Responded to several medical incidents during which he encountered COVID-19-positive patients. Subsequently contracted the virus and started showing symptoms on Aug. 15, 2021.
United States Fire Administration
The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Lieutenant Scott Chassells, 48, of the North Little Rock (AR) Fire Department on September 18, 2021.
Lieutenant Scott Chassells responded to several medical incidents during which he encountered COVID-19 positive patients and patients with COVID-19-like symptoms. Chassells subsequently contracted the virus and started showing symptoms on Aug. 15, 2021. He passed away from complications due to the virus on Sept. 18, 2021.
Tribute is being paid to Lieutenant Chassells at http://apps.usfa.fema.gov/firefighter-fatalities/
To date, 96 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2021. 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.