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

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

Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.

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