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This is first death for Cincinnati Fire Department since 2003

Colerain Township Fire Captain Robin Broxterman and Firefighter Brian Schira died in the line of duty April 4, 2008. (File) Colerain Township Fire Captain Robin Broxterman and Firefighter Brian Schira died in the line of duty April 4, 2008. (File)
Hundreds lined up outside St. Peter in Chains Cathedral on April 9 to honor Broxterman and Schira. (File) Hundreds lined up outside St. Peter in Chains Cathedral on April 9 to honor Broxterman and Schira. (File)
Oscar Armstrong III was the last Cincinnati firefighter who died in the line of duty Oscar Armstrong III was the last Cincinnati firefighter who died in the line of duty
The death of a Cincinnati firefighter early Thursday is the agency's first since 2003 and the first in the Tri-State since 2008.

The last Cincinnati firefighter who died in the line of duty was Oscar Armstrong III, 25, who became trapped in a flashover while battling a house fire on Laidlaw Avenue in Bond Hill on March 21, 2003. He left behind two children and a pregnant fiancé. At the time, it was was the fire department's first line-of-duty death since Jan. 28, 1981.

Complete list of Cincinnati Fire Department's line of duty deaths.

Regionally, this is the first fire death in Hamilton County since April 4, 2008, when Colerain Township Fire Captain Robin Broxterman, 37, the mother of two children, and Firefighter Brian Schira, 29, died. The floor they were on collapsed into the burning basement of the house on Squirrels Nest Lane.

Also, 14 years ago this month, William "Doc" Ellison, 38, died days after plunging 10 feet while searching a burning home in Hamilton County's Miami Township on March 8, 2001. He left behind a wife and young children.

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