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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 47th Line Of Duty Deaths in 2012 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Firefighter & Lieutenant David Chew Jr. has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and members of the BloxomVolunteer Fire Department.

David R. Chew Jr.

Rank: Lieutenant
Age: 30
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: 11
Date of Incident: 07/16/2012
Time of Incident: 1130hrs
Date of Death: 07/16/2012

Fire Department: Bloxom Volunteer Fire Company
Address: PO Box 132, 15312 Bayside DR, Bloxom, VA 23308
Fire Department Chief: James Bagwell

Incident Description:

While responding to a motor vehicle accident, Lieutenant Chew was riding in a fire engine that ran off the road while negotiating a curve, striking several trees, and overturning. Lieutenant Chew died from injuries sustained when he was ejected from the fire engine.

Incident Location: Approximately 0.5 mile west of U.S. Route 13 on Nelsonia Road

Funeral Arrangements: Pending

Tribute is being paid to Lieutenant David R. Chew Jr. at

To date, 47 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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