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

It is with deep regret that I post the following USFA official line of duty death announcement of fellow brother Chief Paul Johnson. Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and the members of the Crows Roost Fire Department, OK.

Paul Johnson

Rank: Fire Chief
Age: 63
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: 20
Date of Incident: 05/19/2010
Time of Incident: 0142hrs
Date of Death: 05/19/2010

Fire Department:
Crow Roost Fire Department
Highway 152, Fort Cobb, OK 73038
Fire Department Chief: Pending

Incident Description: Fire Chief Johnson passed away from an apparent heart attack while en route to a structure fire. Johnson was operating the department’s pumper when he became ill and asked Fire Captain Cheri Poindexter, who was riding in the cab with him, to take the wheel as he slumped over and became unresponsive. Poindexter managed to get the rig stopped and immediately called a Mayday over the radio. Another Crow Roost apparatus, also responding to the incident, stopped to render aid with an AED they had on board. The firefighters worked on Chief Johnson for 20 minutes until a Carnegie Ambulance arrived and subsequently transported Johnson to the Carnegie Hospital where he succumbed to his injury.

Incident Location: Sooner Rd, Edmond, OK 73013.

Funeral Arrangements: 05/21/2010 @ 1400hrs, Eakley, OK; Interment to follow at the Binger Cemetery. A remembrance notice for Fire Chief Johnson will be posted on

Memorial Fund Contact and Address: In honor of Fire Chief Paul Johnson, c/o Perry Brinegar, ASCOG Rural Fire Defense Coordinator, PO Box 1647, Duncan, OK 73534-1647

Tribute is being paid to Fire Chief Paul Johnson at

To date, 29 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2010; 27 from incidents that occurred in 2010 and 2 from a previous year incidents. Year-to-date monthly and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online @

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