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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 39th Line Of Duty Death for 2016 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Tim McClanahan 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 Lewes Volunteer Fire Department.

Tim McClanahan

Rank: Firefighter
Age: 46
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: 18

Date of Incident: 07/11/2016
Time of Incident: 1845hrs
Date of Death: 07/11/2016

Fire Department: Lewes Volunteer Fire Department
Address: 347 Savannah RD POB 225, Lewes, DE 19958
Fire Department Chief: Gordon Davis

Incident Description: Firefighter McClanahan died after falling from a helicopter while participating in a monthly “hoist training” exercise with the Delaware Air Rescue Team at the Delaware Coastal Airport. The helicopter immediately landed and the trooper medic and volunteer firefighter on board began to provide medical assistance. Firefighter McClanahan was taken to Beebe Healthcare, where he was pronounced dead. The fatal incident is under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration, state and local authorities.

Incident Location: Delaware Coastal Airport

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Tim McClanahan, former 2nd assistant chief for the department at

To date, 39 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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