USFA On-Duty Death: Georgia

United States Fire Administration
16 August 2021

EMMITSBURG, Maryland – The United States Fire Administration has announced the death of Firefighter/EMT Timothy Watson, 48, of Barrow County Emergency Services on 15 August 2021.

Firefighter/EMT Timothy Watson responded to a possible cardiac arrest where numerous individuals, including the patient, had COVID-19.  Firefighter/EMT Watson subsequently contracted the virus and passed away on Sunday, August 15, 2021.

Age: 48
Rank: Firefighter/EMT
Classification: Career
Incident date: June 13, 2021 7:00 a.m.
Date of death: August 15, 2021
Cause of death: Exposure
Nature of death: Covid-19
Activity type: EMS/Patient Care
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Non-Fire
Fixed property use: Residential

The number of on-duty deaths for 2021 currently is 68.

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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