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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 56th & 57th Line Of Duty Deaths for 2016 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighters James Shelifoe, Jr. & Alan Swartz have made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to their families, friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the Beartown Fire Department - Keweenaw Bay Indian Community.

James Shelifoe, Jr.


Rank: Firefighter
Age: 23
Gender: Male
Status: Wildland
Years of Service: Pending





Alan Swartz


Rank: Firefighter
Age: 25
Gender: Male
Status: Wildland
Years of Service: Pending



Date of Incident: 08/27/2016
Time of Incident: 1500hrs
Date of Death: 08/27/2016


Fire Department: Beartown Fire Department - Keweenaw Bay Indian Community
Address: 16429 Bear Town Road, Baraga, MI 49908
Fire Department Chief: CEO Larry J. Denomie III


Incident Description: Firefighters Alan Swartz and James Shelifoe, Jr. were killed when the fire apparatus (crew vehicle) they were riding in on Interstate 35W near Blaine, Minnesota, crashed into the median barrier and rolled a number of times. Several other firefighters riding in the truck were seriously injured and transported to the hospital. The firefighters, members of the Beartown Fire Department’s Type 2 wildland handcrew, were on their way to work the Box Canyon Fire in Utah when the crash occurred. The fatal incident remains under investigation by authorities.


Incident Location: Southbound Interstate 35W & 95th Avenue, Blaine, MN

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Alan Swartz and Firefighter James Shelifoe, Jr. at http://apps.usfa.fema.gov/firefighter-fatalities/


To date, 57 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2016. Year-to-date and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at https://www.usfa.fema.gov/data/statistics/ff_fatality_reports.html

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