USFA On-Duty Death: South Dakota

United States Fire Administration
25 April 2023

Earlier: South Dakota Firefighter Dies During Fire

The United States Fire Administration has announced the death of Firefighter Fred Fedeler, 67, of the Chester Volunteer Fire Department on 22 April 2023.

On Saturday, April 22, 2023, Firefighter Fred Fedeler was at the scene of an agricultural facility fire when he suffered a medical emergency. He was immediately treated at the scene and then rushed to the Madison Regional Health System. He passed away a short time later from an apparent heart attack.

Age: 67
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: April 22, 2023 8:00 a.m.
Date of death: April 22, 2023
Cause of fatal injury: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of fatal injury: Heart Attack
Activity type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Industry

The number of on-duty deaths for 2023 currently is 27.

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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