You may have missed this small fact in the 2010 LODD information.
Note: I have removed the statements regarding the NFFF because some readers have begun confusing the relationship between the NFFF, the USFA and line of duty death numbers. My muddy point about the NFFF widget was my personal opinion regarding counting line of duty deaths and should not be thought of as a shot against the NFFF and their mission.
You may think it disrespectful to mention this fact now, just after our national memorial service, but I specifically waited to see if other sites, forums and blogs would pick up on it. "It" is below…
Did you catch it?
"An additional two firefighters were killed in a POV while they were returning from a fire certification class at a local community college. These firefighters were apparently involved in street racing with firefighters in another vehicle."
Last year I commented on how the sad event of two volunteer firefighters from North Carolina were killed while returing from training. What made it more sad was that the two were involved in drag racing. Sadder still, we learned that another volunteer firefighter was charged for the incident, drag racing with the victims.
Shortly after the March 2010 incident the USFA had officially declared the deaths of Jeremy Bolick and Tommy Wright as "official line of duty deaths." As late as January of this year, they were listed in the USFA's 2010 Firefighter Fatality Provisional Statistics.
It is fitting and respectful toward the other line of duty deaths recognized that Bolick and Wright were not as their actions were illegal and as with other line of duty deaths I have noted, outside the normality of "line of duty."
Still, it is sad when a firefighter dies, and saddness relived when honor and recognition are taken away.
As I have said before, if we could change the way we define "line of duty" , "on duty" and how we count our fatalites, maybe we'll be closer to truly changeable figures.
But I doubt it.
Also on Backstep Firefighter …
- On Duty & Line of Duty:
What Is the Difference? – March 17, 2013
- Senseless in Indiana – November 14, 2012
- POV Crash, Ejection Latest On-Duty Death – December 4, 2012
- The First 10 – May 9, 2013