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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 99th Line Of Duty Death for 2013 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Joshua Smith 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 both his departments, Swift Creek Rural Fire Department & Cary Fire Department.


Jon F. Schondelmayer

Rank: Firefighter
Age: 44
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: 19

Date of Incident: 12/18/2013
Time of Incident: 1300hrs
Date of Death: 12/18/2013

Fire Department: Swift Creek Rural Fire Department
Address: 5825 Tryon Road, Cary, NC 27518
Fire Department Chief: Bryant Woodall

Incident Description: On the morning of December 18, 2013, Firefighter Schondelmayer was working with Swift Creek Fire Department as a firefighter when he begin to feel ill. He communicated to his crew at approximately 1130hrs that he was going to go home to get some medicine and return to the station. His crew became concerned when he left and called him on his cell phone to check to see how he was doing. At the same time, a Swift Creek firefighter was sent to his residence. While on the telephone, Schondelmayer communicated that he did not feel well and needed assistance. When the other Swift Creek firefighter arrived at the residence, he found Firefighter Schondelmayer unresponsive. Schondelmayer's fellow responder began rendering medical aid and contacted his company at Swift Creek for assistance. Emergency responders worked for 50 minutes to try to revive Firefighter Schondelmayer but he passed away from a nature and cause of injury still to be determined and reported. Firefighter Schondelmayer was also a Fire Captain with the Cary Fire Department, North Carolina, and had just come off of a busy shift with Cary that included several emergency response runs before beginning duty that day with the Swift Creek Rural Fire Department.

Incident Location: 2739 Campbell Road, Raleigh, NC 27606

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Jon F. Schondelmayer at http://apps.usfa.fema.gov/firefighter-fatalities/

To date, 99 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2013. Year-to-date and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at http://apps.usfa.fema.gov/firefighter-fatalities/fatalityData/stati...

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