USFA On-Duty Death: Tennessee

United States Fire Administration
11 August 2022

The United States Fire Administration has announced the death of Driver David Pleasant, 59, of the Memphis Fire Department on 10 August 2022.

On Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, 4 firefighters were responding to a residential fire when the driver of a pick-up truck apparently ran a red light, hitting the fire apparatus and causing it to roll on its’ side. All 4 firefighters were transported to the Regional One Health Trauma Center. Driver David Pleasant passed away from the injuries he sustained in the crash. The other 3 firefighters have been treated and released. The driver of the pick-up truck was also transported to the hospital. Investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Age: 59
Rank: Driver
Classification: Career
Incident date: August 10, 2022 8:00 p.m.
Date of death: August 10, 2022
Cause of death: Vehicle Collision – Includes Aircraft
Nature of death: Trauma
Activity type: Driving/Operating Vehicle/Apparatus
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: Responding
Fixed property use: Residential

The number of on-duty deaths for 2022 currently is 66.

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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