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

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 Recruit David Eason has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and the members of the West Memphis Fire Department.

David Eason

Rank: Firefighter Recruit
Age: 38
Gender: Male
Status: Firefighter Recruit
Years of Service: N/A
Date of Incident: 01/26/11
Time of Incident: 1545hrs
Date of Death: 01/26/11

Fire Department: West Memphis Fire Department
Address: 200 N 7TH ST, West Memphis, AR 72301
Fire Department Chief: Wayne Gately
Fire Department POC: Wayne Gately
Fire Department Website:

Incident Description: During a training exercise at the Arkansas Fire Academy in East Camden, Arkansas, Firefighter Recruit Eason went into cardiac arrest while performing a hose trace evolution. Paramedics were on-site and immediately performed CPR and advanced life support. However, Firefighter Recruit Eason passed away at the hospital approximately 30 minutes later. Cause of death is under investigation.

Incident Location: Arkansas Fire Academy, East Camden, AR

Funeral Arrangements: Pending

Memorial Fund Contact and Address: Pending

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Recruit Eason at

To date, 12 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2011; ten from incidents that occurred in 2011 and two from a previous year’s incident. Year-to-date monthly and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online @

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