USFA On-Duty Death: Virginia

United States Fire Administration
5 May 2022

The United States Fire Administration has announced the death of Firefighter Rory “Bud” Swanson, 70, of Lower King & Queen Fire – EMS on 20 April 2022.

On Wednesday, April 20, 2022, Firefighter Rory “Bud” Swanson was out working on fundraising efforts for the department when he was involved in a motor vehicle accident. He was pronounced deceased at the scene. Initial reports are that he suffered a medical emergency which resulted in the accident. Investigation into the incident continues.

Age: 70
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: April 20, 2022
Date of death: April 20, 2022
Cause of death: Vehicle Collision – Includes Aircraft
Nature of death: Unknown
Activity type: Driving/Riding Personal Vehicle
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: Other On-Duty
Fixed property use: Residential

The number of on-duty deaths for 2022 currently is 42.

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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