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

It is with deep regret that I post the following USFA official line of duty death announcement of fellow brother Firefighter John Polimine. Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and the members of the Scalp Level & Paint Volunteer Fire Company.

John Polimine

Rank: Firefighter
Age: 51
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: 2
Date of Incident: 05/01/2010
Time of Incident: 1230hrs
Date of Death: 05/01/2010

Fire Department:
Scalp Level & Paint Volunteer Fire Company
Address: PO Box 363, 807 Main ST, Windber, PA 15963
Fire Department Chief: Michael Alexander

Incident Description: Firefighter Polimine suffered a heart attack and collapsed after finishing a fire-suppression session at the Cambria County Fire School. Polimine and others were in a basic essentials class for firefighters, with multiple stations and tasks, including interior firefighting operations. Firefighter Polimine was treated at the scene and then transported to the Miners Medical Center where he passed away.

Incident Location: Cambria County Fire School, 211 Ott Road, Patton, PA.

Funeral Arrangements: Pending

Memorial Fund Contact and Address: Pending

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter John Polimine at

To date, 27 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2010; 26 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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Comment by Brad Hoff on May 4, 2010 at 1:05pm

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