USFA: Illinois On-Duty Death

Chicago firefighter dies from COVID-19

United States Fire Administration

The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Firefighter Mario Araujo, 40, of the Chicago Fire Department on April 7, 2020.

While on official duty, Firefighter Mario Araujo contracted COVID-19 from exposure from a patient with a known case of COVID-19.

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Araujo at

To date, 23 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2020. 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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