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The United States Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: WV.

It is with deep regret that I post the following USFA official line of duty death announcement of fellow brother in arms FF Donnie Adkins. Our sincere condolences go out to the family and the members of the Glasbow VFD..

Donald "Donnie" Adkins,

Age: 32
Cause of Death: Other
Rank: Firefighter
Nature of Death: Asphyxiation
Classification: Volunteer
Emergency Duty: Yes
Incident Date: 03/13/2010
Duty Type: On-Scene Non-Fire
Incident Time: 06:30
Activity Type: Search and Rescue
Death Date: 03/13/2010
Fixed Prop. Use: Outdoor Property

Fire Dept. Info:
Glasgow Volunteer Fire Department
PO Box 190, 119 Tompkins AVE
Glasgow , West Virginia 25086
Chief: Marty Blankenship

Initial Summary: Firefighter Adkins was part of a swift water rescue team working on a mutual aid rescue detail. He and two others were in a boat when the motor struck a piece of submerged material causing the motor to quit and the boat to drift away and capsize. Two team members made it to safety but Firefighter Adkins went missing. The men were attempting a rescue in the Beaver area at the time and had already fought the currents to rescue 11 people in another part of the county. After almost seven days of searching in challenging terrain under very difficult circumstances, a body has been recovered from Beaver Creek near the accident site where the rescue boat tipped over. Identification is pending autopsy. Incident

Location: Beaver Creek (@ Violet Lane), Raleigh County (USNG: 17S MB 8683 7856).

Memorial Fund Info: Donations in honor of Firefighter Donald Adkins can be made c/o the Glasgow Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 190, 119 Tompkins AVE, Glasgow, WV 25086-0190.

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Donnie Adkins at

To date, 15 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2010; 14 from incidents that occurred in 2010 and 1 from a previous year incident. Year-to-date monthly and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online @

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