Deaths Due to Violence

By Bill Carey
2 February 2022

The death of Stockton Captain Vidal Fortuna while at a dumpster fire is the most recent in the category of violence. The United States Fire Administration records 28 on-duty deaths under violence since 1990. Here is a look at the last 10 years.

24 December 2012, New York
A gunman has set fire to a vehicle, which extended to a house, and ambushed firefighters and police officers when they arrived. Two Webster firefighters were killed. Two other firefighters and a police officer were wounded.

14 February 2013, Oklahoma
A Strother firefighter and captain were involved in an altercation inside the firehouse that led to the captain being punched repeatedly in the face. The captain fell and received a head injury. He later died at a hospital.

22 January 2016, Arkansas
An East Pulaski County Fire Department lieutenant was fatally shot during an EMS call by a patient under the influence of illegal drugs.

15 April 2016, Maryland
A Prince George’s County firefighter/paramedic was fatally shot by a patient during a welfare check, after firefighters forced entry into the home.

25 June 2018, California
A Long Beach captain was fatally shot while inside a residential building fire. The gunman had created an explosion and subsequent fire.

15 May 2019, Wisconsin
An Appleton firefighter was fatally shot by a patient being treated for a drug overdose.

16 October 2020, Texas
A Houston fire investigator was fatally shot while surveilling an arson suspect.

1 June 2021, California
A Los Angeles County firefighter was shot and killed by an off-duty firefighter at his firehouse.

31 January 2022, California
A Stockton fire captain was fatally shot while at the scene of a dumpster fire.

Photograph courtesy of Unsplash.

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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