USFA: Kentucky On-Duty Death

Firefighter Joseph “Joey” Wright, 39, of the Nichols (KY) Fire Protection District.

After participating in ladder training, he continued assisting with the CAD system. He then left and went to work where the onset of chest pains and dizziness occurred. He was sent to the Intensive Care Unit and remained there for 10 days before passing away from numerous heart attacks.

United States Fire Administration

The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Firefighter Joseph “Joey” Wright, 39, of the Nichols (KY) Fire Protection District on September 24, 2021.

On Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, Firefighter Joseph “Joey” Wright participated in strenuous mandatory ladder training with the Nichols Fire Protection District.  After the training was completed, he continued to work at the department assisting with the CAD system.  He then left and went to work where the onset of chest pains and dizziness occurred.  He was sent to an immediate care center where they evaluated him and transported him by ambulance to the hospital.  He remained in the Intensive Care Unit for 10 days before passing away on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, from numerous heart attacks.

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Joseph “Joey” Wright at http://apps.usfa.fema.gov/firefighter-fatalities/

To date, 101 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2021. 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.

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