USFA On-Duty Death: Colorado

United States Fire Administration
18 May 2022

The United States Fire Administration has announced the death of Firefighter Harold Joe Cordova, 85, of the Central Conejos Fire Protection District on 1 May 2022.

On Sunday, May 1, 2022, Firefighter Harold Joe Cordova responded to a grassland fire near Manassa, to help with protecting structures. Shortly after arriving at the scene, he told colleagues that he wasn’t feeling well and went home. A short time later, his family called 9-1-1 and he was rushed to the Conejos County Hospital where he passed away from an apparent heart attack.

Age: 83
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: May 1, 2022 2:19 p.m.
Date of death: May 1, 2022
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of death: Heart Attack
Activity type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Outdoor Property

The number of on-duty deaths for 2022 currently is 47.

Go here to read the number of interior line of duty deaths for 2022.

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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