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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 23rd Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter First Class Steven Joseph Knaus 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 City of Willowick Fire Department & Cleveland Fire Department.

Steven Joseph Knaus

Rank: Firefighter First Class
Age: 47
Gender: Male
Status: Career
Years of Service: 24

Date of Incident: 02/28/2014
Time of Incident: 2000hrs
Date of Death: 02/28/2014

Fire Department: Willowick Fire Department
Address: 30435 Lake Shore BLVD, Willowick, OH 44095-4624
Fire Department Chief: Robert Posipanka

Incident Description: Several hours after coming off of a shift that included four emergency responses, Firefighter Knaus was discovered in his vehicle located in the driveway of his home and in cardiac arrest. Knaus was treated and transported to the hospital but succumbed to his injury.

Incident Location: 17609 Harland ST, Cleveland, OH

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter First Class Steven Joseph Knaus at

To date, 23 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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