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

It is with deep sadness and regret that I post the second double firefighter fatality Line of duty death in as many days. Fellow brother firefighters Chief Posey Dillon and Firefighter William Altice. Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and the members of the Rocky Mount FD.

Posey Dillon

Rank: Fire Chief
Age: 59
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: 20+
Date of Incident: 07/26/2010
Time of Incident: 1630hrs
Date of Death: 07/26/2010

William Daniel “Danny” Altice

Rank: Firefighter
Age: 67
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: 47
Date of Incident: 07/26/2010
Time of Incident: 1630hrs
Date of Death: 07/26/2010

Fire Department: Rocky Mount Fire Department #1
Address: 1250 N. Main ST, Rocky Mount, VA 24151
Fire Department Chief: Pending

Incident Description: While responding to a residential structure fire, Fire Chief Dillon and Firefighter Altice were both killed when their fire department apparatus was struck by an SUV at an intersection. The fire truck rolled several times and came to a final resting position on top of another car. The cab of the apparatus was heavily damaged; neither occupant was reported to be wearing seat belts. One of the civilian motor vehicle operators suffered non life-threatening injuries and the other was uninjured in the incident.

Investigation into the accident continues by local and State authorities.

Incident Location: Apparatus collision: Old Franklin Turnpike and Market Pl DR, Rocky Mount, VA. House fire: Lakeview Dr, Penhook, VA

Funeral Arrangements: Pending

Memorial Fund Contact and Address: Pending

Tribute is being paid to Fire Chief Posey Dillon and Firefighter and past Fire Chief William Daniel “Danny” Altice at

To date, 49 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2010; 47 from incidents that occurred in 2010 and 2 from previous year incidents. Year-to-date monthly and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online @

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