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

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 Thomas "Todd" Lange has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and the members of the Pittsfield Fire Department.

Thomas “Todd” Lange

Rank: Firefighter
Age: 60
Gender: Male
Status: Career
Years of Service: 32
Date of Incident: 02/05/1978
Time of Incident: Pending
Date of Death: 05/20/2011

Fire Department: Pittsfield Fire Department
Address: 74 Columbus AVE, Pittsfield, MA 01201
Fire Department Chief: Robert Czerwinski

Incident Description: Firefighter Lange passed away from complications resulting from Hepatitis that he contracted through a documented exposure to an infected patient on an EMS incident more than 20 years ago.
Incident Location: 617 Hancock RD, Pittsfield, MA

Funeral Arrangements: 05/23/2011

Memorial Fund Contact and Address: In honor of Firefighter Thomas “Todd” Lange, Pittsfield Permanent Fireman’s Benefit Association, c/o Pittsfield Fire Department, 74 Columbus AVE, Pittsfield, MA 01201.

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Thomas “Todd” Lange at
To date, 35 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2011; 31 from incidents that occurred in 2011 and four from previous years’ incidents. Year-to-date monthly and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online @

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