USFA On-Duty Death: Wisconsin

United States Fire Administration
11 January 2022

The United States Fire Administration has announced the death of Firefighter James “Jim” Michael Ludlum, 69, of the Mineral Point Fire Department on 6 January 2022.

Early in the morning of Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022, Captain Brian Cecil Busch and Firefighter James “Jim” Michael Ludlum were responding to the scene of a vehicle accident on US 151. The fire apparatus was attempting to use an emergency crossover when it was struck by a northbound semi-tractor trailor. The fire truck sustained major damage and caught fire. Both Captain Brian Cecil Busch and Firefighter James “Jim” Michael Ludlum were killed at the scene.

Age: 69
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: January 6, 2022 12:10 a.m.
Date of death: January 6, 2022
Cause of death: Vehicle Collision – Includes Aircraft
Nature of death: Trauma
Activity type: Riding Vehicle/Apparatus
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: Responding
Fixed property use: Street/Road

The number of on-duty deaths for 2022 currently is 1.

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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