USFA: Georgia On-Duty Death

Arcade firefighter unresponsive the next day

United States Fire Administration

The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Firefighter George “Johnny” Childs, 64, of the Arcade Fire Department on December 5, 2019.

On Wednesday, December 4, 2019, at approximately 1545hrs., Firefighter George “Johnny” Childs responded to a residential structure fire. The next morning, Thursday, December 5, 2019, he was found unresponsive by his personal vehicle outside a local business. He was immediately taken to the hospital where he passed away from cardiac arrest.

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Childs at

To date, 54 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2019. 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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