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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 75th Line Of Duty Death for 2016 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Fire Chief Michael Payne 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 Brookston Prairie Township Fire Department.

Michael Payne



Rank: Fire Chief
Age: 58
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: Unknown



Date of Incident: 11/07/2016
Time of Incident: 2355hrs
Date of Death: 11/08/2016


Fire Department: Brookston Prairie Township Fire Department
501 S. South Street
Brookston, Indiana 47923
Chief: Assistant Fire Chief Karl Stokes


Chief Michael Payne and members of his department responded to a truck fire on Interstate-65 north of Lafayette, IN, just before midnight on 11/07/2016. After the fire was extinguished, Chief Payne fell ill and collapsed. Lifesaving efforts were initiated and Chief Payne was transported to Indiana University Hospital (Lafayette) where those efforts continued until he passed away at approximately 0145hrs on 11/08/2016.


Incident Location: Interstate-65 north of Lafayette, IN


Tribute is being paid to Fire Chief Michael Payne at http://apps.usfa.fema.gov/firefighter-fatalities/

To date, 75 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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