Firefighter Fatality Notification – Stephen Smith

Firefighter Fatality Notification

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The U.S. Fire Administration has received notice of the following firefighter fatality:

Stephen Smith

Fire Marshal

West Douglas County Fire Protection District
Sedalia, CO


On Saturday, April 23, 2022, Fire Marshal Stephen Smith responded to the scene of a residence after a 9-1-1 call reported an electrical box had blown off of the house. After the crew confirmed there were no injuries and no fire had occurred, the electrical utility company was notified to respond. Fire Marshal Smith returned to the station and went home. Minutes later, firefighters were dispatched to a medical emergency where they found Fire Marshal Smith unconscious in his car. Life-saving efforts were performed and he was rushed to Castle Rock Hospital but could not be revived. He passed away from an apparent heart attack.

Age: 47

Gender: Male

Status: Volunteer

Years of Service: 23

Date of Incident: April 23, 2022

Date of Death: April 23, 2022

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