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Firefighter Record

Firefighter Details

Name Michael McKean
Agency Ashton Fire Protection District
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Volunteer
Age Range 31 to 35
Sex Male
Date of Birth 2/16/1969
Date of Death 2/17/2001
Cause of Death Caught/Trapped
Nature of Death Asphyxiation
Attribute of Death Smoke inhalation
Type of Duty Firefighting operations , Hose operations

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Ashton
Incident State IL
Incident Date 2/17/2001 8:17
Incident Location Residential
Incident Attribute Basement fires , Electrical fires , Fires

Incident Summary

On February 17, 2001, Lieutenant Clint Talley and Firefighter Michael McKean of the Ashton Fire Protection District died in the line of duty while fighting a residential basement fire.

Firefighters responded to the one-story house fire at around 8:17AM, and upon entering the structure, firefighters found thick, brown smoke along the floor. After extinguishing various pockets of flames on the first floor, firefighters realized that the fire was originating from between the basement ceiling and the first floor. Firefighting crews entered and exited the basement several times in an attempt to locate and extinguish all of the flames, but the fire spread rapidly, and McKean and Talley became lost and trapped in the basement. Firefighters, including mutual aid responders, made numerous attempts to find and rescue McKean and Talley, but both firefighters asphyxiated in the basement before they could be rescued.

A memorial service for Talley and McKean was held at Ashton High School on February 20, and funeral services for both firefighters were held at Ashton United Methodist Church on February 21.

Additional Resources:

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face200108.html


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