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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 50th Line Of Duty Death for 2015 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Wildland Firefighter & Acting Assistant District Fire Management Officer David “Dave” Ruhl 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 Big Valley Ranger District of the Modoc National Forest.

David “Dave” Ruhl

Rank: Acting Assistant District Fire Management Officer
Age: 38
Gender: Male
Status: Wildland Full-Time
Years of Service: 14

Date of Incident: 07/30/2015
Time of Incident: 1900hrs
Date of Death: 07/30/2015

Fire Department: Big Valley Ranger District of the Modoc National Forest
Address: 225 W. 8th ST, Alturas, CA 96101
Fire Department Chief: Modoc Forest Supervisor Amanda McAdams

Incident Description: Acting Assistant District Fire Management Officer Ruhl was reported missing during the initial fire attack on the Frog Fire Wildfire in the Modoc National Forest. The Modoc County Sheriff’s Office was called for assistance in searching for the missing firefighter. Search and rescue personnel started the initial search at approximately 2000hrs and continued until about midnight when it was halted because of hazardous fire conditions. Efforts began again at 0600hrs, July 31, and continued until Captain Ruhl’s body was discovered at 0917hrs. The incident remains under investigation by local, state, and national authorities.

Incident Location: Modoc National Forest

Tribute is being paid to Acting Assistant District Fire Management Officer David “Dave” Ruhl at

To date, 50 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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