Ryan Pleasants, January 7, 2024

The WSCFF and Local 404 Walla Walla Professional Fire Fighters are deeply saddened to announce the line-of-duty death of Fire Engineer Ryan Pleasants who passed away Sunday morning, January 7, while on duty.

Alvin Vaughn, December 25, 2023

It is with heavy hearts and sorrow that the WSCFF and Local 1257 Port of Seattle Fire Fighters report the line-of-duty death of Fire Fighter Alvin Vaughn.  Brother Vaughn, 61, passed away on December 25, 2023, after succumbing to occupational cancer. Alvin Vaughn embodied strength, kindness, and dedication throughout his life. His profound impact...

James “JT” Boothman, October 10, 2023

It is with heavy hearts that the WSCFF and Local I-66 Boeing Fire Fighters report the Line-of-Duty death of James Tony “JT” Boothman, 57. JT passed away on October 10, 2023, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO, after a 10-month battle fighting leukemia. In 2011, JT began his service as a firefighter/paramedic and...

Chad Cate, January 12, 2023

With great sadness, the WSCFF reports the death of Captain Charles “Chad” Cate, Local 2933 Clallam County #3. Captain Chad Cate died in his sleep at the fire station after returning from structure fire. He was found by his crew when he did not arise for the 7 am station duties. Captain Cate was...

John Garner, December 14, 2022

It is with great sadness that the WSCFF and Pierce County Professional Firefighters and Central Pierce Fire & Rescue Local 726 announce the passing of John Garner. John passed away at his home early Wednesday, December 14, 2022, as he was preparing for work. John worked as a Firefighter/Paramedic where he has served the...

Larry Spohn, October 17, 2022

With great sadness, the WSCFF and Local 726 Pierce County Fire Fighters report the line-of-duty death of retired Assistant Chief Larry Spohn. Larry Spohn passed away on October 17, 2022 from a duty related illness. Larry served South Pierce County for 20 years and retired as the Assistant Chief in 2013. Larry closed his...

Dan Patterson, August 4, 2022

It is with deep regret that IAFF Local 876 Spokane Valley and the Washington State Council of Fire Fighters report the line-of-duty death of member Dan Patterson.  Dan passed away on August 4, 2022.

Joe Killian, January 8, 2022

Joe Killian passed away on January 9, 2022. Joe joined Clark County Fire District 6 in 1991 and served 26 years. He retired in 2018 and was diagnosed shortly after with presumptive cancer. He joined Clark County Fire District 6 in 1991 as a fire fighter/paramedic and retired in 2018. Joe was diagnosed shortly...

Cody Traber, August 26, 2021

With deep regret, the WSCFF announces the line-of-duty death of Local 2916 member Cody Traber on August 26, 2021. Cody was operating at the scene of a reported brush fire when he was fatally wounded.  Cody was an 18-year veteran of Spokane Fire District 9. He also served with Stevens County Fire, Cheney Fire...

Eliza Hoover, July 26, 2021

It is with great sadness, the WSCFF announces the line-of-duty death of Local 3390 member Eliza Hoover on July 26, 2021. Eliza Hoover joined Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One in 2009. She was the department’s first career female fire fighter and paramedic, EMS Provider of the Year, an instructor for the Advanced Cardiac...