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Incident Name: returning from a wildfire in White County, TN
Date: 4/9/1981
Personnel: Eugene Nation
Age: 42
Agency/Organization: Tennessee Division of Forestry
Position: firefighter

Summary: On April 9, 1981, crew leader Eugene Nation was killed in a traffic accident while returning from a fire in White County, TN. This accident occurred on Highway 70 South, DeRossett Loop, Sparta, TN.


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Highway 70 South in DeRossett Loop, Sparta, TN

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Reports, Documentation, Lessons Learned

  • TN DOF: Vehicle accident returning from a fire in White County, TN
  • Note: There is no Brief Record from the NWCG Archive of a death in TN; often these records during these early years were incomplete. [Historical Wildland Firefighter Fatalities 1910 - 1996 (408 K pdf)]
  • United States Social Security Death Index: Eugene Nation

    Age: 42

    Given Name: Eugene

    Surname: Nation

    Birth Date: 08 Nov 1939

    State: Tennessee

    Event Date: Apr 1981

  • Find a Grave Index Information: Eugene Nation

    Name: Eugene Nation

    Event Type: Burial

    Event Date: 1981

    Event Place: Pleasant Hill (Cumberland), Cumberland, Tennessee, United States of America

    Photograph Included: Yes

    Birth Date: 08 Nov 1939

    Death Date: 09 Apr 1981

    Affiliate Record Identifier: 88289274

    Cemetery: Smith Chapel Cemetery


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Contributors to this article: David Fiorella


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