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The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: CA

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 15th Line Of Duty Death in 2012 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter and Captain Mark Ratledge has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and members of the Cottonwood Fire Protection District.

Mark G. Ratledge

Rank: Fire Captain
Age: 35
Gender: Male
Status: Career
Years of Service: 9
Date of Incident: 02/29/2012
Time of Incident: 0610hrs
Date of Death: 02/29/2012

Fire Department: Cottonwood Fire Protection District
Address: PO Box 618, 3271 Brush ST, Cottonwood, CA 96022
Fire Department Chief: Calvin Ciapponi

Incident Description: Fire Captain Ratledge was struck and killed by a vehicle while working at the scene of a traffic collision on Interstate 5.
Incident Location: Southbound Interstate 5 near the Shasta Livestock Auction Yard.

Funeral Arrangements: Pending. Memorials may be made in honor of Captain Ratledge to the Mark Ratledge Memorial Fund, North Valley Bank, 20635 Gas Point RD, Cottonwood, CA 96022 (http://novb.com/).
Tribute is being paid to Fire Captain Mark G. Ratledge at http://www.usfa.fema.gov/fireservice/fatalities/

To date, 15 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2012. Year-to-date monthly and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online @ http://www.usfa.fema.gov/fireservice/fatalities/statistics/ff_stats...

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