USFA On-Duty Death: West Virginia

United States Fire Administration
17 April 2023

Earlier: West Virginia Forestry Worker Killed While Fighting Wildfire

The United States Fire Administration has announced the death of Service Forester Cody J. Mullens, 28, of the West Virginia Division of Forestry on 13 April 2023.

On Thursday, April 13, 2023, Service Forester Cody J. Mullens was fighting a fire in Fayette County. While at the scene, a tree fell on him, killing him instantly.

Age: 28
Rank: Service Forester
Classification: Career
Incident date: April 13, 2023
Date of death: April 13, 2023
Cause of fatal injury: Struck By
Nature of fatal injury: Trauma
Activity type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Outdoor Property

The number of on-duty deaths for 2023 currently is 23.

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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