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USFA: California On-Duty Death

CAL FIRE captain killed in collision

United States Fire Administration

The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Fire Captain Paul Rotondaro, 36, of CAL FIRE, Merced County Fire on October 2, 2019.

On Wednesday, October 2, 2019, Captain Paul Rotondaro, while on-duty, left the Merced County fire station to go to the Usona fire station. Driving a Ford Ranger, Rotondaro was hit by another truck, causing his truck to leave the road and catch fire, killing him instantly.

Tribute is being paid to Fire Captain at http://apps.usfa.fema.gov/firefighter-fatalities/

To date, 40 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2019. 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.

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