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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 42nd Line Of Duty Death for 2016 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Assistant Chief Mitchell Ray "Mitch" Koski 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 Montreal Fire Department.

Mitch Koski

Rank: Assistant Fire Chief
Age: 56
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: 30

Date of Incident: 07/11/2016
Time of Incident: 2245hrs
Date of Death: 07/11/2016

Fire Department: Montreal Fire Department
Address: 53 Wisconsin AVE, Montreal, WI 54550-9704
Fire Department Chief: Mark Haeger

Incident Description: Assistant Chief Koski of the Montreal Fire Department was responding under a mutual aid agreement with the Saxon-Gurney Fire Department to people in distress in Saxon Harbor after making radio contact with the Saxon-Gurney Fire Chief. The private vehicle that Assistant Chief Koski responded in was washed into the harbor by the flash flood waters and Assistant Chief Koski perished from drowning.

Incident Location: Co Hwy A, Saxon, WI 54559

Tribute is being paid to Assistant Fire Chief Mitch Koski at

To date, 42 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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