United States Fire Administration
8 February 2022
The United States Fire Administration has announced the death of Chief James V. Radford, 63, of the Polly Watson Volunteer Fire Department on 5 February 2022.
On Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022, Chief James V. Radford was responding to the firehouse for a call in Wilson County. When he arrived, he suffered an apparent heart attack and crashed into a parked car in the fire station’s parking lot. Firefighters rendered aid to Chief Radford who was then transported to the Wayne UNC Hospital where he passed away a short time later. Chief Radford was also a member of the Fremont Volunteer Fire Department.
Incident date: February 5, 2022 1:06 p.m.
Date of death: February 5, 2022
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of death: Heart Attack
Activity type: Driving/Riding Personal Vehicle
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: Responding
Fixed property use: Residential
The number of on-duty deaths for 2022 currently is 15.
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.”