Missouri LODD Widow Sues for Wrongful Death

The widow of a Missouri firefighter killed in the line of duty in February has filed a wrongful death suit against the University of Missouri.

Columbia Fire Department Lt. Bruce Britt died February 22, 2014 while evacuating students out of a university owned apartment building where a walkway had partially collapsed. According to reports, Lt. Britt was on the walkway when the remainder collapsed.

Leigh Britt claims the university officials knew the walkway was in dangerous condition as far back as 2012 and by negligently failing to effect repairs are responsible for her husband’s death. The five page complaint contains a single count of wrongful death and seeks damages in excess of $25,000.00.

Here is a copy of the complaint. Britt v Univ of Missouri

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About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 45 years of fire service experience and 35 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014, 4th ed. 2022) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.

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