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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 80th Line Of Duty Death for 2016 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter Crew Boss/Engine Boss Darryl Elden “Poor Boy” Vielle 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 Blackfeet Forestry and Fire Management.

Darryl Elden “Poor Boy” Vielle

Rank: Crew Boss/Engine Boss
Age: 51
Gender: Male
Status: Wildland - Seasonal
Years of Service: 31

Date of Incident: 11/30/2016
Time of Incident: 0800hrs
Date of Death: 11/30/2016

Fire Department: Blackfeet Forestry and Fire Management
Address: BIA Building 10 (Fire Cache) Grandpa Rd POB 2804, Browning, MT 59417
Fire Department Chief: Blackfeet Tribal Fire Management Officer Chris Trombley

Incident Description: While serving on the Maple Spring wildfire in North Carolina, Blackfeet Nation Fire Management Crew Boss/Engine Boss Darryl Elden “Poor Boy” Vielle was found deceased in his motel room on the morning of November 30, 2016. The Blackfeet Forestry and Fire Management crew has been supporting firefighters in North Carolina since November 10th.

Incident Location: 290 Main Street, Robbinsville, NC 28771

Tribute is being paid to Crew Boss/Engine Boss Darryl Elden “Poor Boy” Vielle at

To date, 80 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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