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

It is in great sadness and with heavy hearts, that we as a Brotherhood post the 69th Line Of Duty Death for 2011 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter William Waldner 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 Sunset Fire Department.

William Waldner

Rank: Firefighter
Age: 22
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: Pending

Date of Incident: 09/15/2011
Time of Incident: 0800hrs
Date of Death: 09/15/2011

Fire Department: Sunset Fire Department
Address: 41632 109TH ST, Britton, SD 57430-5506
Fire Department Chief: Danny Stahl, Jr.

Incident Description: Firefighters William Waldner and Jacob Waldner died from injuries sustained while attempting to extinguish a rekindled coal bin fire. The firefighters were on the roof of the structure when an explosion occurred killing both of them.
Incident Location: Pending

Funeral Arrangements: Pending
Memorial Fund Contact and Address: Pending
Tribute is being paid to Firefighter William Waldner and Firefighter Jacob Waldner at

To date, 70 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2011; 65 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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