USFA: Oklahoma On-Duty Deaths

Chief and firefighter killed during a search for trapped occupants.

Chief and firefighter killed during a search
for trapped occupants

United States Fire Administration

The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty deaths of Chief Lonnie Bolar, 45, and Firefighter Tayler Bradford, 28, of the Waynoka Volunteer Fire Department on January 29, 2021.

On Friday, January 29, 2021, at approximately 3:07 a.m., Chief Lonnie Bolar and Firefighter Tayler Bradford responded to a residential fire. The fire was initially reported by a person trapped in a bedroom of the home. Chief Bolar and Firefighter Bradford entered the home and found a man and woman. While attempting to perform rescues, there was a roof collapse killing both Chief Bolar and Firefighter Bradford as well as the occupants.

Tribute is being paid to Chief Bolar and Firefighter Tayler at http://apps.usfa.fema.gov/firefighter-fatalities/

To date, 12 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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