USFA On-Duty Death: Missouri

United States Fire Administration
24 June 2021

EMMITSBURG, Maryland – The United States Fire Administration has announced the on-duty death of Firefighter Rodney L. Heard, 56, of the St. Louis City Fire Department, Missouri on 15 June 2021.

Firefighter Rodney L. Heard worked in the Support Services Division and was in contact with many different fire stations and firefighters.  He subsequently contracted COVID-19 while on-duty and passed away from the virus on Tuesday, June 15, 2021.

Age:       56

Rank:     Firefighter

Classification:     Career

Incident date:    May 5, 2021, 8:00 a.m.

Date of death:    June 15, 2021

Cause of death: Exposure

Nature of death:              Covid-19

Activity type:      In-Station Duties

Emergency duty:              Yes

Duty type:           Other On-Duty

Fixed property use:         Store/Office

The number of on-duty deaths for 2021 currently is 50.

Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.

For more information about on-duty deaths as recorded by the United States Fire Administration go to “Firefighter Fatalities in the United States.”

Published by Data Not Drama

Data Not Drama is writings that provide a point of critical thought about firefighter fatality data and education, line of duty deaths, and risk. The main focus is to encourage less risk aversion and better knowledge on the subject of firefighter fatalities in firefighters, fire departments, and fire service organizations.

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