The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Firefighter Ronald W. Hinkle, 71, of the Loch Sheldrake Fire Department on October 17, 2017.

On October 17, 2017, Firefighter Ronald W. Hinkle responded to a motor vehicle accident with the Loch Sheldrake Fire Company #1. Firefighter Hinkle was found later in the day at his home unresponsive. Fellow firefighters and other first responders attempted to revive Hinkle, but all rescue efforts failed. Firefighter Hinkle passed away from a nature and cause of fatal injury still to be determined.

In liew of flowers, donations in Ronald’s name can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 510 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. 

Seventy-five firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2017 so far. Year-to-date and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at www.usfa.fema .gov/data/statistics/ff_fatality_reports.html.