USFA On-Duty Death: Michigan

United States Fire Administration
23 February 2023

The United States Fire Administration has announced the death of Lieutenant Ethan M. Quillen, 28, of the Paw Paw Volunteer Fire Department on 22 February 2023.

On Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2023, Lieutenant Ethan M. Quillen was operating with crews at the scene of trees on fire and wires down due to an ice storm. While at the scene, a tree broke in the vicinity of the incident and caused a power line to collapse and strike Lieutenant Quillen. He was immediately rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

Age: 28
Rank: Lieutenant
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: February 22, 2023 6:30 p.m.
Date of death: February 22, 2023
Cause of fatal injury: Struck By
Nature of fatal injury: Electrocution
Activity type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Street/Road

The number of on-duty deaths for 2023 currently is 9.

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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