USFA: North Carolina On-Duty Death

The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Captain Michael “Bubba” Eric Pennell, 49, of the Central Alexander Fire Department on April 17, 2017.

While on-duty at the Central Alexander Fire Department, Captain Michael Pennel suffered a medical emergency and collapsed in the bay of the apparatus room as he completed station duties. He was transferred to the Frye Regional Medical Center where he succumbed to a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be reported.

Tribute is being paid to Captain Pennell at

To date, 30 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2017.  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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