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Incident Name: 
Date: 5/3/1963
Personnel: Vernon Cassel
Age: 38
Agency/Organization: CDF (now CAL FIRE)
Position: firefighter

Summary: Details surrounding CDF firefighter Vernon Cassel's death are unknown but he clearly died of contact with a live powerline during wildfire suppression (Mt. Bullion-Madera Mariposa Ranger Unit) on 5/3/1963.


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  • From NWCG Fire Fatality Record: Historical Wildland Firefighter Fatalities 1910 - 1996 (407 K pdf)

    Date: 1963

    Fire Name / Location: Mt. Bullion-Madera Mariposa Ranger Unit, CA

    1 fatality

    Agency: CDF

    Fire behavior observed: Unknown

    Remarks: Died of electrocution.

  • From the 1963 CA Memorial Wall database, only CDF Firefighter who died of electrocution that year:

    Vernon Cassel,



    contact / exposure

    shock electrical during fire suppression

  • California, Death Index: Vernon G Cassel

    Name: Vernon G Cassel

    Event Type: Death

    Event Date: 03 May 1963

    Event Place: Mariposa, California, United States

    Birth Date: 13 Jun 1925

    Birthplace: North Dakota

    Gender: Male

    Father's Name:

    Mother's Name: Stanley

    Age: 38

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