USFA: West Virginia On-Duty Deaths

The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Lieutenant Tom Craigo, 40, and Assistant Fire Chief Michael Edwards, 46 of the Pratt Volunteer Fire Department on March 24, 2018.

Lieutenant Tom Craigo and Assistant Fire Chief Michael Edwards were killed and three other firefighters were injured when, for a cause still under investigation, the apparatus they were in left the narrow roadway and crashed into a rock wall. At the time, the firefighters were responding to a multiple fatality motor vehicle crash on the West Virginia Turnpike. Of the three firefighters injured, Fire Chief Timothy Walker remains in the hospital in critical condition; Firefighter Billy Hypes is in stable condition; and Firefighter Kyle Jenkins was released with minor injuries.  

Tribute is being paid to Lieutenant Craigo and Assistant Chief Edwards at

To date, 20 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2018.  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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