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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 81st Line Of Duty Death in 2012 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter and Chief of Department Phillip Mortensen has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and members of the Brooklyn Fire & EMS Protection District

Philip A. Mortensen
Rank: Fire Chief
Age: 67
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: 42

Date of Incident: 12/22/2012
Time of Incident: Pending
Date of Death: 12/22/2012
Fire Department: Brooklyn Fire & EMS Protection District
Address: 401 W. Main St, Brooklyn, WI 53521
Fire Department Chief: Assistant Chief Leif Spilde

Incident Description: Shortly after returning to his auto shop from an emergency call, Fire Chief Mortensen fell ill and was discovered on the ground outside of the building. Brooklyn Fire and EMS crews responded and began CPR. Chief Mortensen was flown to the hospital due to poor road conditions but despite all efforts succumbed to what is thought to have been a cardiac related injury.

Incident Location: 104 S Rutland AVE, Brooklyn, WI 53521

Funeral Arrangements: Pending

Tribute is being paid to Fire Chief Philip A. Mortensen at

To date, 81 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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