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

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 Joshua Wilkes has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and the members of the Unity Fire Department.

Joshua Wilkes

Rank: Firefighter
Age: 26
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: 5+
Date of Incident: 02/13/2011
Time of Incident: 1600hrs
Date of Death: 02/13/2011

Fire Department: Unity Fire Department
Address: 367 Road 2216, Guntown, MS 38849
Fire Department Chief: Larry Williams

Incident Description: Upon leaving the scene of an outdoor fire and while returning to quarters, Firefighter Wilkes and another firefighter stopped at a convenience store to fill their apparatus with fuel. After entering the inside of the convenience store, Firefighter Wilkes suffered a medical emergency and passed away. The nature and cause of Firefighter Wilkes’ injury is still to be determined.

Incident Location: Woco-Saltillo, 189 Mobile ST, Saltillo, MS 38866

Funeral Arrangements: Pending

Memorial Fund Contact and Address: Pending

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Joshua Wilkes at

To date, 19 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2011; 17 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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