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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 86th Line Of Duty Death for 2014 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & former Asst. Chief Joseph “Junior” Sanford Jr. 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 Inwood Fire Department.

Joseph “Junior” Sanford Jr.

Rank: Firefighter
Age: 43
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: 17

Date of Incident: 12/19/2014
Time of Incident: 0400hrs
Date of Death: 12/23/2014

Fire Department: Inwood Fire Department
Address: 188 Doughty BLVD, Inwood, NY 11096
Fire Department Chief: Anthony Rivelli

Incident Description: Firefighter Sanford succumbed to injuries sustained several days after being rescued from the basement of a burning residence in Woodmere, New York, revived by fellow responders and transported to the hospital. Sanford, a former assistant fire chief with the Inwood Fire Department, was reported to have been one of the first firefighters on the scene when he became separated from others and fell through the first floor of the home into the basement. Investigation into the fatal fire incident continues by authorities.

Incident Location: 787 Central Avenue in Woodmere, NY

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter and former Assistant Fire Chief Joseph “Junior” Sanford Jr., at

To date, 86 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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