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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 3rd Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter James "Doc" Delbert Brooks 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 Prince George's Fire/ EMS Department.

James "Doc" Delbert Brooks

Rank: Firefighter/EMT
Age: 62
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: 20

Date of Incident: 01/07/2014
Time of Incident: 0010hrs
Date of Death: 01/15/2014

Fire Department: Prince George's Fire/ EMS Department
Address: 9201 Basil CT, STE 452, Largo, MD 20774-5310
Fire Department Chief: Marc S. Bashoor

Incident Description: While winterizing boats and a station at the Fort Washington Marina in preparation for record low temperatures forecasted for the following day, Firefighter Brooks began to experience difficulty breathing and called 911. Firefighters and paramedics arrived to find Brooks in cardiac arrest and immediately began pre-hospital care. He was transported to a nearby medical facility and subsequently relocated to Medstar at Washington Hospital Center in "critical" condition where he succumbed to his injury on January 15th, 2014.

Incident Location: Fort Washington Marina, 13600 King Charles Terrace, Fort Washington, MD 20744

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter/EMT James "Doc" Delbert Brooks at

To date, three firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2014. Year-to-date and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at

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