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Firefighter Details

Name Jeffrey Irwin
Agency Eldorado Fire Department
Rank Firefighter
Type of Firefighter Paid-On-Call (POC)
Age Range 41 to 45
Sex Male
Date of Birth 5/30/1963
Date of Death 7/29/2006
Cause of Death Stress/Overexertion
Nature of Death Heart attack
Attribute of Death [not applicable]
Type of Duty Post-incident

Incident Details

Incident Name N/A
Incident City Eldorado
Incident State IL
Incident Date 7/29/2006 19:17
Incident Location Residential
Incident Attribute Fires

Incident Summary

On July 29, 2006, Firefighter Jeffrey Dean Irwin of the Eldorado Fire Department died in the line of duty after fighting a residential fire.

Temperatures were in excess of 80 degrees when firefighters responded to the fire, and Irwin helped stretch hose lines and activate a positive pressure ventilation fan before reporting that he felt ill. Two other firefighters also suffered from heat strain during firefighting operations, and all three firefighters were cleared to return to their homes once the fire was extinguished.

Irwin returned to his home around 9PM, and half an hour later spoke to another firefighter who called to check on him. When Irwin failed to answer another telephone call less than an hour later, the wife of a firefighter drove to his house to check on him. She found Irwin unconscious on his floor, called 911, and started CPR, but he was pronounced dead from a heart attack at the scene.

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http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face200713.html


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