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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 15th Line Of Duty Death for 2016 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter II Christopher Gene Ray 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 Conway Fire Rescue.

Christopher Gene Ray

Rank: Firefighter II
Age: 42
Gender: Male
Status: Career
Years of Service: 6

Date of Incident: 03/20/2016
Time of Incident: 1523hrs
Date of Death: 03/20/2016

Fire Department: Conway Fire Rescue
Address: PO Drawer 1075, 1600 Ninth Avenue, Conway, SC 29528
Fire Department Chief: Phillip L. “Le” Hendrick, Jr.

Incident Description: Firefighter II Ray was operating on the scene of a working residential structure fire when he was struck and killed by a fire engine. According to a preliminary description of the incident from the South Carolina Highway Patrol, Ray was riding on a Conway fire engine when he fell off and was struck as the fire truck reversed over him. The incident remains under investigation by local and state authorities.

Incident Location: Fire: 1000 block of Hickory Circle; Firefighter fatality: Hickory Circle & Tinker Town Avenue

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter II Christopher Gene Ray at

To date, 15 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2016. Year-to-date and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at

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