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USFA: West Virginia On-Duty Death

Roberson passed away while being transported to the hospital

United States Fire Administration

The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Firefighter Russell K. Roberson, 42, of the Iaeger Volunteer Fire Department on June 21, 2020.

On Saturday evening, June 20, 2020, firefighters from the Iaeger Volunteer Fire Department, as well as several other departments, responded to the scene of a residential fire. On Sunday, June 21, 2020, firefighters again responded to the same residence for a possible rekindle. While at the scene, Firefighter Russell K. Roberson evacuated a home owner from a second residence that had started to burn. He became ill and while being transported to the hospital, passed away. The cause of his death has not yet been determined.

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Roberson at

To date, 40 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2020. Year-to-date and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at

Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.

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