USFA: Florida On-Duty Death

Chief Randall “Randy” Burnham, 53, of Lake City (FL) Fire Department.

Contracted COVID-19 at the fire station

United States Fire Administration

The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Chief Randall “Randy” Burnham, 53, of Lake City (FL) Fire Department on September 5, 2021.

While on duty, Chief Randall “Randy” Burnham contracted COVID-19 at the fire station. He passed away from the virus on Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021.

Tribute is being paid to Chief Randall “Randy” Burnham at

To date, 89 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2021. 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.

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