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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 13th Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Chief of Department James Joseph Knesek, Sr. 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 Munster Fire Department.

James Joseph Knesek, Sr.

Rank: Fire Chief
Age: 59
Gender: Male
Status: Career
Years of Service: 35

Date of Incident: 02/08/2014
Time of Incident: 1200hrs
Date of Death: 02/08/2014

Fire Department: Munster Fire Department
Address: 1005 Ridge RD, Munster, IN 46321
Fire Department Chief: Assistant Fire Chief Dave Pelc

Incident Description: Fire Chief Knesek passed away at home from an apparent heart attack several hours after responding to a motor vehicle accident.

Incident Location: Pending

Tribute is being paid to Fire Chief James Joseph Knesek, Sr., at

To date, 13 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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