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Incident Name: Sims Fire, Nez Perce National Forest
Date: 8/19/2003
Personnel: Edward Giacinto Buti
Age: 54
Agency/Organization: Idaho Correctional Institution - Orofino ID
Position: firefighter

Summary: Inmate Firefighter Buti and the members of his crew were hiking up to the site of the Sims wildland fire near Elk City. The weather was extremely hot with temperatures in the low 100's. As the crew hiked, Inmate Firefighter Buti suddenly collapsed. Other firefighters performed CPR until the arrival of a medical team from a nearby forest service base. Despite their efforts, Inmate Firefighter Buti could not be revived. The cause of death was listed as a heart attack.

 

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    Edward Giacinto Buti, 54, an inmate in the Orofino Correctional Institute died Aug. 19, 2003 of a heart attack while fighting a fire near Elk City.

 

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