USFA: Mississippi On-Duty Death

District Chief Marshal Hilley, 53, of Gulfport 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 District Chief Marshal Hilley, 53, of Gulfport (MS) Fire Department on September 1, 2021.

While on duty, District Chief Marshal Hilley contracted COVID-19 while at the fire station. He passed away from the virus on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021.

Tribute is being paid to District Chief Marshal Hilley at

To date, 90 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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