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

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 Battalion Chief Steven F. Auch has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and the members of the Indianapolis Fire Department.  Chief Auch was one of the original IFD members who worked on FDIC since its first year in Indianapolis in 1995. He worked tirelessly and without complaint year-round on every aspect of FDIC planning—from obtaining sites for hands-on training to lining up local dignitaries to speak at the Opening Ceremony to obtaining “firehouse” furniture for the stage for Bruno “Unplugged,” an FDIC favorite.


FDIC Education Director and Editor in Chief Fire Engineering Magazine Bobby Halton reflected:

Steve was an outstanding officer. He carried himself with a dignity and grace that was unflappable. Steve championed ethics and professionalism and was giving to beyond expectation. All who knew him called him their friend, and they were well justified in doing so. No one was ever more honest in his dealings with his fellow firefighters and friends. The fire service is better for having had Steve for as long as we have. We honor Steve's life, we grieve deeply for our loss, for Donna his wife's loss. We pray for his family, we offer them whatever they need from Steve's other family of firefighters who are mourning with them across America.”

Halton continued: “I am reminded of these words when I think of Steve, his personality and character. Steve loved his work, he loved his FDIC, he loved his city, he loved his family, he loved ‘Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.’ God bless you, Steve. May the angels carry you home to your rewards for life well lived and for all you have given to all of us. We will remember you forever.”

Steven F. Auch                                      

Rank: Battalion Chief
Age: 56
Gender: Male
Status: Career
Years of Service: 33
Date of Incident: 02/01/2011
Time of Incident: 1547hrs
Date of Death: 02/01/2011

Fire Department: Indianapolis Fire Department
Address: 555 N New Jersey ST, Indianapolis, IN 46204
Fire Department Chief: Brian Sanford

Incident Description: Within several hours of finishing a duty shift at the department that included response to emergency incidents, Battalion Chief Auch passed away at home from a cause still to be determined.

Incident Location: Pending

Funeral Arrangements:
Viewing: Monday February 7, 2011 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm Indy West Conference Center (formerly Wayne Township Conference Center) 402 N High School Rd Indianapolis, IN

Services: Tuesday February 8, 2011, Viewing 10:00 am Services Begin at 11:00 am
Indy West Conference Center (formerly Wayne Township Conference Center) 402 N High School Rd
Indianapolis, IN

Flowers may be sent to the Conference Center Address

Memorial Fund Contact and Address: Pending

Tribute is being paid to Battalion Chief Steven F. Auch at

To date, 15 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2011; 13 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 @


FDIC Staff Mourns the Loss of Indianapolis (IN) Battalion Chief Ste...


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