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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 84th Line Of Duty Death for 2013 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Captain David Heath 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 New Hanover County Fire Rescue.

David Heath

Rank: Captain
Age: 48
Gender: Male
Status: Career
Years of Service: 10

Date of Incident: 10/14/2013
Time of Incident: 1600hrs
Date of Death: 10/14/2013

Fire Department: New Hanover County Fire Rescue
Address: 230 Government Center Drive, Suite 130, Wilmington, NC, 28403
Fire Department Chief: Donnie Hall

Incident Description: While participating in a department training exercise, Captain David Heath collapsed from an apparent cardiac event. Although fire rescue personnel immediately performed CPR, applied a defibrillator and administered advance life support measures, Captain Heath passed away.

Incident Location: Safety Training Center at Cape Fear Community College's North Campus

Tribute is being paid to Captain David Heath at

To date, 83 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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