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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 54th Line Of Duty Death for 2016 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Assistant Fire Chief Todd L. Hartlein 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 Matthews Volunteer Fire Department.

Todd L. Hartlein

Rank: Assistant Fire Chief
Age: 49
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: 33

Date of Incident: 08/23/2016
Time of Incident: 1737hrs
Date of Death: 08/24/2016

Fire Department: Matthews Volunteer Fire Department
Address: 101 Main ST POB 233, Matthews, MO 63867
Fire Department Chief: Thomas Gantner

Incident Description: Assistant Fire Chief Todd Hartlein suffered a fatal medical emergency shortly after responding to a vehicle crash.

Incident Location: Pending

Tribute is being paid to Assistant Fire Chief Todd L. Hartlein at

To date, 54 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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