USFA On-Duty Death: Georgia

United States Fire Administration
2 September 2021

EMMITSBURG, Maryland – The United States Fire Administration has announced the death of Battalion Chief James “JB” Bernard Guiler, 55, of Heard County Fire & Emergency Services on 2 September 2021.

Battalion Chief James “JB” Bernard Guiler was working a 24 hour overtime shift.  At approximately 5:50 am, he was dispatched on a call and did not show up at the apparatus to respond.  Crews went to wake him and found him deceased.  The cause of death was an apparent heart attack.

Age: 55
Rank: Battalion Chief
Classification: Career
Incident date: September 2, 2021 5:50 a.m.
Date of death: September 2, 2021
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of death: Heart Attack
Activity type: In-Station Duties
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: Other On-Duty
Fixed property use: Store/Office

The number of on-duty deaths for 2021 currently is 82.

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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