LODD: St. Louis FF dies after battle with COVID-19

Firefighter Rodney Heard died after “a courageous battle with COVID-19” a statement from the St. Louis Fire Department read

Duty Death: Rodney Heard - [St. Louis, Missouri]

End of Service: 06/15/2021

By Rachel Engel

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Fire Department announced death of a firefighter who died from COVID-19.

“It is with deep sorrow and profound sadness that we announce the Line of Duty Death of St. Louis Firefighter Rodney L. Heard,” a social media post from the department read. “After a courageous battle with COVID-19, Firefighter Heard succumbed to the illness.”

In a separate post on social media, a former co-worker of Heard’s reflected on his death.

“Rodney & I spent years together on Truck 14-A, in midtown,” Gregg Favre wrote on Twitter. “A quieter man (especially by city FF standards) he was a deeply religious & family oriented man. He was also a rock solid partner. Big, strong & brave. Hell of a fireman. Go in peace Rodney. I’ll miss you big man.”

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