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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 30th Line Of Duty Death for 2016 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter III Clifford M. Rigsbee 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 Honolulu Fire Department.

Clifford M. Rigsbee

Rank: Firefighter III
Age: 63
Gender: Male
Status: Career
Years of Service: 21

Date of Incident: 06/14/2016
Time of Incident: 1045hrs
Date of Death: 06/16/2016

Fire Department: Honolulu Fire Department
Address: 636 South ST, Honolulu, HI 96813-5007
Fire Department Chief: Manuel P. Neves

Incident Description: Firefighter III Rigsbee was found unconscious and floating in the water immediately after being separated from a jet ski/rescue sled while participating in a rescue watercraft training exercise. The firefighter operating the jet ski jumped into the water to initiate a rescue and with the assistance of others, including a nearby off-duty firefighter, brought Rigsbee to shore where he was rushed to the Straub Medical Center in critical condition. The firefighter/operator of the watercraft, who was also injured in the incident, was treated at the hospital and released. In spite of all efforts, Firefighter Rigsbee, who had suffered a spinal column injury, succumbed two days later while in the hospital.

Incident Location: Oahu - Diamond Head (Suicides)

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter III Clifford M. Rigsbee at

To date, 30 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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