USFA On-Duty Death: Alabama

United States Fire Administration
7 April 2022

The United States Fire Administration has announced the death of Acting Chief Freddy C. Reeves, 85, of the Ward Volunteer Fire Department on 25 March 2022.

On Thursday, March 3, 2022, Acting Chief Freddy C. Reeves was attempting to put out a grass fire when his pants caught fire and he was injured. When other firefighters arrived on the scene, they helped in fighting the fire. Acting Chief Reeves then drove approximately 5 miles and brought back a fire apparatus to continue fire suppression operations. When an ambulance arrived, Acting Chief Reeves was transported to a local hospital and then to the burn center at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS.  His condition improved and he responded to treatment.  However, Acting Chief Reeves subsequently became increasingly ill after responding to treatment and passed away from his injuries on Friday, March 25, 2022.

Age: 85
Rank: Acting Chief
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: March 3, 2022 3:00 p.m.
Date of death: March 25, 2022
Cause of death: Exposure
Nature of death: Burns
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 33.

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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