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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 21st Line Of Duty Death for 2016 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Lieutenant Rodney Eddins 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 Memphis Fire Department.

Rodney Eddins

Rank: Lieutenant
Age: 57
Gender: Male
Status: Career
Years of Service: 30

Date of Incident: 04/16/2016
Time of Incident: 2334hrs
Date of Death: 04/17/2016

Fire Department: Memphis Fire Department
Address: 65 S Front Street, Memphis, TN 38103
Fire Department Chief: Memphis Fire Director Gina Sweat

Incident Description: While operating at the scene of a residential structure fire, Lieutenant Eddins collapsed from a nature of fatal injury still to be determined. Fellow firefighters removed Lieutenant Eddins from the structure and rushed him to Methodist South Hospital in critical condition where he succumbed to his injury. Fire crews determined the blaze started from a malfunctioning portable fan in the bedroom. There was not a working smoke alarm in the house, but two adults and four children at the home were uninjured.

Incident Location: 4513 Marigold Lane

Tribute is being paid to Lieutenant Rodney Eddins at

To date, 21 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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