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USFA: Pennsylvania On-Duty Death

Heart attack while at an oil leak

United States Fire Administration

The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Firefighter Edward “Gary” Minnick, 65, of the Colmar Volunteer Fire Company on October 1, 2020.

On Thursday, October 1, 2020, Firefighter Edward “Gary” Minnick was responding to an oil leak at a gas station. While in the utility truck at the fire department, he suffered a medical emergency and paramedics immediately performed life saving measures. All resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful and he passed away from an apparent heart attack.

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Minnick at

To date, 70 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2020. Year-to-date and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at

Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.