USFA On-Duty Death: Connecticut

United States Fire Administration
13 August 2021

EMMITSBURG, Maryland – The United States Fire Administration has announced the death of Firefighter/EMT Colin McFadden, 26, of the Burlington Volunteer Fire Department on 12 August 2021.

On Tuesday, August 10, 2021, Firefighter/EMT Colin McFadden suffered a medical emergency while operating at the scene of a large residential structure fire in New Hartford.  He was immediately taken to the John Dempsey Hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery. During treatment, it was discovered that he had leukemia, a previously undiagnosed condition, which caused his sudden illness.  Firefighter/EMT McFadden passed away on Thursday, August 12, 2021. 

Age: 26
Rank: Firefighter/EMT
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: August 10, 2021 2:00 a.m.
Date of death: August 12, 2021
Cause of death: Other
Nature of death: Other
Activity type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Residential

The number of on-duty deaths for 2021 currently is 66.

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.”

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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