USFA On-Duty Death: Colorado

United States Fire Administration
29 April 2022

The United States Fire Administration has announced the death of Fire Marshal Stephen Smith, 47, of the West Douglas County Fire Protection District on 23 April 2022.

On Saturday, April 23, 2022, Fire Marshal Stephen Smith responded to the scene of a residence after a 9-1-1 call reported an electrical box had blown off of the house. After the crew confirmed there were no injuries and no fire had occurred, the electrical utility company was notified to respond. Fire Marshal Smith returned to the station and went home. Minutes later, firefighters were dispatched to a medical emergency where they found Fire Marshal Smith unconscious in his car. Life-saving efforts were performed and he was rushed to Castle Rock Hospital but could not be revived. He passed away from an apparent heart attack.

Age: 47
Rank: Fire Marshal
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: April 23, 2022 5:53 p.m.
Date of death: April 23, 2022
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of death: Heart Attack
Activity type: Other
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Non-Fire
Fixed property use: Residential

The number of on-duty deaths for 2022 currently is 40.

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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