The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of District Chief Jason Byrd, 42, of the Fayette County Fire Department on February 18, 2019.
District Chief (Station 14) Jason Byrd suffered an apparent heart attack while at the scene of a residential structure fire. Within 15 seconds of the medical emergency, responders administered advanced life support measures to Byrd and then transported him to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.
Tribute is being paid to District Chief Byrd at http://apps.usfa.fema.gov/firefighter-fatalities/
To date, three firefighter fatalities has been reported to USFA in 2019. Year-to-date and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at https://www.usfa.fema.gov/data/statistics/ff_fatality_reports.html
Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.