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.
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.”