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

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 79th Line Of Duty Death in 2012 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Chief of Department Steven Fritz has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and members of Rothschild Fire Department.

Steven W. Fritz

Rank: Fire Chief
Age: 58
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer (Paid-on-Call)
Years of Service: 20

Date of Incident: 12/10/2012
Time of Incident: 1230hrs
Date of Death: 12/10/2012

Fire Department: Rothschild Fire Department
Address: 211 Grand AVE, Rothschild, WI 54474-1173
Fire Department Chief: Acting Fire Chief Glen Engebetson

Incident Description: Fire Chief Fritz fell ill while at his residence. Fire and EMS personnel responded to the call and transported Fritz to Saint Clare’s Hospital where he passed away from an apparent heart attack. Chief Fritz had responded to the fire station for at least one emergency call earlier in day.

Incident Location: Pending

Funeral Arrangements: Visitation will be held Friday, December 14th, 2012 from 1600- 2000hrs at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 503 Schmidt St., Rothschild, WI 54474. Visitation will continue on Saturday, December 15, 2012 from 0900-1100hrs. Funeral: Saturday, December 15, 2012, 1100hrs, at the Mount Calvary Lutheran Church. Note: The location for services may change depending upon availability of a larger size venue. More information at the John J. Buttgen Funeral Home (, 948 Grand AVE, Schofield, WI. Telephone: (715) 359-2828.

Tribute is being paid to Fire Chief Steven W. Fritz at

To date, 79 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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