USFA On-Duty Death: Connecticut

United States Fire Administration
28 December 2022

The United States Fire Administration has announced the death of Firefighter Matthias Wirtz, 46, of the North Haven Fire Department on 26 December 2022.

On Monday, Dec. 26, 2022, Firefighter Matthias Wirtz responded to a reported structure fire at a home on Quinnipiac AVE. While working on the exterior of the home operating the engine pump, Firefighter Wirtz became ill and was immediately transported to the Yale-New Haven Medical Center where he passed away a short time later from an apparent heart attack.

Age: 46
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Career
Incident date: December 26, 2022 4:30 a.m.
Date of death: December 26, 2022
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of death: Heart Attack
Activity type: Pump Operations
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Residential

The number of on-duty deaths for 2022 currently is 95.

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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