USFA On-Duty Death: Alabama

United States Fire Administration
7 April 2022

The United States Fire Administration has announced the death of Chief Jeffrey Ray Wyatt, 49, of the McAdory Area Fire District on 4 April 2022.

On Monday, April 4, 2022, Chief Jeffrey Ray Wyatt worked a shift at the firehouse in which he complained to his colleagues of having difficulty breathing. When he arrived home after his shift he walked up the stairs and set his briefcase down. He then fell back down the stairs when he suffered a massive heart attack. A family member found him approximately 45 minutes later and was rushed to Medical West Health Center where he was pronounced deceased a short time later.

Age: 49
Rank: Chief
Classification: Career
Incident date: April 4, 2022 6:00 p.m.
Date of death: April 4, 2022
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of death: Heart Attack
Activity type: In-Station Duties
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: Other On-Duty
Fixed property use: Store/Office

The number of on-duty deaths for 2022 currently is 32.

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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