USFA On-Duty Death: California

United States Fire Administration
1 February 2022

The United States Fire Administration has announced the death of Captain Vidal “Max” Fortuna, 47, of the Stockton Fire Department on 31 January 2022.

On Monday, Jan. 31, 2022, the Stockton Fire Department responded to a report of a dumpster fire in the area of Aurora and Washington street. While at the scene, Captain Vidal “Max” Fortuna was shot. CPR was immediately performed and he was then transported to the local hospital where he was pronounced deceased. The suspected assailant is in custody and investigation into this incident continues.

Age: 47
Rank: Captain
Classification: Career
Incident date: January 31, 2022 4:55 a.m.
Date of death: January 31, 2022
Cause of death: Assault
Nature of death: Violence
Activity type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Storage

The number of on-duty deaths for 2022 currently is 13.

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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