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

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 19th Line Of Duty Death for 2013 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Lawrence Stone has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for his fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and members of the West Union Community Fire Protection District.

Lawrence “Lance” A. Stone

Rank: Firefighter
Age: 37
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: 4

Date of Incident: 04/13/2013
Time of Incident: 2012hrs
Date of Death: 04/13/2013

Fire Department: West Union Community Fire Protection District
Address: PO Box 56, 119 W Union ST, West Union, IL 62477
Fire Department Chief: Bill Crumrin

Incident Description: Firefighter Stone was operating his privately owned vehicle en route to a fire call when the vehicle left the roadway and rolled. Firefighter Stone was ejected from the vehicle and passed away at the scene of the accident which is still under investigation by authorities.

Incident Location: MVA - One quarter mile East of Darwin Ferry RD and 2100 ST ; Reported fire call - Wilderness Lake Campground, Melrose Place Township.

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Lawrence “Lance” A. Stone

To date, 19 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2013. Year-to-date monthly and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online @

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