USFA On-Duty Death: North Carolina

United States Fire Administration
11 March 2022

The United States Fire Administration has announced the death of Captain David Holmes, 51, of the LaGrange Fire Department on 28 February 2022.

On Sunday, Feb. 20, 2022, Captain David Holmes responded to the scene of a brush fire. While at the incident, he experienced breathing problems. Captain Holmes was immediately transported to the hospital where he was placed on life support. He was then moved to the Cape Fear Hospital where he was removed from life support on Monday, Feb. 28, 2022. The nature of his death was a massive heart attack. Captain Holmes was the former Fire Chief of the LaGrange Fire Department from 2000 through 2010.

Age: 51
Rank: Captain
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: February 20, 2022 8:03 p.m.
Date of death: February 28, 2022
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of death: Heart Attack
Activity type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Outdoor Property

The number of on-duty deaths for 2022 currently is 24.

Go here to read the number of interior line of duty deaths for 2022.

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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