USFA: Alabama On-Duty Death

Firefighter contracted the virus while attending training

United States Fire Administration

The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Firefighter Donald Downs, 69, of the Saragossa Volunteer Fire Department on December 9, 2020.

On November 17, 2020, Firefighter Donald Downs, while attending mandatory training for the fire department, contracted COVID-19 from attendees at the exercise. He passed away on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 from the virus.

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Downs at

To date, 87 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2020. 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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