USFA: Montana On-Duty Death

The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Firefighter/EMT Kenneth Michael Lemanski, Jr., 37, of the Cascade (MT) Farmer Rancher City Volunteer Fire Department on October 20, 2021.

While on-duty on Sept 22, 2021, Firefighter/EMT Kenneth Michael Lemanski, Jr., responded to an EMS call and was exposed to COVID-19.  He subsequently contracted the virus and passed away on Wed., Oct. 20, 2021.

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter/EMT Kenneth Michael Lemanski, Jr. at

To date, 116 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2021. 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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