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

It is in great sadness and with heavy hearts, that we as a Brotherhood post the 80th Line Of Duty Death in 2011 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter James Rice 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 Peabody Fire Department.

James “Jim” Rice

Rank: Firefighter
Age: 42
Gender: Male
Status: Career
Years of Service: 11
Date of Incident: 12/23/2011
Time of Incident: 1324hrs
Date of Death: 12/23/2011

Fire Department: Peabody Fire Department
Address: 41 Lowell ST, Peabody, MA 01960-5411
Fire Department Chief: Steve Pasdon
Fire Department Website:

Incident Description: While Firefighter Rice was working at the scene of a fire in a multi-family dwelling, he became trapped from a cause still to be determined in heavy smoke and fire conditions between the second and third floors of the structure. Firefighter Rice was rescued by fellow firefighters, treated on-scene, and transported to the Salem Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The fatal incident is being investigated by local, state, and federal authorities.
Incident Location: 5 Hancock Street
Funeral Arrangements: Wake/Visitation: Thursday, 12/29/2011 from 1500-2000hrs at Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn ST, Peabody, MA.
Funeral: Friday, 12/30/2011 at 1000hrs, St. John the Baptist Church, 16 Church ST, Peabody, MA.
Memorial Fund Contact and Address: Memorial donations in honor of Firefighter James Rice can be sent to: IAFF Local 925 c/o James Rice, PO Box 4313, Peabody, MA 01960; or, James Rice Memorial Fund, Northshore Bank, 32 Main ST, Peabody, MA 01960. Deposits can also be made in person at any branch.
More details will be posted at
Tribute is being paid to Firefighter James “Jim” Rice at

To date, 86 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2011; 80 from incidents that occurred in 2011 and six from previous years’ incidents. Year-to-date monthly and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online @

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