USFA: North Carolina On-Duty Death

LaGrange firefighter suffered a heart attack at home.

LaGrange firefighter suffered a heart attack at home

United States Fire Administration

The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Firefighter Charles Wayne Spry, 51, of the LaGrange Fire Department on May 26, 2021.

On Tuesday, May 25, 2021, Firefighter Charles Wayne Spry attended mandated physical fitness training at the fire department. Early the next morning, Wednesday, May 26, 2021, his family found him unresponsive on the kitchen floor of his home. He passed away from a cardiac event.

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Spry at

To date, 44 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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