USFA On-Duty Death: Ohio

United States Fire Administration
26 January 202

The United States Fire Administration has announced the death of Safety Officer Kevin Dailey, 72, of the Middleport Fire Department on 24 January 2023.

On Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, Safety Officer Kevin Dailey was returning from a call when the fire apparatus he was driving rolled over the side of a hill and crashed. Safety Officer Dailey was thrown out of the truck, where he was pinned underneath. Other firefighters who were returning from the same call saw the truck on its side and used airbags to lift it and pull him out.

He was flown to the Columbus, OH, hospital where he underwent surgery on Monday, Sept. 19, 2022. Safety Officer Dailey remained in the hospital until his passing on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023. He was also a previous member of the Richland Township Fire Department and former chief of the department.

Age: 72
Rank: Safety Officer
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: September 18, 2022 5:17 p.m.
Date of death: January 24, 2023
Cause of death: Vehicle Collision – Includes Aircraft
Nature of death: Crushed
Activity type: Scene Safety
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Street/Road

The number of on-duty deaths for 2023 currently is 3.

Go here to read the number of interior line of duty deaths for 2023.

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.”

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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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