United States Fire Administration
21 December 2022
The United States Fire Administration has announced the death of Training Officer Bruce Lang, 68, of the Pine Haven Volunteer Fire Department on 15 December 2022.
On Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022, after being paged to respond, Training Officer Bruce Lang arrived in his privately owned vehicle at the scene of an individual driving an ATV that had fallen through the ice of a lake. While attempting to rescue the victim, the vehicle that Training Officer Lang was in also broke through the ice. The initial victim was rescued by fellow firefighters; however, Training Officer Lang did not survive.
Rank: Training Officer
Incident date: December 15, 2022 9:05 p.m.
Date of death: December 15, 2022
Cause of death: Out of Air
Nature of death: Drowning
Activity type: Search and Rescue
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Non-Fire
Fixed property use: Outdoor Property
The number of on-duty deaths for 2022 currently is 94.
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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.”