USFA: Kentucky On-Duty Death

Chief dies from COVID-19 while attending meetings.

Chief dies from COVID-19 while attending meetings

United States Fire Administration

The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Acting Chief Garry Key, 70, of the Zoneton Fire Protection District on February 13, 2021.

Acting Chief Garry Key developed COVID-19 while on-duty from attending mandated fire department meetings and other fire department functions. He passed away on Saturday, February 13, 2021 from the virus.

Tribute is being paid to Acting Chief Key at

To date, 19 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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