Covid Watch

Good Morning,

I am happy to report that it has been a significant time period since my last update, however I am saddened that the number of reported cases has continued to increase.

As of today, there are 182 total reported deaths due to COVID-19 complications: 126 fire personnel; 56 EMS only.

The following reports are attached:

  1. List of names and departments/organizations for all reported COVID-related deaths for Fire and EMS
  2. Number of COVID deaths per state for Fire personnel
  3. Number of COVID deaths per state for EMS-only personnel

New York (17 total deaths/13.8%), Pennsylvania (12 deaths/ 9.8%), Texas (12 deaths/ 9.8%), and New Jersey (9 deaths/ 7.3%) respectively represent the states with the highest number of COVID-related deaths for fire personnel.

New York (14 deaths/ 26.8%), New Jersey (12 deaths/ 21.4%) and Pennsylvania (3 deaths/ 5.4%) represent the states with the highest number of COVID-related deaths for EMS personnel.

The average age of Fire personnel who died due to COVID-related complications is 55.6.

The average age of EMS personnel who died due to COVID-related complications is 56.

# of Fire personnel COVID-related deaths in 2020: 81

# of Fire personnel COVID-related deaths in 2021 to-date: 45

# of EMS COVID-related deaths in 2020: 53

# of EMS deaths in 2021 to-date: 3

Thank You.

Be Safe and Stay Healthy.

Ron Siarnicki
Executive Director
National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
First Responder Center for Excellence

 

Fire

Fire:

  Date of Death Fire Personnel Name Age C/V Rank Department/Agency State
 

1

3/20/2020 Jackowski, Christopher 56 V Firefighter West Sayville Fire Department NY
2 3/29/2020 Rahman, Syed 59 C Deputy Chief Instructor Fire Department City of New York NY
3 3/31/2020 Tolentino, Israel 33 C Firefighter/EMT Passaic Fire Department NJ
4 4/4/2020 Johnson, Richard 50 V Assistant Fire Chief Tullytown Fire Company PA
5 4/7/2020 Araujo, Mario 49 C Firefighter Chicago Fire Department IL
6 4/7/2020 Waters, James 40 C Fire Chief Tryon Fire Department NC
7 4/8/2020 Field, Michael 59 V Firefighter/EMT Valley Stream Volunteer Fire Department NY
8 4/8/2020 Mungin, Edward 56 C Supervising Fire Protection Inspector Fire Department City of New York NY
9 4/8/2020 Williams, Franklin 58 C Captain Detroit Fire Department MI
10 4/11/2020 Shannon, Robert 49 C 911 Dispatcher, Fire Chief (retired) Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services NY
11 4/12/2020 Schoffstall, John 41 C Firefighter/ Paramedic Terra Haute Fire Department IN
12 4/13/2020 Burke, Michael 64 V Firefighter Signac Volunteer Fire Co. #3 / Little Falls Fire Department NJ
13 4/14/2020 Singleton, Edward 55 C Firefighter Chicago Fire Department IL
14 4/15/2020 Weber, Robert 44 V Firefighter/ EMT Middletown Fire Department/ Station 6 Port Monmouth Fire Company NJ
15 4/16/2020 Campbell, Richard 55 C Captain Edison Fire Department NJ
16 4/16/2020 Zerman, Robert 49 V Assistant Chief and Dispatcher Pioneer Hose Company #1 PA

 

17 4/18/2020 Clark, Dave 47 V Firefighter Bay Head Fire Company NJ
18 4/20/2020 Danziger, Bryan 56 V Firefighter Medford Fire Department NY
19 4/22/2020 Witek, Eugene 73 V Fire Coordinator Ascension Parish Fire Department LA
20 4/22/2020 Cordero, Ronnie 61 V Assistant Chief Little Falls Fire Department NJ
21 4/24/2020 Walker, Gary 53 V Fire Chief Oakland Fire Department NJ
22 4/27/2020 Farina, Mark 65 V Firefighter New Hyde Park Fire Department Engine Co. 2 NY
23 4/27/2020 Ward, Thomas 60 V Firefighter and Supervisor of Mechanics Massapequa Fire Department and FDNY NY
24 4/28/2020 Moore, Harold Jr. 43 V Firefighter Jackson Fire Department ME
25 4/29/2020 Reisinger, Robert 57 V Firefighter-Paramedic River Grove Fire Department IL
26 4/30/2020 DiPetrillo, Donald 70 C Chief Seminole Tribe of Florida Fire Rescue FL
27 5/1/2020 Ciocca, Edward 62 C Deputy Chief White Plains Fire Department NY
28 5/3/2020 DiMaggio, Andrew 57 C Captain New Rochelle Fire Department NY
29 5/4/2020 Remolino, Mark 59 C Supervising Fire Protection Inspector Fire Department City of New York NY
30 5/7/2020 von Sternberg, John 79 V Firefighter Mountain Lakes Fire Department NJ
31 5/8/2020 Parente, Joseph V District Mechanic (retired), Ex-Captain, Ex-Commissioner Selden Fire Department NY
32 5/16/2020 Weinger, Jason 57 V Firefighter Suffern Fire Department NY
33 5/21/2020 Emerich, Jeremy 40 C Sergeant; Firefighter/EMT; CCEMT Exeter Township Fire Department; Fleetwood Volunteer Fire Company(V); Lehigh Valley Health Medevac; Bally EMS PA
34 6/2/2020 Gore, Eric  49 C Firefighter Philadelphia Fire Department PA
35 7/1/2020 Schriever, Roy 63 V Firefighter Denville Volunteer Fire Department NJ
36 7/18/2020 Rodriguez, Hector 54 C Mechanic San Antonio Fire Department TX
37 7/20/2020 Lucio, Leroy 62 C Captain Houston Fire Department TX
38 7/25/2020 Perez, Jose 44 C Firefighter Paramedic Los Angeles Fire Department CA
39 8/3/2020 Pacheco, Jerry 50 C Firefighter Houston Fire Department TX
40 8/4/2020 Christensen, Anthony 55 C Firefighter City of Naples Fire-Rescue Department FL
41 8/8/2020 De la Rosa, Jesus 55 C Driver/Engineer Weslaco Fire Department TX
42 8/8/2020 Sprague, Larry 67 V Engineer Jackson Center Fire Department OH
43 8/15/2020 Petras, Richard 51 C Lieutenant Cleveland Fire Department OH
44 8/18/2020 Anderson, Bryant 45 C Captain City of Converse Fire Department TX
45 9/8/2020 Searcy, Tommy 45 C Captain Houston Fire Department TX
46 9/17/2020 Smelcer, Clifford 69 V Lieutenant Sunnyside Volunteer Fire Department TN
47 9/21/2020 Griffin, Jack 67 V Chief Ruleville Volunteer Fire Department MS
48 9/23/2020 Dean, Jason 42 C Deputy Chief of Operations and Training Clayton Fire Department NC
49 9/23/2020 Todd, Richard 58 V Chief Salem WV Fire Department WV
50 10/8/2020 Fields, Michael 52 C Lieutenant Columbus Fire Department OH
51 10/9/2020 Knott, Joseph 73 V Life Member Second District Volunteer Fire Department MD
52 10/9/2020 Woods, Rickey Lee 69 V Lieutenant Sumiton Fire and Rescue AL
53 10/22/2020 Hollowell, Hugh 69 V Firefighter Watson Volunteer Fire Department MS
54 10/27/2020 Lenard, Christopher 55 C District Fire Chief Ouachita Parish Fire Department LA
55 11/2/2020 Boone, Harold 49 C Firefighter Monroe County Emergency Services GA
56 11/2/2020 Petro, Andrew 77 V Firefighter Leland Volunteer Fire Department MS
57 11/10/2020 McVay, Christopher 43 V Captain Grove Hill Fire Department AL
58 11/17/2020 Beauchene, Don 54 C Lieutenant Warren Fire Department OH
59 11/21/2020 Rocha, Robert 60 C Captain Kansas City (MO) Fire Department MO
60 11/27/2020 Heffentrager, Kristopher, Sr. 45 V Firefighter Ellendale Fire Company DE
61 12/03/2020 Guernsey, Jeffrey 52 C Lieutenant/ Paramedic Washington Township Fire Department OH
62 12/06/2020 Tomlinson, David 71 V Firefighter/ Fire Inspector Poynette-Dekorra Fire Department WI
63 12/07/2020 Kneifl, Robert 64 V Firefighter-EMT Ponca Volunteer Fire and Rescue NE
64 12/08/2020 Downs, Donald 69 V Firefighter Saragossa Fire Department AL
65 12/11/2020 Mitchell, Joseph 37 C Firefighter Converse Fire Department TX
66 12/11/2020 Orkies, Robert 55 C Chief Zoneton Fire Protection District KY
67 12/11/2020 Witman, Lee 63 V Chief Emeritus/ Firefighter Colonial Park Fire Company PA
68 12/14/2020 Rainey, Kenneth 51 V Driver/ Engineer Bridgetown Fire Department MS
69 12/14/2020 Sava, Nicholas 65 V Assistant Fire Chief Oakmont Fire Company PA
70 12/16/2020 Hine, Edward 79 V Firefighter Colonial Park Fire Company PA
71 12/17/2020 Perry, Ronald 57 V Firefighter East Sullivan County Fire Department TN
72 12/17/2020 Robinson, Randy 64 C Captain Fort Worth Fire Department TX
73 12/17/2020 Kittelson, Donald 55 V Chief Clayton Fire Department WI
74 12/17/2020 Truevillian, Robert 55 IL Paramedic Chicago Fire Department IL
75 12/20/2020 Brooks, Roland 82 POC Chief Grant Township Fire Department MI
76 12/22/2020 Kutz, Donald, Jr. 68 V Deputy Chief Montville Fire Company CT
77 12/24/2020 Davis, Andrew 45 C Major Oklahoma City Fire Department OK
78 12/29/2021 Bacon, Eric 52 C Fire Investigator Jefferson Parish Eastbank Consolidated Fire Department LA
79 12/29/2020 Sunday, Stephen 28 C Firefighter Scranton Fire Department PA
80 12/29/2020 Woodward, Darrell 66 V Chief Savannah Volunteer Fire Department NC
81 12/29/2020 Wurster, Jason 46 V Firefighter Jefferson Volunteer Fire Department WV
82 1/1/2021 Hamilton, Bryan 42 C Firefighter/ EMT Naval District of Washington Fire and Emergency Services, Naval Support Facility Indian Head, Station 20/21 MD
83 1/1/2021 Roque, George 57 C Captain Los Angeles Fire Department CA
84 1/2/2021 Clift, John, Jr. 64 C Firefighter Rural Metro Fire Department TN
85 1/2/2021 Dragon, Patrick 50 V Deputy Fire Chief East Brooklyn Fire Department CT
86 1/2/2021 McBee, Danny 73 Bush Creek Township Fire Department; Bush Creek Township EMS OH
87 1/2/2021 Morton, Tim 56 Firefighter E.M. Holt Fire Department NC
88 1/3/2021 Force, Michael 62 C Fire Marshal Lewistown Fire Department PA
89 1/4/2021 Eleczko, Rebecca 32 V EMS Lieutenant/ Firefighter Millgrove Volunteer Fire Department NY
90 1/5/2021 Finamore, Nicholas 75 V Chief/ Volunteer Operations Commander Allentown Road Volunteer Operations Commander MD
91 1/5/2021 Forney, Bob 58 Fire Chief Brimfield Community Fire Protection District IL
92 1/5/2021 Kulp, Mark 52 C Firefighter Reading Fire Department PA
93 1/5/2021 Schlick, Albert, III 53 C Deputy Fire Chief Huntley Fire Protection District IL
94 1/6/2021 Losinger, Lloyd 60 C Captain Ocean City – Wright Fire Control District FL
95 1/7/2021 Coney, Leonard 41 C Firefighter Shreveport Fire Department LA
96 1/7/2021 Howell, Timothy 49 V Firefighter Sandy Bottom Fire Department

*law enforcement LODD; contracted while working for NC State Highway Patrol

NC
97 1/9/2021 Lasley, Larry 63 V Firefighter Swepsonville Fire Department NC
98 1/12/2021 Watkins, Danny 67 C Chief San Benito Fire Department TX
99 1/13/2021 Moran, Jim 52 V Chief Mannington Fire Department WV
100 1/13/2021 Spitzer, Ronald 65 Part-Time Chief Rocky Top Fire Department TN
101 1/18/2021 Manning, Timmy 53 Assistant Chief Calloway County Fire Rescue KY
102 1/20/2021 Mertz, Chris 54 C Captain Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District CA
103 1/24/2021 Tansey, James, Jr. 72 V Firefighter Wakeman Fire District OH
104 1/26/2021 Segura, Erik 45 C Captain Laredo Fire Department TX
105 1/27/2021 Sheffield, William 60 C Lieutenant Baltimore County Fire Department MD
106 1/30/2021 Vasquez, Edward 35 C Lieutenant NASA Fire Department, White Sands Test Facility NM
107 1/31/2021 Ferrugia, Joseph 61 C Firefighter Fire Department City of New York NY
108 2/2/2021 Ritchie, Brian 50 C Lieutenant Weirton Fire Department WV
109 2/3/2021 Slaven, James 62 V Unit Director Scott County Emergency and Rescue Squad TN
110 2/4/2021 Baldassare, Jamie 62 V Firefighter Mount Sinai Fire Department NY
111 2/8/2021 Smith, Mook 28 V Firefighter Sardis Fire Department MS
112 2/9/2021 Bley, Andrew 29 V Firefighter Atwell Township Fire Department NC
113 2/10/2021 Watts, Terry 51 C Training Lieutenant Shelby County Fire Department TN
114 2/12/2021 Lynch, Frank 74 V Dispatcher Terryville Fire Department NY
115 2/13/2021 John Evans 63 C Firefighter Philadelphia Fire Department PA
116 2/13/2021 Garry Key 70 V Acting Chief Zoneton Fire Protection District KY
117 2/23/2021 Widmayer, Brian 34 V Chief Dover Township Fire Department PA
118 3/4/2021 Meyers, Martin 50 C Captain Kokomo Fire Department IN
119 3/25/2021 Tatum, Lee “Buddy” 66 V Firefighter Greenleaf Volunteer Fire Department MS
120 3/27/2021 Lopez, Luis 42 V Firefighter Franklin County Fire District #1 WV
121 4/8/2021 Costello, Bob 62 C Chief Buckeye Fire Medical Rescue Department AZ
122 4/23/2021 Dean, Roger, III 31 C Firefighter/ Paramedic Seguin Fire Department TX
123 4/24/2021 Scottini, Charles 67 Paid-On-Call Assistant Fire Chief Laramie County Fire District #2 CO
124 5/24/2021 Kroll, Jason V Firefighter Concord Township Fire Department (Ross County) OH
125 5/26/2021 Sanchez, Frank, Jr. 61 V Chief Nekimi Volunteer Fire Department TX
126 5/31/2021 Fedie, Josh 30 C Firefighter Boscobel Fire Department WI

 

 

EMS-Only:

  Date of Death EMS Name Age Rank/Title Department/Agency State
 

1

3/24/2020 Meltzer, Yaakov 64 Physician’s Assistant Hatzolah of Queens NY
2 3/26/2020 Seaberry, Richard 63 EMT Fire Department City of New York NY
3 3/29/2020 Villecco, James 55 Ambulance Mechanic Fire Department City of New York NY
4 4/1/2020 Maroth, Reuven 68 EMT, Captain, Retired and Life Member Hackensack Volunteer Ambulance Corps NJ
5 4/4/2020 Rodriguez, Ruben EMT Ridgewood Volunteer Ambulance Corps NY
6 4/5/2020 Sa, Liana EMT Monmouth-Ocean Hospital Service Corporation, Watchung Rescue Squad NJ
7 4/6/2020 Coleman, Roy EMT Overton Brooks V.A. Medical Center LA
8 4/7/2020 Leiva, Kevin 24 EMT North Bergen EMT; Saint Clare’s Dover Hospital NJ
9 4/9/2020 Molinari, Francis 70 Physician New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority EMS NJ
10 4/9/2020 Novicki, Paul 51 EMS Paramedic Rapid Response (1 year); former Huron Township Fire Department Lieutenant (26 years) MI
11 4/9/2020 Tarrant, Robert 66 EMS Educator RWJ Barnabas Health NJ
12 4/10/2020 Donald, Solomon 41 EMT Trinitas Regional Medical Center NJ
13 4/10/2020 Nauta, Bill EMS Educator Atlantic Health System/ Atlantic Mobile Health NJ
14 4/12/2020 Bundy, Kevin 33 Paramedic Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital PA
15 4/12/2020 Hodge, Gregory 59 EMT Fire Department City of New York NY
16 4/12/2020 Thomas, Anthony Paramedic NYU Langone Hospital, FDNY EMS Member (retired) NY
17 4/13/2020 Birmingham, Billy 69 EMT Kansas City (MO) Fire Department MO
18 4/13/2020 Geiger, Scott 47 EMT Atlantic Mobile Health NJ
19 4/14/2020 Ferrarella, John 70 EMS Instructor, EMT Paterson Fire Department NJ
20 4/17/2020 Carecia, John 74 EMS Chief Woodbridge Township Ambulance & Rescue Squad NJ
21 4/21/2020 Redd, John 63 EMT Fire Department City of New York NY
22 4/22/2020 Bey, Idris 60 EMT Fire Department City of New York NY
23 4/22/2020 Martin, William David 52 Paramedic AMR MS
24 4/23/2020 Picone, Marlene 53 Paramedic Maimonides Medical Center NY
25 4/28/2020 Stone, David EMT Montefiore Nyack Hospital NY
26 4/30/2020 Cary, Paul 66 Paramedic Ambulnz State of New York COVID Response Team CO
27 4/30/2020 Mancuso, Sal 66 EMS Volunteer Blooming Grove Volunteer Ambulance NY
28 4/30/2020 French, Randall Paramedic/ Detective Sergeant No Greenbush Ambulance Assoc/ Troy Police Department NY
29 5/8/2020 Saddler, Brian 60 Paramedic Northwell Staten Island University Hospital NY
30 5/10/2020 Gomez, JoseLuis 54 EMT Alamo Navajo Reservation NM
31 5/17/2020 Pinto, David 70 EMT New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority EMS; Wallington Fire Department (President, ex-Fire Chief) NJ
32 5/23/2020 Vaporakis, Hristos “Chris” Ambulance Driver Emerson Volunteer Ambulance Corps NJ
33 5/26/2020 Granger, John Paul Alonzo 22 EMT Vital Care EMS SC
34 5/30/2020 Zima, Doug 68 Paramedic Northwest EMS PA
35 6/12/2020 Foster, Glovis 54 Flight Paramedic San Juan Air Care (NM), Cortez Fire Protection District (CO) NM
36 6/29/2020 Blackman, William “Brad” 56 Paramedic American Medical Response PA
37 6/29/2020 Parker, Bruce 56 EMT/911 Dispatcher AMR/ Clark County EMS NV
38 7/22/2020 Hardy, Dennis 47 EMT Windsor, NC NC
39 7/26/2020 Cardenas, Alex 59 Paramedic Superior and Apollo Ambulance Services TX
40 7/30/2020 Iniguez, Aldo 35 EMT Core Ambulance CA
41 8/11/2020 Schaffer, Jeffrey 67 Paramedic Taneytown Volunteer Fire Company (paramedic)

Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Company (life member)

MD
42 9/2/2020 Brown, Keith 48 EMT MedTrust SC
43 9/20/2020 Jones, Gerald 51 Paramedic Volusia County EMS FL
44 10/30/2020 Luensman, James 43 Paramedic Monticello Ambulance IA
45 11/2/2020 Matthews, Shon Flight Paramedic LifeNet TX
46 11/17/2020 Gordon, Scott 56 Paramedic Columbus (IN) Regional Health EMS IN
47 11/22/2020 Davidson, Scott 45 Communications Specialist/ Paramedic Kansas City (MO) Fire Department MO
48 11/25/2020 Dodson, Donald 68 Paramedic Arrow Ambulance Champaign, IL IL
49 11/25/2020 Mercadante, Jerry 67 EMT LifeStar Response

Life Member, Gumboro Volunteer Fire Company in Millsboro, DE

MD
50 11/26/2020 Raether, Kelly 42 EMS Captain/ Nurse Town of Ixonia Fire & EMS WI
51 12/01/2020 Kutz, Christine 56 EMS Lieutenant Montville Fire Company CT
52 12/22/2020 Ford, Evelyn 58 EMT Fire Department City of New York NY
53 12/28/2020 Rusher, Debbie 56 Paramedic Tulsa EMS Authority (EMSA) OK
54 1/2/2021 Taylor, Jason 51 Paramedic Edwardsville Fire Department KS
55 1/4/2021 Brooks, Cole 60 Paramedic Nowata Fire & EMS OK
56 1/16/2021 Tombs, Daryl 52 Paramedic American Medical Response NY

 

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