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Incident Name:  Diamond Fire on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation near Whiteriver, Arizona.
Date:  7/23/11
Personnel:  Deon "Dino" Classay
Age: 42
Agency/Organization:  BIA Fort Apache Hotshots
Position: firefighter

Summary: On July 23, 2011, the Fort Apache Helitack crew and the Fort Apache Hotshots were fighting the 35 acre Diamond wildfire on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. Following completion of a handline around the fire, all resources hiked to an established spike camp for the evening. As resources returned, the Incident Commander determined Classay was not accounted for and initiated a search. After several unsuccessful attempts to contact him throughout the evening, local, county and state law enforcement agencies were requested to assist with search efforts. At 6:18 am, Deon “Dino” Classay was found dead. Cause of death was due to a heart attack exacerbated by environmental heat exposure.

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Accident location: USNG: 12S WC 95 44

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  • Authorities probing firefighter death in Arizona Associated Press. 7/25/11

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of a veteran firefighter who was reported missing from a blaze on the Fort Apache reservation in eastern Arizona. Search crews found the body of Deon Classay, of Whiteriver, early Sunday morning after a nighttime search and efforts to reach him through a handheld radio he was carrying a day earlier failed. More...

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