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

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 67th Line Of Duty Death for 2013 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Lieutenant Matthew Blankenship has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the Mansfield fire Protection District.

Matthew Blankenship

Rank: Lieutenant
Age: 38
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: 4

Date of Incident: 07/13/2013
Time of Incident: 1724hrs
Date of Death: 07/20/2013

Fire Department: Marshfield Fire Protection District
Address: PO Box 126, 798 S Marshall ST, Marshfield, MO 65706-0126
Fire Department Chief: Michael Taylor

Incident Description: Lieutenant Blankenship passed away from injuries one week after sustaining burns over 75 percent of his body resulting from a flashover of a fire in the basement of a two-story residential structure. Blankenship had been in a medically induced coma at the hospital since he suffered the injuries. Two other firefighters injured in the same incident were treated at the hospital and released. The fatal incident remains under investigation by local authorities and the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Incident Location: 577 Hospitality Road, Niangua, MO

Tribute is being paid to Lieutenant Matthew Blankenship at

To date, 67 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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