USFA On-Duty Death: Florida

United States Fire Administration
12 November 2021

EMMITSBURG, Maryland – The United States Fire Administration has announced the death of Engineer Michael K. Freeland, 36, of the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department on 11 November 2021.

On Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021, Engineer Michael K. Freeland responded to a vehicle accident that involved an extensive and long extrication. While at the scene, Engineer Freeland experienced a medical emergency.  Crews immediately performed live-saving measures and he was transported to the UF Health at Jacksonville, where he passed away shortly thereafter.  Investigation into the cause of Engineer Michael K. Freeland’s death is ongoing.

(See “RIT. Not Just for Fires“)

Age: 36
Rank: Engineer
Classification: Career
Incident date: November 11, 2021 1:00 a.m.
Date of death: November 11, 2021
Cause of death: Unknown
Nature of death: Unknown
Activity type: EMS/Patient Care
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Non-Fire
Fixed property use: Street/Road

The number of on-duty deaths for 2021 currently is 120.

Go here to read the numbers of on-duty deaths due to COVID-19.

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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