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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 21st & 22nd Line Of Duty Deaths for 2015 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Contract Pilot Brandon Ricks and Brother Firefighter Forestry Technician Steve Cobb have made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to their families, friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the United States Forest Service - National Forests in Mississippi.

Brandon Ricks



Rank: Pilot
Age: 40
Gender: Male
Status: Wildland Contract



Steve Cobb



Rank: Forest Service Engineering Technician
Age: 55
Gender: Male
Status: Wildland Contract


Date of Incident: 03/30/2015
Time of Incident: 1457hrs
Date of Death: 03/30/2015


Fire Department: United States Forest Service - National Forests in Mississippi
Address: Suite 500-N, 200 S Lamar ST, Jackson, MS 39201
Fire Department Chief: Forest Supervisor Gretta Boley


Incident Description: The pilot and one firefighter died of injuries sustained and one firefighter was seriously injured when their U.S. Forest Service helicopter crashed while monitoring a controlled burn of about 800 acres in the Desoto National Forest.


Incident Location: Vicinity of Airey Tower and Martha Redmond roads, MS


Tribute is being paid to Pilot Brandon Ricks and Forest Service Engineering Technician Steve Cobb at http://apps.usfa.fema.gov/firefighter-fatalities/


To date, 22 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2015. Year-to-date and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at http://apps.usfa.fema.gov/firefighter-fatalities/fatalityData/stati...

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