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    Mississippi Service Firefighter Collapses Battling Blaze

    Mississippi Service Firefighter Collapses Battling Blaze At Osceola National Forest, Florida

    OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE

    Tallahassee -- On Thursday, May 13, 2004, Randy Henderson, 42, a USDA Forest Service Firefighter, died while working on a lightning caused wildfire on the Osceola National Forest. The 100-acre Mailbox Fire was contained later that evening.

    Henderson collapsed on the fire line during initial response to the fire. Cause of death is unknown. Henderson had been detailed to the Osceola National Forests as acting Fire Management Officer for only three weeks from his permanent duty station in Mississippi.

    "Randy's entire Ranger District is saddened and in shock. He will certainly be missed by all. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, " said Dave Carter, District Ranger on the Bienville National Forest. Henderson served as the Assistant Fire Management Officer on the Bienville located in Forest, Mississippi and spent his entire Forest Service career, approximately 23 years, on that forest.

    Henderson is survived by his wife, Patsy, and two daughters, Nicki, 19, and Stacy, 14, his mother, Bobbie Nell, sister, Wanda Henderson and brother, Lambert Henderson. Randy and Lambert worked together as employees of the Bienville National Forest.

    Marsha Kearney, Forest Supervisor for the National Forests in Florida said, "Randy is a member of our Forest Service family, and will be deeply missed. Our sincere condolences go to his family and friends."

    Funeral arrangements are pending.


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    Mississippi Service Firefighter Dies While Battling A National Forest Fire In Florida


    VERTIS STOVALL, PIO
    USDA Forest Service

    The National Forests in Mississippi is saddened to announce the death of one of our Forest Service family. On Thursday, May 13, 2004. Randy H. Henderson, 42, died while assigned as a Safety Officer on the Mailbox Fire located on the Osceola Ranger District of the National Forests in Florida. An investigation Team is currently on site; the cause of death is unknown at this time.

    For three weeks Randy has been detailed to the Osceola as District Fire Management Officer. His permanent position was on the Bienville Ranger District in Forest, Mississippi; where he began his Forest Service career in 1980.

    Randy Henderson is survived by his wife Patsy and daughters Nicki and Stacy. The family will hold a visitation Monday, May 17, 2004 from 6-9 p.m. and Tuesday, May 18, at 9 a.m.

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    Henderson, Randy

    Age: 42
    Cause of Death: Stress/Exertion
    Rank: Firefighter
    Nature of Death:
    Status: Career
    Emergency Duty: Yes

    Incident Date: 05/13/2004
    Duty Type: Fireground Operations
    Incident Time: 17:00
    Activity Type: Cutting Fire Breaks (Wildland)
    Death Date: 05/13/2004
    Fixed Prop. Use: Outdoor Property

    Fire Dept. Info:
    US Forest Service, USDA
    Bienville Ranger District
    3473 Highway 35 South
    Forest , Mississippi 39074
    Chief: District Ranger David Carter

    Initial Summary:
    Collapsed and died from a cause still to be determined, possible heart attack, while working a fire line in the initial attack of a lightning caused fire in the Osceola National Forest, Florida.

    Memorial Fund Info:
    In memory of Firefighter Randy Henderson to the Lorena Baptist Church, 310 SCR 3518, Forest, MS 39074; or Gideons International, http://www.gideons.org/



    http://www.usfa.fema.gov/application...eath_year=2004

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