The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Firefighter John R. Fritz of the Austintown Fire Department.
While on duty at Austintown Fire Station #1, Firefighter Fritz passed away from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be determined. Firefighter Fritz ran several emergency calls throughout his shift, and when he did not report to the truck for an emergency medical response, his crew found him in the station unresponsive. Fellow responders and Lane LifeTrans Ambulance provided medical assistance but Firefighter Fritz did not regain consciousness.
Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Fritz at https://apps.usfa.fema.gov/firefighter-fatalities/fatalityData/detail?fatalityId=4514
To date, 32 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2016. Year-to-date and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at http://apps.usfa.fema.gov/firefighter-fatalities/fatalityData/statistics