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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 93rd Line Of Duty Death for 2013 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Chief Charles Pierson 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 Southern Jackson Volunteer Fire Department.

Charles A. Pierson

Rank: Fire Chief
Age: 76
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: 53

Date of Incident: 12/07/2013
Time of Incident: 0503hrs
Date of Death: 12/07/2013

Fire Department: Southern Jackson County Volunteer Fire Department
Address: PO Box 125, CR 21 and Pleasant Valley RD, Kenna, WV 25248
Fire Department Chief: Acting Fire Chief Lori Pierson

Incident Description: After responding to the fire station for the report of a motor vehicle accident, Chief Pierson suffered a medical emergency and collapsed while boarding the first due apparatus. Although fellow responders came to his aid, Chief Pierson passed away in the fire station from a nature of injury still to be reported.

Incident Location: CR 21 and Pleasant Valley RD, Kenna, WV 25248

Tribute is being paid to Fire Chief Charles A. Pierson at

To date, 93 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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