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Monday, September 27, 2010

Firefighter Fatality

The United States Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality:

Name: William Harold “Hal” Clark
Rank: Firefighter
Age: 54
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: 30+
Date of Incident: 09/24/2010
Time of Incident: 1731hrs
Date of Death: 09/24/2010

Fire Department: Atlantic Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company
PO Box 207
10071 Atlantic RD, Atlantic, VA 23303-0207
Fire Department Chief: David Grant
Fire Department Website:

Incident Description: Firefighter Clark passed away at the Peninsula Regional Medical Center after he was transported to the hospital due to possible heat related injuries incurred while fighting a fast moving woods fire on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.  Investigation into the cause of death continues.

Incident Location:
3420 Lankford Highway

Funeral Arrangements: Friends are invited to call Thursday 7-9 PM. at Union Baptist Church on
Church Street
in Chincoteague, VA. Funeral Service with full Firefighter Honors will be held at Union Baptist Church, Chincoteague Island, VA, at 2 PM on Friday, October 1st, with Rev. Maurice Enright and Rev. Bob Reese officiating. All firefighters and motorcycle riders are welcome and encouraged to participate. Any department planning to attend, please contact the station @ 757-824-4844. Interment will be held at John W. Taylor Memorial Cemetery Temperenceville, VA. The family would like to invite everyone to join them for a reception after the service at the Chincoteague Center on
6155 Community Drive
on Chincoteague, VA.

Memorial Fund Contact and Address: Flowers accepted or donations may be made to a fire company of your choice.

Tribute is being paid to Life Member and Company President, Firefighter William Harold “Hal” Clark at

To date, 62 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2010; 60 from incidents that occurred in 2010 and 2 from previous year incidents.  Year-to-date monthly and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online @

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