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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 100th Line Of Duty Death for 2013 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Fire Police Lieutenant David Lidke 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 Hightstown Engine Company #1.


David Lidke


Rank: Fire Police Lieutenant
Age: 51
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: 8

Date of Incident: 12/23/2013
Time of Incident: 1430hrs
Date of Death: 12/23/2013

Fire Department: Hightstown Engine Company #1
Address: 140 N Main ST, Hightstown, NJ 08520
Fire Department Chief: Lawrence Van Kirk

Incident Description: Having just returned to the station from working scene safety at two residential structure fires, Fire Police Lieutenant Lidke suffered a medical emergency and collapsed while directing traffic to assist apparatus back into quarters. The nature and cause of Lidke’s fatal injury is still to be determined.

Incident Location: 140 N Main ST, Hightstown, NJ 08520

Tribute is being paid to Fire Police Lieutenant David Lidke at

To date, 100 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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