USFA: Alabama On-Duty Death

Midfield fire chief suffers a heart attack during his lunch break.

Midfield fire chief suffers a heart attack during lunch

United States Fire Administration

The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Chief Donald L. Jones, 59, of Midfield Fire and Rescue Service on April 21, 2021.

On Wednesday, April 21, 2021, Fire Chief Donald L. Jones, during a lunch break, went into cardiac arrest. The Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service responded to the incident and immediately performed advanced life support measures on him. Chief Jones was subsequently transported to the University of Alabama Birmingham Hospital where, after exhausting all efforts to revive him were unsuccessful, was pronounced deceased.

Tribute is being paid to Chief Jones at

To date, 39 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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