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

It is in sadness and with great honor that we as a Brotherhood post a Line Of Duty Death for 2011 from the USFA. Fellow brother Firefighter and Lieutenant Jarrett Eleam has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and the members of the Big Tree Volunteer Fire Company.

Jarrett Eleam

Rank: Lieutenant
Age: 26
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: 1.5
Date of Incident: 01/10/2011
Time of Incident: 1900hrs
Date of Death: 01/12/2011

Fire Department: Big Tree Volunteer Fire Company
Address: 4307 S Park AVE, Blasdell, NY 14219-2837
Fire Department Chief: Ed Hughes
Fire Department POC: Ed Hughes
Fire Department Website:

Incident Description: Lieutenant Eleam fell ill during routine SCBA training at the firehouse. Eleam was treated and taken to Mercy Hospital by the fire company's EMS unit. After being admitted to the hospital, Lieutenant Eleam's condition rapidly deteriorated and he passed away from a cause still to be determined.

Incident Location: 4307 S Park AVE, Blasdell, NY 14219-2837

Funeral Arrangements: Pending.

Memorial Fund Contact and Address: Monetary contributions will be accepted to honor his legacy by improving the fire company he so selflessly served: Big Tree Volunteer Fire Company, 4307 S Park AVE, Blasdell, NY 14219-2837. Portions of the contributions will also go to Upstate New York Transplant Services.

Tribute is being paid to Lieutenant Jarrett Eleam at

To date, four firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2011; three from incidents that occurred in 2011 and one from a previous year incident. Year-to-date monthly and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online @

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