USFA: Indiana On-Duty Death

The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Fire Chief James Joseph Knesek, Sr. 59, of the Munster Fire Department on February 8, 2014.

Fire Chief Knesek passed away at home from an apparent heart attack several hours after responding to a motor vehicle accident.

Tribute is being paid to Fire Chief James Joseph Knesek, Sr., at
To date, 13 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2014.  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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