USFA On-Duty Death: North Carolina

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.

Age: 63
Rank: Chief
Classification: Volunteer
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.”

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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