Contracted COVID-19 from responding to numerous emergency medical calls
United States Fire Administration
The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Firefighter James Heater, 32, of Orange County (CA) Emergency Services District #1 on September 3, 2021.
While on duty, Firefighter James Heater contracted COVID-19 from responding to numerous emergency medical calls. He passed away from the virus on Friday, Sept. 3, 2021.
Tribute is being paid to Firefighter James Heater at http://apps.usfa.fema.gov/firefighter-fatalities/
To date, 84 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.