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

It is with deep sadness and regret that I post a firefighter fatality Line of duty death from the USFA. Fellow brother firefighter Jim Saunders. Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and the members of the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District.

Jim Saunders

Rank: Firefighter
Age: 52
Gender: Male
Status: Career
Years of Service: 20
Date of Incident: 10/03/2010
Time of Incident: Pending
Date of Death: 10/07/2010
Fire Department:
Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District
Address: 2101 Hurley Way, Sacramento, CA 95825
Fire Department Chief: William B. Sponable
Fire Department Website:

Incident Description: Firefighter Saunders succumbed to a cardiac arrest injury that he suffered while operating at a fire on the Haggin Oaks Municipal Golf Course several days earlier.

Incident Location: Haggin Oaks Municipal Golf Course
Funeral Arrangements: Pending

Memorial Fund Contact and Address: Pending

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Jim Saunders at
To date, 66 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2010; 64 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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