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

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 Larry Gressett, Sr. has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and the members of the Toomsuba Volunteer Fire Department.

Larry Gressett, Sr.

Rank: Firefighter
Age: 33
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: 5
Date of Incident: 02/17/2011
Time of Incident: 1730hrs
Date of Death: 02/17/2011

Fire Department: Toomsuba Volunteer Fire Department
Address: 51 Will Garrett RD, Toomsuba, MS 39364
Fire Department Chief: Billy Stuckey

Incident Description: Firefighter Gressett responded to a scene of an accident at a local lake. A man had been in a boat with his grandson when he fell into the water. On arrival, a couple of the firefighters, including Firefighter Gressett, went into the water to rescue the man. Firefighter Gressett’s body cramped up and he drowned.

Incident Location: 230 Sam Hurtt RD, Toomsuba, MS 39364

Funeral Arrangements: Pending

Memorial Fund Contact and Address: Pending

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Gressett at

To date, 22 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2011; 19 from incidents that occurred in 2011 and three from previous years’ incidents. Year-to-date monthly and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online @

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