USFA: North Carolina On-Duty Death

While on his way to the fire station to respond to a vehicle accident Firefighter Ralph DeBlasi was involved in a single vehicle accident.

DeBlasi was involved in a single vehicle accident

United States Fire Administration

The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Firefighter Ralph DeBlasi, 62, of Number 7 Township Fire Rescue of Craven County on June 10, 2021.

On Thursday, June 10, 2021, while on his way to the fire station to respond to a vehicle accident that had occurred on Highway 70, Firefighter Ralph DeBlasi was involved in a single vehicle accident at the 2200 block of Brice’s Creek Road. Fire department personnel responding to the first vehicle accident arrived on the scene and immediately provided EMS care to Firefighter DeBlasi, but he was unable to be revived.

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter DeBlasi at http://apps.usfa.fema.gov/firefighter-fatalities/

To date, 47 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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