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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 16th Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Wild land Pilot Jake Harrell 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 Arkansas Forestry Commission.

Jake Harrell

Rank: Pilot
Age: 34
Gender: Male
Status: Wildland Part-Time
Years of Service: 9

Date of Incident: 01/31/2014
Time of Incident: 1330hrs
Date of Death: 01/31/2014

Fire Department: Arkansas Forestry Commission
Address: 3821 West Roosevelt Road, Little Rock, AR 72204
Fire Department Chief: State Forester Joseph S. Fox

Incident Description: Following almost two weeks of searching for a missing single-engine Cessna 210 Centurion, Civil Air Patrol located the crash site and a National Guard helicopter crew confirmed that the pilot, Jake Harrell, was deceased and likely killed upon impact. Harrell, an experienced pilot, went missing while flying a regularly scheduled fire detection flight throughout west Arkansas. Investigation into the fatal incident continues by local, state, and federal (NTSB) authorities.

Incident Location: West of Glenwood in Montgomery County, AR

Tribute is being paid to Pilot Jake Harrell at

To date, 16 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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