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Lemuel Bruce, 44 - Houston, TX
10/16/2020
Lemuel Bruce Arson Investigator Houston Fire Department Houston, TX Age: 44 Gender: Male Status: Career Years of Service: 17 Date of Incident: October 16, 2020 Date of Death: October 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 fatall....more
Keith Obrian Williams, 54 - Camilla, Georgia
10/17/2020
Keith Obrian Williams Captain Camilla Fire Department Camilla, Georgia Age: 54 Gender: Male Status: Career Years of Service: 32 Date of Incident: Oct. 17, 2020 Date of Death: Oct. 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.
Edward "Gary" Minnick, 65 - Colmar, PA
10/1/2020
Edward "Gary" Minnick Firefighter Colmar Volunteer Fire Company Colmar, PA Age: 65 Gender: Male Status: Volunteer Years of Service: 18 Date of Incident: October 1, 2020 Date of Death: October 1, 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 u....more
Jason Cortez, 42 - San Francisco, CA
10/7/2020
Jason Cortez Firefighter/Paramedic San Francisco Fire Department San Francisco, CA Age: 42 Gender: Male Status: Career Years of Service: 13 Date of Incident: October 7, 2020 Date of Death: October 7, 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....more
Dylan Cunningham, 29 - South Holland, IL
9/30/2020
Dylan Cunningham Firefighter/Paramedic South Holland Fire Department South Holland, IL Age: 29 Gender: Male Status: Career Years of Service: 9 Date of Incident: September 30, 2020 Date of Death: September 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 Ka....more
Richard "Rick" Todd, 58 - Salem, WV
9/23/2020
Richard "Rick" Todd Chief Salem Volunteer Fire Department Salem, WV Age: 58 Gender: Male Status: Volunteer Years of Service: 42 Date of Incident: September 1, 2020 Date of Death: September 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.
Charles Morton, 39 - Fawnskin, California
9/17/2020
San Bernardino National Forest, Big Bear Hotshots Fawnskin, California 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. Age: 39 Gender: Male Status: Wildland Part-Time Years of Service: 13 Date of Incident: Sept. 17, 2020 Date....more
Frazier Lee Holbert, 57 - Carrollton, TX
9/13/2020
Carrollton Fire Rescue Carrollton, Texas 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. Age: 57 Gender: Male Status: Career Years of Service: 30 Date ....more
Thomas Searcy, 45 - Houston, TX
9/8/2020
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. Houston Fire Department Age: 45 Gender: Male Status: Career Years of Service: 18 Date of Incident: ....more
Diane Jones, 63 - Summerville, OR
8/31/2020
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 t....more
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