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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 95th Line Of Duty Death for 2013 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Terry Richard Guss Sr. 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 South Zanesville Fire Department.

Terry Richard "D***" Guss, Sr.

Rank: Firefighter
Age: 72
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: 20+

Date of Incident: 12/12/2013
Time of Incident: 2130hrs
Date of Death: 12/15/2013

Fire Department: South Zanesville Fire Department
Address: South Zanesville Fire Department
Fire Department Chief: Norm Mansfield

Incident Description: After returning to the station from working a residential fire call, Firefighter Guss slipped and fell from the running board of an engine striking his head on the apparatus bay floor. According to reports, Guss was transported to the hospital alert and in little pain. While at the hospital Guss’ condition worsened and he was transferred to ICU then underwent surgery to address pressure on the brain from bleeding. In spite of best efforts from fellow first responders and medical personnel at the hospital, Firefighter Guss succumbed to his injuries passing away on Sunday, December 15th.

Incident Location: 24 E Main ST, South Zanesville, OH 43701-6213

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Terry Richard "D***" Guss, Sr., at

To date, 95 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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