USFA On-Duty Death: Texas

United States Fire Administration
7 December 2021

EMMITSBURG, Maryland – The United States Fire Administration has announced the death of Assistant Chief Ross Darren Estabrooks, 47, of the Tri-Lakes Volunteer Fire Department on 15 November 2021.

On Monday, Nov. 15, 2021, Assistant Chief Ross Darren Estabrooks responded to a residential fire.  While at the scene, he suffered a heart attack.  He was immediately transported to the local hospital where he passed away a short time later. 

Age: 47
Rank: Assistant Chief
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: November 15, 2021 4:30 p.m.
Date of death: November 15, 2021
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of death: Heart Attack
Activity type: Salvage and Overhaul
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Residential

The number of on-duty deaths for 2021 currently is 129.

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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