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

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 71st Line Of Duty Death in 2012 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Chief of Department Walter Summerville has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and members of the Kernersville Fire Rescue Department.

Walter M. Summerville III

Rank: Fire Chief
Age: 55
Gender: Male
Status: Career
Years of Service: 25+

Date of Incident: 11/06/2012
Time of Incident: 1537hrs
Date of Death: 11/07/2012

Fire Department: Kernersville Fire Rescue Department
Address: PO Box 728, 316 W Bodenhamer ST, Kernersville, NC 27284
Fire Department Chief: Interim Fire Chief Terry Crouse

Incident Description: Fire Chief Summerville responded with his fire department to a triple shooting incident. Near the end of the incident, Summerville complained to fellow firefighters that he didn’t feel well and went to sit in one of the department vehicles while the incident finished up. The following day while at work, Chief Summerville complained again to coworkers that he still did not feel well and departed work early for home. A short time later, Summerville was discovered by a family member passed away from an apparent heart attack.

Incident Location: 1035 Duggins ST, Kernersville, NC 272

Tribute is being paid to Fire Chief Walter M. Summerville III at

To date, 71 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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