United States Fire Administration
16 July 2021
EMMITSBURG, Maryland – The United States Fire Administration has announced the on-duty death of Assistant Chief William “Billy” Shaffer, 53, of Hillsborough Volunteer Fire Company No.2 on 14 July 2021.
On Wednesday, July 14, 2021, Assistant Chief William “Billy” Shaffer responded to a vehicle fire. While at the scene, he was found unresponsive by other first responders. He was immediately treated and was rushed to the RWJ Somerset Hospital where he passed away.
Rank: Assistant Chief
Incident date: July 14, 2021 1:18 p.m.
Date of death: July 14, 2021
Cause of death: Unknown
Nature of death: Unknown
Activity type: Other
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Street/Road
The number of on-duty deaths for 2021 currently is 57.
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.”