Honoring 2 Fallen Heroes


Assistant Chief Joesph Back

Whitesburg Fire Department, Kentucky

EOW: Oct. 30, 2023 | Age: 59 | Tour: 29 Years

On Friday, Oct. 27, 2023, Assistant Chief Joseph Back responded to the scene of a medical emergency at a residence. While at the scene, he suffered a massive heart attack. He was immediately transported to the local hospital where he remained in a coma until his passing on Monday, Oct. 30, 2023.


District Chief David Phelps

Prairieton Fire Department, Indiana

EOW: Nov. 2, 2023 | Age: 74 | Tour: None

On Thursday, Nov. 2, 2023, District Chief David Phelps was at the scene of a residential fire, where he was found deceased inside a fire apparatus from an apparent heart attack.


This information is supplied by the Officer Down Memorial Page (www.odmp.org) and the U.S. Fire Administration (www.apps.usfa.fema.gov).