USFA: Texas On-Duty Death

Firefighter James Heater, 32, of Orange County (CA) Emergency Services District #1.

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.

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