USFA: Colorado On-Duty Death

Chief Riley experienced a heart attack while working at the scene of an automobile accident.

Heart attack claims fire chief at MVA

United States Fire Administration

The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Chief Chester Riley, 57, of the Nucla Naturita Fire Protection District on March 20, 2021.

On Saturday, March 20, 2021, Chief Chester Riley responded to the scene of an automobile accident. While at the incident, he experienced a heart attack and passed away.

Tribute is being paid to Chief Riley at

To date, 33 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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