The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Fire Chief Philip A. Mortensen, 67, of the Brooklyn Fire and EMS Protection District on December 22, 2012.
Shortly after returning to his auto shop from an emergency call, Fire Chief Mortensen fell ill and was discovered on the ground outside of the building. Brooklyn Fire and EMS crews responded and began CPR. Chief Mortensen was flown to the hospital due to poor road conditions but despite all efforts succumbed to what is thought to have been a cardiac related injury.
Tribute is being paid to Fire Chief Philip A. Mortensen at http://www.usfa.fema.gov/fireservice/fatalities/
To date, 81 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2012. Year-to-date monthly and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at http://www.usfa.fema.gov/fireservice/fatalities/statistics/ff_stats.shtm
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