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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 46th Line Of Duty Death for 2015 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Engineer John Whelan 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 Denver Metro Fire Department.

John Whelan

Rank: Engineer Age: 46
Gender: Male
Status: Career
Years of Service: 15

Date of Incident: 06/28/2015
Time of Incident: 1945hrs
Date of Death: 07/15/2015

Fire Department: Denver Fire Department
Address: 745 W. Colfax AVE, Denver, CO 80204-2612
Fire Department Chief: Eric Tade

Incident Description: On June 28, while checking for extension from a dumpster fire, Engineer Whelan was critically injured when a skylight collapsed and he fell through the roof of an abandoned building at 3860 Blake Street. Whelan was treated at the scene and transported to the hospital for medical care including several surgeries. On July 15, several days after being released from the hospital to recover at home, Engineer Whelan was taken to St. Anthony North Health Campus with shortness of breath where, less than an hour later, he passed away from medical complications.

Incident Location: 3860 Blake Street

Tribute is being paid to Engineer John Whelan at

To date, 46 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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