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

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 43rd Line Of Duty Death for 2013 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Chaplain, John Appleton has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for his fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and our brothers & sisters of the Malden Volunteer Fire Department.

John T. Appleton

Rank: Firefighter/Chaplain
Age: 62
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: 7

Date of Incident: 06/24/2013
Time of Incident: 1420hrs
Date of Death: 06/24/2013

Fire Department: Malden Volunteer Fire Department
Address: 3924 Malden DR, Charleston, WV 25306
Fire Department Chief: William L. Peterson

Incident Description: While conducting exterior operations with other firefighters at a residential structure fire on Happy Hollow Road in Sissonville, Firefighter Appleton suffered a medical emergency. Appleton reportedly went into cardiac arrest and was treated at the scene then transported to the hospital but passed away from his injury.

Incident Location: 6 Happy Hollow Road, Sissonville, WV

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter/Chaplain John T. Appleton at

To date, 43 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2013. Year-to-date and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at

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