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The USFA has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: CT

It's been awhile since there was a need to post a Brothers'/Sisters' passing while on a job. These things we don't like to read let alone I don't like posting. Now there are several and it's time we once again ponder why so many?

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 Robert Dean Watts has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and the members of the Windsor Volunteer Fire Department.

Robert Dean Watts

Rank: Firefighter
Age: 51
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: 30
Date of Incident: 04/18/2011
Time of Incident: 2000hrs
Date of Death: 04/18/2011

Fire Department: Windsor Volunteer Fire Department
Address: 275 Broad ST, Windsor, CT 06095
Fire Department Chief: William Lewis
Fire Department Website:

Incident Description: Firefighter Watts collapsed while working water supply at the scene of a report of smoke in the Windsor Rehabilitation Center. Fellow firefighters and EMS personnel immediately initiated CPR and Firefighter Watts was transported to St. Francis Hospital by a Windsor EMS ALS unit where he passed away from a cause still to be determined.

Incident Location: 581 Poquonock Avenue
Funeral Arrangements: Pending
Memorial Fund Contact and Address: Pending

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Robert Dean Watts at
To date, 29 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2011; 26 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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