USFA: South Carolina On-Duty Death

A 32-year-old firefighter suffered acute onset of a headache.

Young firefighter died due to a stroke

United States Fire Administration

The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Firefighter/EMT Brian S. Mixson, 32, of Jasper County Fire and Rescue, on March 17, 2021.

On Friday, March 5, 2021, while on-duty, Firefighter/EMT Brian S. Mixson experienced an acute onset of a headache. By Sunday morning, March 7, 2021, he had a change in his vision and was rushed to the local hospital. He was then transported to the Savannah Medical Center, in Savannah Georgia, and admitted to the Neuro Intensive Care Unit. On Tuesday, March 16, 2021, there was no activity in his brain. Firefighter/EMT Mixson remained on life support while medical personnel compiled a list of organ recipients. The headache that he experienced while on-duty was the inception of a stroke. He passed away from the stroke on Wednesday, March 17, 2021.

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter/EMT Mixson at

To date, 31 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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