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  Cohnway Matthew Johnson

Fire Fighter/ EMT

Charles "Chuck" McCormick, 30 of Peculiar, Missouri 01-05-2020

On Sunday, January 5, 2020, at approximately 1104hrs., Firefighter Charles “Chuck” McCormick responded to a residential structure fire. When Firefighter McCormick entered the structure, the floor collapsed and he fell into the basement. He was rushed to the Belton Regional Medical Center where he later passed away from the injuries he sustained in the fall. Our thoughts and prayers are with the McCormick family.


John A.. Bresnan, 58 of Homewood, Alabama 01-10-2020

On Friday, January 10, 2020, Fire Chief John A. Bresnan was found unresponsive in his office at the Homewood Fire and Rescue Service. He was immediately transported to Brookwood Baptist Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased from a medical emergency that has yet to be determined. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bresnan family.


David Eric Hill, 39 of Lubbock, Texas 01-11-2020

On Saturday, January 11, 2020, Lieutenant David Hill and another firefighter responded to the scene of a vehicle crash on the northbound lanes of Interstate 27 in Lubbock, Texas. While working at the scene, Lieutenant Hill, the firefighter, and a police officer were hit by a passing vehicle. Lieutenant Hill and the firefighter were immediately transported to the hospital where Lieutenant Hill passed away from the injuries he sustained. The other firefighter is listed in critical condition. The police officer died at the scene. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hill family and the family of the fallen police officer.


Mark Horwich, 51 of Spencer, West Virginia 01-11-2020

On Saturday, January 11, 2020, Firefighter Mark Horwich was responding to a structure fire in an engine when it was involved in a rollover crash. Firefighter Horwich died at the scene from the injuries he sustained in the crash. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Horwich family.


Daryl “Taddy” Drusch, 49 of Howard Lake, Minnesota 01-13-2020

On Sunday, January 12, 2020, late in the evening, Chief Daryl “Taddy” Drusch responded to an EMS call for a car submerged in ice. Early Monday morning, January 13, 2020, he suffered an apparent heart attack at his home and was rushed to the hospital where he passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Drusch family.


Roger D. DeLongChamp, 66 of Wasilla, Alaska 01-16-2020

On Saturday, January 18, 2020, Driver-Operator Roger D. DeLongchamp was preparing to depart the station in a tanker on an emergency response for a reported structure fire when he collapsed. He was immediately treated by other responders but efforts were unsuccessful. Driver-Operator DeLongchamp was declared deceased at 0300hrs from an apparent heart attack. Our thoughts and prayers are with the DeLongChamp family.


Timothy P. Smith, 56 of Orange, Connecticut 01-19-2020

On Sunday, January 19, 2020, Fire Marshal Timothy P. Smith was returning home after responding to a house fire in Orange, CT. His vehicle left the road and hit a tree. Fire Marshal Smith died instantly from the injuries he sustained in the accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Smith family.


John Kevin Cash, 43 of Alpharetta, Georgia 01-21-2020

On Monday, January 20, 2020, Firefighter John Kevin Cash worked a 24-hour shift at the Roswell Fire Department. The next morning, Tuesday, January 21, 2020, the incoming day crew noticed that he had not yet left the station to go home. They entered his bunk room to awaken him but found him deceased. The nature and cause of his death are currently under investigation. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cash family.


Corbin Rogers, 21 of Spring Lake, North Carolina 01-31-2020

On Friday, January 31, 2020, Firefighter Corbin Rogers was returning home from a mandated aerial training class at the Spring Lake Fire Department when he was involved in a vehicle accident. Rogers passed away at the scene. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Rogers family.


Manuel Galindo Jr. , 71 of Fort Hancock, Texas 02-12-2020

On Wednesday evening, February 12, 2020, Fire Chief Manuel Galindo, Jr., was driving a fire apparatus on East Highway 20 in Hudspeth County when he suddenly veered off the road. He attempted to get the vehicle back on the highway but overcorrected. The apparatus flipped over and Galindo was ejected. He was pronounced deceased at the scene. Investigation into the accident continues. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Galindo family.


Ramon "Ray" Figueroa, 35 of Porterville, California 02-18-2020

On Tuesday afternoon, February 18, 2020, at approximately 1614hrs., firefighters from the Porterville Fire Department, as well as the counties of King, Fresno, and Tulare, responded to a fire at the Porterville Public Library. Captain Ramon “Ray” Figueroa and Firefighter Patrick Jones perished in the blaze. Two teen boys have been arrested on suspicion of starting the fire. Investigation into the incident continues. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Figueroa family.


Patrick Jones, 25 of Porterville, California 02-18-2020

On Tuesday afternoon, February 18, 2020, at approximately 1614hrs., firefighters from the Porterville Fire Department, as well as the counties of King, Fresno, and Tulare, responded to a fire at the Porterville Public Library. Captain Ramon “Ray” Figueroa and Firefighter Patrick Jones perished in the blaze. Two teen boys have been arrested on suspicion of starting the fire. Investigation into the incident continues. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Jones family.


Donald "Donny" Lepper, 46 of Indianola, Nebraska 02-23-2020

On the morning of Sunday, February 23, 2020, after returning home from a grass fire, Firefighter/EMT Donald “Donny” Lepper collapsed. He was immediately taken to the Community Hospital of McCook, where he was pronounced deceased. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Lepper family.


Joe J. Tucker, Jr., 62 of Goldsboro, North Carolina 03-08-2020

On Sunday, March 8, 2020, Safety Officer Joe Tucker was driving the department’s engine to a structure fire before complaining that he wasn’t feeling well to his coworkers. After arriving at the scene, Tucker was immediately transported to the Wayne UNC Hospital where he passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Tucker family.


Jerome Guise, 39 of Mount Holly Springs, Pennsylvania 03-09-2020

While battling a fire at a single-family home, Firefighter Jerome Guise was fatally injured when the structure’s heavy timber front porch roof collapsed on him. Firefighter Guise was pronounced deceased at the scene. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Guise family.


Benjamin "Ben" Lauren, 23 of Gwinn, Michigan 03-13-2020

On Friday, March 13, 2020, at approximately 2130hrs, Firefighter Benjamen “Ben” Lauren and Forsyth Township Fire Department personnel arrived at the scene of a fire in a duplex. While working the interior of the structure, part of the floor collapsed and Lauren became trapped between the first and basement floors. He was pronounced deceased at the scene. An investigation into the cause of the fire is under investigation. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Lauren family.


Zachary S. Blankenship, 26 of Montcalm, West Virginia 03-15-2020

On Thursday, March 5, 2020, Firefighter Zachary S. Blankenship and the Montcalm Volunteer Fire Department responded to a fire at a residential structure. Upon returning home, approximately 5 hours later, he collapsed. Blankenship was immediately taken to the Bluefield Regional Medical Center where it was determined he suffered a stroke. He was later flown to a hospital in Roanoke, Virginia. Blankenship was pronounced deceased at 1442hrs on Sunday, March 15, 2020. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Blankenship family.


Israel "Izzy, Nudge" Tolentino, Jr., 33 of Passaic, New Jersey 03-31-2020

On March 14, 2020, Firefighter/EMT Israel Tolentino, Jr., responded with his fire department to an ongoing gas rupture at a residence. All members, including Firefighter/EMT Tolentino, entered the surrounding structures, including multi-family dwellings and apartments, to check for gas seepage and levels. Three of the residences he entered had individuals with known cases of COVID-19. Firefighter/EMT Tolentino subsequently became ill, was diagnosed with COVID-19, and passed away on March 31, 2020. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Tolentino family.


Mario Araujo, 49 of Chicago, Illinois 04-07-2020

While on official duty, Firefighter Mario Araujo contracted COVID-19 from exposure from a patient with a known case of COVID-19. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Araujo family.


James "Tank" Waters, 40 of Tryon, North Carolina 04-07-2020

On Tuesday, April 7, 2020, Chief James “Tank” Waters was assigned to work from his residence due to being quarantined for COVID-19 precautions. While on official duty, he fell ill and suffered a medical emergency. EMS crews responded and treated Chief Waters to where he was pronounced deceased at the hospital. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Waters family.


Michael Field, 59 of Valley Stream, New York 04-08-2020

On March 24, 2020, Firefighter/EMT Michael Field responded to a medical emergency at a residence where a patient had a known case of COVID-19. He subsequently contracted the virus and passed away on Wednesday, April 8, 2020. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Field family.


Franklin Williams, 57 of Detroit, Michigan 04-08-2020

While on duty, Fire Captain Franklin Williams contracted COVID-19 from working with another firefighter who had subsequently tested positive for the virus. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Williams family.


John Schoffstall 41, of Terre Haut, Indiana 04-12-2020

While on duty, Firefighter John Schoffstall contracted COVID-19 from working with another firefighter who had subsequently tested positive for the virus. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Schoffstall family.


Edward Singleton, 55 of Chicago, Illinois 04-14-2020

Firefighter Edward Singleton contracted COVID-19 during the course of his official duties at the firehouse. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Singleton family.


John "Andy" Andrew Kuchar, 39 of Burlington, Kentucky 04-16-2020

Sergeant Andy Kuchar was injured while performing station duties on 03/02/2020. Since that time, he was off work as a result of the injury. Sergeant Kuchar recently underwent surgery for the injury and passed away at his residence on 04/16/2020. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be determined. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Kuchar family.


David Clark, 47 of Bay Head, New Jersey 04-17-2020

While on official duty, Firefighter David Clark contracted COVID-19 from the firehouse and subsequently passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Clark family.


Eduardo Ramirez, 43 of El Paso, Texas 04-21-2020

On Tuesday evening, April 21, 2020, while performing department mandated physical fitness training, Fire Suppression Technician Eduardo Ramirez collapsed. He was immediately taken to the hospital where he passed away. The cause of his death is under investigation. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ramirez family.


Harold "Eddie" Moore Jr., 42 of Jackson, Maine 04-28-2020

On Tuesday afternoon, April 28, 2020, Lieutenant Harold “Eddie” Moore, Jr., responded to a fire at a residence. Later in the evening, after arriving home, Lieutenant Moore suffered a cardiac arrest and passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Moore family.


Robert David Reisinger, 57 of River Grove, Illinois 04-28-2020

Firefighter/Paramedic Robert David Reisinger responded to a medical emergency on March 24, 2020. The patient had a known case of COVID-19. Firefighter/Paramedic Reisinger subsequently contracted the virus. He was quarantined at home and was scheduled to return to work on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. Monday evening, April 27, 2020, he suffered a stroke and was immediately taken to the hospital. Upon arrival, hospital staff performed a COVID-19 test which came back positive. Firefighter/Paramedic Reisinger passed away on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 from the stroke that was attributed to COVID-19. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Reisinger family.


Donald DiPetrillo, 70 of Hollywood, Florida 04-30-2020

In early March of this year, while on official duty, Fire Chief Donald DiPetrillo was attending the EMS Today Conference in Tampa, Florida, where he contracted COVID-19, traced by the Department of Health. He subsequently died from the virus on Thursday, April 30, 2020. Our thoughts and prayers are with the DiPetrillo family.


Mike A. Tipoti, 44 of Pago Pago, American Samoa 04-30-2020

After responding to a residential fire, Captain Mike Tipoti and Captain Allen Velega were returning to the firehouse when the apparatus they were in crashed at a sharp curve after coming down a mountain road. Captain Tipoti, who was driving the apparatus, was pronounced deceased at the scene. Captain Velega was pronounced deceased shortly after his arrival at the hospital emergency room. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Tipoti family.


Allen Velega, 50 of Pago Pago, American Samoa 04-30-2020

After responding to a residential fire, Captain Mike Tipoti and Captain Allen Velega were returning to the firehouse when the apparatus they were in crashed at a sharp curve after coming down a mountain road. Captain Tipoti, who was driving the apparatus, was pronounced deceased at the scene. Captain Velega was pronounced deceased shortly after his arrival at the hospital emergency room. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Velega family.


Edward J. Ciocca, 62 of White Plains, New York 05-01-2020

While on duty, Deputy Fire Chief Ciocca contracted COVID-19 from working with other firefighters who subsequently tested positive for the virus. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ciocca family.


Andrew DiMaggio, 57 of New Rochelle, New York 05-03-2020

Fire Captain Andrew DiMaggio contracted COVID-19 during the course of his official duties at the firehouse. Our thoughts and prayers are with the DiMaggio family.


David F. Jameson Jr., 52 of Independence, Missouri 05-07-2020

On May 7, 2020, at approximately 1300hrs, Firefighter/Hazmat Technician David F. Jameson, Jr., from the Independence Fire Department, responded to a report of a residential fire. Upon arrival, he was not feeling well and was experiencing shortness of breath. He remained in the truck while others addressed the fire, which was determined to be an illegal open burn. When the crew returned to the pumper, Firefighter/Hazmat Technician Jameson became unresponsive. Medical care was immediately provided and he was transported to the Centerpoint Medical Center where he later passed away. The cause of death has not yet been determined. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Jameson family.


Joseph Nealon, Jr., 58 of Nanticoke, Pennsylvania 05-30-2020

On Saturday, May 30, 2020, Firefighter/Chaplain Joseph Nealon, Jr. experienced a medical emergency while on-duty at the firehouse. He was immediately transported to the local hospital where he passed away. The cause of his death has not yet been determined. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Nealon family.


Eric Gore, 49 of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 06-02-2020

Firefighter Eric Gore responded to an emergency at a residence where he came in contact with a person with a known case of COVID-19. He subsequently passed away on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 from the virus. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Gore family.


Klayton Manning, 18 of Luling, Texas 06-09-2020

On Tuesday, June 9, 2020, at approximately 1808hrs., Firefighter Klayton Manning, driving the fire department’s ATV, responded to reports of smoke in the area. While at the scene, he was approached by a man with a gun and was shot and killed. Firefighter Manning’s cousin was with him and also died from gunshot wounds. The assailant is in custody. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Manning family.


Russell K. Roberson, 42 of Laeger, West Virginia 06-21-2020

On Saturday evening, June 20, 2020, firefighters from the Iaeger Volunteer Fire Department, as well as several other departments, responded to the scene of a residential fire. On Sunday, June 21, 2020, firefighters again responded to the sameresidence for a possible rekindle. While at the scene, Firefighter Russell K. Roberson evacuated a home owner from a second residence that had started to burn. He became ill and while being transported to the hospital, passed away. The cause of his death has not yet been determined. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Roberson family.

Ron 

Wehlage, Jr., 40 of DeSoto, Missouri 06-30-2020

On Saturday evening, June 27, 2020, Fire Lieutenant/Fire Marshal Ron Wehlage, Jr., responded to a residential fire. After his work duty ended on Sunday morning, June 28, 2020, he returned home. On Tuesday, June 30, 2020, he did not show up for his next shift. Someone was sent to check on him and found Fire Lieutenant/Fire Marshal Wehlage deceased at his home from an apparent heart attack. Individuals attempted to contact Fire Lieutenant/Fire Marshal Wehlage on Sunday, June 28, 2020, but all attempts were unsuccessful. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Wehlage family.


Jason Cuffee, 27 of Charleston, West Virginia 07-20-2020

At approximately 2330hrs., on Sunday, July 19, 2020, Firefighter/Medic Jason Cuffee was working at the Charleston Fire Department, Station 3. When he failed to respond to a call, his co-workers became concerned and went to check on him. They found Firefighter/Medic Cuffee unresponsive. They immediately performed CPR, and was then transported to the hospital where Firefighter/Medic Cuffee was pronounced deceased in the early morning hours of Monday, July 20, 2020. The cause of his death has not yet been determined. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cuffee family.


Leroy Lucio 62 of Houston, Texas 07-20-2020

On July 20, 2020, Captain Leroy Lucio was battling the COVID-19 virus at a local hospital in San Antonio, TX, when he passed away. Captain Lucio contracted the virus from exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Lucio family.


Justin Robinson, 50 of Buchanan, Georgia 07-21-2020

On Tuesday, July 14, 2020, Firefighter Justin Robinson was at the scene of a motor vehicle accident performing extrication of injured patients. While at the crash site, he went into cardiac arrest. Crews immediately initiated life saving measures and Firefighter Robinson was transported to the local hospital, where he passed away on Tuesday, July 21, 2020. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Robinson family.


Jose M. Perez, 44 of Los Angeles, California 07-25-2020

Firefighter III/Paramedic Jose M. Perez contracted COVID-19 as a result of numerous exposures from positive COVID-19 patients during the course of his official duty for the Los Angeles City Fire Department. He subsequently passed away on July 25, 2020, from the virus. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Perez family.


Steven Splan, 46 of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 08-02-2020

On August 2, 2020, Sergeant Steven Splan was on fire duty and, at approximately 1200hrs, helped to remove a tree blocking a roadway. Sergeant Splan, later in the evening during patrol, went on a meal break to the public safety building, where he was found unresponsive in the department kitchen. CPR was immediately performed and he was taken to the local hospital where he was pronounced deceased from an apparent heart attack late in the evening on August 2, 2020. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Splan family.


Gerardo "Jerry" Pacheco, 50 of Houston, Texas 08-03-2020

On August 3, 2020, Firefighter/Paramedic Gerardo “Jerry” Pacheco was battling COVID-19 when he passed away. Firefighter/Paramedic Pacheco contracted the virus from exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace.

Our thoughts and prayers are wih the Pacheco family.


Anthony "Tony" Craig Christensen, 55 of Naples, Florida 08-04-2020

Firefighters from the City of Naples Fire-Rescue responded to a medical emergency at a nursing home. The patient was exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 and results were received the next day that showed the patient was positive for the virus. Firefighter Anthony Craig “Tony” Christensen did not respond to this call. However, he was in direct contact with fellow firefighters who had been exposed to the virus from the nursing home. He subsequently contracted COVID-19 and passed away on Tuesday, August 4, 2020. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Christensen family.


Alec Tannenbaum, 29 of Vails Gate, New York 08-04-2020

Firefighter Alec Tannenbaum completed an on-duty shift Tuesday with the West Point Fire Department before responding to numerous storm-related alarms as a member of the Vails Gate Fire Department. Firefighter Tannenbaum was found unresponsive in his home late Tuesday, August 4, 2020. He was immediately transported to St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased from an apparent heart attack.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Tannenbaum family.


Eric Hayashi, 49 of Hilo, Hawaii 08-08-2020

On Saturday, August 8, 2020, Fire Equipment Operator Eric Hayashi responded to an EMS call at a residence. While at the scene, Fire Equipment Operator Hayashi experienced a medical emergency. He was immediately taken to the Hilo Medical Center where he passed away a short time later from an apparent heart attack. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hayashi family.


Peter Hein, 61 of Big Pine, California 08-11-2020

On August 11, 2020, Fire Engineer Peter Hein was working with the U.S. Forest Service at the Stagecoach Wildfire in Kern County. He suffered a medical emergency and was immediately transported to the hospital where he passed away from an apparent heart attack. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hein family.


Bryant Anderson, 45 of Converse, Texas 08-18-2020

Captain Bryant Anderson, during his official tour of duty, came in contact with persons treating patients who were COVID-19 positive and exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. Captain Anderson remained at home for several days attempting to recover, but his condition worsened until he was transported by ambulance to a local hospital. He was treated in the Intensive Care Unit for several weeks, until being placed on a ventilator. Captain Anderson passed away from complications related to the virus on August 18, 2020. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Anderson family.


David Closs Sr., 67 of Avis, Pennsylvania 08-23-2020

On August 17, 2020, Firefighter David Closs and other firefighters from the Avis Fire Company #1, responded to a residential structure fire. Firefighter Closs was working scene safety a short distance away from the actual structure fire when he suffered a medical emergency and was immediately taken to the local hospital. He passed away on August 23, 2020 from an apparent heart attack. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Closs family.


Joseph Liedel, 48 of Monroe, Michigan 08-23-2020

On Friday, July 31, 2020, Captain Joseph Liedel, while in the process of responding to a medical call, left his residence to get into his vehicle when he collapsed next to it. He was immediately rushed to the Monroe Promedica Regional Hospital and then flown to Toledo Promedica Hospital for further care. Captain Liedel passed away on Sunday, August 23, 2020, from a CVA. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Liedel family.


Thomas Duffy, 40 of Belgrade, Montana 08-24-2020

On Monday, August 24, 2020, Pilot Thomas Duffy, flying a Type 1 Kmax helicopter, was conducting bucket drops while battling the White River Fire in Mount Hood National Forest, when his helicopter crashed. He worked for Central Copters, Inc., a private family run company out of Belgrade, Montana, as a wildland-contract pilot for the U.S. Forest Service. The official cause of the crash is under investigation. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Duffy family.


Brian Stephen Smith, 56 of St. George Island, Florida 08-25-2020

On Tuesday, August 25, 2020, Firefighter/First Responder Brian Stephen Smith and other fire department personnel, responded to a call of a water rescue on the beach. Firefighter/First Responder Smith went into the water to rescue a man and a juvenile and got swept up by the current. He was rescued from the water and immediately taken to the Weems Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Smith family.


Diane Jones, 63 of Summerville, Oregon, 08-31-2020

On Monday, August 31, 2020, Firefighter Diane Jones, who worked for a private company during the wildland fire season, KL Farms/Fire LLC, was battling the wildfires in the Mendocino National Forest in California, when she was involved in a vehicle crash, along with two other firefighters. Firefighter Jones was repositioning the engine when it backed over an embankment and into a fire. She passed away from the injuries she sustained in the accident. One of the two other firefighters is being treated for injuries sustained in the crash, while the third firefighter was uninjured. Firefighter Diane Jones was a volunteer firefighter for the Cresson Volunteer Fire Department in Cresson, Texas. Her son, Captain Ian Shelly, also a member of the Cresson Volunteer Fire Department, was fighting the wildfires in the Mendocino National Forest as well. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Jones family.


Stephen W. Tower, 54 of Goffstown, New Hampshire 08-31-2020

On Monday, August 31, 2020, during a mandated physical fitness ability test at the New Hampshire Fire Academy in Concord, New Hampshire, Interim Captain Steven W. Tower became ill and collapsed. Aid was rendered to him and he was immediately transported to the local hospital where he passed away a short time later. The cause of his death is under investigation. Interim Captain Steven W. Tower retired four years ago from the Goffstown Fire Department after 30 years of service. The town had asked him to come back as the Interim Fire Chief. When Fire Chief Brian H. Allard was hired, he asked Interim Captain Tower to remain with the department and help with logistics. At the time of Interim Captain Tower’s passing, he was taking a mandated physical fitness ability test in order to become a full-time Captain again with the department. During his time as Interim Captain, he responded to fire incidents and was assigned exterior firefighting duties. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Tower family.


Thomas Searcy, 45 of Houston, Texas 09-08-2020

On Tuesday, September 8, 2020, Captain Thomas Searcy was battling COVID-19 when he passed away in the Intensive Care Unit at the Memorial Hermann Hospital. He had been hospitalized for a month fighting the virus. Captain Searcy contracted COVID-19 from exposure in the workplace from numerous fire and EMS calls he responded to where individuals had been diagnosed with the disease. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Searcy family.


Frazier Holbert, 57 of Carrollton, Texas 09-13-2020

On September 9, 2020, at approximately 3:00 am, Fire Captain Frazier Holbert went to bed at the fire station after returning from an emergency call. Soon thereafter, he suffered a stroke. Fellow firefighters later found Holbert unresponsive and transported him to a local hospital. He was subsequently transported to another hospital where he passed away on September 13, 2020. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Holbert family.


Charles Morton, 39 of Fawnskin, California 09-17-2020

Firefighter Charles Morton, Squad Boss on the Big Bear Interagency Hotshot Crew, died during interagency fire suppression activities on the El Dorado Fire in the San Bernardino National Forest in California on September 17, 2020. The Big Bear Hotshots are local to the San Bernardino National Forest. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Morton family.


James P. Brooks, Jr. 45 of Whitehall, New York 09-18-2020

On May 2, 2020, while responding to a structure fire, Second Assistant Fire Chief James P. Brooks Jr. thought he pulled a muscle. While tending to his duties when at the scene, Brooks started to feel intense pain. He was transported to the Rutland Regional Medical Center in Vermont where it was determined that he suffered a torn aorta. He was then airlifted to the University of Vermont Medical Center. During this hospital stay, Brooks suffered multiple complications including a blood clot, kidney damage, and a heart attack. A subsequent emergency operation resulted in Brooks experiencing three strokes that left him confined to a wheelchair with only the use of his right arm. Brooks was eventually released from the hospital on July 31, 2020. Brooks passed away, however, at his sister’s residence on September 18, 2020. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Brooks family.


Jason Daniel Dean, 42 of Clayton, North Carolina 09-22-2020

Deputy Chief Jason Dean tested positive for the COVID-19 virus on August 12, 2020, while working a shift at the Clayton Fire Department after exposure on the job. On August 18, 2020, Deputy Chief Dean was admitted to the hospital for complications due to COVID-19. Deputy Chief Dean remained under hospital care until September 22, 2020, when he succumbed to the virus. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Dean family.


Ricky Fulton, 58 of Sterling, Colorado 09-22-2020

On September 22, 2020, Firefighter/Pilot Ricky Fulton died after his single-engine air tanker crashed while he was fighting the Schill Fire near Emmett, Idaho. The crash occurred under unknown circumstances and remains under investigation. The aircraft that Firefighter/Pilot Fulton was flying, T-857, was owned by Aero S.E.A.T. Incorporated and was on an on-call contract with BLM Fire and Aviation at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise. The Schill Fire started the afternoon of September 22, 2020, in brush and steep terrain. It was contained later that night after it burned about 30 acres. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Fulton family.


Richard "Rick" Todd, 58 of Salem, West Virginia 09-23-2020

While on duty, Fire Chief Richard “Rick” Todd responded to an EMS call where an individual had a known case of COVID-19. Fire Chief Todd subsequently contracted the virus and passed away on Wednesday, September 23, 2020. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Todd family.


Charles "Dog" C. Woods, 58 of Marion, Virginia 09-23-2020

In the early morning hours of September 23, 2020, Firefighter/EMT Charles Woods responded to a residential fire in Marion, VA, with the Adwolfe Volunteer Fire Department. Upon arrival, the occupant of the residence was secured and fire suppression activities began. During operations, Firefighter/EMT Woods was found unresponsive in a tanker after having filled it from a nearby fire hydrant and completing several other on-scene duties. Crews at the scene immediately provided lifesaving efforts and transported Firefighter/EMT Woods to Smyth County Community Hospital. All attempts to revive Firefighter/EMT Woods, however, were not successful. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Woods family.


Dylan Cunningham, 29 of South Holland, Illinois 09-30-2020

On Wednesday, September 30, 2020, Firefighter/Paramedic Dylan Cunningham was participating in a dive training exercise at the Haigh Quarry in Kankakee, IL, when he was found by fellow firefighters in distress. He was immediately taken to the Amita St. Mary’s Hospital in Kankakee and later transported to the Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL where he passed away a short time later. The cause of his death has not yet been determined and the incident is under investigation. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cunningham family.


Edward "Gary" Minnick, 65 of Colmar, Pennsylvania 10-01-2020

On Thursday, October 1, 2020, Firefighter Edward “Gary” Minnick was responding to an oil leak at a gas station. While in the utility truck at the fire department, he suffered a medical emergency and paramedics immediately performed life saving measures. All resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful and he passed away from an apparent heart attack. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Minnick family.


Jason Cortez, 42 of San Francisco, California 10-07-2020

On Wednesday, October 7, 2020, Firefighter/Paramedic Jason Cortez was participating in a drill at the Mission District Training Facility when he was injured. Paramedics started immediate care and transported him to the San Francisco General Hospital Trauma Center where he succumbed to his injuries just before 1100hrs. An investigation into this accident is underway and the cause of his death has not yet been determined. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cortez family.


Lemuel Bruce, 44 of Houston, Texas 10-16-2020

During the early morning hours of Friday, October 16, 2020, Arson Investigator Lemuel Bruce and other members of the Arson Division, Houston Fire Department, tracked down a possible lead to arsons being set in the Houston area. When they arrived at the Timbergrove neighborhood, a suspect fatally shot Arson Investigator Bruce. The suspect was discovered deceased from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bruce family.


Keith Obrian Williams, 54 of Camilla, Georgia 10-17-2020

While on duty, Captain Keith Williams was found unresponsive by fellow firefighters at the Camilla Fire Department early on October 17, 2020. Life-saving efforts began immediately but were not successful. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be determined. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Williams family.


Harold Boone, 49 of Forsyth, Georgia 11-02-2020

Firefighter Harold Boone, while on-duty at the fire station, contracted COVID-19 from fellow firefighters who had subsequently tested positive for the virus. He passed away from the disease on November 2, 2020. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Boone family.


Johnny Ivison Jr., 23 of Easton, Kansas 11-08-2020

On Sunday, November 8, 2020, Firefighter Johnny Ivison, Jr., was responding to a call of a residential fire in Easton, Kansas, in his privately owned vehicle, a Chevrolet Silverado Truck, when the vehicle went off the road. Firefighter Ivison attempted to correct his path, but overcorrected causing the truck to roll over numerous times, ejecting him from the vehicle. He died from the injuries sustained in the crash. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ivison family.


Matthew Bennett, 49 of Indianapolis, Indiana 11-14-2020

Engineer Matthew Bennett drove Engine 1 to a possible structural collapse after a car drove into a home. Upon his arrival and as crews began to work, Bennett complained to the EMS Duty Officer on scene that he was experiencing chest pains. The EMS Duty Officer escorted Bennett to an ambulance to be evaluated. Bennett was then transported to a hospital and immediately taken into surgery. Despite all efforts, however, Bennett passed away the following afternoon. The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be determined. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bennett family.


Sean D. Laffan, 42 of Oakland, California 11-16-2020

Interim Assistant Fire Chief Sean Laffan collapsed in an office of the Oakland Fire Department’s administrative building. Staff on-site began performing life-saving measures until Laffan was taken by ambulance to Summit Medical Center in Oakland. Later that evening, Laffan suffered a prolonged cardiac arrest and, despite all resuscitative efforts, passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Laffan family.


Donald Beauchene, 54 of Warren, Ohio 11-17-2020

Lieutenant Donald Beauchene contracted COVID-19 while on-duty. He passed away on Tuesday, November 17, 2020. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Beauchene family.


Joseph "Joe" Gallo, 34 of Blissfield, Michigan 11-17-2020

While responding with the Blissfield Fire Department to a barn fire, Captain Joseph Gallo was driving a Chevy Impala with emergency lights activated. As he drove on a gravel portion of the road, he lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle rolled and Captain Gallo was ejected. He was transported to the Toledo Hospital where, after all attempts at resuscitation were exhausted, Captain Gallo was pronounced deceased from injuries sustained. He was a Paid-on-Call Captain with the Blissfield Township Fire Department and a Part-time Firefighter/EMT with the Madison Township Fire Department. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Gallo family.


Michael Buitendorp, 40 of Rothbury, Michigan 11-18-2020

On Wednesday, November 18, 2020, at approximately 2100hrs., Firefighter Michael Buitendorp, driving a fire department tender, was responding to the scene of a camper fire in Otto Township when he lost consciousness. The firefighter who was with him was able to stop the fire apparatus and call for help. Grant Township firefighters and EMS personnel immediately performed life-saving measures. Firefighter Buitendorp was then transported to the Mercy Health Lakeshore Hospital where attempts to revive him were unsuccessful. The cause of his death is under investigation. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Buitendorp family.


Robert "Bobby" Rocha, 59 of Kansas City, Missouri 11-21-2020

While on-duty, Captain Robert “Bobby” Rocha contracted COVID-19 from a patient with a known case of COVID-19. He was hospitalized on November 12, 2020 and passed away from the virus on November 21, 2020. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Rocha family.


Robert Cree, 72, of Lucerne, Indiana 11-22-2020

At 1900hrs on Sunday, November 22, 2020, Firefighter/EMT Robert Cree responded to a medical emergency at a residence. Upon returning home, at approximately 2010hrs, Firefighter/EMT Cree collapsed from an apparent heart attack. Crews arrived at his home and immediately performed CPR. Despite all efforts, he could not be resuscitated and passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cree family.


Alan Dean Basso, 59 of Kalama, Washington 11-27-2020

On the morning of Friday, November 27, 2020, Firefighter/EMT Alan Basso responded to two medical emergency calls, the last one dispatched at 0848hrs. Later that day, at 1355hrs, Basso was driving in the downtown area of Kalama when his vehicle collided with several parked vehicles. He was unconscious and not breathing, suffering a cardiac arrest. Citizen CPR was immediately initiated by a nearby off-duty Portland firefighter, 911 was summonsed, and Cowlitz County Fire District 5 resources arrived on-scene. Immediate advance life support measures were administered, and Basso was then transported to PeaceHealth St. Johns Medical Center where, despite all efforts, he was pronounced deceased.

Firefighter/EMT Basso’s service work history includes five years with the Washington Department of Natural Resources as a seasonal firefighter, one year with Washington State University as a firefighter, 2 ½ years with Cowlitz County Fire District 5 as a career firefighter, 21 years with Cowlitz County Fire District 5 as a volunteer firefighter and Captain, and 21 ½ years as a career firefighter and Lieutenant with the City of Longview Fire Department. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Basso family.


David J. Tomlinson, 71 of Poynette, Wisconsin 12-06-2020

Firefighter/Fire Inspector David Jerald Tomlinson contracted COVID-19 while performing fire inspections for the department. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Tomlinson family.

Donald Downs, 69 of Nauvoo, Alabama 12-09-2020

On November 17, 2020, Firefighter Donald Downs, while attending mandatory training for the fire department, contracted COVID-19 from attendees at the exercise. He passed away on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 from the virus. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Downs family.


Leo W. Werner, 67 of Scales Mound, Illinois 12-10-2020

On Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020, at approximately 2200hrs, Captain Leo W. Werner responded to a medical call at a residence. After returning home, he suffered an apparent heart attack and passed away shortly after midnight on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Werner family.


Robert "Rob" Orkies, 55 of Shepherdsville, Kentucky 12-11-2020

Chief Robert “Rob” Orkies developed COVID-19 while on-duty from attending mandated fire department meetings and other fire department functions. He passed away on Friday, December 11, 2020. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Orkies family.


Lee Witman, 88 of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 12-11-2020

Chief Emeritus/Firefighter Lee Witman, while performing in-station duties, contracted COVID-1. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Witman family.


Edward Hine, 79 of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 12-16-2020

Firefighter Edward Hine, while performing in-station duties, contracted COVID-19. He passed away on Wednesday, December 16, 2020, from the virus. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hine family.


Ronald S. Perry, 57 of Bristol, Tennessee 12-17-2020

Firefighter Ronald Steven Perry responded to a mutual aid call of a building fire on Sunday, November 15, 2020. He and two other firefighters subsequently contracted COVID-19. Firefighter Perry passed away on Thursday, December 17, 2020, from the virus. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Perry family.


Randy Robinson, 64 of Fort Worth, Texas 12-17-2020

While on duty, Captain Randy Robinson contracted COVID-19 at the fire station. He passed away on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, from the virus. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Robinson family.


Roland Brooks, 82 of Rothbury, Michigan 12-20-2020

Chief Roland Brooks contracted COVID-19 while on-duty. He was admitted to the hospital on Saturday, December 5, 2020 and passed away on Sunday, December 20, 2020. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Brooks family.


Andrew "Andy" P. Davis, 45 of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 12-24-2020

On December 9, 2020, Major Andrew “Andy” P. Davis contracted COVID-19 while providing emergency medical care to a patient who had tested positive for the virus. Major Davis passed away on Thursday, December 24, 2020. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Davis family.


Logan Young, 30 of Martinsburg, West Virginia 12-27-2020

On Sunday, December 27, 2020, at approximately 0200hrs, Senior Airman/Firefighter Logan Young, responded to a mutual aid call, to a barn fire in Kearneysville, West Virginia. Senior Airman/Firefighter Young was killed while battling the blaze when a beam fell on him. The cause of the fire has been determined as arson and is under investigation. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Young family.


Stephen Sunday, 28 of Scranton, Pennsylvania 12-29-2020

Firefighter Stephen Sunday contracted COVID-19 while on-duty. He passed away from the virus on December 29, 2020. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Sunday family.


Darrell Woodard, 66 of Sylva, North Carolina 12-29-2020

On Thursday, December 3, 2020, Chief Darrell Woodard responded to a call for a smell of smoke in a building. All four firefighters, including Chief Woodard, that responded to this incident, tested positive for COVID-19. Chief Woodard passed away from the virus on Tuesday, December 29, Our thoughts and prayers are with the Woodard family. 

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