USFA: New Mexico On-Duty Death

The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Fire Chief Jon Tibbets, 59, of the Sandoval County Fire Department on July 23, 2012.

Fire Chief Tibbetts was enroute to administer a physical abilities test to a newly hired county employee at a location other than his normal duty station. While traveling on Interstate 25, Tibbetts was struck by another driver causing the fire department vehicle he was operating to roll twice, cross over a retaining wall, and come to a final resting position on the vehicle’s roof. Chief Tibbets died at the scene of the crash from the injuries he sustained.

Funeral Arrangements:

Tribute is being paid to Fire Chief  Jon Tibbetts at
To date, 50 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2012. Year-to-date monthly and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at

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