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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 24th Line Of Duty Death for 2015 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Steven Ackerman has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to the family, friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the Valley Springs Fire & Rescue.

Steven Ackerman

Rank: Firefighter
Age: 38
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: 13+

Date of Incident: 04/12/2015
Time of Incident: 2208hrs
Date of Death: 04/12/2015

Fire Department: Valley Springs Fire & Rescue
Address: PO Box 27, 308 Broadway, Valley Springs, SD 57068
Fire Department Chief: Donald Johnson

Incident Description: Firefighter Ackerman died from injuries sustained while working interior fire operations at the scene of a residential structure fire. Ackerman was found in the basement of the home after fire crews were ordered out of the structure due to fire conditions. The 47-year-old homeowner, Mr. David Smith, had been rescued by fire crews and transported to the hospital soon after they arrived on-scene but did not survive his injuries. Investigation into the fatal incident continues by local and state authorities.

Incident Location: 109 W Fir ST, Brandon, SD

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Steven Ackerman at

To date, 24 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2015. Year-to-date and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at

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