USFA: Arizona On-Duty Death

Chief subsequently contracted the virus and passed away from a heart attack stemming from the disease.

Chief Costello passed away from a heart attack
related to COVID-19

United States Fire Administration

The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Chief Robert Costello, 62, of the Buckeye Fire-Medical Rescue Department on April 8, 2021.

Fire Chief Robert Costello, while on-duty, attended fire department and city council meetings with individuals with known cases of COVID-19. He subsequently contracted the virus and passed away from a heart attack stemming from the disease on Thursday, April 8, 2021.

Tribute is being paid to Chief Costello at http://apps.usfa.fema.gov/firefighter-fatalities/

To date, 38 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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