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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 33rd Line Of Duty Death for 2016 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter John R. Fritz 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 Austintown Fire Department.

John R. Fritz

Rank: Firefighter
Age: 48
Gender: Male
Status: Career
Years of Service: 24

Date of Incident: 06/27/2016
Time of Incident: 0700hrs
Date of Death: 06/27/2016

Fire Department: Austintown Fire Department
Address: 384 N Canfield Niles RD, Austintown, OH 44515-1906
Fire Department Chief: Andrew Frost III

Incident Description: While on duty at Austintown Fire Station #1, Firefighter Fritz passed away from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be determined. Firefighter Fritz ran several emergency calls throughout his shift, and when he did not report to the truck for an emergency medical response, his crew found him in the station unresponsive. Fellow responders and Lane LifeTrans Ambulance provided medical assistance but Firefighter Fritz did not regain consciousness.

Incident Location: Station House No. 1 - 384 N Canfield Niles RD, Austintown, OH 44515-1906

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter John R. Fritz at

To date, 33 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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