USFA: Pennsylvania On-Duty Death

The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Assistant Chief Walter Wagaman, 46, of the Buchanan Valley Volunteer Fire Department on August 14, 2019.

On Friday, August 2, 2019, Assistant Chief Walter Wagaman was responding to an emergency as a passenger in an apparatus when he was ejected from it.  Wagaman was treated by emergency personnel at the scene and was immediately flown to the York Trauma Center where, on Wednesday, August 14, 2019, he passed away from the injuries he sustained from the accident. 

Tribute is being paid to Assistant Chief Wagaman at

To date, 32 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2019.  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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