USFA: Nebraska On-Duty Death

Firefighter collapsed after grass fire



United States Fire Administration

The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Firefighter/EMT Donald “Donny” Lepper, 46, of the Indianola Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad on February 23, 2020.

On the morning of Sunday, February 23, 2020, after returning home from a grass fire, Firefighter/EMT Donald “Donny” Lepper collapsed. He was immediately taken to the Community Hospital of McCook, where he was pronounced deceased.

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Lepper at

To date, 13 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2020. Year-to-date and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at

Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.

Nebraska Firefighter Dies after Fighting Grass Fire


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