USFA On-Duty Death: Rhode Island

United States Fire Administration
27 January 2023

The United States Fire Administration has announced the death of Firefighter Robert “Bob” Thomas Gardner, Jr., 55, of the Richmond-Carolina Fire District on 26 January 2023.

On Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023, Firefighter Robert “Bob” Thomas Gardner, Jr., was at the fire station putting apparatus and equipment back in service, following a residential structure fire call. He then returned home. Sometime in the middle of the night, he suffered an apparent heart attack and passed away.

Age: 55
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: January 25, 2023 11:00 a.m.
Date of death: January 26, 2023
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of death: Heart Attack
Activity type: In-Station Duties
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: Other On-Duty
Fixed property use: Store/Office

The number of on-duty deaths for 2023 currently is 4.

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.”

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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