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 http://apps.usfa.fema.gov/firefighter-fatalities/
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 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.