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  Cohnway Matthew Johnson

Fire Fighter/ EMT

Bryan "Hammy" P. Hamilton, 42 of Indian Head, Maryland 01-01-2021

Firefighter/EMT Bryan “Hammy” P. Hamilton contracted COVID-19 while on-duty. On Friday, January 1, 2021, he passed away at the University of Maryland, Charles Regional Medical Center in La Plata, Maryland, from complications of the virus. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hamilton family.


George A. Roque, 57 of Los Angeles, California 01-01-2021

Captain George A. Roque contracted COVID-19 while on-duty from a patient with a known case of the virus. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Roque family.


John Howell Clift, 64 of Knoxville, Tennessee 01-02-21

Firefighter John Howell Clift contracted COVID-19 while on-duty. He was hospitalized in early December and passed away on Saturday, January 2, 2021. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Clift family.


Mark "Dewey" E. Kulp, 52 of Reading Pennsylvania 01-05-2021

Firefighter/EMT Mark “Dewey” E. Kulp transported at least two patients to hospitals, who had tested positive for COVID-19. He also evaluated a patient on-scene that possibly had the virus. He subsequently contracted the disease and passed away on January 5, 2021. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Kulp family.


Leonard L. Coney, 41 of Shreveport, Louisiana 01-06-2021

Firefighter Leonard L. Coney treated and transported a COVID-19 patient on Wednesday, December 23, 2020 and another COVID-19 patient on Friday, December 25, 2020. He subsequently contracted the virus and passed away on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Coney family.


Lloyd Losinger, 60 of Fort Walton Beach, Florida 01-06-2021

Captain Lloyd Losinger, while performing fire inspections, contracted COVID-19. He passed away from the virus on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Losinger family.


Danny Watkins, 67 of San Benito, Texas 01-12-2021

Chief Danny Watkins contracted COVID-19 while on-duty. He passed away from the virus on Tuesday, January 12, 2021. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Watkins family.


Ronald "Ronnie" Gene Spitzer, 65 of Rocky Top, Tennessee 01-13-2021

Chief Ronald “Ronnie” Gene Spitzer, while on-duty, responded to a medical call on December 11, 2020 with another firefighter. It was determined later that the patient had COVID-19. He and the firefighter both contracted the virus. Chief Ronald “Ronnie” Gene Spitzer passed away on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 from the disease. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Spitzer family.


William Christoper Mertz, 54 of Rancho Santa Fe, California 01-20-2021

Captain William Christopher Mertz, while on-duty at the fire department, contracted COVID-19. He passed away on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 from the virus. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Mertz family.


Erik Segura, 45 of Laredo, Texas 01-26-2021

Captain Erik Segura was part of the COVID-19 response team for the Laredo Fire Department. He contracted the virus while responding to an EMS call from a patient with a known case of the disease. He passed away on Tuesday, January 26, 2021. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Segura family. 


Lonnie Bolar, 45 of Waynoka, Oklahoma 01-29-2021

On Friday, January 29, 2021, at approximately 3:07 a.m., Chief Lonnie Bolar and Firefighter Tayler Bradford responded to a residential fire. The fire was initially reported by a person trapped in a bedroom of the home. Chief Bolar and Firefighter Bradford entered the home and found a man and woman. While attempting to perform rescues, there was a roof collapse killing both Chief Bolar and Firefighter Bradford as well as the occupants. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bolar family. 


Tayler Bradford, 28 of Waynoka, Oklahoma 01-29-2021

On Friday, January 29, 2021, at approximately 3:07 a.m., Chief Lonnie Bolar and Firefighter Tayler Bradford responded to a residential fire. The fire was initially reported by a person trapped in a bedroom of the home. Chief Bolar and Firefighter Bradford entered the home and found a man and woman. While attempting to perform rescues, there was a roof collapse killing both Chief Bolar and Firefighter Bradford as well as the occupants. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bradford family.


Edward P. Bookmyer, 60 of Wrightsville, Pennsylvania 01-30-2021

On January 24, 2021, Chief Engineer Edward P. Bookmyer was working on a piece of apparatus after returning from a fire call when he suffered a medical emergency. He was immediately taken to the hospital where he passed away on Saturday, January 30, 2021. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bookmyer family.


Edward Vasquez, 35 of Las Cruces, New Mexico 01-30-2021

While on duty, Lieutenant Edward Vasquez contracted COVID-19 at the fire department. He passed away from the virus on Saturday, January 30, 2021. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Vasquez family.


Brian H. Ritchie, 50 of Weirton, West Virginia 02-02-2021

While on-duty, Lieutenant Brian Ritchie contracted COVID-19 at the fire department. He passed away from the virus on Tuesday, February 2, 2021. Lieutenant Ritchie was also the Assistant Chief of the Hooverson Heights Volunteer Fire Department. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ritchie family.


Guandes "Mook" Smith 27 of Sardis, Mississippi 02-08-2021

While on-duty, Guandes "Mook" Smith contracted COVID-19 at the fire department. He passed away from the virus in the early morning hours of Monday, February 08, 2021. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Smith family.


John Jonker, Sr., 80 of Ringwood, New Jersey 02-10-2021

On Wednesday, February 10, 2021, Firefighter John Jonker, Sr., participated in a training drill at the fire department. Shortly after returning home, he collapsed from an apparent heart attack. He was unable to be revived and passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Jonker family.


Terry Watts, 51 of Memphis, Tennessee 02-10-2021

While on-duty, Training Lieutenant Terry Watts contracted COVID-19 at the fire department. He passed away from the virus on Wednesday, February 10, 2021. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Watts family.


John Evans, 64 of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 02-13-2021

While stationed at his assignment at the Marine Unit, Fire Boat Pilot John Evans contracted COVID-19. He passed away from the virus on Saturday, February 13, 2021. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Evfans family.


Edward Karriem, 41 of Little Rok, Arkansas 02-13-2021

On Saturday, February 13, 2021, Battalion Chief Edward Karriem was the commanding officer at the scene of a residential fire. He was found unresponsive in his vehicle and firefighters immediately performed CPR. He was then transported to the hospital where he later passed away. The cause of his death is under investigation. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Karriem family.


Garry Key, 70 of Shepherdsville, Kentucky 02-13-2021

Acting Chief Garry Key developed COVID-19 while on-duty from attending mandated fire department meetings and other fire department functions. He passed away on Saturday, February 13, 2021 from the virus. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Key family.


Phillip Craig Ginter, 57 of Beavertown, Pennsylvania 02-21-2021

While working a four-alarm fire at a local farm, Firefighter Phillip Craig Ginter became ill as he helped to pump water at a designated fill site. Ginter became unresponsive and had no pulse before EMS arrived. As a result, responders on scene administered CPR on Ginter. Once EMS arrived, Ginter was transported to Geisinger Lewistown Hospital where he passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ginter family.


Jeff Brozich, 57 of Madison Heights, Michigan 03-01-2021

On Monday, March 1, 2021, while on duty at the fire station, Captain Jeff Brozich suffered a heart attack and passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Brozich family.


Ronald Ingram, 72 of Versailles, Kentucky 03-03-2021

Captain Ronald Ingram was part of a response to a shed fire. Shortly after his arrival on-scene, Ingram collapsed. CPR was immediately initiated, and Ingram was then transported to a local hospital where he passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ingram family.


William "Eddie" Edward McNeill, Jr. , 69 of Campobello, South Carolina 03-04-2021

On Thursday, March 4, 2021, Chief William Edward “Eddie” McNeill, Jr., was responding to a residential structure fire when the call was cancelled en route. Later in the evening, Chief McNeill, while having dinner with his wife at a restaurant, suffered a heart attack and passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with the McNeill family.


Martin "Marty" Meyers, 50 of Kokomo, Indiana 03-04-2021

While on-duty, Captain Martin “Marty” Meyers contracted COVID-19 at the fire department. He passed away from the virus on Thursday, March 4, 2021. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Meyers family.


Kevin "Bubba" M. Malukas, 59 of Coal Township, Pennsylvania 03-08-2021

Deputy Chief Kevin M. “Bubba” Malukas responded to a vehicle accident on Sunday, March 7, 2021. After returning home, he suffered a heart attack and passed away on Monday, March 8, 2021. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Malukas family.


Victor Melillo, 21 of Irvington, New Jersey 03-09-2021

On Thursday, March, 4, 2021, Firefighter Recruit Victor Melillo collapsed during a training exercise in the parking lot of the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy in Parsippany Township, NJ. First responders on the scene immediately treated Firefighter Recruit Melillo. He was taken to the Morristown Medical Center, where he remained in the Critical Care Unit, until his passing on Tuesday, March 9, 2021. Investigation into the incident is ongoing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Melillo family.


Dennis M. Bender, 78 of Omaha, Nebraska 03-10-2021

On Wednesday, March 10, 2021, Firefighter/Paramedic Dennis M. Bender responded to the third wildland fire call of the day. He suffered a medical emergency at the scene and was immediately taken to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased. The cause of his death is under investigation. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bender family.


Peyton Morse, 21 of Watertown, New York 03-12-2021

On Wednesday, March 3, 2021, Firefighter Peyton Morse suffered a medical emergency at a training exercise. He was immediately rushed to the hospital where he remained in the Critical Care Unit. He passed away on Friday, March 12, 2021. An investigation into the incident is ongoing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Morse family.


Brian S. Mixson, 32 of Ridgeland, South Carolina 03-17-2021

On Friday, March 5, 2021, while on-duty, Firefighter/EMT Brian S. Mixson experienced an acute onset of a headache. By Sunday morning, March 7, 2021, he had a change in his vision and was rushed to the local hospital. He was then transported to the Savannah Medical Center, in Savannah Georgia, and admitted to the Neuro Intensive Care Unit. On Tuesday, March 16, 2021, there was no activity in his brain. Firefighter/EMT Mixson remained on life support while medical personnel compiled a list of organ recipients. The headache that he experienced while on-duty was the inception of a stroke. He passed away from the stroke on Wednesday, March 17, 2021. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Mixson family.


Chester Riley, 57 of Nucla, Colorado 03-20-2021

On Saturday, March 20, 2021, Chief Chester Riley responded to the scene of an automobile accident. While at the incident, he experienced a heart attack and passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Riley family.


Jared Lloyd, 35 of Spring Valley, New York 03-24-2021

On Tuesday, March 23, 2021, Firefighter Jared Lloyd responded to a fire at the Evergreen Court Home for Adults, an assisted living facility. He rushed into the burning building to save residents, but the fire’s intensity grew and he also became trapped. He sent out a Mayday call and fellow firefighters tried to pull him out, but heavy flames and smoke prevented them from reaching him. For hours after the fire was under control, firefighters scoured the rubble for Firefighter Lloyd. His body was found nearly 24 hours after he became trapped. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Lloyd family.


Selinde Roosenburg, 20 of Columbus, Ohio 03-25-2021

On Tuesday, March 23, 2021, Wildland Firefighter Selinde Roosenburg was participating in a controlled burn at Richland Furnace State Forest in Washington Township. During the fire, she was involved in a UTV rollover accident. She passed away from the injuries she sustained in the incident on Thursday, March 25, 2021. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Roosenburg family.


Charles "Chuck" Wesley Miller Jr , 62 of Albright, West Virginia 04-04-2021

On Sunday, April 4, 2021, Captain Charles "Chuck" Wesley Miller, Jr. was responding to a brush fire in his personal automobile. He was killed when his vehicle went off the road and into a ditch on North Preston Highway. The investigation into the incident is ongoing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Miller family.


Robert Costello, 62 of Buckeye, Arizona 04-08-2021

Fire Chief Robert Costello, while on-duty, attended fire department and city council meetings with individuals with known cases of COVID-19. He subsequently contracted the virus and passed away from a heart attack stemming from the disease on Thursday, April 8, 2021. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Costello family.


Laura Madara, 56 of Selbyville, Delaware 04-09-2021

On Friday, April 9, 2021, Fire Police Officer Laura Madara was working at the scene of a vehicle accident and standing behind a Selbyville fire police truck. The driver of the truck, while backing up, accidentally struck her. She was immediately rushed to the hospital where she passed away a short time later from her injuries. Investigation into the incident is ongoing. Fire Police Officer Laura Madara was also the Ladies Auxiliary President. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Madara family.


Efren Medina, 20 of St. Mary's, Georgia 04-17-2021

On Saturday morning, April 17, 2021, Firefighter Efren Medina, while working his first 24-hour shift as a firefighter, passed away in his sleep at the firehouse. Investigation into the incident is ongoing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Medina family.


Donald L. Jones, 59 of Midfield, Alabama 04-21-2021

On Wednesday, April 21, 2021, Fire Chief Donald L. Jones, during a lunch break, went into cardiac arrest. The Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service responded to the incident and immediately performed advanced life support measures on him. Chief Jones was subsequently transported to the University of Alabama Birmingham Hospital where, after exhausting all efforts to revive him were unsuccessful, was pronounced deceased. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Jones family.


Roger Dean III, 31 of Seguin, Texas 04-23-2021

On Sunday, December 20, 2020, Firefighter/Paramedic Roger Dean, III, responded to an EMS call at a residence. The patient had a known case of COVID-19. Firefighter/Paramedic Dean subsequently contracted the virus and passed away on Friday, April 23, 2021. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Dean family.


Charles "Chuck" Edward Scottini, 67 of Cheyenne, Wyoming 04-24-2021

In October of 2020, while on a wildland fire assignment in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Assistant Fire Chief Charles “Chuck” Edward Scottini contracted COVID-19. He was flown to the University of Utah Hospital for treatment and remained there until last Wednesday evening, April 21, 2021, when he returned to Wyoming and was in hospice care. Assistant Fire Chief Scottini passed away from the virus early Saturday morning, April 24, 2021, with his family by his side. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Scottini family.


Jeffrey Eugene Armes, 38 of Nelsonville, Ohio 05-02-2021

On Sunday, May 2, 2021, Senior Firefighter Jeffrey Eugene Armes, while at the scene of a residential fire, collapsed. Emergency personnel immediately performed CPR and advanced life support care. Firefighter Armes was transported to the OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. Investigation into the incident is ongoing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Armes family.


Ricardo Torres, Jr., 30 of New Haven, Connecticut 05-12-2021

On Wednesday, May 12, 2021, at approximately 12:45 a.m., New Haven Fire Department personnel arrived at the scene of a residential fire. The members of the department rescued two residents who were trapped inside the house. During the fire, Firefighter Torres was in trouble and transmitted a mayday. He and his lieutenant were both found unconscious on the second floor of the home. Firefighter Torres was transported to the local hospital and was later pronounced deceased. The lieutenant was also transported to the hospital and remains in critical condition. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Torres family.


Charles Wayne Spry, 51 of LaGrange, North Carolina 05-26-2021

On Tuesday, May 25, 2021, Firefighter Charles Wayne Spry attended mandated physical fitness training at the fire department. Early the next morning, Wednesday, May 26, 2021, his family found him unresponsive on the kitchen floor of his home. He passed away from a cardiac event. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Spry family.


Tory Carlon, 44 of Los Angeles, California 06-01-2021

On Tuesday, June 1, 2021, Firefighter Specialist Tory Carlon was shot and killed and a captain was injured at the Agua Dulce Fire Station. The assailant, an off duty firefighter also with the Los Angeles County Fire Department, then set fire to his house. He was later found deceased in a small pool outside the home from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The captain was transported to the hospital where he remains in critical but stable condition. Investigation into the incident continues. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Carlon family.


Tim Hart, 36 of West Yellowstone, Montana 06-02-2021

On Monday, May 24, 2021, Smokejumper/Firefighter Tim Hart was working the Eiks Fire in New Mexico when he was injured. He was taken to the hospital where he remained until his passing on Wednesday, June 2, 2021. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hart family.


Ralph DeBlasi, 62 of New Bern, North Carolina 06-10-2021

On Thursday, June 10, 2021, while on his way to the fire station to respond to a vehicle accident that had occurred on Highway 70, Firefighter Ralph DeBlasi was involved in a single vehicle accident at the 2200 block of Brice’s Creek Road. Fire department personnel responding to the first vehicle accident arrived on the scene and immediately provided EMS care to Firefighter DeBlasi, but he was unable to be revived. Our thoughts and prayers are with the DeBlasi family.