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The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: VA

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 11th Line Of Duty Death in 2012 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Zachary Whitacre has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and members of the Gore Volunteer Fire& Rescue.

Zachary Whitacre

Rank: Firefighter
Age: 21
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: <1

Date of Incident: 02/13/2012

Time of Incident: 0400hrs

Date of Death: 02/13/2012

Fire Department: Gore Volunteer Fire & Rescue

Address: PO Box 146, 7184 Northwestern PIKE, Gore, VA 22637

Fire Department Chief: Steve Holliday

Incident Description: Firefighter Whitacre passed away from injuries sustained when the apparatus he was riding in crashed. Freezing temperatures and hazardous road conditions caused by fire tanker operations were possible contributing factors to the accident. Investigation into the incident by local and state authorities continues.

Incident Location: U.S. 50 & Timber Ridge Rd, Bloomery, Hampshire, West Virginia 26711 Funeral Arrangements: Pending


Tribute is being paid to Zachary Whitacre at To date, 11 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2012. Year-to-date monthly and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online @

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