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

It is in great sadness and with heavy hearts, that we as a Brotherhood post the 67th Line Of Duty Death for 2011 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Henry Branscum 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 Northeast R-IV Rural Fire Association.

Henry "Jay" Branscum

Rank: Firefighter
Age: 32
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: <1
Date of Incident: 09/02/2011
Time of Incident: 2323hrs
Date of Death: 09/03/2011

Fire Department: Northeast R-IV Rural Fire Association
Address: PO Box 111, 106 S Main, Cairo, MO 65239
Fire Department Chief: Harold Muehe

Incident Description: Firefighter Branscum died from a cause still to be determined while working at the scene of campground/resort fire involving several camp trailer homes.
Incident Location: Cairo, MO.

Funeral Arrangements: Services are set for 10 AM Thursday Sept. 8, 2011 at Timber Lake Christian Church, 1624 Gratz Brown, Moberly, MO 65270. Burial to follow, MO State Veterans Cemetery, County Rd 1675, Jacksonville, MO 1479.
Memorial Fund Contact and Address: In lieu of flowers the Family suggests memorials to the Jay Branscum Memorial Fund, c/o Bank of Cairo and Moberly, 207 East Rollins St, Moberly, MO 65270.

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Henry "Jay" Branscum at
To date, 67 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2011; 62 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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