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The United States Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the 90th, LODD for 2009:

Steve Koeser, Age: 33, Gender: Male, Rank: Firefighter, Status: Volunteer

Incident Date: 12/29/2009

Incident Time: 19:20

Death Date: 12/29/2009

St. Anna Fire Department
N 126 School ST
New Holstein, Wisconsin 53061
Chief: Bob Thome

Initial Summary: Firefighter Koeser died from injuries sustained from a large explosion in the parking lot of a manufacturing plant. Details are pending, but initial reports indicate that the plant was closed and no employees were at the scene when the fire was reported in a dumpster by local law enforcement on patrol in the area. The St. Anna Fire Department responded to the scene and a short time later an explosion took place killing Firefighter Koeser and injuring several other firefighters, one critically. The cause of the fire and explosion remains under investigation by local, state, and federal agencies. Incident Location: W2002 County Road Q (USNG: 16T DP 0864 6051)
Memorial Fund Info: In honor of Firefighter Steve Koeser, c/o St. Anna Fire Department, N 126 School ST, New Holstein, WI 53061

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Steven Koeser at
To date, 92 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2009; 89 from incidents that occurred in 2009 and three from previous year incidents. Year-to-date monthly and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online @

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