Casey Kuhns, a Morristown firefighter who died in the line of duty in early 2018, will be honored at a national ceremony this Sunday, Oct. 6, in Emmitsburg, Md.
The U.S. Fire Service will honor Kuhns and 91 other firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2018 at the 38th annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service, held at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg. An additional 27 firefighters who died in previous years will also be honored.
Kuhns was a 30-year-old lieutenant with the Morristown Fire Department — the Fighting 14th — when he died Feb. 28, 2018. He was found dead at his home less than 24 hours after participating in required departmental training and responding to an emergency call.
Kuhns is believed to have died of natural causes; his death, although not at a call, is considered in the line of duty because it occurred within 72 hours of a call and/or training session.
He was a five-year member of the Fighting 14th. Kuhns also served on fire departments in Hyde Park and Johnson, beginning in 2007, before moving to Morristown and joining that department. In 2017, he also joined Morristown Emergency Medical Services as an EMT.
Members of all four of those departments, and others in the area, have high praise for him.
“Casey was one heck of a firefighter, and he was turning into one heck of an EMT,” Brad Carriere, Hyde Park’s assistant fire chief and an EMT with Northern Emergency Medical Services, told the News & Citizen just after Kuhns died.
Morristown Fire Chief Shawn Goodell, who will attend the service in Maryland, said Kuhns was always willing to help other firefighters.
“Many of the firefighters looked up to him as a mentor. He was just an all-around good guy at the firehouse,” Goodell said in 2018.
Kuhns was a 2005 graduate of Lamoille Union High School. He held several jobs after high school, including working as a mechanic, and was working for the Morristown Highway Department before his death.
Kuhns was survived by his fiancée, Brittney Fisk, and his children, parents and family.
Firefighters from across the region helped plan his funeral March 8, 2018, and hundreds of first responders from across the state turned out to honor him at his calling hours and funeral.
More than 5,000 people are expected to attend the Maryland event this Sunday, including friends and family of fallen firefighters, members of Congress and other firefighters.
As part of the ceremony, Kuhns’ name will be added to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial on the grounds of the academy. Firefighter honor guards and pipe-and-drum units from across the country will participate in the national day of remembrance.
For a complete list of fallen firefighters who will be honored at the service, and other related material: firehero.org.