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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 97th 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 the LaCrosse Volunteer Fire Department.

Joshua T. Smith

Rank: Firefighter
Age: 25
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: <1

Date of Incident: 12/14/2013
Time of Incident: 1444hrs
Date of Death: 12/14/2013

Fire Department: LaCrosse Volunteer Fire Department
Address: PO Box 38, 202 Carolina ST, LaCrosse, VA 23950
Fire Department Chief: Mike Clark

Incident Description: While responding to the fire station for an alarm, Firefighter Smith was killed from injuries sustained when the privately owned vehicle he was operating left the roadway and crashed. Investigation of the fatal accident continues by local and state authorities.

Incident Location: 2100 block Rocky Branch Road

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Joshua T. Smith at

To date, 97 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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