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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 79th Line Of Duty Death for 2016 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Thomas Gary Walker 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 Otsego County Fire Department.

Thomas Gary Walker

Rank: Firefighter
Age: 70
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: 34

Date of Incident: 11/27/2016
Time of Incident: 0159hrs
Date of Death: 11/27/2016

Fire Department: Otsego County Fire Department
Address: 811 S Wisconsin POB 954, Gaylord, MI 49734-0954
Fire Department Chief: David M. Duffield

Incident Description: Later in the day after responding with his fire department to an early morning carbon monoxide alarm, Firefighter Walker collapsed at home and was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be reported.

Incident Location: 504 Random LN, Gaylord, MI

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Thomas Gary Walker at

To date, 81 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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