USFA On-Duty Death: Massachusetts

United States Fire Administration
23 February 2023

The United States Fire Administration has announced the death of Firefighter Paul Cloutier, 52, of the Webster Fire Department on 21 February 2023.

On Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2023, Firefighter Paul Cloutier was paged for a water rescue. While preparing to respond, he suffered a medical emergency. He was found the next day, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2023, in his truck, deceased. The cause of his death has yet to be determined and the date of his death has been listed as Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2023.

Age: 52
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Career
Incident date: February 21, 2023 4:19 p.m.
Date of death: February 21, 2023
Cause of fatal injury: Unknown
Nature of fatal injury: Unknown
Activity type: Responding
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: Responding
Fixed property use: Outdoor Property

The number of on-duty deaths for 2023 currently is 10.

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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