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

It is in sadness and with great honor that we as a Brotherhood post the following Line Of Duty Death from the USFA. Fellow brother firefighter and Chief Tom Hardy has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and the members of the Athens Twp Fire Department.

Tom Hardy

Rank: Fire Chief
Age: 68
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: 17
Date of Incident: 12/24/2010
Time of Incident: 1900hrs
Date of Death: 12/31/2010

Fire Department: Athens Township Fire Department
Address: 130 E Burr Oak ST, Athens, MI 49011
Fire Department Chief: Pending

Incident Description: While at the station after returning from a fire call, Fire Chief Hardy fell and struck his head. He was treated by fellow firefighters and transported to the hospital. While in the hospital, Chief Hardy’s conditioned worsened and he remained in a coma for several days before passing away from his injuries.

Incident Location: 130 E Burr Oak ST, Athens, MI 49011.

Memorial Fund Contact and Address: Contributions in honor of Fire Chief Tom Hardy can be made to the Athens TWP Fire Department Auxiliary, 130 E Burr Oak ST, Athens, MI 49011.

Tribute is being paid to Fire Chief Tom Hardy at

To date, 87 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2010; 85 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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