United States Fire Administration
1 October 2021
EMMITSBURG, Maryland – The United States Fire Administration has announced the death of Firefighter Joseph “Joey” Wright, 39, of the Nicholas Fire Protection District on 24 September 2021.
On Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, Firefighter Joseph “Joey” Wright participated in strenuous mandatory ladder training with the Nichols Fire Protection District. After the training was completed, he continued to work at the department assisting with the CAD system. He then left and went to work where the onset of chest pains and dizziness occurred. He was sent to an immediate care center where they evaluated him and transported him by ambulance to the hospital. He remained in the Intensive Care Unit for 10 days before passing away on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, from numerous heart attacks.
Incident date: September 14, 2021 9:00 a.m.
Date of death: September 24, 2021
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of death: Heart Attack
Activity type: Fitness Activity
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: Other On-Duty
Fixed property use: Store/Office
The number of on-duty deaths for 2021 currently is 102.
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.”