USFA On-Duty Death: Kentucky

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.

Age: 39
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Volunteer
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.”

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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