USFA On-Duty Death: Illinois

United States Fire Administration
5 November 2021

EMMITSBURG, Maryland – The United States Fire Administration has announced the death of Firefighter/EMT Michael Pickering, 45, of the Chicago Fire Department on 8 October 2021.

While on-duty, Firefighter/EMT Michael Pickering responded to several EMS calls with patients with COVID-19.  He subsequently contracted the virus and passed away on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021.

Age: 45
Rank: Firefighter/EMT
Classification: Career
Incident date: September 13, 2021 8:00 a.m.
Date of death: October 8, 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 116.

Go here to read the numbers of on-duty deaths due to COVID-19.

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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