USFA: Illinois On-Duty Death

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

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

Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.

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