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Incident Name:  Tulare Ranger Unit Dispatch fatality
Date: June 13, 1964
Personnel: Edward W McKinney
Age: 44
Agency/Organization: CDF (now CAL FIRE)
Position: firefighter

Summary: On 6/13, 1964 CDF fire dispatcher Edward W McKinney suffered a heart attack while dispatching fire and died. Efforts to resuscitate him failed. He was onlly 44 years old.


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

    Date: 1964

    Fire Name / Location: Tulare Ranger Unit, CA

    1 fatality

    Agency: CDF

    Fire behavior observed: Unknown

    Remarks: Died of heart attack while dispatching.

  • From 1964 CA Memorial Wall database, this is the only CDF heart attack fatality in 1964:

    Edward W McKinney

    Agency: CDF

    Date: 6/14/1964

    Cause: stress, heart attack

    Activity: dispatching (fire)

  • California Death Index: Edward W McKinney

    Name: Edward W Mckinney

    Event Type: Death

    Event Date: 13 Jun 1964

    Event Place: Tulare, California, United States

    Birth Date: 13 Feb 1920

    Birthplace: Oklahoma

    Gender: Male

    Father's Name:

    Mother's Name: Manning

    Age: 44


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