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

It is in great sadness and with heavy hearts, that we as a Brotherhood post the 51st Line Of Duty Death for 2011 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter and Fire Police LT. John Lackovic has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to our brothers family and the members of the Valley Forge Volunteer Fire Company.

John Lackovic

Rank: Fire Police Lieutenant
Age: 60
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: 33
Date of Incident: 07/11/2011
Time of Incident: 1130hrs
Date of Death: 07/11/2011

Fire Department: Valley Forge Volunteer Fire Company
Address: PO Box 62, 630 Valley Park RD, Valley Forge, PA 19481-0062
Fire Department Chief: Rick Beittel, Jr.

Incident Description: Approximately four hours after Fire Police Lieutenant Lackovic responded to a report of a motorcycle accident, Lackovic began experiencing difficulty breathing. EMS units from West End Ambulance responded to calls for assistance and, upon arrival, found Lieutenant Lackovic in cardiac arrest. Lieutenant Lackovic was transported to the Phoenixville Hospital where he passed away.
Incident Location: 1145 Valley Forge Rd, Schuylkill Twp, PA

Funeral Arrangements: Per the family’s request, a private viewing, funeral, and reception will be held Friday, July 15th, 2011.
Memorial Fund Contact and Address: Pending

Tribute is being paid to Fire Police Lieutenant John Lackovic at

To date, 51 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2011; 46 from incidents that occurred in 2011 and five from previous years’ incidents. Year-to-date monthly and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online @

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