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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 92nd Line Of Duty Death for 2013 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & First Assistant Chief Russ Gow 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 Factoryville Fire Department.

Russ “Rooster" Gow

Rank: First Assistant Fire Chief
Age: 58
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: 42

Date of Incident: 11/20/2013
Time of Incident: 2310hrs
Date of Death: 11/20/2013

Fire Department: Factoryville Fire Department
Address: PO Box 275, 120 College Avenue, Factoryville, PA 18419
Fire Department Chief: Brian Gow

Incident Description: While at the scene of a residential structure fire, First Assistant Chief Gow collapsed from a nature of illness still to be reported. Gow was treated on scene by fellow responders and transported to the hospital where he succumbed to his injury.

Incident Location: 139 College AVE, Factoryville, PA

Tribute is being paid to First Assistant Fire Chief Russ “Rooster” Gow at

To date, 92 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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