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

It is in great sadness and with heavy hearts, that we as a Brotherhood post the 59th Line Of Duty Death for 2011 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Jeffrey Cocke 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 Altavista Fire Department.

Jeffery Alan Cocke

Rank: Firefighter
Age: 59
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: 39
Date of Incident: 08/01/2011
Time of Incident: 1900hrs
Date of Death: 08/04/2011

Fire Department: Altavista Fire Department
Address: PO Box 208, 510 Seventh ST, Altavista, VA 24517
Fire Department Chief: John Tucker
Fire Department Website:

Incident Description: Firefighter Cocke suffered a pulmonary embolism within 24 hours of responding to two fire incident calls, one outdoor and one residential fire. After being treated and released from the hospital, Cocke returned two days later exhibiting symptoms when he passed away from his injury.
Incident Location: Barclay Lane, Altavista, VA

Funeral Arrangements: 08/07/2011
Memorial Fund Contact and Address: The family suggests those wishing to make memorials give to one of the following: Altavista Fire Company, P.O. Box 208, Altavista, VA 24517; and/or, Lane Memorial United Methodist Church, 1201 Bedford Avenue, Altavista, VA 24517.

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Jeffery Alan Cocke at
To date, 59 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2011; 54 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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