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

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/Forest Ranger Technician Donald R. Lam has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and the members of the Kentucky Division of Forestry.

Donald R. Lam

Rank: Firefighter/Forest Ranger Technician
Age: 58
Gender: Male
Status: Career
Years of Service: 12
Date of Incident: 09/07/2010
Time of Incident: 1138hrs
Date of Death: 02/17/2011

Fire Department: Kentucky Division of Forestry
Address: 627 Comanche Trail, Frankfort, KY 40601
Fire Department Chief: Director Leah MacSwords

Incident Description: Firefighter Lam passed away from injuries sustained while engaged in fire suppression activities for the Scotts Chapel Road Fire, a 12-acre wildfire that occurred in Livingston County, Kentucky, in September, 2010.

Firefighter Lam was clearing a fire break for containment at the base of a bluff when a burning snag broke loose on top and rolled downhill over a small bluff and struck Lam from behind. Firefighter Lam was knocked out and sustained a serious head injury that left him unconscious, a fractured hip, bruises, and 2nd degree leg burns on his calves.

Incident Location: Scotts Chapel Road, Livingston County, KY

Funeral Arrangements: Pending

Memorial Fund Contact and Address: First Southern National Bank, Friends of Don Lam Account, P.O. Box 379, Princeton, KY 42445

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter/Forest Ranger Technician Donald R. Lam at

To date, 20 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2011; 17 from incidents that occurred in 2011 and three from previous year’s incidents. Year-to-date monthly and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online @

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