It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 74th Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Lieutenant James Bethea 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 Baltimore City Fire Department.
Years of Service: 40
Date of Incident: 11/12/2014
Time of Incident: 0700hrs
Date of Death: 11/12/2014
Fire Department: Baltimore City Fire Department
Address: 401 E. Fayette Street, Baltimore, MD 21202
Fire Department Chief: Niles Ford
Incident Description: At 0028hrs, firefighters responded to a vacant row house fire. Lieutenant Bethea, the safety officer, arrived at the scene at approximately 0043hrs. A few minutes later, the fire was deemed to be under control and by 0330hrs, all units were recalled to fire stations or other emergencies. Around 0700hrs, a fellow officer who drove by while off-duty observed that Bethea's fire department SUV was still at the scene. Officials returned and found Bethea's body in the basement of a vacant home next door to where the fire occurred. Investigation into the incident and cause of death continues.
Incident Location: 701 E. North Avenue, Baltimore, MD
Tribute is being paid to Lieutenant James Bethea at http://apps.usfa.fema.gov/firefighter-fatalities/
To date, 74 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2014. Year-to-date and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at http://apps.usfa.fema.gov/firefighter-fatalities/fatalityData/stati...