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

It is in great sadness and with heavy hearts, that we as a Brotherhood post the 64th Line Of Duty Death for 2011 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Fire Chief Dennis Cauthen 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.

Dennis J. Cauthen

Rank: Fire Chief
Age: 54
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: 31
Date of Incident: 08/16/2011
Time of Incident: 0245hrs
Date of Death: 08/16/2011

Fire Department: Elgin Fire Department
Address: PO Box 1809, 114 Tram RD, Lancaster, SC 29720-9594
Fire Department Chief: Pending

Incident Description: Fire Chief Cauthen collapsed at the station and shortly thereafter passed away from a cause still to be determined after returning from fighting an early morning fire at an abandoned residence.
Incident Location: 937 15th Street, Lancaster, SC

Funeral Arrangements: Pending
Memorial Fund Contact and Address: Pending
Tribute is being paid to Fire Chief Dennis J. Cauthen at

To date, 64 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2011; 59 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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