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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 52nd Line Of Duty Death for 2015 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Fire Chief James D. “JD” Robinson 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 Brasstown Fire Department.

James D. “JD” Robinson

Rank: Fire Chief
Age: 59
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: 30+

Date of Incident: 08/14/2015
Time of Incident: 2148hrs
Date of Death: 08/14/2015

Fire Department: Brasstown Fire Department
Address: 11179 Old Route 64, West Brasstown, NC 28902
Fire Department Chief: Acting Fire Chief Paulette Tonielli

Incident Description: While on standby at a local race track, Fire Chief Robinson told other members that he was going to take a break and rest. A short time later when members realized that he was not breathing, CPR was begun immediately and EMS was contacted. Fire Chief Robinson was treated at the scene and transported to Murphy Medical Center but succumbed to his injury; the nature and cause of which is still to be reported.

Incident Location: 10456 Old Hwy 64, Brasstown, NC 28902

Tribute is being paid to Fire Chief James D. “JD” Robinson at

A Memorial Service and gathering of family, firefighters and the Brasstown community will be held on Saturday August 22, 2015 starting at 1 pm at the J.C. Campbell Folk School, One Folk School Road, Brasstown, NC to honor the life and service of Fire Chief James D. Robinson.

To date, 52 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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