama is writings that provide a point of critical thought about firefighter fatality data and education, line of duty deaths, and risk. The main focus is to encourage less risk aversion and better knowledge on the subject of firefighter fatalities in firefighters, fire departments, and fire service organizations.

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