USFA On-Duty Death: Tennessee

United States Fire Administration
25 April 2023

Earlier: Tennessee Firefighter Killed in Response Crash

The United States Fire Administration has announced the death of Captain Roy Sewell, 27, of the North Tazewell Volunteer Fire Department on 24 April 2023.

On Monday, April 24, 2023, Captain Roy Sewell was responding to an EMS call and to set up a landing zone. While en route, the apparatus he was driving left the roadway and rolled down a steep embankment. Captain Sewell was fatally injured and was declared deceased at the scene.

Age: 27
Rank: Captain
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: April 24, 2023 4:00 p.m.
Date of death: April 24, 2023
Cause of fatal injury: Vehicle Collision – Includes Aircraft
Nature of fatal injury: Trauma
Activity type: Driving/Operating Vehicle/Apparatus
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: Responding
Fixed property use: Street/Road

The number of on-duty deaths for 2023 currently is 26.

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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