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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 64th Line Of Duty Death for 2016 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Safety Officer Charles E. Horan 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 North Belle Vernon Volunteer Fire Department.

Charles E. Horan

Rank: Safety Officer
Age: 61
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: 43

Date of Incident: 09/19/2016
Time of Incident: 1049hrs
Date of Death: 09/21/2016

Fire Department: North Belle Vernon Volunteer Fire Department
Address: 535 Graham St, North Belle Vernon, PA 15012
Fire Department Chief: John E. Garber

Incident Description: While preparing to leave home for a response call to assist law enforcement gain access to the roof of a building, Fire Safety Officer Horan tripped and fell, suffering a severe injury. Safety Officer Horan was treated by fellow responders and transported to the hospital where, despite all efforts, he succumbed to his injuries several days later.

Incident Location: 2223 Hoffman ST

Tribute is being paid to Safety Officer Charles E. Horan at

To date, 64 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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