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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 51st Line Of Duty Death for 2015 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Wildland Firefighter Michael "Mike" Hallenbeck 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 U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit.

Michael "Mike" Hallenbeck

Rank: Firefighter
Age: 21
Gender: Male
Status: Wildland Part-Time
Years of Service: 1

Date of Incident: 08/08/2015
Time of Incident: 1730hrs
Date of Death: 08/08/2015

Fire Department: U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
Address: 35 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Fire Department Chief: Forest Supervisor Jeff Marsolais

Incident Description: Firefighter Hallenbeck, a member of Organized Crew 36 on the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, was struck and killed by a tree during the initial attack on the Sierra fire that broke out south of the Echo Summit mountain pass in California. A second firefighter was injured in the same incident but was treated and released from the hospital.

Incident Location: Vicinity of Echo Summit, CA

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Michael "Mike" Hallenbeck at

To date, 51 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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