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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 82nd Line Of Duty Death for 2013 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Fire Chief John Allison 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 Mason County Rural Fire Authority Custer Fire Department.

John Allison

Rank: Chief
Age: 51
Gender: Male
Status: Paid-on-call
Years of Service: 20+

Date of Incident: 10/07/2013
Time of Incident: 1711hrs
Date of Death: 10/14/2013

Fire Department: Mason County Rural Fire Authority Custer Fire Department
Address: P.O. Box 152, Custer, MI 49405
Fire Department Chief: John Allison

Incident Description: On October 7, Chief Allison responded with his fire department to a personal injury auto accident as a mutual aid request. After assisting in extricating the victims and providing medical care, Chief Allison and the fire departments remained on scene to assist the Mason County Sheriff's Office in conducting an accident investigation. After clearing the scene, Chief Allison returned to the department and assisted other personnel in restocking the trucks to put them back in service. In addition, because an accident victim was the wife of a fellow firefighter, Chief Allison stayed at the fire department for a while with other members for a debriefing discussion. The following day, October 8, Chief Allison was at home and stated to family that he was not feeling well. That evening, Chief Allison suffered a cardiac event. Even though family members and fellow responders immediately took actions to revive Chief Allison after his collapse, he never regained consciousness. Chief Allison was transported to Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital before being transferred to a hospital in Grand Rapids, MI. Chief Allison later passed away on October 14, having never recovered from the cardiac event on October 8.

Incident Location: U.S. Highway 10 (nearest crossroad was Budzynski Road)

Tribute is being paid to Chief John Allison at

To date, 82 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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