The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Firefighter/EMT Michael Pickering, 45, of the Chicago Fire Department on October 8, 2021.
While on-duty, Firefighter/EMT Michael Pickering responded to several EMS calls with patients with COVID-19. He subsequently contracted the virus and passed away on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021.
Tribute is being paid to Firefighter/EMT Michael Pickering at https://apps.usfa.fema.gov/firefighter-fatalities/fatalityData/detail?fatalityId=5145
To date, 118 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.