USFA On-Duty Death: New Jersey

United States Fire Administration
30 August 2021

EMMITSBURG, Maryland – The United States Fire Administration has announced the death of Lieutenant Donald J. Trout, 53, of the Middlesex County Hazardous Materials Unit on 27 August 2021.

On Friday, August 27, 2021, Lieutenant Donald J. Trout was responding to a tractor trailer carrying hazardous materials that overturned and crashed on the New Jersey Turnpike at Interchange 8A. While getting ready to leave the station, Lieutenant Trout suffered a medical emergency.  He was immediately transported to the local hospital where he passed away.

Age: 53
Rank: Lieutenant
Classification: Career
Incident date: August 27, 2021 8:06 a.m.
Date of death: August 27, 2021
Cause of death: Unknown
Nature of death: Unknown
Activity type: Other
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: Responding
Fixed property use: Street/Road

The number of on-duty deaths for 2021 currently is 78.

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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