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

It is in great sadness, that we as a Brotherhood, post the 78th Line Of Duty Death for 2016 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Fire Police Captain Merle L. Nell 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 Volunteer Fire Company of Vernon.

Merle L. Nell

Rank: Fire Police Captain
Age: 78
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: 51

Date of Incident: 11/26/2016
Time of Incident: 0349hrs
Date of Death: 11/26/2016

Fire Department: Volunteer Fire Company of Vernon
Address: 5233 W Seneca ST POB 773, Vernon, NY 13476-0773
Fire Department Chief: Scott Nell

Incident Description: After becoming ill while working on a mutual aid fire call with his fire department, Fire Police Captain Nell passed away in the hospital from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be reported.

Incident Location: College Hill RD and Potash Hill RD

Tribute is being paid to Fire Police Captain Merle L. Nell at

To date, 78 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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