USFA: North Carolina On-Duty Death

Safety officer collapsed after arriving
on scene

United States Fire Administration

The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Safety Officer Joseph Jessie Tucker, Jr., 62, of the Thoroughfare Volunteer Fire Department on March 8, 2020.

On Sunday, March 8, 2020, Safety Officer Joseph Tucker was driving the department’s engine to a structure fire before complaining that he wasn’t feeling well to his coworkers. After arriving at the scene, Tucker was immediately transported to the Wayne UNC Hospital where he passed away.

Tribute is being paid to Safety Officer Tucker, Jr. at

To date, 15 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2020. 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.

North Carolina Firefighter Dies After Responding to Structure Fire

USFA: North Carolina On-Duty Death