The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Firefighter Robert James Phillips II, 62, of the Memphis Fire Department on September 23, 2018.
On Sept. 22, Firefighter Robert James Phillips II responded to two emergency incidents, the last one being a motor vehicle accident at approximately 11:30 a.m. On Sept. 23, at approximately 6:30 a.m., Phillips was found unresponsive by his wife at his residence. She called 911 and the Memphis Fire Department responded, but Phillips was pronounced dead at the scene. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be reported.
Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Phillips at http://apps.usfa.fema.gov/firefighter-fatalities/
To date, 69 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2018. Year-to-date and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at https://www.usfa.fema.gov/data/statistics/ff_fatality_reports.html
Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.