COVID-19: Firefighter deaths

Tracking the coronavirus-related deaths of U.S. firefighters


As COVID-19 continues to spread around the country, the first responders on the front lines are increasingly vulnerable to contracting the virus. As was feared, the death toll now includes a growing number of fire service personnel.

What follows is a compilation of the reports, by state, of U.S. fire service personnel, active and retired, who have died of coronavirus-related complications. For cities with multiple diagnoses, the links are ordered chronologically, with the top being the most recent.

Note: Not all of these deaths have been confirmed as line-of-duty deaths. Deputy Chief Billy Goldfeder shared an update from the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits program as to how COVID-19 deaths will be classified.

California

Los Angeles — LA firefighter-paramedic dies from COVID-19 complications

Los Angeles — LAFD captain dies due to COVID-19 on New Year's Day

Colorado

Aurora — Colo. paramedic, past firefighter-medic, dies from COVID-19

Connecticut

Montville — Married deputy fire chief, EMS lieutenant die weeks apart from COVID-19

Delaware

Ellendale — Del. firefighter, fire police officer dies due to COVID-19

Florida

Seminole — Fla. fire chief dies from COVID-19

Naples — Fla. FF dies from COVID-19

Fort Walton Beach — LODD: Fla. fire captain dies due to COVID-19

Illinois

Chicago — Chicago firefighter dies from COVID-19

Chicago — 2nd Chicago firefighter dies from COVID-19 complications

River Grove — Ill. FF-medic suffers fatal stroke after seemingly recovering from COVID-19

Brimfield — Ill. fire chief dies after 7-week battle with COVID-19

Indiana

Terre Haute — Ind. firefighter dies from COVID-19

Kentucky 

Zoneton — Ky. fire chief dies after battle with cancer, COVID-19 

Louisiana

Ascension Parish — La. fire coordinator dies from COVID-19 after 50 years in fire service

Shreveport — La. firefighter-EMT laid to rest after dying from COVID-19 complications

Maine

Edgecomb — Maine, NJ volunteer firefighter, 77, dies from COVID-19 complications

Jackson — LODD: Maine fire Lt. suffers cardiac arrest after returning from quarantine

Maryland

Prince George's County — Md. fire chief dies due to COVID-19 

Michigan

Detroit — Detroit fire captain dies from COVID-19 complications

Huron Township — Mich. paramedic, former fire Lt., dies from COVID-19

Nebraska

Ponca — Colleagues remember Neb. FF-EMT who died due to COVID-19

NEW JERSEY 

Passaic — City of Passaic firefighter-EMT has died from COVID 19

Little Falls — NJ firefighter, FD president, dies from COVID-19 complications

Edison — NJ fire captain dies due to COVID-19 complications

Monmouth County — NJ firefighter-EMT dies from COVID-19 complications

Bergen County — NJ fire captain, EMT, EMS instructor dies from COVID-19

Ocean County — NJ firefighter dies after ‘long and tough battle’ with COVID-19

Oakland — NJ assistant fire chief, police officer dies from COVID-19 complications

Bergen County — NJ EMT, former fire chief dies from COVID-19 complications

Little Falls — NJ assistant fire chief dies after close contact with COVID-19 patient

NEW YORK

New York City — FDNY ambulance mechanic dies from COVID-19

New York City — FDNY deputy chief inspector dies from COVID-19

New York City — Retired FDNY fire marshal dies from COVID-19

New York City — FDNY fire protection inspector dies from COVID-19

Valley Stream — LODD: NY firefighter-EMT, 9/11 responder, dies from COVID-19

Putnam County — NY 911 dispatcher, former fire chief dies from COVID-19

Medford — More than 150 first responders pay respects to NY firefighter who died from COVID-19

New York City — FDNY mechanic supervisor, Long Island volunteer FF dies from COVID-19

White Plains — NY deputy fire chief dies from COVID-19 complications

New Rochelle — NY fire captain dies from COVID-19

New York City — FDNY fire protection inspector, fire alarm expert dies from COVID-19

Suffern — Longtime NY firefighter dies from COVID-19

North Carolina

Clayton — NC deputy fire chief dies from COVID-19 after department outbreak

Swepsonville — NC volunteer firefighter dies due to COVID-19

Ohio

Warren — Ohio fire lieutenant dies from COVID-19 complications

Washington Township — Ohio fire lieutenant dies due to COVID-19 complications

Pennsylvania

Tullytown — Pa. assistant fire chief dies from COVID-19

Robesonia — Pa. assistant fire chief, EMT dies from COVID-19

Fleetwood — Pa. FF-EMT dies from COVID-19 weeks after brother

Philadelphia — Philadelphia firefighter dies from COVID-19

Havertown — Pa. assistant fire chief dies due to COVID-19 

Scranton — Pa. FF-EMT's death caused by multiple pulmonary embolisms from COVID-19

Reading — Pa. firefighter dies from COVID-19 complications

TENNESSEE 

Gallatin — Retired Tenn. fire captain dies from COVID-19 after outbreak at nursing home

Texas

Houston — Houston fire captain dies of COVID-19

San Antonio — Fundraiser set up for San Antonio FD apparatus mechanic who died from COVID-19

Houston — Houston firefighter-medic dies from COVID-19

Converse — Texas fire captain dies due to COVID-19

Laredo — Texas fire captain dies due to COVID-19 complications

Wisconsin

Milwaukee — Former Milwaukee firefighter, Navy veteran dies from COVID-19

Note: It is our intent to maintain an accurate and up-to-date directory. If we have not included a firefighter, first please accept our apology and condolences. Second, please send us their name and a link to a news report, department press release or obituary so we can include them and link to additional information. Thank you. 

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