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

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 30th Line Of Duty Death for 2013 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Brian Woehlke has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for his fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and members of the Westland Fire Department.

Brian Woehlke

Rank: Firefighter
Age: 29
Gender: Male
Status: Career
Years of Service: <1

Date of Incident: 05/08/2013
Time of Incident: 0900hrs
Date of Death: 05/08/2013

Fire Department: Westland Fire Department
Address: 37201 Marquette ST, Westland, MI 48185
Fire Department Chief: Michael J. Reddy

Incident Description: Firefighter Woehlke passed away from injuries sustained in a commercial structure fire at a strip mall. Woehlke was caught and trapped when the roof of the structure collapsed. Initial reports indicate that a Mayday call was made shortly after the collapse. Further details regarding the incident are pending and it remains under investigation by authorities.

Incident Location: 6581 N Wayne RD, Westland, MI 48185

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Brian Woehlke at

To date, 30 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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