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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 61st Line Of Duty Death for 2016 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Senior Firefighter Eric C. Gustafson 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 Meridian Fire Department.

Eric C. Gustafson

Rank: Senior Firefighter
Age: 40
Gender: Male
Status: Career
Years of Service: 3

Date of Incident: 09/09/2016
Time of Incident: 0900hrs
Date of Death: 09/09/2016

Fire Department: Meridian Fire Department
Address: 2500 14th Street, Meridian, MS 39301
Fire Department Chief: Anthony Clayton

Incident Description: Senior Firefighter Eric Gustafson was driving a fire truck in response to a trailer fire. While en route, the fire truck clipped a bridge, ran off the road and rolled over injuring Gustafson and two other firefighters. Gustafson passed away at the scene from the injuries he sustained. Both of the other firefighters were transported to hospitals with serious injuries, but are expected to make a full recovery.

Incident Location: Old Eighth Street Road (near Jaycee soccer complex) in Meridian, Mississippi

Tribute is being paid to Senior Firefighter Eric C. Gustafson at

To date, 61 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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