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Incident Name:  Coop Fire (occurred on Easter Sunday) near Augusta, WI
Date: 4/3/94, Easter Sunday; died 4/18/94
Personnel:  Robert Waskiewicz
Age: 31
Agency/Organization: Augusta-Bridge Creek Fire Department
Position: Firefighter

Summary: On April 3, firefighters initial attacked a small 80 acre fire in grass fields and oak ridges near Augusta WI. A large gust of wind suddenly increased flame heights from 1 - 2 ft. to 20 - 25 ft. in seconds. The firefighters tried to outrun the 25' wall of fire on foot. Firefighter Waskiewicz fell and received extensive burn injuries over 50% of his body. He died 15 days later. He was wearing turn out gear, coat, helmet, and boots.

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Fire was near Augusta WI. His home station was Augusta Fire Department, 207 North Stone, Augusta WI 54722.

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Robert Waskiewicz Memorial Robert Waskiewicz Memorial

  • Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial: Robert Waskiewicz
  • Firefighters Risk Their Lives to Save Others

    December 11, 2011, Online Article, in Section "Dying on Duty"

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Contributors to this article: Jim Goble (Pu;aski) for the photo of the memorial

 

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