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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 86th Line Of Duty Death for 2015 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Patrick R. Walterman 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 Hamilton Fire Department.

Patrick R. Wolterman

Rank: Firefighter
Age: 28
Gender: Male
Status: Career
Years of Service: 7

Date of Incident: 12/28/2015
Time of Incident: 0112hrs
Date of Death: 12/28/2015

Fire Department: Hamilton Fire Department
Address: 77 Pershing AVE, Hamilton, OH 45011-3022
Fire Department Chief: Steve Dawson

Incident Description: Firefighter Wolterman died from injuries sustained when he became trapped in a residential structure fire. According to initial reports from the media and fire department, firefighters responded to the fire at 0112hrs and upon arrival observed heavy smoke coming from the home. Firefighters had been advised that the house may be occupied with two elderly residents and at 0117hrs entered the home to search for any residents and began an interior attack on the fire. At approximately 0120hrs firefighter Wolterman fell from the first floor into the basement and firefighters transmitted a "Mayday" alert calling for help. Firefighters quickly located and rescued Firefighter Wolterman and performed life saving measures while en route to Fort Hamilton Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The fatal fire incident remains under investigation by local and state authorities.

Incident Location: 1310 Pater Avenue, Hamilton, OH

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Patrick R. Wolterman at

To date, 86 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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