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

It is with deep sadness and regret that I post a firefighter fatality Line of duty death from the USFA. Fellow brother firefighter William Akin. Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and the members of the Ghent Volunteer Fire Co.

William Akin, Jr.

Rank: Fire Police Captain

Age: 52

Gender: Male

Status: Volunteer

Years of Service: 25+

Date of Incident: 10/19/2010

Time of Incident: 2115hrs

Date of Death: 10/19/2010

Fire Department: Ghent Volunteer Fire Company

Address: PO Box 32, 2230 Route 66, Ghent, NY 12075

Fire Department Chief: Walter Engel

Fire Department Website:

Incident Description: Fire Police Captain Akin was operating his privately owned vehicle with emergency lighting in response to a motor vehicle accident. After stopping and clearing his intersection, Akin proceeded across the roadway and struck a telephone pole. Authorities are investigating the incident to determine a cause of death and whether Captain Akin suffered a medical emergency causing the accident.

Incident Location: Water Street and State Route 66

Funeral Arrangements: Pending

Memorial Fund Contact and Address: Pending

Tribute is being paid to Fire Police Captain William Akin, Jr., at

To date, 67 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2010; 65 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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