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

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 62nd Line Of Duty Death in 2012 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Chief of Department Larry Nielson has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and members of the Gilmore City Fire Department.

Larry D. Nielsen

Rank: Fire Chief
Age: 60
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: 41

Date of Incident: 10/09/2012
Time of Incident: 1730hrs
Date of Death: 10/09/2012

Fire Department: Gilmore City Fire Department
Address: 111 SE C AVE, Gilmore City, IA 50541
Fire Department Chief: Assistant Chief Lowell Johnson

Incident Description: Fire Chief Nielsen was responding to a barn fire riding in fire department apparatus when he fell ill. The vehicle operator immediately pulled over to the side of the road and called for help. Chief Neilsen was treated at the scene by EMS responders and transported to the hospital where he passed away from an apparent heart attack.

Incident Location: Vicinity of Gilmore City, IA.

Funeral Arrangements: Visitation will be held from 0900-1400hrs on 10/13/2012 at the Gilmore City School with services to follow at 1400hrs.

Tribute is being paid to Fire Chief Larry D. Nielsen at

To date, 62 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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