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

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 59th Line Of Duty Death in 2012 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother & Wildland Firefighter Chris Seelye has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and members of the U.S.D.A. Forest Service .

Chris Seelye

Rank: Firefighter

Age: Pending

Gender: Male

Status: Wildland Contract

Years of Service: Pending

Date of Incident: 09/17/2012

Time of Incident: Pending

Date of Death: 09/17/2012


Fire Department: USDA Forest Service

Address: Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Headquarters, 215 Melody Lane, Wenatchee, WA 98801

Fire Department Chief: Forest Supervisor Rebecca Heath


Incident Description: Firefighter Chris Seelye, under contract with the USDA Forest Service, suffered a medical emergency while battling the Wenatchee Complex Fire. Firefighter Seelye was treated by incident medical personnel and rushed to a nearly hospital where he passed away later that evening.

Incident Location: Wenatchee Complex Fire north of Entiat, WA

Funeral Arrangements: Pending

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Chris Seelye at

To date, 59 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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