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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 7th Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Chief of Department Rick Winkles has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family, friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the Trumann Fire Department.

Rick Winkles

Rank: Fire Chief
Age: 53
Gender: Male
Status: Career
Years of Service: 28

Date of Incident: 01/28/2014
Time of Incident: 1700hrs
Date of Death: 01/28/2014

Fire Department: Trumann Fire Department
Address: PO Box 171, 801 W Main ST, Trumann, AR 72472
Fire Department Chief: Pending

Incident Description: Fire Chief Winkles suffered an apparent heart attack while working at the scene of an accidental grass fire that spread to and destroyed a nearby residence. Winkles was treated by fellow responders at the scene then transported to the hospital where he passed away.

Incident Location: Hatche Coon Road

Tribute is being paid to Fire Chief Rick Winkles at

To date, 7 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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