USFA: Kentucky On-Duty Death

Fire chief dies from COVID-19

United States Fire Administration

The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Chief Robert “Rob” Orkies, 55, of the Zoneton Fire Protection District on December 11, 2020.

Chief Robert “Rob” Orkies developed COVID-19 while on-duty from a fellow firefighter with a known case of the virus. He passed away on Friday, December 11, 2020.

Tribute is being paid to Chief Orkies at

To date, 83 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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