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

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 70th Line Of Duty Death for 2013 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Dave Brier 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 Middleborough Fire Department.

David Brier

Rank: Firefighter
Age: 50
Gender: Male
Status: Career
Years of Service: 15

Date of Incident: 07/13/2013
Time of Incident: 0900hrs
Date of Death: 07/22/2013

Fire Department: Middleborough Fire Department
Address: 125 North Main Street, Middleborough, MA 02346
Fire Department Chief: Lance Benjamino

Incident Description: While working his 24-hour shift which started at 8 a.m. on July 12, 2013, Firefighter Brier told his shift commander that he did not feel well and rested for a while. Although his shift commander told Brier that he should go home sick, Brier decided to finish out his shift. Upon completion of his shift, Brier returned home where he soon suffered a heart attack. He was rushed to Tufts New England Medical Hospital in Boston and was on life support until July 22, 2013, when he passed away. Brier never regained consciousness.

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter David Brier at

To date, 70 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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