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

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 60th Line Of Duty Death in 2012 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Junior Firefighter James Towsend has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and members of the Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Department.

Justin Townsend

Rank: Junior Firefighter
Age: 17
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: 1

Date of Incident: 09/27/2012
Time of Incident: 1712hrs
Date of Death: 09/27/2012

Fire Department: Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Department
Address: 31818 Waples ST, Dagsboro, DE 19939
Fire Department Chief: Shane Furbush

Incident Description: Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched for an outside fire in a wooded area on East Clogg Drive just outside town limits. While en route to Station 73 in a personal vehicle, Junior Firefighter Townsend was fatally injured in a motor vehicle crash on Pepper Road, in the area of Jay Patch Road. No further details of the accident are available at this time. The Delaware State Police Crash Reconstruction Unit is currently conducting an investigation into the fatal incident.

Funeral Arrangements: Pending. Updates will be posted at

Tribute is being paid to Junior Firefighter Justin Townsend at

To date, 60 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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